Botox And Cosmetic Fillers
Facial features — lips in particular — provide the framework for beautiful smiles.
Wrinkles around the mouth, lips that are too thin or rise up in a way that exposes too much of your gums, and forehead creases that produce a frowning expression could all detract from your smile. Fortunately, all of these cosmetic issues can usually be treated simply and successfully with Botox and/or cosmetic fillers.
Did you know that dentists are ideally qualified to offer these services to you? Dentists have a detailed understanding of facial muscles, injection techniques and smile design. If you’d like to attain a more youthful appearance and enhance your smile, you may want to consider these temporary treatments:
The needles used for Botox injections are very thin, but the area can be numbed topically if needed. Each injection takes a few seconds, and normal activity can be resumed immediately. You can apply makeup right away, but don’t rub or press on the area for several days as the toxin could migrate to other areas of the face. You may be advised to temporarily halt the use of any prescription or over-the-counter medication you are taking, as some can increase bruising. Alcohol should not be consumed for 48 hours prior to treatment for the same reason.
Side effects of Botox injections can include mild bruising or soreness at the injection site or headache. More serious side effects are rare. You can expect the injection to take effect in a few days to a week; the results usually last three to four months, at which point the treatment can be repeated.
Another very effective treatment for wrinkles around the nose and mouth, which is sometimes used in conjunction with (or instead of) Botox, is cosmetic or “dermal” filler. As we age, our skin loses certain components that give it volume. One of these, hyaluronic acid, is now available as a gel that can be injected directly into creases, wrinkles — even lips — to plump them up and restore youthful fullness. The number of injections needed depends on the depth and size of the depression to be filled.
Since treatment outcomes with cosmetic fillers can be affected by a variety of medications — even herbal remedies — it’s important for you to identify any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or supplements you are taking. Before receiving an injection, your skin will be numbed with a topical cream or a numbing agent. As the filler is injected, some people feel a stinging or burning sensation. The total treatment time usually ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.