What You Should Know About Botox

| March 24, 2015

There are many factors that go into creating a great smile. Aside from dental work, many advances have been made in wrinkle prevention and keeping a youthful face. One of these methods is Botox®.

However, many people misunderstand this form of treatment, or they are afraid to learn more because of the myths surrounding its use. Like any other aspect of healthcare, you should first learn all the facts before making a decision.

What Does Botox Do?

Botox Before and After

In medicine, Botox is used to cosmetically remove wrinkles and to treat some muscle conditions. Botox is able to perform these tasks by temporarily relaxing some muscles. In fact, there are more than 20 different medical conditions that are treated by Botox. Some of which include:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Eyelid spasms
  • Lazy eye
  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead furrows
  • Muscle contractures

How Is Botox Administered?

The neurotoxin from which Botox is made is diluted in saline, and then it is injected into muscle tissue. The process takes about two or three days to take effect, but the results last for about three to six months.

In facial tissue, Botox is usually used for frown lines between the eyes. Botox can also be used on forehead muscles, neck creases, lazy eyes, and crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. Sometimes this treatment can even be used around the eyes to raise the eyebrows into an arch.

Myths Associated With Botox

Since Botox is made from a neurotoxin, some people are afraid to even consider its use. Images online of Botox used improperly, or by the untrained, may have stopped them from learning more.

However, some of the claims about Botox are just that – claims. You may have heard some of these:

  • Botox is poisonous and dangerous.
  • It is extremely painful.
  • Botox is permanent.
  • It is only for the very vain.

Do not believe all that you hear or read. There are positive truths to Botox that most people do not even realize.

The Truth

While Botox can cause some side effects, the myths about it can be overly scary.

Doctors have stated that Botox actually has a better safety record than Aspirin. It even has fewer side effects. Most customers report only minor pain with Botox, and its effects are not permanent. In most cases, they only last about three to six months.

There is nothing vain about wanting to feel confident with how you look. Additionally, aside from the cosmetic uses, Botox treats a number of health-related conditions that can improve your general health in addition to your physical appearance.

How We Can Help

At Grandview Dental Care, Botox is one of the many retail treatments we offer our customers. Once you learn that the myths about its use are just that, Botox treatments truly have a lot to offer.

When administered by professionals, the treatments are a safe, natural, everyday alternative to reducing the impacts of aging.

We are happy to help you learn more about what we have to offer, and the right options for you. We even offer free smile consultations to show you the different ways we can help!

Get in touch with us online or by phone to schedule a Botox appointment or to learn more.