In the past, you might have gone to a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist for Botox injections. Getting Botox was a lot less common, and fewer professionals carried out the procedure, making it very expensive.
Today, dentists and nurses, with proper training, can carry out the procedure as well. Botox is used to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines to help correct and improve areas of the face affected by the ageing process.
If you’ve ever considered getting Botox, it’s important to understand what it is and what it does. It comes in the form of a purified protein, which is injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue. Botox, originally used for medicinal purposes, is now commonly used for cosmetic procedures.
Many people get Botox to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It is most commonly injected on the upper third of the face – the forehead (horizontal and frown lines) as well as crows feet, but can be used on other facial and body areas as well. Botox both prevents and corrects ‘dynamic’ ageing lines caused by muscle movement.
The protein attaches to the nerve endings and stops the nerve impulses from transmitting to the muscles. This stops the muscles from contracting, therefore reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The effect is usually noticeable after 7-10 days and takes full effect after 2 weeks.
Botox treatments usually last on average, 3-4 months depending on a number of factors. It’s important to remember that Botox is a temporary treatment and must be repeated over time to maintain a consistent look.
Head to the dentist!
Today, some dentists are able to perform this facial aesthetic treatment alongside other standard dental treatments. Botox treatments work well within the dental community in a number of ways – especially since it can help with more than just cosmetic procedures.
We commonly have patients suffering from teeth grinding, and Botox is a great option for those who suffer with it as it weakens the muscle contraction that normally occurs at night. Other areas where Botox can help include: facial pain, excess sweating both under the arms and on the hands and feet, and some types of migraines. Your dentist (with advanced training) can administer Botox to all of these areas.
In fact, dentists are actually best placed to work with Botox, as we are knowledgeable in facial anatomy and carry out injection procedures regularly!
Finding the right dentist…
When you’re considering Botox treatments, it’s important to make sure you find the right dentist. Not all dentists do these treatments, so you may need to look for someone other than your regular dentist. Make sure that you look specifically for a dentist that is certified and experienced in administering Botox treatments.
We at Brightside Dental hold Cosmetic Liability Insurance, so we can assure you that we know exactly what we’re doing.
Give us a call on 020 8088 2079 to book yourself in for an initial consultation and we can talk you through your options. In the meantime, check out our facial rejuvenation page on our website: https://www.brightsidedental.co.uk/dental-treatments-bounds-green.html