Why a Dentist is your best choice for BOTOX and Dermal Fillers for Lip Augmentation and Fine Wrinkle Elimination
- Ideal oral and facial aesthetics are lost when an untrained professional attempts smile and facial aesthetics. These procedures should be performed by a dentist because:
- Dentists have better training and knowledge of the proper proportions of the lower facial, oral and dental anatomy as well as all of the facial muscles treated with BOTOX™.
- Dentists are trained in the essential local anesthesia techniques for PAIN FREE Lip Augmentation and Wrinkle Elimination procedures.
- The shape and volume of the lips are determined primarily by the support of the teeth, alveolar bone, vertical dimension and gums. Your dentist is uniquely qualified to assess and improve this important area.
- A malocclusion like a deep overbite or an over-closed vertical dimension can decrease the size of both lips. Lip augmentation without dental correction is NOT satisfactory in this situation. This can only be diagnosed and treated by a dentist.
- Before considering lip augmentation, you may need to address your underlying dental architecture and consult your dentist to discuss your options.
Dermal Fillers and BOTOX
Healthy skin has an abundance of two important substances, collagen and hyaluronic acid, that keep your skin looking smooth and supple. Collagen is a protein that provides your skin with structural support. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in all living cells that attracts and bind water, hydrating the skin and giving it volume. After age 30, we all lose approximately 1% of hyaluronic acid per year from our bodies.
With time, sunlight and other factors, hyaluronic acid in your skin diminishes, the skin loses structure and volume, and unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear. Now you can replace your skin’s lost hyaluronic acid using Juvederm™ or Restylane™. These dermal fillers are sterile, colorless gel implants made of chemically stabilized hyaluronic acid . These fillers are injected to fill out thin lips, creases and lines. The most common areas to have treated are lips, nasal labial folds, smile lines and drooping corners of the mouth. This gel is gradually absorbed by your body through natural mechanisms.
Botox™ relaxes muscles whose dynamic motion causes wrinkles. The skin over these muscles smooth out after treatment, usually within 3-10 days. The areas most commonly treated are the forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and around the lips. Botox™ can also complement your smile by treating high lip lines (gummy smiles) or downturned corners of the mouth. Botox™ also can help relax the muscles that cause chronic TMJ pain and migraines. Botox™ is a highly purified protein. There are no live bacteria in the Botox™. There is no loss of sensory feeling in the treated areas.
Frequently Asked QuestionsAre the injections painful?
No, as a dentist doing the treatment, I am able to use local anesthetic injections which allow dermal filler treatment to be pain free and comfortable. Botox injections are done without anesthetic in less sensitive areas and cause very minimal discomfort.
How long does it take for the treatments to work?
Dermal filler procedures takes about 10-20 minutes and the results are instant. Botox™ treatment takes effect in 3-10 days.
What can and can’t I do after the treatment?
You may elect not to return to work the same day because the injection sites can swell up and bruise slightly. Otherwise you can carry on life as normal as any redness can be covered with makeup the next day. It is advisable to not have a facial or similar treatment that may disturb the products or expose the newly treated areas to strong sunlight for 2-3 days. You should also not perform vigorous exercise for one day.
How long does the treatment last for?
Most dermal fillers last between 4-9 months. Botox™ lasts for 3-6 months. With repeated treatments, the results may last longer.
Are there any side effects?
After the treatment there may be some redness and minimal swelling which normally settles in 1-2 days. Very occasionally patients can suffer some bruising at the injection site.
Are there any long term problems?
No, dermal fillers are completely natural and over time can be completely broken down by the body. The effects of the Botox™ gradually wear off and patients return to their pre-injection state.
How much does it cost?
Every patient is different depending on their needs. The material comes in 1cc tubes, so the doctor can discuss how much material he thinks you need. The cost of injecting is $750 per syringe. Depending on your needs, 1-2 syringes are usually adequate to accomplish most cases. The doctor can discuss your individual needs further with you after evaluation. Botox™ injections are $15 per unit. Various areas require different amounts and all individual needs vary so the doctor can map out your needs and give you an estimate.