botox for bruxism
Botox Treatment for Bruxism
Bruxism is the act of grinding or clenching the teeth excessively and can result in an overdeveloped muscle in this area. This can also result in the development of tension in the neck area and tension headaches. It can also lead to the formation of a square appearance or prominent jaw muscles. Botox can be use for the weakening of these muscles, which reduces the tension in the area and consequently reduces the tension headaches and can have a pleasing effect in the prominent jaw muscles. It also reduces the grinding of the teeth.
Before and After
What is Botox is for?
In cosmetics, Botox® can be used for the treatment of 3 main areas; Forehead, glabellar (frown lines between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet. Botox® is injected in the chosen muscle with a very small needle and it only produces minimal discomfort. SkinMedico also offers specialised advanced techniques with Botox® for treatment of the following areas:
- Eyebrow lift
- Corners of the Mouth
- Nasal Bunny Lines
- Vertical Lip Lines
- Neck Lines (Platysmal Bands)
- Reduction of Volume of Masseter Muscle (Masseteric Hypertrophy)
- Teeth Grinding / Jaw Clenching (Bruxism)
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (known as TMJ or TMD)
Excessive Sweating (Medically known as Hyperhidrosis) is another area that responds very well to treatment with Botox®.
How does Botox work?
Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces the chosen muscles activity that causes the persistent lines to form in our skin. Therefore it is very important to choose an approved and experienced practitioner. At SkinMedico, we ensure that you get the best treatment by qualified practitioners. They have regular clinical updates and they have gathered an extensive array of experience and knowledge.
Possible side effects
Following treatment with Botox® there can be side effects such as: slight bleeding, swelling, redness and some bruising, they are very rare and usually temporary. Infection at the injection site is also very rare. Use of a simple antiseptic cream can help prevent this. Some Clients experience a transient mild headache, nausea or skin irritation. If this does occur it will improve after a day or two.
Rare side effects
Other rare side effects are directly related to the action of the Botox®. Developing resistance to Botox® is possible if you develop antibodies against the toxin. Higher doses (not in cosmetic treatments) and too frequent treatments can increase this risk. There are possible solutions to resistance. This can be discussed during the consultation with the practitioner.
A bit of Botox history
Botox® is the commercial name for Botulinum Toxin Type A. Botox® is a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum. This neurotoxin is refined, purified, diluted and used in very small therapeutic doses.
Botox® has been used for several treatments since the 1970’s and it has been safely used for non-surgical treatments for more than 30 years. In 1987, Dr. Jean Carruthers with the collaboration of her husband Dr. Alastair Carruthers, discovered the application of Botox® for non-surgical cosmetic use, since then Botox® has been used by millions of people worldwide.
After the treatment
Following the procedure the area may be red and swollen with very small blebs of fluid injected. The effects may take a few hours to disappear. For the first couple of days, you might find mild difficulty when chewing a heavy meal. This is a normal effect of the treatment.
At SkinMedico, we offer you a full medical assessment prior to your first treatment. We will advise you on an individualised plan of treatment to suit your needs. This process gives you a great opportunity to ask all the questions that you might have and discuss the treatment plan. Botox® can be carried out alone or in combination with other treatments.
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