BOTOX FOR TMJ AND MIGRAINES
While best known for its ability to erase wrinkles, Botox has a variety of other medical applications. At BEAUX Medical Spa, Kristin Gunn and her Team offer Botox injections as an alternative treatment for facial pain and headaches caused by TMJ (tempo-mandibular joint) disorder often caused by clenching your teeth or grinding your mouth during excessive periods of stress.
HOW BOTOX RELIEVES FACIAL PAIN
Recent studies suggest that a majority of TMJ disorder and other facial pain complaints are muscle related. Based on this evidence and the results of clinic trials, the FDA approved the use of Botox for facial pain and chronic migraines in 2011.
When injected into a muscle, Botox decreases the intensity of muscle contractions. In cosmetic medicine, this effect is leveraged to calm overactive muscles that are responsible for the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. In the same way Botox is able to quiet overactive muscles that are causing facial pain and thereby provide relief.
Botox helps relieve pain caused by TMJ by relaxing the jaw muscles. Traditional treatments for TMJ – oral medications and mouth guards – are only able to provide relief from pain when they are used or over a prolonged period of time. Botox, on the other hand, provides the patient with relief 24 hours a day. When traditional medications or treatment modalities for TMJ pain fail, Botox should be considered as an alternative treatment.
BOTOX FOR TMJ
Before beginning treatment, we will identify which overactive muscles are responsible for your facial pain. We will then inject tiny amounts of Botox directly into those muscles. Most patients are able to tolerate the injection discomfort quite well, but we can administer topical anesthetics if needed.
After the treatment, you will be able to resume normal activities immediately. You should begin to notice some improvement within 3 days following treatment, with maximum effects being felt within 10 days.
If you are still experiencing pain, Kristin Gunn or one of her Team may ask that you return to BEAUX Medical Spa for additional injections. The effects of the treatment typical last between 4 and 6 months. If you notice the pain returning, you should schedule an appointment for your next round of treatment.
CONSULTATION FOR BOTOX TMJ
If you suffer from facial pain caused by TMJ, tooth grinding, or an unknown cause, Botox may be able to provide relief. When using Botox to treat pain, it is important that you work with an experienced provider.
Beaux Medspa is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents in Austin, Westlake Hills, Dripping Springs, Central Texas and the surrounding communities in Texas.