We all have to get older, but we don’t have to look older. With BOTOX ® Cosmetic, you have the choice: do you want to show your age, or do you want to look years younger by eliminating wrinkles around your eyes, your mouth, and in your forehead? You can even get rid of skin bands in the neck, sometimes called turkey neck. BOTOX ® Cosmetic is highly effective, long-lasting, versatile, and very safe—among the safest cosmetic treatments out there. And Botox can even help treat TMJ and TMJ-related headaches.

It’s no wonder that it’s the most popular cosmetic treatment in America and the world. If you would like to learn how BOTOX ® Cosmetic can help you look younger and feel better, please call (843) 706-2999 or email Beyond Exceptional Dentistry in Hilton Head.

What Wrinkles Can Botox Eliminate?

BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a popular cosmetic treatment partly because it can treat so many different concerns people have about their appearance as they age. Among the wrinkles that BOTOX ® Cosmetic can treat are:

  • Glabellar lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
  • Horizontal lines on the forehead
  • Crow’s feet
  • Lipstick lines
  • Turkey neck
  • Bunny lines

When it comes to facial rejuvenation, BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a virtual Jack of All Trades, but there are some problems it doesn’t master. For example, deep facial folds and hollows under the eyes are better treated using a facial filler like Juvéderm.

And sometimes the lines that develop around your mouth don’t respond well to BOTOX ® Cosmetic because they are due to wear on your teeth, which causes the height of your face to shrink, compressing and folding the skin around the mouth. If this is your problem, then perhaps a nonsurgical facelift will help more—and FOY Dentures® can help if you’re wearing dentures.

How Botox Works

Think of all the hundreds of times you call on your facial muscles to make expressions during the day. Whether you’re smiling at a friend, scolding a child, dog, or cat, or grimacing in frustration at traffic, your computer, or even a golf shot—you’re asking your muscles to contract in a particular way. Over time, your muscles try to anticipate what they’re going to be asked to do, so they contract on their own, crinkling your skin. That’s right—some wrinkles are the result of overachieving muscles trying to be helpful.

When BOTOX ® Cosmetic is injected into these muscles, it helps them relax, smoothing out your wrinkles. It’s a temporary effect, completely reversible.

BOTOX ® Cosmetic is also very safe. A recent study looked at more than 20,000 cosmetic procedures performed by 23 dermatologists found that there were no serious side effects from any of the BOTOX ® Cosmetic procedures. Minor side effects—which occurred in just 1 in 3333 procedures—included redness at the injection site and slight discomfort.

Botox and TMJ

The relaxing effects of Botox can also be very helpful in treating TMJ. Tense jaw muscles that cause sore jaw, trigger migraines and other headaches, and can damage teeth can be relaxed using Botox. The result is less soreness in the jaw, fewer headaches, and potentially less damage to your teeth and jaws.

Although not everyone benefits from Botox for jaw pain or headaches, those that do can have less pain for months at a time.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of BOTOX ® Cosmetic or Botox for TMJ in Hilton Head, please call (843) 706-2999 or contact Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.