Botox In Arvada

What Is Botox?

Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure that smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead, near your lips, on your cheeks, and in many different areas of your face. When it’s injected into your face, it paralyzes some of your facial muscles, which causes them to relax and smoothes out these wrinkles and fine lines. At Candelas Dentistry, Arvada dentist Dr. Kim is fully certified to provide Botox treatment, so contact us now to schedule your treatment.

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Nearly 7.5 million people get Botox each year, making it the most popular cosmetic procedure in the USA.

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How It Works: The Botox Process

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First, you’ll come into Candelas Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Kim, who will help you understand if Botox is right for you.

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If you’re approved for Botox, Dr. Kim will create a treatment plan, and will inject Botox into each area of your face where you need to smooth out your fine lines and wrinkles. The process is completely painless and takes only a few minutes.

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It usually takes at least 1-2 weeks to see your results, and it can take even longer to see your full results. So be patient, and enjoy your new, rejuvenated appearance!

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What Are Fillers?

Fillers, also sometimes called “facial fillers” or “dermal fillers,” are a cosmetic treatment used to plump up certain areas of the face, usually the lips and cheeks. They are injected below the skin, similarly to Botox.

These fillers are usually made out of compounds that are already found in the body, such as hyaluronic acid. Once they are injected into the face, they will “fill” and plump up that part of your face, which is how they get their name.

Fillers are very often used along with Botox, and we offer both treatments at our office. Botox is ideal for lines and fine wrinkles, while fillers work to plump up and rejuvenate the appearance of your lips, cheeks, neck, and many other parts of the face.

The Benefits Of Botox

The biggest benefit of Botox is that it helps you feel more confident about your appearance, particularly if you have a lot of fine lines or facial wrinkles that make you look older than you really are. Botox smooths out and rejuvenates your face, restoring your self-confidence.

It’s also completely non-invasive. Botox injections don’t hurt at all, and the procedure is totally safe, with an extremely low chance of any kind of complications or negative side effects. Botox is also reasonably priced, especially when compared to surgical cosmetic procedures.

Finally, Botox is a very long-lasting treatment. Its effects are usually still apparent up to 3-4 months after treatment, so you only need 2-3 injections per year to keep your skin and face looking young and rejuvenated.

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Can Botox be used as a treatment for TMD?

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Did you know that Botox can be used to treat complications and pain associated with TMD? Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are disorders of the jaw muscles or joints which cause decreased mobility and significant pain. They are also closely linked to bruxism as most patients with TMD grind their teeth when they sleep.

TMD can cause the following problems:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking noises when opening the jaw
  • Lockjaw or reduced jaw mobility
  • Change to a person’s bite
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Earaches
  • Pain that radiates from behind the eye throughout the face
  • Teeth grinding/clenching

Botox can treat these issues by relaxing the facial muscles that are responsible for tensing up, clenching, and grinding. This decreases pain in the jaw, head, eyes, and ears. Patients are less likely to grind their teeth because the muscles responsible for contracting have been effectively paralyzed.

Patients will also experience increased jaw mobility and reduced locking of the jaw. The procedure is straightforward, as all it involves is the injection of Botox into the temples, forehead, and jaw muscles. This takes about 30 minutes.

What Are the Side Effects of Botox?

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Botox has been extensively tested as a treatment for cosmetic and pain relief. It is considered safe when administered by a trained professional but can potentially cause the following side effects in certain patients:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Headaches
  • Temporary swelling and bruising
  • Allergic reaction
  • Mild pain
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Temporary tightness in the forehead

Rarer, more serious side effects that warrant medical attention include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Difficulty speaking clearly
  • Incontinence
  • Muscle weakness
  • Vision problems

You should tell your dentist if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding as the administration of Botox is not recommended during this time. Do not rub or touch your face or engage in physical activity for 24 hours as this can cause the Botox to spread to unwanted areas and increase the chance of experiencing unwanted side effects. Sit upright for several hours after receiving Botox injections.

How Soon Will I See Results?

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You can see the effects of Botox start to appear within 3-4 days of injection but it can take a couple of weeks to reap the full effects. Ultimately when Botox kicks in depends on a variety of factors such as:

  • Your age
  • Site of injection
  • The frequency of injection
  • The dosage

The reason it takes time for Botox to work is that to block the nerves’ neurotransmitters, the Botox needs to travel to the cellular level. It takes time for your body to react to the neurotoxin which is usually inactive.

You should refrain from “touching up” Botox injections too soon because this can result in Botox resistance. This happens when antibodies have built up against the Botox or break it down very quickly which can inhibit the effectiveness of Botox injections. Botox is a temporary procedure that lasts for 3-6 months.

How Long Does Botox Last?

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Botox typically lasts for 3-4 months in most people, but this can vary by person depending on their lifestyle, how much they had injected, how many times they had received the treatment before, the area it was administered, and individual differences in metabolizing the neurotoxin.

Botox can last for up to 6 months in some individuals or as little as 3 months in others. People report that the first injection tends to metabolize faster than repeated injections. When using Botox to help reduce deep wrinkles, this may not be as effective or last as long as when Botox is used as a preventative measure or to reduce minor fine lines.

Certain areas of the face that are less mobile may not wear off as fast because you do not use this area of your face to make expressions as much as other areas. Botox may also wear off more quickly in those who exercise frequently and intensely.

Are Botox and Fillers Painful?

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No, the injection of botox or filler is not especially painful, because we apply a topical numbing agent before inserting a very tiny needle into the designated area. If you are not good with needles, have low pain tolerance, or have anxiety, we can use sedation to help you feel more at ease. 

Applying ice to the area before injection can also help to further numb the area and reduce bruising. You may experience minor discomfort such as a stinging sensation that lasts for a very short amount of time. 

How Do I Prepare for Botox?

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There are a few things you can do to minimize the chance of bruising leading up to your Botox treatment. You should avoid the following for at least 7 days before your Botox injections:

  • Eating garlic
  • Drinking red wine
  • Taking anti-inflammatory pain medication
  • Fish oil
  • Multivitamins
  • Green tea
  • Spices like ginger and cinnamon
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Ginseng
  • St. John’s Wort

You should inform us of your medical history and any medications or supplements that you are taking. We also need to know if you are pregnant, smoke, or have respiratory problems. You should not drink alcohol for 24 hours leading up to the treatment. Try not to irritate the area you will be receiving the Botox injections by tweezing or waxing.

How Often Should I Get Botox Touch-Ups?

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There are two different types of Botox touch-ups, ones that are performed because the injection did not produce a significant result after 2 weeks and those that are a part of your regular maintenance to keep fine lines, wrinkles, and TMJ at bay. 

If you are not satisfied with the change to your facial appearance within 2 weeks, it is safe to contact us about getting a touch-up. However, this is unlikely to happen unless a very minimal amount was injected. 

Since Botox is temporary and wears off after about every 3-6 months, you can get it readministered within that timeframe. Be wary that the more you get Botox, the less you tend to need going forward because you are no longer sending the same signals for your muscles to contract. You may not need as much Botox at every session as you did at your first appointment.

What Is After Care Like?

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After receiving Botox, you will not be able to wear makeup for 24 hours and you should use a gentle face cleanser. You should avoid laying down for 4 hours after receiving Botox so the neurotoxin doesn’t spread to other areas of the face. 

Another big no-no after Botox injection is massaging the injection site. Do not touch or rub these areas of your face. Try your best not to touch your face at all for several hours after your appointment.

We recommend that you limit your sun exposure, intense exercise, and levels of stress which can all rapidly break down Botox. Eating a nutritious diet and applying topical creams will keep your face healthy and rejuvenated.  

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Over 90% of American adults have had a cavity at some point in their lives.

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