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Dr. Mimi Theerathada
Botox injections are used not only for therapeutic purposes, but for cosmetic ones too. Unlike fillers, which may be superficially injected just beneath the skin, neuromodulators are injected directly into the muscle. As the signals between the muscle and the brain is blocked, the muscle contraction in a localized area is stopped. When the muscle relaxes, wrinkles smooth out and soften. Performed correctly, these injections only affect targeted muscles while still allowing for facial expression. Botox can be used for any type of wrinkle that has not been caused by sun damage or stretching of the skin due to gravity. Results are usually best on expression lines, such as those around the eyes and forehead.
Botox is also a great treatment option for TMJ pain due to clenching and/or grinding. If you grind your teeth at night time, and a night guard has been recommended for you, Botox can be administered into your jaw muscles to weaken them and relieve the pressure from these parafunctional habits.
What should I expect when getting Botox injections?
Botox injections are in-office procedures performed in just a few minutes. In fact, you can schedule an injection for your lunch hour or on your way home from work. Injections use a very fine needle, which is inserted into the facial muscles. There is very little discomfort during the injection, and anesthesia is not necessary.
Are there any special instructions I will need to follow after getting Botox injections?
There is a minimal recovery period however there are some recommendations to follow for the 48 hours after treatment. During this time, you may experience bruising or headaches. Avoid rubbing your face in treated areas, and do not lie face down for the first few hours after the injections. Keep in mind that results from Botox – though significant – usually begin to fade within 10 -12 weeks. You’ll need to return for retreatment periodically.
Smooth, youthful skin is the desire of most people – especially as age, genetics and environmental factors begin putting years of mileage on the face. Over time, the skin starts to lose its elasticity and volume, resulting in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Juvederm helps to restore volume and smoothness by replacing depleted hyaluronic acid just beneath the skin. When injected into the dermal layers, hyaluronic acid binds to water molecules, giving the face a fuller appearance in targeted areas. Dermatologists use Juvederm to treat many different types of lines and wrinkles, though it is most frequently used as a dermal filler for smile lines and marionette lines around the mouth.
Did you know…
hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally occurring in the human body? In fact, hyaluronic acid is responsible for attracting and holding water within the skin, giving it youthful volume. Over time, hyaluronic acid levels deteriorate, causing the skin to develop lines and appear sunken. Restylane restores hyaluronic acid molecules to the skin, causing it to ‘plump’ the skin and give it a smoother, more voluminous appearance.Could I be a candidate for Juvederm treatments?
Juvederm may be right for you if you are bothered by deep lines or facial folds, but are in search of a non-surgical way of addressing them. The FDA deems Juvederm safe and effective for most people, though you should consult with your doctor before undergoing treatments. Dr. Abraham can meet with you to discuss your concerns and help determine the best course of treatment.
What should I expect during Juvederm treatments?
Juvederm injections are administered in the comfort of your doctor’s office. The gel contains both hyaluronic acid and lidocaine, the latter of which is responsible for helping numb the skin and minimize discomfort. Your doctor will need only minutes to complete the injection, and in most cases, there is no downtime.
What type of results can I expect after my appointment?
Juvederm offers instant results. You’ll see a noticeable change in your skin’s appearance before you ever leave the office. Many patients enjoy their results for up to a full year until the gel is safely absorbed by the body. Most Juvederm patients feel that their results are natural in appearance and reflect the natural contours of the face.