Since we go to the dentist to work on the perfect smile, the rise in dentist practices offering other services like botulinum toxins and dermal fillers makes sense. In fact, we would argue that dentists are the ideal health professional stop deliver these procedures. If you’re somebody who not only wants a great smile but would also like to improve the condition of your skin, these procedures might be for you!
Botulinum Toxin (BTX)
This is a form of purified protein that is injected into the facial muscles and works within a few hours of administrating it. The BTX attaches itself to the nerve endings and impacts their ability to move. In just 3-10 days after the treatment, you will start to notice the skin above these muscles change. They become nice and smooth giving you the desired effect of reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
The effects last approximately 3-4 months depending of the amount of botulinum toxin injected as well as the metabolism of the patient.
These are a little different from BTX, for one they are synthetic gels made of hyaluronic acid. Again, these are injected into the skin to help eliminate fine lines. Dermal fillers are also used to soften the skin and reduce scarring. Other uses include enhancing lips and replacing lost volume.
Results are different from BTX, they can be seen immediately and can last up to a year.
Why should get these procedures done at a dentist?
As mentioned above, a dentist is actually an ideal health professional to treat these areas. Working in dentistry means the professional has years of experience working with this area of the face. They will be skilled in delicate tissues, nerve, and muscles of the face and also the mouth. In addition to this, we are also already extremely well versed in administrating injects for anaesthesia. When it comes to applying botulinum toxin and dermal fillers, dentists will simply require a bit of further training to learn the correct methods. These may not necessarily be considered as dental procedures, however they are part of an increasing skill set that dentists the top of their game are able to not only offer to clients, but master them. We are proud to say we are one of the few clinics that can offer these exciting procedures to our clients!