How Long Does BOTOX Last?
BOTOX treatment can help with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome symptoms. The injectable medication can also reduce the look of facial lines and wrinkles.
For TMJ relief, BOTOX treatment typically lasts about three to six months. The treatment may need to be repeated every three to four months for facial aesthetics.
How BOTOX Treatment Works
BOTOX is an injectable medication derived from Botulinum A, a byproduct of bacteria. Botulinum A is a neurotoxin that works to relax tense muscles. In therapeutic doses, the medication is safe and effective.
To treat a patient with BOTOX, the medical practitioner injects a tiny amount of the medication into areas where muscle tension causes problems. The medication stops signals between the brain and muscles, reducing tension and movement.
BOTOX and TMJ Syndrome
TMJ is a painful condition characterized by the following symptoms:
- Chewing muscle or jaw joint pain, which is the most common symptom
- Pain in the face or neck (myofascial pain)
- Jaw locking or restricted movement
- Clicking, grating, or popping noises accompanied by pain
- Dizziness, tinnitus, or hearing problems
TMJ patients have found significant facial pain relief when receiving BOTOX treatment. Practitioners inject the medication into the muscles that open and close the jaw. Practitioners may also use it in the muscles that move the jaw from side to side. The medication relaxes the muscles and reduces muscle tension, leading to a decrease in painful symptoms.
Cosmetic Uses of BOTOX
In addition to its therapeutic qualities, BOTOX can also rejuvenate facial appearance. Repetitive movements and tension in the facial muscles typically cause facial lines and wrinkles. BOTOX relaxes these muscles, enabling the skin to lie flat and reducing the look of lines.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX Treatment
Does BOTOX have any side effects?
These side effects are typically mild but can be bothersome. Symptoms may include swelling, pain, bruising, flu-like illness, drooping eyelids, and a change in eyebrow appearance.Due to side effects, some patients should not receive BOTOX treatment. These patients include those with poor health, very thick skin, or muscle weakness in the area where the injection will take place. Patients with sensitive skin may also want to take caution.
Can BOTOX help with any other medical conditions?
BOTOX injections started as a cosmetic treatment, but researchers soon noted that they helped patients with facial pain and headaches. Over time, researchers developed more uses for this breakthrough medication. The treatment helps patients with migraines, bladder issues, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), among many other conditions.
Call Legacy Smiles Orthodontic Specialists
BOTOX is not only a cosmetic aid, but it can also help with painful symptoms of TMJ and other medical conditions. If you want to learn more about how BOTOX can help you, please call our Las Cruces, NM, office at 575-522-1500 or request an appointment online.