Is It Safe to Get Botox from my Dentist?

Thursday January 19, 2017 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

Have you been considering Botox? If so, you’re not alone. The use of Botox is on the rise, as more and more people are recognizing it’s a safe and simple procedure for obtaining a youthful appearance. Botox is easy to get too—you can have it done right here at Murray Hill Dental.

But you still may be thinking: Is Botox safe? And is it safe to get Botox at the dentist?

Why Do People Choose to Get Botox?

As we age, wrinkles begin to form. Typically, they start around the eyes when crow’s feet begin to set in. But, of course, there are also those dreaded forehead wrinkles and the infamous “11” which develops between the eyebrows. People often choose Botox to prevent wrinkles from forming or deepening in those areas.

However, Botox isn’t just used to treat wrinkles. It’s also shown to be effective at eliminating migraines, minimizing excessive sweat, and preventing muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.

What Is the Botox Injection Procedure Like?

After applying a numbing anesthetic, Dr. Brown uses a very fine needle to inject Botox into the area being treated. The process is a painless one and can typically be completed in just 10 minutes.

Is the Botox Injectable Safe?

Botox Cosmetic has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles since 2002. Although side effects are uncommon, the most frequent effects reported are bruising, pain, or swelling around the injection site.
While most patients make good Botox candidates, you should tell Dr. Brown about your medical history and any current prescriptions you’re taking prior to receiving Botox. If you are taking blood thinners, for example, she may advise you to stop taking them a few days prior to your Botox appointment.

Is It Safe to Get Botox from my Dentist?

Yes, it is! The Ohio State Dental Board permits dentists to use Botox on patients if they’ve been trained through an accredited program. Dr. Brown has that training, as well as many hours spent furthering her skills through continuing education classes. She is pleased to be able to offer her patients Botox.

What Can I Expect after Getting Botox?
You can resume normal activities immediately after getting Botox. However, you’ll want to avoid rubbing the treated area—doing so can cause the Botox to migrate to other parts of your face.

Once you’ve received Botox, you may not notice a difference right away. The injectable typically takes 3-7 days to see results. Occasionally, it can take as long as two weeks. Results last for about three months, but in some cases, can last for up to six months. During that time, the muscles injected with Botox will not contract, preventing wrinkles from forming or deepening.

If you are interested in Botox, contact Murray Hill Dental today to schedule your appointment!

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