If you are looking for an effective Botox treatment, why not visit your dentist? Sometimes people are surprised to learn that some dentists provide Botox services.

However, in many ways, a skilled dentist is the ideal provider due to convenience and their precision and in-depth knowledge of the head and face.

Dr. Kelly Wilson at Southview Dentistry is not only a cosmetic and general dentist, but she is also a skilled Botox provider.

What Is Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that temporarily smooths fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing specific facial muscles. It effectively minimizes the appearance of crow's feet, frown lines or “11s,” forehead creases, and other expression lines.

Your provider injects tiny doses of an approved toxin that relaxes the muscles and keeps them from moving. According to the Mayo Clinic, this toxin is made by the microbe that causes botulism.

Sometimes people are surprised to learn there are also medical and dental care uses for Botox injections, including treating chronic tension and migraine headaches, chronic tooth grinding, involuntary muscle twitches, and other conditions where relaxing specific muscles offer relief.

Why Choose a Dentist for Botox

The injectable has a range of cosmetic and therapeutic uses and is also sometimes used in dentistry. Dentists sometimes use Botox to treat Bruxism and for some cosmetic purposes such as visually correcting a high lip line.

Combining dentistry with Botox injections is a convenient option for many patients. Imagine scheduling your Botox for the same appointment as your dental cleaning or tooth whitening treatment!

Many professionals administer Botox, yet people are often surprised to learn dentists are among them. A skilled dentist treats the patient’s mouth and face holistically.

They are often the first to recognize early symptoms of various non-dental conditions due to their extensive knowledge of the head and face. This same knowledge positions them to administer Botox injections precisely.

Botox for Cosmetic Enhancement: Top Treatment Areas

While Botox can be used to treat many areas of the face and even relieve pain, there are some treatment areas that are more common than others. Here at Southview, Dr. Kelly is especially skilled at using Botox to treat the following:

  • Gummy smile
  • Lip Flip
  • Angry 11’s (the lines between your eyebrows)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Crows feet
  • Dimpled chin
  • Bunny nose

What to Expect From Botox Treatment

Dr. Kelly will first talk with you to learn about your goals, health history, and more. If you are already seeing her as a patient, you are already off to a great start!

Once confirming that Botox is appropriate for you, Dr. Kelly will strategically inject the Botox into the right muscles for your aesthetic goals. The process is usually quick and relatively painless.

Most people start seeing results right away, but it can take a week or two for the peak results to emerge. When done by a skilled professional, Botox is natural-looking. Some patients notice they look relaxed, well-rested, and a few years younger.

Results typically last around three months, but each individual metabolizes differently.

Plan to avoid lying down or vigorous physical activity for a few hours after your injections. If you work out daily, be sure to do your workout before your injection. Many patients also see best results if they stop drinking alcohol and taking aspirin, fish oil, or other anti-inflammatory medicines and supplements for a few days before their treatment to help minimize the risk of bruising.

Discuss any medications or supplements you take with Dr. Kelly before your injections so she can provide you with accurate information specific to your situation.

Does Botox Have Side Effects?

Most people experience no side effects or just minor side effects like mild pain at the injection site for a day or two. Dr. Kelly will discuss possible side effects, including rare, serious side effects. Be sure to follow her advice in the days and weeks following your treatment for the best results.

Possible side effects include redness and soreness at the injection sites that last a few hours to a few days. Some people get headaches for a day or two or even long-term. This is less common since Botox is actually used to treat chronic headaches.

In highly rare instances, there are serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects. If you are new to Botox or need a refresher, be sure to ask Dr. Kelly since knowing what to look out for can save your life. If you experience a fever, lightheadedness, dizziness, paralysis, or other concerning symptoms in the days following Botox injections, seek immediate medical care.

Next Steps: Schedule an Appointment

Contact Southview Dentistry to book your Botox appointment with Dr. Kelly. Southview Dentistry also specializes in smile makeovers and other noninvasive cosmetic dentistry procedures like tooth whitening.