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What Is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is a type of neurotoxin injectable used in facial aesthetics (under the name BOTOX® Cosmetic) and for a number of medical purposes. It is made primarily of botulinum toxin, a substance that can be injected into the body to temporarily inhibit muscle contractions.* When administered properly, BOTOX® can both enhance the facial appearance and manage symptoms of various issues, not limited to temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

Our team at Designer Smiles proudly utilizes the very popular BOTOX® to achieve a plethora of our patients’ goals. We also offer Dysport®, which is similar in composition to BOTOX® Cosmetic and can effectively reduce wrinkles between the eyebrows. If you have questions about BOTOX®, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation!

How Is BOTOX® Used?

BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and other cosmetic injectables (such as dermal fillers) usually involve a series of minimally invasive treatment sessions. During the BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® procedure, which typically lasts no longer than 15 minutes, your provider will strategically inject the solution into your face with a thin, sterilized needle. The treatment should dramatically reduce the severity of dynamic facial wrinkles (i.e., wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements) and produce a younger, more refreshed aesthetic. 

Meanwhile, BOTOX® can also be utilized to treat temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This common condition affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jawbone to the skull; when these joints are inflamed or impaired, moving the jaw normally can become needlessly difficult. When injected into the lower face, BOTOX® can reduce the discomfort often associated with TMD and relax overactive jaw muscles, making it easier for a patient to chew, eat, and speak, and more.


What Is Recovery Like After BOTOX® Injections?

In general, the results of BOTOX® and Dysport® take a few days to become noticeable, and in most cases last for around four months before a follow-up treatment is necessary. No downtime is typically needed following a BOTOX® session. Major side effects are uncommon, but patients sometimes report swelling, bruising, and a short-term headache; however, these symptoms are usually temporary and not cause for concern.

How Much Does BOTOX® Cost?

At Designer Smiles, BOTOX® injections generally range between $10 and $12 per unit, whereas pricing for Dysport® usually ranges from $5 to $8 per unit. Please be aware that the cost will depend on the other treatments incorporated, the number of sessions, and several additional factors.

While we accept a number of dental insurance plans, please note that insurance will not cover BOTOX® Cosmetic when it is employed for aesthetic purposes, and not every plan will cover BOTOX® injections for TMD. With this in mind, a member of our friendly team will gladly walk you through your benefits if you so desire. Please also feel free to see whether you qualify for payment plans through Lending Club or CareCredit®.

Contact Designer Smiles Today

Want to learn more about BOTOX® for TMD or aesthetic enhancement? Dr. Ann and Dr. Lauren are excited to educate you about this option! Schedule your consultation at our practice today.

Medical References*

Mayo Clinic
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Medical News Today