As we mature, our muscles of facial expression can create noticeable facial lines and wrinkles. Nature can sometimes benefit from a helping hand and that’s where McInerney Dental Practice can help.
We offer non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments to subtly enhance your features making your skin look more youthful and smoother. Anyone can benefit from facial aesthetic treatments, both men and women and we can help you look, and therefore feel, at your best.
We use well known, popular and trusted methods to soften the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, forehead lines, smile and neck lines. These treatments are relatively simple and as dentists who are used to working in and around the mouth and face, we are well placed as professionals to provide these treatments. Dentists give more injections than any other healthcare profession and so have excellent techniques for ensuring the procedure is comfortable.
Facial dimensions are an essential consideration when carrying out many dental procedures, so dentists often find it easier to achieve an excellent, natural look when carrying out facial aesthetic techniques. Facial aesthetic techniques can be used alone or in combination with our cosmetic dental procedures to enhance your natural appearance.
To soften wrinkles around the eyes such as laughter lines and frown lines around the forehead, we use a substance called Botulinum Toxin. This relaxes the muscles and smoothes the skin resulting in a natural appearance. Botulinum Toxin is established internationally as a very safe and effective way to treat specific facial lines and has been used for this purpose for over 30 years without any known long-term problems.
An extremely fine needle is used to gently inject tiny amounts of Botulinum Toxin into the areas where it is needed. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the facial muscles that have been injected. This makes the muscles less active and therefore softens and smoothes the appearance of persistent lines and wrinkles.
It usually takes about 7-10 days for the full effects to be visible and in most cases, patients can see a real difference after one treatment. We will review your treatment after two to three weeks and administer a top-up treatment if required. The results can last up to 4 months. Every face is unique of course and we can advise you how many treatments you are likely to need, and how often, depending on the results you would like to achieve.
This treatment is very safe but minor side effects may include redness and swelling at the injection site. However, this usually lasts for less than an hour. Less commonly, some bruising at the injection site can occur.
Botulinum toxin is also very successful at treating excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis) which can be a real problem for some people. The treatment involves a series of tiny injections using Botulinum Toxin into the affected area to stop the sweating. Results can last for up to 8 months, and can be repeated as and when it is needed.
Dermal fillers are commonly used to ‘fill in’, soften and smooth fine lines and folds around the lower half of the face. These include those lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth. Dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, are non-animal, biodegradable gels of varying viscosities, or thicknesses, made from hyaluronic acid (HA). When these are injected into the skin using very fine needles, they replenish the natural HA (part of the skin’s natural scaffolding that keeps our skin looking young and firm), which has been lost during the natural process of ageing. It boosts the skins own hydration system and restores volume to the skin structure. If this product is used under a line or wrinkle it will lift and soften the area. This property can also be used to outline and enhance the shape of the lips in a natural way.
Results from the procedure can be seen immediately (sometimes it does take more than 1 session to get the best results) and can last for 9-12 months. Treatment to the lips will last about 6 months but this does depends on the individual and how your body breaks down the product. After this time your skin will gradually return to what it looked like before the treatment, unless you have a top-up treatment. You can of course just have a one-off treatment specifically for a special event.
Although both Botulinum Toxin and dermal fillers reduce or soften wrinkles, they work in very different ways – sometimes a combination of both treatments works well to reduce deeper lines.