Botox & Fillers in Santa barbara, CA

What are Botox & Dermal Fillers?

Both Botox and dermal fillers are treatments administered through injections, and are most commonly used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, but they do so in very different ways. 

Dermal fillers work by injecting a gel-like substance underneath the skin, filling in and plumping up areas like the lips and cheeks. Botox uses botulinum toxin that paralyzes targeted muscle groups, to help reduce the appearance of smile lines, crows feet, and other wrinkles. 

In addition to its cosmetic uses, Botox can also be used to effectively treat patients with migraines and myofascial pain that results from TMJ disorders.


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Over 6 million people receive Botox treatment every year!

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How It Works: The Botox & Filler Process

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During your consultation, we’ll discuss your personal smile goals, and discuss how Botox, dermal fillers, or a combination of the two may be able to help you achieve your unique vision. Additionally, if you’re experiencing jaw pain, we’ll find out if Botox can help relieve your discomfort.

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Treatment Plan

Once we’ve decided on what treatment is best for your unique situation, we’ll develop a personalized treatment plan that covers the initial set of injections, as well as any follow-up appointments. Botox treatment generally lasts between 3-6 months, while dermal fillers can last much longer depending on the type of filler that is used. 

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The procedure is similar for both Botox and dermal fillers. After cleaning and sanitizing the treatment site, a thin needle is used to inject the materials into the target areas. You and your doctor will decide if you require any numbing for the procedure. 

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Most Botox & dermal filler treatments can be done in under 15 minutes!

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Are Botox results instant? What about dermal fillers?

Botox results are not instant. Although you may notice some change right away, (especially if it’s your first treatment), and a little bit more after 4-6 days, most patients see and feel the complete results of Botox injections after 10-14 days. Similarly, dermal fillers generally take about 2 weeks to take their full effect.

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How long does Botox last? What about dermal fillers?

Botox can usually last anywhere from 3-6 months before requiring another round of injections. Fillers have the potential to last much longer, anywhere from 6 months all the way to 5 years, depending on the type of filler that is used. Although they can last quite a while, the results are still not permanent, and will require follow up appointments and additional injections to maintain their effectiveness.

Will Botox help my TMJ disorder?

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Botox has been shown to be effective in relieving patients of pain associated with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders. Although the direct cause of TMJ disorders can be hard to pinpoint, the symptoms often include pain or tenderness in the jaw or around the ear, headaches, pain while chewing, and even lockjaw in more extreme cases. Botox targets the TMJ muscles, causing them to stop contracting and relax, which often allows the whole TMJ system to realign and work in harmony, relieving you of your TMJ-related pain.

Why should I get Botox & Filler treatments from my dentist?

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Dentists are experts at more than just teeth. Not only do they have extensive knowledge of the face and jaw, but Botox and dermal fillers can often complement many different dental treatments and procedures. For patients with TMJ disorders or bruxism, Botox may be used in conjunction with a night guard to minimize pain and the effects of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Botox can even be used to help patients’ mouths adjust to a new set of dentures!

Did you know…

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Some dermal fillers can actually stimulate collagen production!

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