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Dermal Fillers: Juvederm

Juvederm is a family of products that are formulated to help people address signs of aging in the face. It is a smooth, gel-like hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. If you are interested in Juvederm treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Barbara Wetmore at Sunflower Dental Spa and discuss your goals and expectations. The procedure is minimally invasive and can typically be done on the same day as your consultation. The target areas for Juvederm treatment include cheeks, lips, and around the nose and mouth.

Juvederm adds volume to the facial tissue by stimulating the production of collagen using hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the human body. Over time, hyaluronic acid and collagen production decreases, which causes wrinkles and sagging.

During the procedure, the areas to be treated will be marked. The injections will be administered, and the area will be massaged to ensure even distribution and reduce the risk of swelling. Depending on the area being treated, the entire procedure takes 15 minutes to 1 hour. There is a small amount of lidocaine in the injections to minimize pain/discomfort during the procedure.

Recovery time is minimal. Patients are advised to avoid exposure to the sun, alcohol, strenuous activity, and wearing makeup for at least 24 hours following treatment

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Botox Cosmetic: Face Slimming Botox

Botox, or botulinum toxin, offers many cosmetic benefits. You are probably already aware that it smooths out fine lines and wrinkles and can even be used to treat certain medical conditions, such as migraine. However, did you know that it can also help you have a slimmer face?

At Sunflower Dental Spa in Rockledge, Florida, Botox is one of the facial rejuvenation treatments we offer. Dr. Barbara Wetmore will meet with you and discuss your cosmetic needs and goals and formulate the ideal treatment plan. In some cases, treatment can be done on the same day. Once treatment is complete, she will review aftercare instructions so that you can see lasting results.

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of a drug that has been used for years to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It is made from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which is the same bacteria that causes botulism, a life-threatening food poisoning. There are other brands on the market, but Botox is the term used most often because it was the first one.

How is it used?

Botox is most commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. However, it may also be used to treat other conditions:

Hyperhidrosis, or severe underarm sweating

Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder causing severe neck/shoulder spasms

Blepharospasm, uncontrollable eye twitching

Strabismus, eyes that point in different directions


Overactive bladder  

In addition to the above, Botox can slim and contour the face. This is done by targeting the masseter muscles at the back of the jaw, which can give your face a square shape. These muscles can get bigger if you grind your teeth at night. At this time, using Botox in the lower face is "off-label", meaning the FDA has not approved it. However, research shows it to be safe and effective.

How does it work?

Botox is injected into the affected muscle and blocks signals from the nerve to the muscle so that the muscle is unable to contract. This is what makes the wrinkles relax. It is typically used on forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines, which are known as expression lines. It will not treat wrinkles due to gravity or sun damage.

How is it done?

A Botox procedure only takes a few minutes, you won't need anesthesia. Dr. Wetmore will use a small needle to inject the solution into specific muscles. Most patients only experience minor discomfort.

Typically, it takes 1 to 2 weeks to see full effects. Ideally, you should abstain from alcohol starting a week before your procedure. Also, it's a good idea to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin at least 2 weeks before the procedure to prevent bruising.


Botox offers several benefits, including:

Quick and efficient

One of the best things about Botox is that the procedure only takes a few minutes, and you see results within a few days. It is a "quick fix", allowing patients to enhance their appearance in-between errands or on their lunch break.


Botox is an injectable treatment, making it less scary than other cosmetic procedures that require surgery or other invasive steps. Therefore, patients will not have extensive recovery times or significant side effects. Also, the risk of serious problems is low.


Botox is not permanent, but does last up to 3 to 4 months, which is longer than some of the other options. It is important to choose a competent provider such as Sunflower Dental Spa. Dr. Wetmore is qualified and certified to administer Botox treatment.


Botox is often used to treat wrinkles around the eyes and lips, between the brows, and laugh lines around the mouth. It reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and prevents them from getting worse.


Botox treatments are budget-friendly compared to other options.


Botox ranges between $250 to $600+, depending on the area being treated. Since this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance typically does not cover treatment. However, we do offer financing through CareCredit, allowing you to take advantage of this treatment and spread out payments to fit your budget. 

Patient considerations

Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not undergo Botox treatment. Also, since Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, make sure to discuss your options with Dr. Wetmore during your consultation. If you are allergic to the protein in cow's milk, you should not get Botox injections.

Potential Side Effects and Complications

While Botox is relatively low risk, there are a few potential side effects to be aware of:

  • Bruising

  • Discomfort

  • Muscle stiffness/weakness

  • Dysfunction in speech/swallowing

  • Redness

  • Dry mouth

  • Headache

  • Temporary distortion of smile

  • Temporary weakness in chewing  

If you experience any of the following, contact the office as soon as possible so that we can address it:

  • Swelling

  • Severe pain

  • Signs of allergic reaction, including shortness of breath or hives

  • Fever

Botox Cosmetic Dentistry

Botox Face is used in cosmetic dentistry to repair facial aesthetics. It can be used to treat a variety of issues, including:

  • High lip lines

  • Adjusting to dentures

  • Teeth grinding

  • TMJ

  • Lip/face aging lines

  • Facial swelling

  • Excess sweating

  • Enhancing/reshaping your smile  

Dysport vs Botox

Both Dysport and Botox are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. However, Botox is the superior option.

Both are nonsurgical procedures, and both treat glabellar lines. However, Botox also treats crow's feet around the eyes and forehead lines.

The average cost for Dysport is around $400 per session and Botox runs between $250 to $600+.

Patients do not feel pain during the procedure of either. However, pain may be felt at the injection site following treatment with Dysport. Patients may feel pain/numbness following Botox injections.

Sessions last about an hour for Dysport and can be done within a few minutes with Botox, depending on the area being treated. Follow-ups should be done every few months to maintain results.

Results can be seen within a few days for both Dysport and Botox. Typically, results last longer with Botox than with Dysport.

Patients with a milk allergy, are pregnant/breastfeeding, or taking certain medications for muscle spasms should avoid both Dysport and Botox.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you are interested in exploring Botox treatment options, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wetmore and the team today. We would love to explore your needs and goals for treatment and determine the best option for you. Sunflower Dental Spa is not your average dental clinic. We are a dental clinic with a spa-like atmosphere.

Choosing to undergo Botox treatment should not be taken lightly. It is important that you know what to expect and understand all of your options.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Sunflower Dental Spa, Dr. Wetmore and the team want you to be fully informed before proceeding with any treatment. Therefore, we encourage you to ask questions. Some of the most common questions we get are:

How long does Botox last?

Generally, Botox results last 3 to 4 months. In some cases, it will last 4 to 6 months and other patients find that it only lasts about 2 months. Many patients report a shorter duration their first time and longer duration with future treatments.

How much does Botox cost?

Depending on the area being treated, Botox costs $250 to $600+. Most insurance providers do not cover cosmetic procedures such as this. However, we do accept third-party financing through CareCredit. This allows you to pay for your treatment and then make smaller, more-budget friendly payments over time.

How long does Botox take to work?

The effects of Botox are visible within 3 to 4 days following treatment. Full effects are realized within 10 to 14 days. However, this varies depending on the area being treated and the frequency of the injections.

When should you start getting Botox?

Patients at Sunflower Dental Spa often wonder if they are "too old" or "too young" for Botox. The truth is, there is no standard for when Botox is appropriate. Each patient will be evaluated, and their needs and goals discussed prior to beginning treatment. During the consultation, a treatment plan will be developed. Many patients start using Botox in their 20s, when they first start noticing lines/wrinkles.

Is Botox safe?

Yes, Botox is FDA approved for treating fine lines and wrinkles. It has also been proven safe and effective for cosmetic dental treatments- however, this use is still off-label, so it is not FDA approved.

What should you do to prepare for treatment?

A week before treatment, you should stop consuming alcohol. Two weeks before, you should stop taking medications and supplements that thin the blood. This will help reduce bruising following the procedure.

What areas of the face can Botox be used on?

Botox can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, around the lips, and around the eyes. It may also be used to treat chin dimpling. Other uses include injections into the jaw to treat TMJ or to slim the jawline.

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