BOTOX® – PAIN RELIEF & COSMETIC

At Mukilteo Smiles, we offer BOTOX®  for both pain relief and cosmetic reasons. Many different kinds of healthcare professionals are allowed to deliver BOTOX® to patients, but as specialists in the oral and facial areas, our team at Mukilteo Smiles is especially qualified to perform this treatment.

If you are unhappy with lines or wrinkles in your face, we can use BOTOX®  treatments to soften the lines and give you smoother skin. BOTOX® temporarily reduces the amount of muscle activity so that wrinkles are no longer creased and reformed, giving the body a chance to repair the wrinkles. Results will typically last three to four months before another treatment is needed. Some patients like to schedule their BOTOX®  treatments in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments we offer, such as in-office teeth whitening.

BOTOX®  can also be used to treat patients suffering from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD, formerly known as TMJ) and other types of facial muscle pain. Your temporomandibular joint and its adjoining muscles are located directly in front of your ears (you can feel them moving when you open your mouth wide). When a patient suffers from TMD, the body responds by causing severe pain in these joints and muscles, sometimes to the point that it’s difficult to eat or even open your mouth. BOTOX®  injections that relieve TMD pain can also decrease chronic headaches that are the result of teeth grinding.

For more information about BOTOX® , please review the information below provided from the manufacturer: 

 

HOW DOES BOTOX®  TREAT JAW TENSION & TMJ DISORDER?

A combination of factors can cause facial lines. It’s not just about the cellular changes that may occur, or reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment.

Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines. BOTOX®  Cosmetic is a quick 10-minute treatment that works beneath the surface and temporarily reduces the underlying muscle activity that causes moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults – to help them look better.

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH TREATMENT.

Some patients receiving BOTOX®  Cosmetic report the injections feel like a pinch. You may begin to notice a visible smoothing of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines.

BOTOX®  Cosmetic is not a permanent treatment. If you discontinue treatment the moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines will gradually return.

THE MOST WIDELY RESEARCHED TREATMENT OF ITS KIND.

Only BOTOX®  Cosmetic is backed by more than 15 years of clinical studies. It uses a unique manufacturing process, and its potency is measured in units that cannot be compared to any other product. This is why there is no such thing as “generic” BOTOX®  Cosmetic.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: TREATMENTS ARE NOT ALL “THE SAME.”

Did you know that the FDA has stated BOTOX®  Cosmetic is “non-interchangeable”? That means its safety and effectiveness cannot be claimed by another product. The potency – or strength – of BOTOX®  Cosmetic is measured in scientifically defined units, and the FDA has concluded that a unit of BOTOX®  Cosmetic does not equal a unit of any other product. People who are prescribed a biologic product have a right to know exactly what they are receiving. Be sure to ask which product you’re being prescribed and why.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & APPROVED USES BOTOX®

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & APPROVED USES 
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic:

  • Problems swallowing, speaking, or breathing, due to weakening of associated muscles, can be severe and result in loss of life. You are at the highest risk if these problems are pre-existing before injection. Swallowing problems may last for several months.
  • Spread of toxin effects. The effect of botulinum toxin may affect areas away from the injection site and cause serious symptoms including: loss of strength and all-over muscle weakness, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids, hoarseness or change or loss of voice, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.

BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product.

There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, and/or forehead lines.

BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.

Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

Do not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic if you: are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.

Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; have trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using BOTOX® Cosmeticwith certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmeticin the past.

Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.

Other side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include: dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids and eyebrows, swelling of your eyelids and dry eyes.

APPROVED USES
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.

For more information refer to the Medication Guide or talk with your doctor.

To report a side effect, please call Allergan at 1-800-678-1605.

Please see BOTOX® Cosmetic full Product Information including Boxed Warning and Medication Guide.

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Family Dentistry

Stacey C. Sype, DDS