Enjoy a Refreshed Appearance with BOTOX® Cosmetic
Dr. Brian J. Polidori offers BOTOX® Cosmetic at our Lakewood, CO, office to help improve your appearance by reducing facial lines and wrinkles. In addition, he can use the injections to help relax the upper lip, which reduces the appearance of a “gummy” smile. This safe injectable treatment is very effective for helping patients achieve a younger, rejuvenated look. Many patients also enjoy the convenience of scheduling their BOTOX® treatments alongside their dental appointments.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic contains small amounts of botulinum toxin protein. The purified protein is injected into specific treatment areas, such as the outer corners of the eyes, between the eyes, and around the mouth, to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. At the same time, the treatments can discourage new lines from developing on the face.
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be a great way to improve your appearance and give you a younger, more refreshed look.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
In short, BOTOX® Cosmetic suppresses the nerve impulses that cause muscles to contract. In doing so, the muscles relax, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. There are additional uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic in dentistry. For example, Dr. Polidori can use the injectable to reduce the appearance of a "gummy" smile. In this case, he injects BOTOX® Cosmetic into the upper lip to limit its elevation and reduce the amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment?
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be an appropriate treatment for women and men who are over the age of 18, with good overall health and no history of neuromuscular disease. Although the treatment is safe and minimally invasive, Dr. Polidori does not recommend it for women who are pregnant or nursing, or for patients with certain health conditions.
What Should I Expect During the Injection Process?
The injection process is relatively quick. First, Dr. Polidori will determine the ideal location for the injections by asking you to contract specific facial muscles. Then he will prepare the injection site. He will clean the treatment area, and if you are concerned about any discomfort, he can apply a numbing cream. Next, Dr. Polidori will inject the solution into the designated treatment areas. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes, after which you can go back to your normal daily activities.
You may notice some slight bruising and/or swelling at the injection site. This is normal and should subside within a day or so. Within about 48 hours, you should begin to see an improvement in your wrinkles or your lip elevation and results should continue to improve for up to a month. Most patients enjoy their results for three to four months, after which additional maintenance injections are needed.
Achieve a More Youthful Appearance
BOTOX® Cosmetic can be a great way to improve your appearance and give you a younger, more refreshed look. For more dramatic results, you can combine your injectable treatment with a cosmetic procedure, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. Regardless of the treatments you choose, Dr. Polidori’s advanced skills will ensure beautiful results. Contact Colorado Premier Dental today to schedule your initial consultation.