Dr. Kreuz is certified in cosmetic injectable treatments as part of her practice. Whether you want to soften your worry and frown lines or relax facial wrinkles, Dr. Kreuz will discuss all of the options available and will deliver all treatments based on your individual goals to achieve results that are natural, refined and beautifully you in a safe and painless manner.

What’s involved when getting Botox® injections?

Prior to administering injections, Dr. Kreuz needs to check your suitability for treatment. When used with certain medications and substances, Botox may not produce the desired results. It is exceptionally important therefore, to be honest about prior medical history. Botox is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

The injections take 10 to 20 minutes to administer, depending on the amount required. The injections are no more painful than a bug bite or a pinprick.

Normal activity can be resumed immediately after the treatment, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment. It may take several days to feel the full benefits of the treatment, but it will continue to work for up to three months.

Therapeutic Use

Although commonly known for cosmetic wrinkle-relaxing, Botox injectables have recently become an increasingly popular TMJ treatment. Although some TMJ symptoms may improve without any specific treatment, these injectables offer fast and long-lasting relief for those that do not.

Here are several of the benefits Botox offers TMJ sufferers:

  • Eliminates headaches caused by nighttime grinding
  • Minimizes lockjaw
  • Reduces discomfort when using the jaw
  • Reduces shoulder and neck pain
  • Substantially reduces jaw tension

How do injectables like Botox work for TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is constantly being used for a variety of daily activities, such as chewing, biting, speaking, and swallowing. The most common causes of TMJ are jaw displacement and stress-related involuntary jaw movements like grinding and clenching. Botox alleviates TMJ tension by relaxing the jaw muscles, which then prevents unconscious jaw movement and ending grinding-related headaches.

One of the major advantages of Botox is that normal functions such as speaking, swallowing, and biting are left unaffected. The only major change is the reduction in pain and discomfort. In addition, controlling TMJ can also prevent serious dental problems from occurring later. TMJ, if left untreated, can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and the loosening of teeth.

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