BOTOX® Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
Aging is an inevitable fact of life, and with too much screen time, our faces are showing the signs more than ever. Fortunately, BOTOX® provides a non-surgical, therapeutic way to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles safely and conservatively. BOTOX® works well for men and women alike and has proven effective as a preventive measure against the common signs of aging.
Scott J. Stephens, DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry now offers BOTOX® Cosmetic in our Fayetteville, AR dental office.
If people comment that you look angry or tired, BOTOX® could be the answer. After all, you wouldn’t want to give people the impression of being unfriendly or exhausted.
How Does BOTOX® Work?
BOTOX® is a brand name for a cosmetic injectable, anti-wrinkle medication that gently relaxes the muscles in the face. Habitual expressions like concentrating, squinting, frowning, and even smiling can cause wrinkles.
Dr. Scott Stephens will ask you to make those common expressions while in the dental chair, and he will make small temporary marks on the skin to identify key muscles. For your first visit, Dr. Stephens will administer a small amount of the medication to those muscles that cause:
- The “angry 11” (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Crows’ feet
- Forehead furrows
- Bunny lines (wrinkles by the nose, usually from smiling)
- Smile lines around the mouth
- Gummy smiles
BOTOX® is a controlled way to reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles and give your skin a smooth, youthful appearance. Dr. Stephens can increase or decrease the dose he administers to ensure ideal results that are easy to maintain with follow-up BOTOX® treatments.
Will I Have a Frozen Face?
No; you will still be able to show normal expressions like joy, sorrow, and surprise. Being expressionless is a common misconception about BOTOX®. When administered by an experienced professional like Dr. Stephens, no one will know you have had BOTOX® anti-wrinkle injections. They will just notice that you look younger, more relaxed, and fresh-faced.
Why Choose a Dentist for BOTOX®?
Facial aesthetics has long been an interest of Dr. Stephens, and with his extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and musculature, as well as his ability to give a wide range of injections, he feels that BOTOX® will be the perfect complement to any cosmetic dentistry plan, or give you great results all on its own.
Another misconception is that anti-wrinkle injections are only for women. The truth is that men spend just as much time on the computer, smartphones, and smiling or frowning as women! Men and women find BOTOX® particularly beneficial to maintain their youthful appearance and also to relieve any facial tension that comes from the demands of modern life.
If you are younger and want to avoid wrinkles as you age, you can opt for small, preventive doses of anti-wrinkle BOTOX®. We treat many younger patients in their 20s and 30s who want to avoid many of the signs of aging.
For people in their 40s and 50s, BOTOX® could help to turn back the clock.
Does BOTOX® Hurt?
The needles used for anti-wrinkle injections are so thin that the procedure itself is extremely well-tolerated. The best news is that there is little to no discomfort once the injections are complete. Our patients tell us that it’s no big deal and they love their results.
What Are the Side Effects of BOTOX®?
The injection site might feel a little itchy, but resist the urge to scratch! The anti-wrinkle medication that Dr. Stephens placed strategically in your facial muscles needs time to work and scratching or touching the area can be counter-productive by moving the medicine around.
Occasionally, a tiny bruise may form, but it will go away in just a couple of days.
Here are some guidelines to get the most out of your anti-wrinkle treatment:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for the day
- Don’t touch or massage the area
- Don’t lie down for 3-4 hours after treatment
How Long will BOTOX® Last?
Everyone is different. Most people find they reach maximum effectiveness after about a week. It will take some time and re-treatments for the skin to completely smooth out. Most people notice the effects wear off after about 3-6 months, and then you can come back to our Fayetteville, AR dental office for another BOTOX® treatment.
Is BOTOX® Expensive?
Any anti-wrinkle treatment is an investment in yourself and your confidence. BOTOX® is one of the most affordable ways to reduce wrinkles, look younger, and feel great about the way you look. Most people need between 20-60 units. We charge $12 per unit and can give you an estimate at your BOTOX® consultation.
Free BOTOX® Consultations
To determine if you are a good candidate for BOTOX®, contact our Fayetteville, AR dental office to arrange an appointment with Dr. Scott Stephens and take the next step toward a younger-looking, more confident YOU!