BOTOX® & Dermal Fillers
There is no better complement to a beautiful smile than great looking skin. At Sindledecker Dentistry in Boca Raton, patients can benefit from the most popular and effective FDA approved wrinkle fighters to improve and prevent the noticeable signs of aging: Botox, Dermal Fillers, and Microneedling.
What is Botox®?
Botox is the most well-known brand name of the neuromodulator Clostridium botulinum. If you’ve heard of Botox, you have heard that this is the same toxin associated with botulism. Clostridium botulinum is a protein that has been widely studied for its therapeutic value. Long before the cosmetic use of this substance, doctors used Clostridium botulinum to reduce muscle contractions in patients with muscular disorders. When dosed and administered correctly, Botox does not cause botulism type symptoms. Additionally, it does not spread from the area in which it is injected.
Benefits of Cosmetic Injections
Botox and dermal fillers can treat a wide range of areas and come with many benefits including:
- Safe and Proven
- FDA Approved
- No Downtime
- Long-lasting Results
- More youthful appearance
- Prevent the signs of aging
What can Botox Treat?
To understand the numerous uses of Botox Cosmetic, we need to become familiar with how the product works. When the dermis is injected with Clostridium botulinum in the form of Botox, the product gets absorbed by muscles in the immediate area. This inhibits the reception of synapses from the brain. So the brain may signal for treated muscles to move, but the neurotransmitters involved in that request are blocked from reaching their end target. The benefit of this is muscle relaxation and subsequent wrinkle-reduction.
The most common usage of Botox is wrinkle-reduction. However, Botox isn’t appropriate for all wrinkles. This product is primarily used to soften dynamic wrinkles, the lines that form when we frown, squint, or make other facial expressions. In addition to diminishing frown lines, Botox is also used for:
- Crow’s feet at the outer edges of the eye
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Drooping eyebrows
- Downward drooping of the corners of the mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Migraines and chronic headaches
- Blepharospasm (chronic eyelid twitching)
- Some bladder-control problems
How can Botox help with TMJ?
Botox has revealed itself as a viable therapy for temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. This common problem can cause ongoing symptoms such as facial pain and tension, difficulty opening the mouth, and even chronic headaches. When we inject Botox into the muscles that have tightened around the temporomandibular joints, discomfort can be temporarily relieved. Botox has been credited with the reduction of lock-jaw, an extreme symptom of TMJ disorder. The muscle relaxation that occurs after Botox treatment has also been said to minimize bruxism or the teeth-grinding that often causes or exacerbates symptoms of TMJ disorder.
To treat TMJ disorder, Dr. Sindledecker will inject Botox injections into the temporalis, frontalis and masseter muscles, each of which has specific involvement in the movement of the jaw. Depending on the frequency and severity of headaches, injections may extend into other areas of the face. The way in which Botox works does not change when used for TMJ disorder. The protein attaches to nerve receptors in the treated muscle to block synapses that cause them to contract. As the overactive muscles absorb the protein they relax for months at a time.
In addition to reducing the symptoms of TMJ disorder, Botox injections have also resulted in positive facial slimming due to the atrophy of overused muscles that occurs with repeat treatments.
It is important to receive Botox injections from a board-certified, highly-trained provider. Dr. Sindledecker uses Botox from Allergan and utilizes the approved dosing guidelines. The steps taken to maximize safety typically reduce risks to temporary side effect such as:
- Minor tenderness, redness, and swelling at injection sites
- Temporary bruising
- Short-lived flu-like symptoms such as headache or achiness
- Some patients experience excessive tearing or temporary dry eye
- The smile may appear crooked as the full effects of treatment develop
Although far less frequent, it is possible for some patients to develop more extensive side effects that mimic those of botulism. Contact Sindledecker Dentistry right away if you experience:
- Trouble swallowing or breathing
- Vision problems
- Widespread muscle weakness outside of the treatment area
- Bladder control issues
It typically takes three to seven days for the results of Botox to become apparent. These results may continue to strengthen for up to two weeks. The longevity of improvement is different for everyone but generally lasts up to six months. After that time, patients can come to Sindledecker Dentistry for more treatments!
Dr. Sindledecker’s BOTOX® Experience
Being a certified dentist, Dr. Amanda Sindledecker has had a lot of experience when it comes to BOTOX® and dermal fillers. Some of her experience includes:
- Smile Makeover Expert
- Extensive training and knowledge of oral and oral-facial areas
- Comprehensive knowledge of facial muscle expression dynamics
- Highly experienced with BOTOX® injections and anesthetic options for comfortable treatments
- Consideration of dental and facial proportions before augmentation for optimal results
- Trained and accredited to augment with Botox and Dermal Fillers with the best techniques
- Can offer quick and convenient treatments during routine dental visits
Clinical Training and Accreditation
- Certified Member of the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics
- 2015 Annual IAFA Aesthetics Symposium
- IAFA Facial Anatomy and Cadaver Dissection
- Denta-Spa Seminar Advanced BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers
- Denta-Spa Seminar Lip Augmentation and Platelet Rich Plasma / Micro-Needling
- Phlebotomy Certification