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How Long Does BOTOX® Last?

July 28, 2022
Posted By: Sullivan Dental Partners
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Do you have wrinkles or fine lines you’d like to erase from your face? Dr. Richard Sullivan and our team at Sullivan Dental Partners offer BOTOX® and Juvéderm to provide patients with a more youthful appearance.

Our highly skilled Brentwood cosmetic dentists are trained in facial rejuvenation so that you can complete your new look with a fresh smile and more youthful skin. If you have wrinkles or fine lines on your face you wish would disappear, please get in touch with our Brentwood dental office to schedule a BOTOX consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists.

What Is BOTOX?

BOTOX (Botulinum toxin type A or onabotulinumtoxinA) is a non-surgical treatment to smooth facial lines and wrinkles. BOTOX is one of four FDA-approved injectables for cosmetic facial wrinkles. When administered by a trained professional, BOTOX is a safe and effective way to have smooth, beautiful skin.

How Does BOTOX Work Its Magic?

BOTOX blocks the release of acetylcholine and signals from the nerve to the target muscles, which temporarily prevents those muscles from contracting. Temporarily muscle paralysis ultimately decreases the formation of wrinkles and gives the appearance of smooth, supple skin. Countless studies, including this one, confirm that BOTOX is safe and effective for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, elevating eyebrows, treating hyperhidrosis, and more. 

What Aesthetic Concerns Can BOTOX Fix?

BOTOX relaxes facial muscles, so the skin covering those muscles naturally softens and becomes smooth. BOTOX is effective and can be used for the following:

  • Across the forehead – furrows
  • Outside the eyes – “crows’ feet”
  • Between the eyebrows – “11s” 
  • Sides of the nose – “bunny lines”
  • Eyebrow lift

BOTOX is gentle and doesn’t leave you looking frozen or expressionless. Your dentist starts with a low dose to measure the results and can adjust them accordingly. Your satisfaction is our priority! 

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

Because BOTOX is temporary, you will need follow-up visits to maintain your results. On average, BOTOX lasts 4–6 months, and routine maintenance will help muscles remain relaxed, making your skin look supple and smooth. Everyone has a unique experience with BOTOX, and results may vary. 

BOTOX for Jaw Pain and Headaches

Did you know that BOTOX has other uses besides eliminating wrinkles? It's true! Studies show that BOTOX in the forehead, jaws, and face can relieve tension due to bruxism, jaw joint (TMJ) pain, and headaches. 

Our jaw muscles work all day to chew, yawn, and talk. Over time, overused jaw muscles can build up, creating the appearance of big, boxy jaws. Your cosmetic dentist can strategically place BOTOX injections in the jaw muscles to relieve pressure on surrounding muscles and joints and soften the look of boxy jaws. BOTOX can also help reduce or prevent teeth grinding and clenching while allowing jaw muscles to rest. 

What to Expect During Your BOTOX Treatment?

First, your Brentwood cosmetic dentist at Sullivan Dental Group will discuss your goals and assess if BOTOX can achieve those goals. After an examination, we cleanse your face and the areas where we will administer the BOTOX. We may apply a numbing cream or ice pack to numb the area and prevent potential discomfort. When you’re ready, we administer the BOTOX to the targeted muscles. 

After the treatment, you may have a few small bumps at the injection site, but they will disappear soon after the appointment. Mild bruising within the first 48 hours is expected. Finally, we’ll provide instructions on what to do for the next 24 hours. 

How Long Does It Take for BOTOX to Work?

BOTOX temporarily relaxes muscles that pull the skin, reducing the appearance of facial lines and furrows. This process, however, takes some time and is not immediate. It generally takes 3–5 days for BOTOX to take effect, but it’s common to see your full results at 7–10 days. Because of this, we usually tell patients to wait two weeks after their BOTOX treatment to see if they need a touch-up. 

Refresh Your Look with BOTOX in Brentwood, TN

Everyone gets wrinkles and lines, especially as we age; it’s a sign of laughing, crying, and enjoying a life well-lived. However, having facial wrinkles and furrows can make us look older than we are and make us self-conscious about our appearance. At Sullivan Dental Group, we want to help you feel and look your best! That’s why we offer facial rejuvenation at our Brentwood dental office in addition to cosmetic dentistry. 

Facial rejuvenation treatments like BOTOX or Juvéderm can enhance your natural beauty, provide a more youthful appearance, and be the perfect way to complement a new and improved smile. 

If you are interested in erasing fine lines and facial furrows, please don’t hesitate to contact Sullivan Dental Group for a facial rejuvenation consultation today. One of our skilled and experienced cosmetic dentists will be thrilled to work with you and create the fresh look you’ve always wanted. 

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