It’s all well and good asking your dentist to give you straight, white teeth; but to feel fully confident in your appearance it’s also necessary to pay due attention to the rest of your facial features.
Dental care is great for improving our aesthetic appearance and improving our self-esteem, and nowadays it’s often accompanied by anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers for a full facial makeover.
Aesthetic dental care has experienced a boom in recent years, including techniques like teeth whitening and veneers. Meanwhile, procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are being elected to help to complete the aesthetic care plan, helping people to look and feel younger and more attractive. Many dentists as well as dermatology centres offer these services.
Let’s start with the mouth area. If you have just had your teeth done, you may want to make the most of your new pearly whites by taking care of the peri-oral area that surrounds the mouth. Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers can complement dental work by improving the surrounding peri-oral area as well as surrounding features and skin. These therapies can help to make crow’s feet and frown lines less visible, which is desirable to many people.
So what exactly are anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, and how can they help you to improve your aesthetic appearance?
Smoothing the Skin with Anti-wrinkle injections
Anti-wrinkle injections is the trade name given to the commercial form of botulinum toxin type A, a therapeutic protein which is produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and unwanted lines on the face.
The procedure involves an injection which paralyses facial muscles and prevents the development of wrinkles. After treatment with Anti-wrinkle injections, cosmetic results are usually noticeable within five days, although it can sometimes take up to two weeks for the results to be visible.
Botulinum toxin type A has been proven to be a successful therapeutic protein when administered professionally and with consideration for dosage and frequency of treatment. When injected into the face in extremely small concentrations, it prevents signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, stopping the muscles contracting and effectively ceasing the motion that causes wrinkles and fine lines to appear.
Over several days, the skin above the muscle smoothens out to provide the desired aesthetic result. No loss of sensory feeling is experienced in the muscle.
The effects of botulinum toxin type A are temporary, lasting approximately three to four months. After some time, patients usually undergo another treatment to maintain the smooth appearance of the skin. Even with repeated treatments, this therapy is cheaper than surgery and chosen by many aging patients who desire a minimally invasive face lift.
The main areas that botulinum toxin type A is used to treat includes the lips, the forehead, the corners of the eyes and the glabellar region between the eyes. The procedure has also proven to be useful to patients who are having trouble adjusting to new dentures, or in orthodontic cases that require retraining of the facial muscles. Older patients, in particular, can gain a range of aesthetic benefits from the application of botulinum toxin type A treatment to the face.
Anti-wrinkle Injections is more widely considered a choice for aging ladies, but it is actually becoming more popular decision for men too. Males are not only electing it to smoothen out their wrinkles, but some are also using it to help them reduce sweating from the brow. Botulinum toxin, when used professionally, can provide a range of benefits to patients, more of which can be found out via a consultation with a specialist.
Enhance Your Features with Dermal Fillers
Another popular cosmetic therapy involves injecting cosmetic fillers. Dermal fillers are used to augment thin lips, diminish fine lines, enhance shallow contours and improve the appearance of scars. They are also commonly used to add volume to various areas of the face in which collagen is often lost due to aging, including in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
When fillers are injected under the skin, the area is plumped up so lines no longer deepen and the face looks fuller and more contoured.
Different fillers work in slightly different ways, with varying results. In the consultation stage, your doctor will go through the different options that are available and help you to decide on the best filler based on the area you want treated and your desired result. The most popular category of wrinkle fillers is hyaluronic acid.
When a person has just had their teeth done, it is very common for them to then go on to have work done on their lips, as this helps to complete their fresh look. Cosmetic fillers such as hyaluronic acid can be used to cosmetically enhance the lips in a number of ways. They are used to treat upper lip lines, uneven lips, lip augmentation, and to aesthetically improve the peri-oral area. As a result, the face appears more youthful looking, which is a great compliment to any dental work that has been completed.
The range of dermal fillers available can improve your aesthetic appearance for a fraction of the price of a facelift, and the results are visible earlier too. Most dermal fillers hide wrinkles and fine lines in less than 30 minutes, with results lasting from four to eighteen months. Unlike botulinum toxin type A, which relaxes the muscles beneath wrinkled skin, these injections fill creases and lines. This makes these unwanted flaws almost disappear completely. Some research even shows that repeated injections with fillers can actually stimulate the body’s own production of collagen.
Did you know, you can even get fillers made from your own fat? That’s right. Here, a small amount of fat is surgically removed from either your thighs, buttocks, or stomach, after which it is treated before being injected as a wrinkle filler. The downside of this method, of course, is that the patient requires two procedures; although both can be completed in just one visit. This option can also be costly and time consuming – due to the fat purification steps that need to be completed in the laboratory; so it’s not the right choice for everyone.
Expert Anti-wrinkle injections and Dermal Filler Therapy
When it comes to providing these services to patients, it’s all about knowledge and practice. Nowadays, some dentists are receiving specific training in anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, whilst the alternative is to visit a dermatology centre which specialises in skin care treatments.
Both dermatologists and some dentists are experts in aesthetic facial care and are accustomed to delivering local anaesthesia. The required profound anaesthetic will be administered to the areas being treated so that the procedure is pain free. You can just lay back and relax whilst you receive your treatment.
After receiving aesthetic dental care, many patients opt to progress with complimentary facial care. Once you’re happy with your sparkling new veneers, a peri-oral dermal filler injection could be just a simple step away. Anti-wrinkle injections procedures and dermal filler injections are straight forward to conduct and can be completed in just a short visit.
Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers have provided added confidence and self-esteem to many patients. Looking more youthful with the help of new therapies is clearly in easier reach than it was in the past, and people are making the most of it.
This post has been written with input from The London Dermatology Centre, a leading dermatology clinic located in Wimpole Street in central London.