BOTOX has been used medically since the 1970s. Present day, we hear more of its use for aesthetic treatment for the face. In recent years, dental and orthodontic practices have begun offering facial aesthetics in addition to other cosmetic services, and BOTOX is typically included.
If you’re considering BOTOX for cosmetic or medical reasons, you want to be sure this treatment is worth it. How long does BOTOX last? Here’s what you can expect.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is an injectable medication that causes paralysis of the muscles in a concentrated area. BOTOX is made from a toxin produced by the bacteria botulism, which is safe when injected into the skin. Muscle memory causes your facial tissues to crease in certain places, but BOTOX stops the nerves from sending signals to the muscles. As the muscles relax, they release lines and wrinkles in the face for smoother skin.
BOTOX is typically applied to the forehead and around the eyes. It can also relax tense muscles in the jaw to treat the symptoms of TMJ disorder and reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.
How Long Do Results Last After BOTOX?
On average, the results of BOTOX injections last between 3 and 4 months for cosmetic treatment and 3-6 months for orthodontic treatment. The neurotoxin wears off over time, and the nerves resume their ability to control the muscles, resulting in a return of previous symptoms. This amount of time may vary from one person to another.
Cosmetic Uses for BOTOX
BOTOX may be used for the following cosmetic purposes:
- Minimize forehead lines. Lines and wrinkles in the forehead, especially the ones between the eyebrows (sometimes referred to as 11s), can be minimized with BOTOX.
- Minimize lines around the eyes. BOTOX can relax the muscles around the eyes to reduce fine lines known as crow's feet.
- Minimize lines around the mouth. Smile lines (also called parentheses) are the long creases in the skin that extend from the nose to the chin on each side of the mouth. BOTOX can also minimize these lines for a better looking smile.
Orthodontic Uses for BOTOX
BOTOX also offers orthodontic benefits, such as:
- TMJ Treatment. TMJ disorder is a condition affecting the temporomandibular joints, the places on each side of the head where the lower jaw connects to the skull. BOTOX can relax the muscles to relieve pain and restore range of motion in the jaw.
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding). BOTOX can stop someone from grinding their teeth by forcing the muscles in the jaw to relax.
- Gummy smile (high lip line).
Other Medical Uses for BOTOX
- Migraines. BOTOX has been shown to improve and reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.
Is BOTOX Covered By Insurance?
In some cases, BOTOX is covered by insurance, but it depends on the purpose for the treatment. If you are getting BOTOX for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover the procedure. However, if you need it for TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, or migraines, it may be covered. To find out if your insurance plan covers BOTOX, contact your provider or refer to your benefits guide for more information.
Is BOTOX Worth It?
Whether or not BOTOX is worth it is up to you. If you are unhappy with your appearance due to lines and wrinkles on your face, it may be worth getting BOTOX to improve your confidence. If you have frequent migraines that interfere with your daily life or significant jaw pain from teeth grinding, it may be worth getting BOTOX to relieve your symptoms. It is considered as a non-invasive, conservative, and affordable alternative treatment in comparison to surgical procedures. Although, the effect is temporary that lasts for 3–6 months, depending on the location. It is preferred by most patients as it gives positive significant results that meet their desires with minimal side effects.
Ask About BOTOX at Demko Orthodontics
Dr Demko has been injecting Botox & other dermal fillers since 2006. She has mastered many techniques & will make sure if there is a more skilled person of a technique you would benefit from, she will direct you to that professional. If you’re interested in BOTOX for cosmetic or health purposes, ask Demko Orthodontics if this would be a good treatment option for you. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.