What are Cosmetic Injectables?
The process of aging reduces production of elastin and collagen in the skin making fine lines and wrinkles visible. Elastin and collagen support the youthful appearance and tone that is present in healthy skin in our younger years. Cosmetic injectables are substances that are able to mask fine lines, wrinkles, and longstanding deeper lines, in order to promote a more youthful appearance.
There are two classes of injectables: neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Botulinum (Botox™) and hyaluronic acid are injected into the superficial skin layers to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, folds, and deep lines. Typically, these are applied around the eyes, cheeks, mouth and jawline, or even directly into the lips. Cosmetic injectables essentially act by relaxing fine lines or plumping up deeper set lines
Benefits of Cosmetic Injectables/Dermal Fillers?
Neuromodulators and, if necessary, dermal fillers can make your skin look smoother and younger. Additional benefits include:
- The procedure is non-surgical.
- Minimal downtime is required allowing a patient to easily return to work the same day.
- It will enhance your natural appearance, and not make it obvious that you’ve had a cosmetic procedure.
- The chances of complications are low.
How Long do Cosmetic Injectables/Dermal Fillers Last?
Each of us presents with differing signs of aging. Depending on the cosmetic injectable used, there are differing expectations for how long the result will last. Typically, neuromodulators last up to 3-4 months, whereas fillers can last up to 18 months.
Safety at Our Clinic
At Lewis Estates Dental Centre, we are licensed and trained in the proper application of neuromodulators. Due to the complexity of facial nerve anatomy, it is extremely important to have this treatment done by a medical/dental professional who has the knowledge and experience to provide this treatment.
- Understanding of correct handling of these medications
- An in-depth understanding of the anatomy of the face and knowledge of how to deliver these medications safely and comfortably
- Understanding of infection control and sterility protocols
- Understanding of potential complications from use of such medications
- We ensure you are fully informed and aware of post-treatment care before you leave our clinic.
Use of Neuromodulation Therapy
In addition to cosmetic uses, there are also several clinical applications for cosmetic injectables. Neuromodulators like Botox™ can be used to relax muscles that are implicated in causing pain, such as jaw pain.
Why use Neuromodulators?
You may be a candidate for neuromodulation therapy to treat issues such as:
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Frequent headaches
Patients who have failed to achieve relief of symptoms from use of splint therapy/nightguards, or have ongoing bruxism related jaw pain/headaches, or are unable to tolerate wearing an occlusal splint/nightguard due to having a severe gag response to wear of such an appliance are good candidates for therapeutic use of neuromodulators. Many patients have experienced improvement and even resolution of symptoms including jaw locking, jaw pain, teeth grinding, and headaches as a result of having neuromodulation therapy.
Possible Side Effects of Cosmetic Injectables
As with any medical procedure, there can be complications. Risks, while rare, will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Bains.
Use of neuromodulators is contraindicated in individuals who have had a known reaction to the medication.
Book An Appointment
Contact our office to schedule a consultation for more information on the suitability of injectables for you.