Learn what to expect when you visit the dentist for anti-wrinkle injections.
Nobody likes to age, or at least nobody likes their ageing to show. Wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, deepening of the nasolabial folds are all common sights for an ageing person. For years, people have been striving to conceal these signs, so that they look younger, and in turn, feel younger and livelier. You may have checked the internet for a nearby “provider of under eye wrinkle treatment” or tried to make sense of how they work looking for face fillers before and after photos, and so we attempt to explain all you need to know about dermal fillers and anti wrinkles injections.
The treatment for these conditions is usually through anti wrinkles injection methods which – in the past – were solely performed by plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nurses and even some skilled and qualified beauticians. With the change in today’s world and the incredibly increased demands for that procedure, dentists have begun to take interest in the field, and more and more dentists everyday are starting to get their training and certification in order to be able to use anti wrinkles injections and dermal fillers safely and efficiently. In fact, it has become so popular with dentists in some countries that it would soon be incorporated in their undergraduate studies within the next few years.
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While they can be used to treat some diseases of the mouth (as we explained earlier), Both anti wrinkles injections and dermal fillers are still considered cosmetic procedures and are therefore quite expensive. The exact cost is a very wide range, depending on many factors such as the location of the practice, the skill and experience of the dentist, the procedure they are used to treat, but most importantly how much material it takes to fix your problem.
It is calculated in units, where each unit costs between $9 and $15. A simple procedure such as a forehead crease needs about 10 to 20 units, so it costs between $90 and $300. More difficult procedures such as gummy smile treatments need a lot more units, and so their treatment costs could reach up to $700.
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Anti wrinkle injections are based on botulinum toxins. When injected under the skin, it causes the muscles in that area to relax, and therefore the wrinkles which were caused by that muscle’s contraction disappears.
With age, the muscles of the face begin to stiffen and contract, as well as lose part of their elasticity so that they don’t relax easily, which causes the wrinkles and creases to appear at the corners of these muscles (such as the corners of the eyes and mouth, and along the nasolabial fold).
Anti wrinkles injections are based on a chemical material known as Botulinum Toxin. When injected under the skin, it blocks the nerve signals to the muscles in these areas, making them lose their contractility and relax. As a result, the wrinkles in these areas (caused originally by the muscles stiffening) begin to disappear.
One fact that we should mention is that botulinum toxin treatments are not a new thing. They have been used for ages in treating common bone and muscle disorders due to their mode of action, such as back pain and leg muscle contraction, and recently as we’ll explain later, to treat TMDs and teeth grinding and clenching as well.
One of the main drawbacks of this technique is its longevity. Both face fillers and Botulinum toxin are extremely safe, non-invasive procedures, but they effects are very short lived. On average, they last about 3 to 4 months before their effects start to wear off and the procedure needs to be repeated. For the first time, the effect is usually on the short end of longevity, lasting about 3 months maximum, but with repeated injections, your body would start to get accommodated to their effects and they would last a bit longer.
In short, Anti wrinkles injections and dermal fillers have provided dentist with a variety of safe and non-invasive solutions to some problems that would normally need surgery or long term medications to treat, but their effects are still short-lived. Hopefully the future holds the answer in making these effects last longer, because that would be a complete game changer.
Yes, when placed by a trained professional they are a very safe method since they are washed out by the body within a few months, and so their effects are not long lasting.
You are advised to not touch your face for at least 5 hours post injection to allow the product to settle into the right place. Exercise, sleep and any other activities that may lead you to put pressure on the injection sites is strongly discouraged.
It varies according to the procedure. It ranges between 10 to 20 units for small procedures, and up to 100 for larger ones.