If you want to reduce the lines on your face without having to resort to surgical procedures, the good news is that facial rejuvenation techniques can soften wrinkles for a more youthful appearance. The benefit of having this treatment done by dentists is that they have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the facial anatomy and can perform this delicate work in a precise and safe manner. Our practice uses the botulinum toxin type A for this treatment, an injectable aesthetic solution. Here is how it works:
Once injected into the skin the botulinum toxin relaxes the tiny facial muscles, which cause expression lines, by blocking the nerve impulses in them, leaving the skin looking smoother.
Areas on the face that can be treated include frown lines (vertical lines which form between the eyebrows), eyebrows, crow's feet, forehead lines and lines around the mouth and top lip, known as 'smoker's lines'.
The injection is quick and painless, usually lasting around 5-10 minutes and requiring no anaesthetic. Results will usually be seen in a few days, sometimes taking between 4-7 days for the effects to be seen.
As this is not a permanent treatment, the effects will wear off over time. It is therefore possible for the procedure to be repeated every 3 months for effective results.
Reduced facial lines for more youthful appearance.
Non-surgical and painless procedure.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Botox can also be used to treat severe or excessive sweating. If you suffer from this Dr Dipen Patel at Stangrove Court Dental Practice can treat this with botox injections. Within 10 days of administering the injections there will be a noticeable decrease in sweating. Botox enters the sweat glands and blocks the nerve impulses, and there us no effect on other nerve functions. Handpits and armpits are both areas that can be treated.
Botox for TMJ (clenching)
If you grind your teeth excessively, Botox could help control the resulting symptoms. Botox will relax the overactive muscles that cause grinding. Sometimes the masseter muscle can become overdeveloped giving a broader facial appearance which may not be aesthetically desirable. Botox is a simple, safe effective treatment for clenching.
Do Botox injections hurt?
We use very fine needles to inject the Botox, which cause only mild discomfort. A numbing cream can be applied before treatment to decrease the discomfort if preferred.
What areas can be treated?
The most common 3 areas are the forehead, frown and crows feet (lines around the eye). However, there are many other areas which we can use Botox for. These include fine lines around the lips, wrinkling on the chin, neck lines (platysmal bands), treatment to correct a ‘gummy smile’ and correcting overactive masseter muscles (the muscles in your cheek which can cause teeth grinding). In addition to all of these, botox can also be used for excessive sweating (e.g. underarms, palms of hands).
How long will the treatment effect last?
The treatment will need to be repeated every 3-4 months, and after several treatments the effect will last longer and may not need to be repeated as frequently. For excessive sweating, treatment can last from 6-12 months.
What is the aftercare advice?
Avoid touching/rubbing the treated area for 24 hours, avoid skin treatments (facials, derma roller, skin peels etc.) for 24 hours, avoid large amounts of alcohol consumption and avoid strenuous physical activity. We will give you a full after care advice leaflet post treatment at the clinic.
1 area £160
2 areas £240
3 areas £295
Excessive sweating: £400 (armpits or hands)
TMJ (jaw clenching): £300
Consultations with Dr Dipen Patel are completely free! So why not come in and see botox could work for you.
We include free review appointments with all treatments, and we don’t charge for any top ups if required (within 14 days of initial treatment).