Botox and dermal fillers continue to grow in popularity and are now one of the most used cosmetic treatments in the world. Not only are they effective for rejuvenating your appearance by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and adding volume, but they can also treat facial muscle pain caused by clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism). As experts in Botox and dermal fillers – as well as cosmetic dentistry – we are some of the most qualified professionals to advise on the best cosmetic solutions to suit your specific needs and wants. So, let’s answer some of the questions that our patients ask us the most: here are our Botox FAQs.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is one of the most commonly used cosmetic treatments and is extremely reliable and safe to use. It is an approved medicine registered with the New Zealand Ministry of Health. Before you undergo treatment, your Dentist will review your medical history and discuss any potential side effects to ensure that you are a good candidate for treatment.
Does Botox hurt?
Botox and dermal fillers are administered through a series of injections into the specific facial muscles that are being targeted. Extremely fine, sterile, disposable needles are used. Most patients find that the injections sting slightly when they are being given, but this lasts for just a few seconds.
Following treatment, it is common to have some minor swelling, redness, bruising, itching and/or tightening of the skin for up to a few days. Paracetamol can be taken to relieve any discomfort, although this is not usually necessary.
Will my face look frozen?
That frozen look, or ‘Botox face’ is caused when too much Botox is used, and it lessens your ability to make normal facial expressions. That’s why it is important to only use a Dentist who is experienced and qualified in administering Botox. The treatment should still look natural and allow a full range of facial expressions. Our aim is to restore a more youthful, fresher and relaxed version of you – never to the point where you lose your ability to make facial expressions or as if you’ve “had a lot of work done”.
How long does Botox last?
Results can take up to two weeks to appear, and last for at least a few weeks and more often for several months. The effects of Botox are temporary as the medication disappears naturally from the body over time. For the best long-term results, we recommend that patients have Botox treatments two to three times per year.
Is it true that Botox is preventative?
Yes! Because Botox weakens the targeted muscles in your face, it prevents them from moving and causing wrinkles. Therefore, starting Botox early, such as in your late 20s to early 30s, can actually help to stop deep wrinkles from forming.