Botox® for TMJ Disorder:
Botox also treats other medical conditions such as pain from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Your TMJ is the joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. Due to grinding our teeth or clenching our mouth when we are stressed, over time the muscles that control our TMJ such as the masseter and temporalis muscles often go into spasm resulting in pain in the lower face and also headaches. The masseter muscle is located at the angle of the jaw and is the main muscle that is involved in chewing. The overuse of this muscle from clenching or grinding your teeth also causes a change in the appearance of the lower face to a more boxed appearance. Since the muscle is being overworked, it begins to enlarge or hypertrophy just as your biceps enlarge when you lift weights. The stronger the muscle gets, the more damage that clenching and grinding your teeth causes. In addition, the facial pain, ear pain and headaches worsen. Botox helps to alleviate the spasm in these muscles relieving you of that horrible pain and restoring your natural facial structure.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein that is isolated from Clostridium botulinum bacterium.
How does Botox work?
Botox is injected with a tiny needle into the masseter muscle on the side of the lower face and/or the temporalis muscle on the side of the head. When Botox is injected into the muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching the muscle and as a result the muscle is unable to contract and weakens. As the muscle weakens, the facial pain subsides and the facial structure is restored.
Is Botox Safe?
Botox is a FDA approved product. Botox protein itself is not a poison. It is modified extensively in the lab to a purified form and its concentration is diluted, making it very safe. When injected properly into the muscle, it is only absorbed by the muscle and the body does not absorb the protein making it very safe.
Who administers the Botox?
You really should only trust a physician to administer Botox. At Anand Medical Spa, only our Physician administers the Botox. We do NOT use nurses or physician assistants.
How long does the Botox treatment take?
It usually takes 20 minutes.
How long before I see results?
You can start seeing results anywhere from 3-10 days.
How long does Botox last?
Botox usually lasts up 3-4 months and sometimes longer. Some patients who have been doing Botox for a while report that over time the interval between injections can be extended to 6 months.
Is there a risk of bruising with Botox injections?
The risk of bruising is minimal, if at all. Please adhere to the pre-treatment instructions as this will further minimize the risk of bruising.
Dose the injection hurt?
There is a mild prick like sensation for most of our clients and therefore no sedation or anesthesia is needed usually during the procedure. Some people describe the prick like sensation similar to that of a bug bite. Although no anesthesia is usually necessary, we can either ice the area or apply topical cream to make our clients more comfortable. At Anand Medical Spa, we want to be absolutely certain that we do everything possible to make your experience with us as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Can I go right back to work after receiving Botox?
Yes, you can go back to work the same day.
Is the Botox an authentic Allergen product?
Yes, at Anand Medical Spa, we only use authentic FDA-approved products made by Allergen. Some places may use a product bought from another country or “black market Botox” and sell it for much cheaper. Please ask our physician during your consultation how you can be certain we are using an authentic product.
Who should not use Botox?
Botox Cosmetic should not be used in the presence of an infection at the proposed injection site, in individuals with known hypersensitivity to any ingredient in the formulation including Botulinum Toxin Type A or albumin, in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and in anyone with a neuromuscular disorder such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton Syndrome should not be treated with Botox.
What are some of the possible side effects of Botox?
Some of the side effects include discomfort or bruising at injection site, headache, dry mouth and fatigue. In rare cases, Botox may spread to areas away from injection site and may cause facial drooping.
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