Who, What, When, and Why
So, you are looking into Botox and Fillers, and you probably have some questions. We are here to help you feel educated and confident as you move forward.
Who Can Perform Botox and Filler Procedures?
Whenever it comes to medical procedures, it’s important to know you are in good (and well- trained) hands. Those who can help you with Botox and Fillers include: Medical Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Dermatologists, Cosmetic Surgeons, and Dentists. It’s important to note that Botox and Fillers are considered cosmetic procedures and can only be performed by a licensed medical professional.
What Exactly Are Botox and Fillers?
Botox is an FDA-approved drug used cosmetically, medically, and in dental settings. It is a neurotoxin made by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. I know, that probably means absolutely nothing to you, so let’s break it down. Botulinum, commonly known as botulism, is a common form of food poisoning; but in small doses it can have positive effects on the body. It’s important to note that Botox is both inactive, meaning it can be found nature, and nontoxic.
Fillers are made up of a variety of the following substances including:
- Calcium hydroxylapatite – An element naturally found in bones.
- Hyaluronic acid – Naturally found in the body, this acid increases skin plumpness.
- Polyalkylimide – A clear gel that is compatible with the human body.
- Polylactic acid – A substance that stimulates collagen growth, enhancing and strengthening your skin
- Polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) – A semi-permanent filler.
When are Botox and Fillers Used?
Botox is most commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. However, in a dental setting it can be used to treat disorders like TMJ and excessive clenching. In other medical practices it helps with people dealing with excessive sweating, muscular disorders, bladder problems, bowel issues, and migraines.
Fillers are used to make your skin look plumper, younger, smoother, and fuller. They can enhance certain features and even be used to eliminate the appearance of scars.
Why Should I Be Interested in Botox or Filler Procedures?
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wished you could wave your magic wand and erase unwanted lines and wrinkles? You are not alone. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 9 million people had Botox or Filler procedures done in the year 2015. It’s also worth noting that these procedures are usually short and relatively painless. Botox and Fillers will leave you feeling confident, enhance your smile, and restore your appearance.
If you’re still unsure or you have more questions, give Dental Care of Spokane a call and they’ll help you understand more and gain the confidence you need to move forward!