Venice Village Dental offers patients Botox and Dermal Filler injections as a therapeutic dental treatment with aesthetic benefits. Botox and Dermal Filler can be used to bring balance to a gummy smile, treat symptoms of TMJ and enhance the lips. Dr. Riesz is highly experienced in administering facial esthetic treatments for safe and natural results.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all injectable neuromodulators, meaning they can temporarily change the nerve impulses of targeted muscles, therefore reducing or eliminating contraction-induced wrinkles (wrinkles caused by facial movements).
Each brand has a slightly different formulation of the same substance, bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, or Botulinum Toxin A, but they all work the same way: they block the nerve impulses of the injected muscles to temporarily paralyze muscle movements that cause wrinkles. The most common targets are horizontal lines across the forehead and perpendicular frown lines between the brows (also called “The Elevens”), but many also rely on Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin for crow’s feet and nasal squint lines (“Bunny nose”). The effects are confined to the injection zone and do not affect the surrounding areas or travel around the body, as commonly feared. Botox treatments also prevent the formation of deeper lines in the long run, making them an increasingly popular anti-aging strategy.
During the treatment, a very fine needle is injected into each specific muscle for a few seconds with only the minor discomfort of a tiny pinch. For ultra-sensitive types, topical lidocaine anesthetic cream or ice can be applied beforehand if necessary. You may experience slight redness or swelling at the injection sites, but only momentarily, so you can go about your normal activities immediately after receiving treatment. You may also have slight bruising at the injection site.
You will notice smoother skin within 2 to 3 days post injection, but the full effects will not appear for about 2 weeks. It may take as long as a month for results to peak on areas with stronger muscles, particularly in men.
After botox has taken effect, your skin will feel smoothed and lifted, with a more youthful and awakened appearance. These results tend to last 4 to 6 months, at which point the muscle movement gradually returns and the wrinkles and lines start to reappear, but often less severe than before because the muscle is being trained to relax more.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are safe for all skin types and skin colors. However, people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any neurological diseases should not use these injectables unless approved by a qualified cosmetic doctor.