Botox & Xeomin in Pinehurst
While BOTOX (botulinum toxin type A) injections are well-known for their cosmetic functions, they have recently become a popular treatment for patients experiencing orofacial pain, TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), tension headaches, and migraines. Dr. Streets received advanced training through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) and is capable of catering to your treatment needs utilizing Botox, whether it is to aid in treating bruxism, TMD, or to improve your smile.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX and Xeomin are both botulinum toxin drugs that are derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The therapeutic neurotoxin is harvested and purified in lab, making it safe and effective for treatment. Botox works by attaching to the nerve endings that control muscles. Over the next several days to couple weeks, the toxin (or purified proteins) work by blocking transmission of motor nerve signals, preventing muscle contraction. Sensory neurons remain unaffected. Botox continues to block motor function for roughly three to four months. You will notice symptoms return after that time period, signaling that the Botox is wearing off.
Is Botox/Xeomin Right for You?
Botox treatment is a minimally invasive dental procedure used to treat conditions like TMD, high lip lines, bruxism, shifting jaw muscles for denture wearing patients, and for trigger point neck therapy. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, and previous treatments have been ineffective, call and schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Streets at Smiles in the Pines.
Patients benefit from Botox treatment in cases where lip muscles have been repositioned due to aging or decreased vertical dimension. For denture wearers, Botox relaxes and restrain the muscles around dentures to allow proper transition.
Botox is the non-surgical route at treating a high lip line, or “gummy smile”. The neurotoxin relaxes the upper lip muscles to achieve a lower, more esthetic smile line.
Symptoms of bruxism can be minimized with Botox treatment by reducing the force of contraction of the jaw muscles, and managing muscle-generated dental disease like masseter hypertrophy, nasolabial folds, radial lip lines, and black triangles between teeth.
What is the Difference Between Botox and Xeomin?
Both BOTOX and Xeomin contain botulinum toxin type A. Unlike BOTOX, Xeomin is designed to deliver neurotoxin without any protein additives. The more purified structure may help prevent antibody resistance. Botox is stored in refrigerated temperatures, while Xeomin can be stored in room temperature.
For cosmetic purposes, both Xeomin and BOTOX are equally effective. Full effects are seen anywhere from 7-14 days, although Xeomin is believed to work slightly faster. Both neurotoxins are similar in price, with Xeomin costing slightly less per unit administered.
What are the Side Effects of Botox?
The most common side effects include:
- Bruising at the injection sites
- Minor redness, pain, or swelling around the injection site
- Dry mouth and dry eyes
- Muscle weakness
- Respiratory tract infection
More serious side effects may include allergic reactions, or hypersensitivity. If any respiratory related reactions occur, you must seek medical attention immediately. In severe cases, botulinum toxin can cause paralysis, respiratory failure, and even death. It is important to get Xeomin and Botox injections only by licensed providers who have had professional training to mitigate any possible adverse side effects.
Who Should Avoid Botox?
Both Xeomin and Botox should be avoided with other medications that induce similar effects, like muscle relaxants, aminoglycosides, anticholinergics, and curare alkaloids.
Patients under the age of 18, patients planning on getting pregnant, and pregnant patients should also avoid botulinum neurotoxins.
If you’re in Pinehurst or surrounding areas, please call our office at 910-240-2922 to get more information about Botox & Xeomin in Pinehurst.