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Botox® is the world’s leading treatment for temporarily reducing the appearance of certain facial wrinkles and folds and is also an effective treatment for temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ). Residents of Bellevue and the Eastside area have access to Botox treatments from Lily Xue Du, DDS, at Ideal Smiled Bellevue. To explore this option in greater detail, call the office to book a consultation, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.

What is Botox®?

Botox is an injectable neurotoxin-based medication that delivers safe and effective results. It is the most popular cosmetic injectable in the world, and is used in more than 96 countries. The medication is formulated from Clostridium botulinum, a substance found naturally in lakes, forests, and soil. 

This neurotoxin works by temporarily impeding normal movement in targeted muscles. In cosmetic applications, a series of injections can temporarily smooth the appearance of crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines between your brows. 

Results last around four months, at which time you can decide if you’d like to extend your results with another round of treatments. 

Is Botox® safe?

Whether used in cosmetic or treatment applications, Botox is both safe and effective. These treatments are backed by more than 15 years of clinical studies and are the subject of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles. 

It’s important to note, however, that the safety and efficacy of Botox depends on getting your treatment from a trained medical or dental professional with a comprehensive understanding of facial anatomy and neurological function. 

Never seek any injectable treatment from a questionable source, and be wary of highly discounted “treatments.” Botox is only manufactured in one facility; there is no generic formulation available. 

If you’d like to learn more about what Botox can do for you, schedule an appointment at Ideal Smiles Bellevue today. Online booking is available, or you can always call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.  

How can Botox® help treat TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a condition affecting the joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. It can cause considerable pain and have a negative impact on your ability to eat or sleep normally. 

Botox injections can play a role in treating TMJ by altering the movement of the muscles supporting your jaw. Injections can improve teeth grinding, lock jaw, and overall jaw tension. These changes can reduce jaw pain and headaches brought on by TMJ. 

Treatments usually take less than 30 minutes and are not painful. You might feel a slight pinching or pricking sensation as the needle enters your skin. There is no need for anesthesia, advance preparation, or recovery time. You’ll be out the door and back into the swing of your normal routine swiftly. 

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