Anti-wrinkle injections – Another reason to smile after visiting your dentist.

 

A beautiful smile does not end with beautiful teeth!

Anti-wrinkle injections are a safe and effective way to freshen and revitalise the face, reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. By temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that cause wrinkles, we can regain a more youthful appearance.

We want you to lose your wrinkles, not your character. We can achieve this by a personally tailored, minimally invasive treatment plan – just enough to restore natural beauty without looking obvious and for friends and family to comment how wonderful you look without knowing what has changed.

 

Commonly treated areas include:

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows (11’s)
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Chin creasing and dimpling/Jawline
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Bunny lines across the bridge of the nose

 

As well as the common upper face wrinkles, treatment with anti-wrinkle injections can be used to reduce the appearance of, and pain associated with overdeveloped or hyperactive muscles.

  • TMD/bruxism/clenching/grinding; the masseter muscles of the cheeks can become overdeveloped in people who grind or clench their teeth resulting in significant pain and discomfort. This can also result in the development of a wide face or ‘square jaw’. By relaxing these muscles, there is thought to be a reduction in the tension placed on the TMJ (jaw joint) leading to a relief in symptoms and we can also see a narrowing of the width of the face. It may also lead to a reduction in teeth grinding/clenching.
  • Gummy smile; a term used to describe a larger than normal amount of gum tissue exposed when smiling. In many cases, this can be caused by hyperactive muscles controlling the upper lip. By relaxing and reducing the ability for these muscles to contract, the upper lip relaxes, lengthens and covers the excessive gum displayed when smiling.

 

What is BOTOXâ?

“BOTOXâ” is simply a trade name for Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTx-A), which is a purified natural protein that is administered through the skin to work on the underlying muscles of the face.

The mechanism of action for Botulinum Toxin is really quite simple. It is injected into the facial muscles but it really does not affect the muscle at all. BTx-A affects and blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles as it has no effect on the facial nerves. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract. When that muscle does not contract, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin will stop. The skin then starts to smooth out, and in approximately 3-10 days after treatment, the skin above those muscles becomes smooth again – regaining a more youthful appearance. The effects of BTx-A are temporary and last for approximately 3-6 months, at which time the patient needs retreatment.

 

Why your dentist is ideal for the job

Owing to superior and specialist knowledge of oral and facial anatomy; daily practical experience dealing with the functional and aesthetic aspects of the muscles of the face; and an ability to provide comfortable and accurate injections; dentists are among the most qualified practitioners to be providing facial injections.

Knowing exactly where all the nerves, blood vessels and muscles are in the face is crucial to not only achieving the best results, but also avoiding complications. When you think about how much time a dentist spends working on the structures of the face, it doesn’t take long to realise the enormous advantages of having one artistic, highly skilled, facial specialist in one appointment.

Dr Rachel Hoskin is offering a free 15 minute consultation to any patients who would like more information about any of the above treatments or simply just want a second opinion or quote/treatment planning. To book an appointment you can BOOK ONLINE through our website or call our reception team on 07 3366 4298.