At Ivory Dental in Lethbridge, our dentists are pleased to offer Botox injections.
Botox is a highly recognizable brand of neuromodulating agents. It contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
The Botox process involves injections containing purified bacteria into any areas of concern to freeze the muscle at the site of the injection. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox releases neurotoxins, which prevent the muscles from contracting and help them to relax.
At Ivory Dental, Dr. Shawn Heggie is trained in both upper and lower face Botox treatments.
Any questions and concerns you have will be addressed before the treatment to ensure your desired results are understood.
Some patients described the injections to feel like a mild pinch, similar to a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. The needle is very fine in order to help prevent any pain, bruising, or swelling.
After your treatment, it is important to avoid certain activities for the first several hours. You must not lay down, or bend your head for a sustained period of time.
Do not touch or rub the treatment area to avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles. In rare cases, some people report getting headaches after a Botox injection.
A Botox treatment takes roughly 15-25 minutes and doesn't require anesthesia. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles, and topical anesthesia (numbing cream) may be used.
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the relevant anatomy. They will employ measures associated with the safe and effective use of Botox, which includes proper storage, selection of the correct dosage, and correct administration techniques. Our clinicians will provide patient-specific care and, for your safety, may inquire about any alterations to the anatomy such as prior surgical procedures.
Botox treatments generally last 3-5 months, depending on how the individual person metabolizes it.
During your first consultation, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive facial and/or dental assessment and recommend the optimal treatments to achieve your goals. If they conclude that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be booked.
Yes. Avoid alcohol starting about one week before the procedure. We also recommend that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.
Side effects from Botox are rare, and if they do occur, are typically mild and transient. They can include:
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
Botox treatment should be avoided by: