What causes wrinkles?
Facial lines are signs of the ageing process and can be over-emphasised by the underlying facial muscles. As we age the underlying fatty tissue which acts as scaffolding for our skin is lost, as well as, the elasticity of our skin lessens. A variety of treatments have been used to treat these lines including botulinum toxin, dermal filler, chemical peels and surgery.
What is botulinum toxin?
Often better known as the trade name Botox®. Although different products are available, in essence it is a purified protein produced by Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. It has been safely used for medical reasons for decades, initially for patients suffering from muscular disorders. For anti-wrinkle treatment, minute amounts are used and it results in temporary weakening of overactive muscles hence reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles produced by muscle contraction.
What is a dermal filler?
Our skin is hydrated by a natural moisturiser called Hyaluronic acid. It is a carbohydrate rather than an acid. As we age the deeper layers of our skin loose fatty tissue structure also our production of Hyaluronic acid diminishes. As as result of loosing fatty tissue structure and moisture, the skin starts to ‘sag’. Common signs of ageing include nasio-labial folds or marionette lines. Dermal fillers are essentially ‘Hyaluronic acid’ and they work simply by attracting water to these sites, plumping up and supporting the skin again to give it a younger look and feel.
Why choose us?
Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections should only be carried out by suitably trained dentists, doctors and nurses. The treatment at Circle Dental is carried out only by GDC registered dentists who have an in-depth knowledge of the facial form and regularly administers controlled injections from anaesthetics to anti-wrinkle products. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact the practice or book a consultation.
What products do we use?
We source the best products and tend to use Azzalure and Vistabel for muscle relaxation. Juvederm and Perfectha as a filler.
What is involved?
The whole process will start with an in-depth consultation to determine your needs and what facial features you would like to enhance. Before and after photos will be taken to record your result. It is important to note that botulinum toxin is a prescription only medicine.
We take pride in mapping out points of the face for optimal treatment results. The product is injected through a fine needle and usually discomfort experienced is minimal and temporary. We do offer topical anaesthetic cream if required beforehand.
The treatment takes between 10-20 minutes depending upon the number of areas treated. The effects are usually noticeable 2-3 days after but it may take 14 days to see the full result. We would arrange a review to assess this with you.
Which areas can be treated?
The three main areas that we treat with botulinum toxin are the frown (glabella), forehead and crow’s feet. It is also possible to create different eyebrow effects and correct minor asymmetry in brow height.
The nasolabial folds and marionette lines are soften by dermal fillers.
The results usually last for 3 months but with repeated treatments this timescale will increase. This promotes relaxation of the underlying muscles and allows the skin to repair so gradually even static lines should improve. Dermal fillers may last longer and usually need repeating once every six months.
All after care is provided by your treating dentist should it be required. All aftercare instructions will be covered in detail at consultation and after injection.
Are there any any adverse effects?
There can be adverse effects to any cosmetic treatment which ranges from injection site reactions (swelling, bleeding and bruising) to less common effects such as eyelid and brow droops. Rarely hypersensitivity and rashes can occur.
We aim to minimise the risk of these by using our careful consultation, safe face mapping technique along with our knowledge of the facial anatomy.
Fortunately there are not many contraindications but they include: pregnancy /breast feeding, hypersensitivity, infection at proposed treatment sites, certain muscular disorders and patients under the age 18 years.