Nowadays, cosmetic dentistry encompasses more than just fixing your teeth. Modern cosmetic dentistry seeks to enhance your smile in a multitude of ways. One such way is through Botox & Juvéderm treatments. Although usually associated with the world of plastics, Botox & Juvéderm can be safely administered by a trained dentist to help firm up and improve the soft tissues of your face to enhance your overall smile.
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Botox, or botulinum toxin, is an FDA-approved prescription product that works by preventing contraction in the muscles, which causes wrinkles to relax and soften. It is a non-surgical procedure that requires no downtime or recovery. In dentistry, Botox is especially useful for treating high lip lines, assisting patients with new dentures, retraining facial muscles for orthodontic treatment, and for the treatment of TMJ or chronic facial pain.
Botox may help treat the following TMJ and headache disorders:
•Headaches due to teeth grinding.
•Lockjaw in cases of severe stress.
•Chronic Migraine Headaches
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid that is injected into static wrinkles, deep folds, and gives the lips a plumper appearance. Often times, Juvéderm is injected into the smile lines (nasolabial folds), marionette lines (angles of the mouth), and the lips. The Juvéderm will add fullness to these areas.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar in the body that holds water at the injection site, acting as a cushion. When we age, our skin loses elasticity like a balloon loses air. Dermal fillers essentially pump your skin back up the way air pumps up a deflated balloon. In this way a dermal filler like Juvéderm can instantly remove years of aging from the face.
Dentists are actually the ideal medical professional for injecting Botox or Juvéderm because they have an advanced knowledge of all the facial soft tissues, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles, so that they can pick the perfect spot to inject either Botox or Juvéderm safely and effectively.
AM I CANDIDATE FOR BOTOX OR JUVEDERM?
You may be a candidate for Botox or Juvéderm if you desire to make your smile appear younger or brighter. Candidates for Botox are individuals who wish to eliminate facial wrinkles, correct a high lip line, or wish to relax their facial muscles for a younger look.
Additionally, candidates for Botox must be between the ages of 18 and 65, and should be free from certain skin conditions around the proposed injection sites.
Candidates for Juvéderm are individuals who wish to remove wrinkles, softened folds in their face, and add volume to their lips or other visual soft tissues. Additionally, candidates for JJuvéderm must be at least 18 years of age and should have no known allergies to hyaluronic acid or lidocaine.
To find out if you are in an ideal candidate for either Botox or Juvéderm and which is best for your individual needs, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shane Newton or Dr. Koalby Brown today!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN UNDERGOING BOTOX OR JUVEDERM TREATMENT?
The first step in any Botox or Juvéderm treatment is to discuss your treatment goals with our certified doctors. Based on your treatment goals and individual facial structure, our dentists will explain their recommendations and the anticipated results. Once you agree on a treatment plan, your treatment can begin.
To ensure a comfortable procedure, our dentists use both topical and local anesthetics. You will first be numbed topically, then a local anesthetic will be injected. Once you are numb, the Botox or Juvéderm will be injected into the desired areas of your face. The entire process generally only takes a few minutes but can last up to as much as 30 minutes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER UNDERGOING BOTOX OR JUVEDERM TREATMENT?
After your Botox or Juvéderm injections, you will not have to endure any recovery or downtime and can immediately return to your usual activities. However, you may experience some minor swelling or bruising. If this is the case, it will usually decrease within a few days after the procedure. For the first three or four hours following your Botox or Juvéderm treatment, you will want to remain upright and avoid applying any pressure to the injection sites. This is so that the injections will not settle unevenly.
WILL I NOTICE RESULTS RIGHT AWAY?
With Botox, it may take about three days to notice a difference, however the final results of Botox are not seen until about two weeks after treatment. For Juvéderm, you may notice immediate results, however the final results may still take about 7 to 10 days to appear.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS OF BOTOX OR JUVEDERM LAST?
The lifespan of your injections will depend upon their location and how your body responds to treatment. Generally speaking, however, Botox injections last about four months before needing follow-up injections and Juvéderm fillers last about 1 to 2 years.
WHAT IS THE COST OF BOTOX AND JUVEDERM?
The overall cost of Botox and Juvéderm will depend on the area of the skin being treated, the number of injections needed to obtain the desired result, and how often you will need follow-up treatments. The initial cost of Botox is less expensive than Juvéderm, however Botox requires more follow-up treatments than Juvéderm.
Botox is usually priced at an average of $13 per unit, however multiple units are required to get desired results. To give you a better idea, generally upper lip lines require 4 to 8 units, while marionette lines require 2 to 8 units. Your total cost can vary. Juvéderm tends to cost an average of about $600 per injection, however it's affects last longer than Botox.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTOX OR JUVEDERM?
As with any type of medical treatment, there are always possible side effects. Although side effects from Botox are rare, they can include bruising, swelling, numbness, weakness in muscles, headaches, pain at the injection site, and asymmetry. Hyaluronic acid is also safe for cosmetic use, but possible side effects from Juvéderm can include injection site pain, swelling, rash, tenderness, firmness, lumps or bumps, bruising, discoloration, and itching.
If you have any questions about either of these products, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. We invite you to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Shane Newton or Dr. Koalby Brown today!