Dr. Lee is a member of the AAFE (American Academy of Facial Esthetics) with the Master Level Certificate.

Did you know we can use Botox for therapeutic reasons to prevent migraines and muscle pain? 

What’s the difference between Botox Cosmetic and Botox Therapeutic?

What is Botox Cosmetic used for?

This cosmetic procedure (what many people commonly associate Botox with) is used to get rid of unwanted wrinkles and aging lines around the forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet, and other facial features.

Its used to help you look and feel younger. In fact, Botox Cosmetic can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers.

Botox Cosmetic works by relaxing the muscles and smoothing wrinkles. Dermal fillers work differently.

Fillers add volume to certain areas of the face. They can lift the cheeks, smooth the “parenthesis” lines around the mouth, and plump the lips.

Combine dermal fillers with Botox Cosmetic, and you get a smooth appearance, looking 10-15 years younger!

What is Botox Therapeutic used for?

Botox Therapeutic focuses on relieving multiple pain points, including:

  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching)
  • Trigger points (muscle pain)
  • TMJ disorder

The purpose of Botox Therapeutic (which is FDA approved) is to relax the facial muscles. When those muscles relax, it relieves any tension causing the pain mentioned above.

  • Muscle Pain: Trigger points can cause tension in the head and neck areas. However, Botox allows the knots in the muscles to relax, relieving your pain. Not to mention, it creates a balance with your muscles in the head and neck.
  • TMJ Disorder: Teeth grinding and migraines are all signs of TMJ disorder. The cause could be tension within your muscles. Botox can help decrease the tension, the wear on your teeth, and stop migraines altogether.

Studies have shown patients who received these injections experienced significant improvement in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. Only your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this treatment, the frequency of injections will depend on the severity of your condition.