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Botox can also help relieve the pain* associated with TMJ. We invite you to book an appointment with Dr. Chen to discuss your symptoms and how we might help.Book Now
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Botox Treatment & You
Doctors have been using Botox for years to successfully treat cosmetic issues such as wrinkles and facial creases – including crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines.
Botox is also commonly use as a therapeutic treatment for reducing pain in the jaw area associated with TMJ (also called TMD).
In lay terms, Botox treatments work by injecting a toxin that blocks signals from nerves to muscles. After a Botox treatment, the injected muscle can't contract, which softens and relaxes the surrounding tissue.
Botox treatments are simple and take only a few minutes. If you want to recapture your youthful appearance or reduce TMJ pain with reduced downtime, Botox may be the answer.*
Dr. Anthony Chen is a cosmetic medical physician who specializes in Botox and injectable dermal filler treatments for cosmetic goals and to treat symptoms of TMJ.*
He is a member of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine, holding a Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University (UK), along with a GP focused practice designation in Dermatology with the Ontario Medical Association.
Dr. Chen studied both Immunology and Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, where he completed his medical school training in 2010. He completed his Family Medicine residency training at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Chen is a certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Dr. Chen's Approach
At your first appointment, Dr. Chen will provide a comprehensive facial assessment and discuss the non-surgical treatment options that are best suited for your individual needs in order to achieve the best aesthetic results.*
Working together with you, Dr. Chen will formulate a treatment plan aimed to provide the most natural and complete facial rejuvenation.
At each step of the process Dr. Chen will take the time to answer your questions to ensure that you are confident in his recommendations and the full treatment process.
Botox & Dermal Filler Treatment FAQs
- What is Botox and how does it work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles?
The Botox process involves injections containing purified bacteria into concerning areas of the body to freeze the muscle part at the injection point.
Botox helps soften, remove or reduce wrinkles in the injection area by blocking certain nerves.*
Botox can also be used as a non-cosmetic treatment for afflictions such as TMJ.
- How does Botox help TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint which is the joint connecting the skull and jawbone.
This joint and the surrounding muscles are used in countless movements of the mouth, as in eating, speaking and even smiling.
Conditions that affect the joints and nearby muscles and ligaments are often grouped together and called TMJ (or sometimes TMD). TMJ conditions result in symptoms such as jaw discomfort, a clicking jaw, lockjaw, teeth clenching and teeth grinding.
Botox injections into the facial muscles relax the jaw muscle and provide relief from TMJ.*
- How long does a Botox treatment take, and what is involved?
Typically, a Botox treatment takes only a few minutes and doesn't require anesthesia. A fine needle is used to inject Botox into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. A topical anesthesia (numbing cream) may be used.
- Will Botox treatment for TMJ change my face shape?
Botox treatment for TMJ works by paralyzing the masseter muscles in the jaw. These muscules are often overused and over time can cause the facial shape to become more square.
When Botox is injected into the muscles they will shrink over time, effectively 'softening' your facial profile and improving overall facial symmetry.*
- Is Botox safe?
Botox is a safe and effective treatment when administered by a professional. Botox has been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for many years and was first used therapeutically in the 1980s.
- How long does a Botox treatment last?
Although results vary per person, Botox treatments generally last 3-5 months*, depending on how the individual person metabolizes it.
- Will I see immediate results?
Not necessarily. It generally takes 1-2 weeks for a Botox treatment to take full effect.*
- What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness. As we age, youthful volume can be lost, most commonly in the cheeks and lips. Replacing lost volume in the cheeks and lips can bring back a more youthful appearance.
- How long do fillers last?
Fillers can be comprised of different ingredients and the length of time is dependant on the type of filler used and the area treated.
Typically, you can expect a filler treatment to last anywhere from 6 months to over 2 years.*
- Can I have Botox and filler treatments at the same time?
Yes! Botox and fillers are used to treat different issues and are comprised of different ingredients. Treatments can be combined to achieve a more youthful appearance in fewer visits.*
- Can Botox treatment help with headaches?
Yes. Depending on the unique condition of a patient, treatment with Botox can also help to reduce headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain.*
- What is included with the first consultation?
Your first consultation will be scheduled for 30 minutes, during which Dr. Chen will provide a comprehensive facial aesthetic assessment and recommend the optimal treatments to achieve your goals of facial enhancement and rejuvenation.
- Is there anything I should do to prepare for treatment?
Yes. It is best to avoid alcohol starting at least one week before the procedure. We also recommend that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to reduce bruising.
- What are the risks associated with Botox?
Typically, any side effects from Botox are very mild.* If they do occur, they can include:
• Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
• Headache or flu-like symptoms
• Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
• Crooked smile or drooling
• Eye dryness or excessive tearing
If you do experience more than mild side effects that last hours to weeks after receiving Botox, call us immediately.
- Who should avoid Botox treatment?
Boxtox treatment should be avoided by:
• People with infection at the proposed injection site.
• People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
• People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles, such as Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton Lambert syndrome.
• Children under the age of 18 years.
• Women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
- What are the recommendations for aftercare?
• Try to contract the treated muscle areas for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.
• Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massage for 48 hours to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
• Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol-based products on the area treated for 48 hours.
• If bruising develops Arnica cream can be applied.