Facial Aesthetics

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Today, physical appearance is important for self-esteem and contributes to a person's sense of well-being. Advances in medical aesthetics have resulted in many options for minimally invasive treatment to reduce signs of facial ageing.

Until recently, Alex was doubtful about the dentist's role in using Botox and fillers as she has always had an academic approach to dentistry, which has traditionally focused on teeth and the mouth. Taking photographs of, and studying faces over the years in her orthodontic practice sparked a natural interest in facial aesthetics. Over time and with experience, she came to believe that as a dentist focusing on dental aesthetics, the smile and the face come into play and the lips frame any aesthetic work in the oral cavity.

The awareness of and demand for minimally invasive facial aesthetics has increased dramatically in the last few years making it something that should be offered by any modern dentist who focuses on aesthetics.

Botox

Botox (Botulinum Toxin) injections can be used for the treatment of wrinkles. Botox weakens the action of the muscles causing wrinkles to smooth out. It is commonly used around the eyes and for frown lines.

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Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as liquid facelifts, can help to gently ease away the signs of ageing or subtly enhance a face and returning the skin to its youthful fullness. Dermal fillers can be used for lip augmentation, the treatment of fine lines and for deeper wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid fillers are, clear, gels composed of cross-linked molecules of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that maintains skin hydration and volume. It can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water, and binds with the elastin and collagen. Different consistency of gels are used for injections into different kinds of wrinkles and the thickest gels are used to create volume (for example in the cheek are).

Alex uses fillers from Juvederm, Perfectah, and Belotero, which won the number one filler award at the Aesthetics Award in London in 2014. https://global.belotero.com/

Which region of your face can benefit from dermal fillers?

Facial Ageing

Facial ageing is associated with a gradual thinning of the skin and loss of elasticity over time accompanied by diminishment of dermal collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. This intrinsic ageing process is accelerated and compounded by sun damage and other extrinsic factors such as smoking, resulting in facial lines and wrinkles.

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Polydioxanone Thread -lifting

A new minimally invasive face-lifting technique has become available. Polydioxanone threads are resorbable surgical sutures, which are passed into the tissues below the skin. There they form a collagen scaffold which lifts face over a period of a couple of months.

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