We are pleased to be able to offer our patients Botox treatment. Dr. Ireland is certified to treat clenching, bruxism, gummy smiles and other aesthetic areas like forehead lines, smile lines, and crow’s feet. Within 3-5 days of a Botox injection, the treated facial muscles become temporarily relaxed, causing the overlying skin to lay flat and unwrinkled. The untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion so your facial expressions to be unaffected.
Dr. Ireland is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics — dedicated to providing the most advanced non-surgical minimally invasive techniques for beautiful and total facial esthetics.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Botox? Botox® is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action for Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is really quite simple; it is injected into facial muscles but really doesn’t affect the muscle at all. Botulinum Toxin (Botox) works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle.
Where is Botox usually used? The areas typically treated with Botulinum Toxin (Botox) for wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region), around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and around the lips (smokers lines or gummy smile). There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles.
How does Botox work? Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract, causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth.
How long does Botox last? The effects of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) last approximately three to four months, at which time the patient will require retreatment.
What else is Botox used for? Botulinum Toxin (Botox) has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism cases for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is also used to complement esthetic dentistry as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery. Botox is used to reduce or eliminate facial pain caused by muscles in the head and neck. Botox is FDA approved for treatment of chronic migraine.
*Disclaimer: Botox, Juvéderm, dermal fillers, facial injections, and other skin care information contained on this website is provided for educational purposes and should not be taken as medical advice. Please call the office to make an appointment for a consultation.