There’s a reason why cosmetic surgery is in such high demand in 2020. It’s effective. It’s pain-free. It boosts your feeling of youthfulness, resulting in increased confidence and in many cases, a dramatic reduction of stress. But just how high in demand is cosmetic surgery?
In 2017, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated that some 15.7 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures were performed. And the number one procedure was Botilunum Toxin—or what’s more commonly referred to as Botox®.
The popularity of Botox® isn’t anything new. The procedure’s been well established since 1977. But what you may not know is the fact that it’s not just plastic surgeons who are able to perform it. In fact, numerous estheticians are certified and able to help rejuvenate your facial muscles through Botox® injections.
That includes dentists.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is a protein that’s derived from neurotoxins that build up in the facial muscles. When used appropriately, it can have a dramatic effect on rejuvenating your skin, resulting in a vibrant and youthful appearance by helping to reduce wrinkles. But the effects of Botox® aren’t solely cosmetic.
Among other medical conditions, evidence indicates Botox® can be used to help treat or correct:
- Crossed eyes.
- Eyelid spasms.
- Excessive sweating.
- In some cases, an overactive bladder.
Is Botox® Safe?
Like many other minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, the side effects of Botox® are extremely safe. In fact, according to the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, virtually no potentially serious side effects have been reported. Even minor conditions such as headaches or mild flu-like symptoms are extremely rare and temporary, typically disappearing within hours.
How Is a Botox® Procedure Performed?
Botox® is typically performed via injection directly into the facial muscles and typically takes anywhere from 24-72 hours to go into effect. It acts by blocking transmitters between motor nerves and your facial muscles but affects both only temporarily and in a minor way. There’s no loss of sensation associated with Botox®. It actually results in what many patients report as being a pleasant contraction, which ultimately leaves the skin feeling vibrant, energized, and rejuvenated. More importantly, Botox® injections are long-lasting. In some cases, you might have to wait an entire year before receiving additional injections.
Can Dentists Really Perform Botox®?
With an estimated 7.4 million Botox® injections performed in the U.S. in 2018 alone, the demand for plastic surgeons to perform minimally invasive cosmetic procedures is high. But the fact is that many cosmetic surgeons simply don’t have the time or desire to conduct anything but more specialized and costly therapies. As a result, alternative aesthetic specialists help meet that demand by providing qualified and cost-effective services such as Botox® injections.
What millions of Americans don’t know is that many dentists don’t just provide oral health care. They’re actually qualified to provide a wide array of services; and facial aesthetics are simply one of them. Dentists are intimately familiar with facial anatomy as a result of their extensive training. And Botox® injections demand that unique understanding that dental specialists can provide. And if we can transform the internal beauty of your smile, you’d be surprised at the transformation we can make on your face as well.