TreatmentsFacial Botox and Botox for Pain Management
Botox is a name-brand injection used for cosmetic dermatology and pain management treatments. It’s derived from a neurotoxic protein called botulinum toxin type A. This injection can be used to smooth skin and treat a wide range of symptoms including painful muscle contractions and spasms.
Cosmetic Facial Botox Injections
Young skin is highly elastic and returns to normal quickly after every movement and change. As we age, however, our skin begins to lose elasticity and holds wrinkles and fine lines from repeated expressions and muscle movements. Botox injections can be used to smooth out these lines, creating smoother skin that gives you a youthful appearance and preventing future wrinkles from forming.
How They Work
Botox injections are administered in small doses to target specific facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Repeated contractions from these muscles cause creases in your skin that can remain in place over time, even when the muscle isn’t contracted. The Botox injection relaxes the targeted muscle and prevents it from receiving nerve signals that would otherwise tell it to contract.
When the muscle is relaxed with Botox, it doesn’t contract as often. Your skin smooths out, eliminating existing wrinkles and preventing new ones from forming. Botox injections are especially effective for smoothing wrinkles on the top third of your face, including lines around your eyes, eyebrows and forehead. These injections can also be used to treat creases in the neck and “pebbly chin.”
How Long Do the Results Last?
You probably won’t start to see the smoothing results of your Botox injection until three to five days after your procedure. After two or three weeks, you should be able to see the full effects of the medications. These results should last an average of three to four months, with some lasting as long as six months.
Facial Botox injections can be repeated on a regular basis to maintain a smooth complexion. When you begin to see your results fade, contact your doctor to discuss the best time to schedule your next injection.
Recovery and Possible Side Effects of Cosmetic Botox Injections
Botox injections are considered safe and effective when administered correctly by a professional, like our team at the Metropolitan Pain & Spine Institute. With proper injection procedures, you should experience no downtime and virtually no side effects.
You may have small bumps where the injections were administered, but those should disappear quickly. Any other side effects, like temporary swelling, minor bruising and redness should subside within a few days following your procedure.
Numbness, muscle weakness and paralysis of facial muscles are not normal side effects of Botox injections, though they can occur if the injection is not administered correctly.
Botox Injections vs. Facial Fillers
Botox treatments differ from dermatological fillers that are injected to smooth out wrinkles. Facial fillers work by taking up space and stretching the skin taught where a wrinkle or fine line has formed. Botox, on the other hand, just relaxes the muscles that have caused the creases, allowing the skin to naturally smooth out without added materials.
Botox for Pain Management in Central New Jersey
Botox injections can also be used as a treatment for chronic pain or illnesses that cause muscle spasms. Common uses of these injections include treatments for:
Chronic neurogenic pain.
Treatment with Botox injections is often considered after other, more traditional treatment options have failed to produce the desired results. When administered by a qualified professional, these injections can be a safe and effective treatment option to manage a range of symptoms.
How They Work
Botox injections for pain management and muscle control work by targeting troublesome muscles and temporarily relaxing them to prevent contractions, just like the injections do for facial muscles to prevent wrinkles. The injections reduce swelling and inflammation, reduce nerve irritation and provide pain relief.
Treatment with Botox injections can also help you pursue other non-operative courses of treatment, like physical therapy or rehabilitation, by relaxing your muscles, reducing pain and increasing your range of motion.
What do we do?
Providing a thorough diagnosis to know the cause of your pain
Using the least invasive procedure that will relieve your pain quickly
Providing effective follow-up to ensure fast recovery
Ensuring that you remain fit so that you can enjoy long-term relief from pain
Chronic migraines are more than just recurring headaches — they’re complex neurological disorders that can be debilitating. These headaches can last from four to 72 hours, causing light and sound sensitivity, changes in vision, nausea, neurological troubles and difficulty concentrating.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved intermuscular Botox injections as an effective treatment option for chronic migraines in 2010. These injections are delivered to multiple spots around your head and neck to prevent migraines from occurring and lessen the symptoms when they do occur.
Botox injections treat migraines not by relaxing muscles, but by blocking chemical neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain. The Botox in your neck and head essentially prevents your nerve endings from getting the message that they’re supposed to be in pain.
What to Expect After Your Injection
Like cosmetic Botox injections, Botox for pain management shouldn’t require much downtime or recovery from side effects if administered correctly. The most common side effects include soreness and bruising at the injection sites and some temporary, minor swelling. Patients receiving injections for chronic migraine management may experience some minor headaches immediately following their treatments.
Any side effects from Botox injections should subside within a few days, and intended effects should begin to set in about three to five days depending on the course of treatment. Patients with chronic migraines may require two rounds of treatment before they start to feel the results. After five rounds of injections, most migraine patients report their number of headaches is cut in half.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think Botox injections may be the best option for your treatment, contact our experienced team to schedule a free consultation. We will gladly discuss your concerns and what options we think may best address your needs, whether they’re cosmetic concerns or related to a chronic pain condition.
Get in touch with our team by filling out our online contact form, or give us a call at 609-371-900 today to find out if you may be a good candidate for Botox injections.