Botox® Treatment & Services
Our dental team at Robie Street Dental Centre offers Botox injections to our patients in Halifax.
What is Botox?
This widely recognized brand of neuromodulating agents contains Botulinum Toxin, a purified protein with both cosmetic and therapeutic applications.
During the Botox process, injections containing purified bacteria are introduced into the areas of concern to freeze muscle at the injection point. When Botox is injected into facial muscles, neurotoxins are released to prevent the muscles from contracting and help them to relax.
At Robie Street Dental Centre, Dr. Atima Kamra is trained in both upper and lower face Botox treatments.
Botox Treatment: What To Expect
Before your treatment, we will address any questions or concerns you have to ensure your desired results are understood.
Some have described Botox injections as a mild pinch, similar to the sensation of a bug bite. The injection is directed into the muscle under the skin. A very fine needle is used to help prevent bruising, swelling or pain.
It is important to avoid certain activities for the first several hours following your treatment. You must not lay down or bend your head for a sustained period of time.
To avoid moving the Botox and affecting other muscles, do not touch or rub the treatment area. In rare circumstances, some people report experiencing headaches after a Botox injection.
- How long does a Botox treatment take, and what is involved?
A Botox treatment usually takes 15-25 minutes and won't require anesthesia. Botox will be injected into specific muscles with a fine needle. Topical anesthesia (numbing cream) may be used.
- Is Botox safe?
Our authorized prescribers are familiar with the relevant anatomy and will use measures associated with the safe, effective use of BOTOX, including proper storage, selection of the correct dose, and proper administration techniques.
Clinicians will provide patient-specific care and, for your safety, may inquire about any alterations to the anatomy, including prior surgical procedures you may have had.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
Botox treatments generally last between 3 and 5 months, depending on how it's metabolized by the individual person.
- What is included with the first consultation?
Your dentist will conduct a comprehensive facial and/or dental assessment during your first consultation before recommending optimal treatments to achieve your goals. If they conclude that Botox is right for you, your treatment appointment will be booked.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Yes. Avoid alcohol starting about one week before the procedure. We also recommend that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
Side effects from Botox are rare, and if they do occur, are typically mild and transient. They can include:
• Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
• Headache or flu-like symptoms
• Droopy eyelid or eyebrows
• Crooked smile or drooling
• Eye dryness or excessive tearing
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
Botox treatment should be avoided by:
• People with infection at the proposed injection site.
• People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
• People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles.
• Children under the age of 18 years.
• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
• Try to contract the treated muscle areas periodically for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.
• Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massages for 48 hours to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
• Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.