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Botox & Dermal Fillers

 

You have probably heard about the cosmetic uses of Botox (botulinum toxin A) for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin but have you heard about the therapeutic uses of Botox?

Botulinum toxin is a manufactured injectable medication used therapeutically to reduce the strength of targeted muscle tissues.  It is used in a wide variety of applications from treatment for wrinkling on the face to the reduction of headache symptoms to therapy for muscular disorders.  Dental applications of Botox include therapy for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, orofacial pain, and headaches.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are brand names for temporary non-animal source stabilized hyaluronic acid (NASHA).   Hyaluronic acid exists naturally in all living organisms.  Its primary function is to provide volume and pliability to skin.   Dermal fillers can temporarily add volume to thin lips or deep folds in the face.

It may seem unusual to have your dentist give you Botox or dermal fillers but the dental office is actually an ideal place to have these treatments.  A dentist’s skill set lends itself well to administering these cosmetic treatments.  Every day dentists give far more complicated injections in the mouth.  Why not have an accomplished professional provide these injectable cosmetic services?  The effect of Botox and dermal fillers wears off over time and therefore these treatments need to be administered every few months.  It might be convenient for you to coordinate your routine dental cleanings with your cosmetic treatments. 

Dr. Ostler is a member of the America Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) where she completed her training in Botox and dermal fillers.  She regularly participates in continuing education courses with the AAFE.   Her patients who have been treated with therapeutic Botox have noticed significant reductions in orofacial and TMJ pain and those who have had cosmetic treatments are thrilled with their results.   To learn more, schedule a free private consultation with Redmond dentist, Dr. Katie Ostler for Botox or dermal fillers.

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