At first glance, Botox and dermal fillers can seem like odd things for a dentist to offer at their practice. But dentists have extensive studies in the muscles of the face, as well as being trained in precision for treatment. Dr. Leah Butler of Butler Family Dentistry, a dentist in Strongsville, OH, discusses the perks of getting these treatments from your dentist.
What are Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox is typically used to take care of things like frown lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It does this by impacting the muscles that contract when you do certain actions, leading to wrinkles in those areas that are moved the most. When Botox is injected, those muscles are laid flat and smooth instead of contracting.
Dermal fillers are used to combat the effects of aging as well. As we get older, our skin loses collagen, causing your skin to sag and us to lose the fullness of our cheeks and other areas. Fillers give you back the fullness in these areas and can help get rid of wrinkles and lines that are caused by the diminishing collagen and fullness in the skin.
Why Should I See My Dentist for These Services?
Botox and dermal fillers aren’t as out of place at a dental office as you might think. Dr. Butler and other dentists have been specifically trained in the musculoskeletal system of the face. They have knowledge of how these muscles work together and their impacts on the face and how they change as we age.
In addition, dentists are used to performing treatment with extreme precision, even in difficult areas. It’s not easy to take care of problems in a patient’s mouth, particularly if it’s a small child or the patient has a bad gag reflex. This allows them to target the best injection sites for Botox and dermal fillers to benefit the patient the most.
Botox and dermal fillers can be a good addition to a complete cosmetic dentistry makeover. If you’re having a smile makeover, you want to do everything you can to make your smile stand out. Whether it’s making sure the fullness is still in your cheeks or eliminating pesky smile lines, Dr. Butler can use these tools to give you the best smile makeover possible.
The Process for Botox and Dermal Fillers
As with any procedure, Dr. Butler will talk to you about your medical history, cosmetic goals, and budget to determine the right injection for you. A visit is scheduled to get the injection. The area is thoroughly cleaned and numbed topically to make things comfortable for you. Several injections are done with thin needles to provide the optimal result.
You can return to your normal routine immediately after the injections are performed. Depending on how many are done and their placement, we may recommend you avoid heavy lifting for a few days. Typically, you start to see results within 24-48 hours and they emerge more over weeks as the area heals. Some pinching and redness around the injection site are common.
Botox and Dermal Fillers at Your Strongsville, Ohio Dentist
Embrace the convenience of getting these procedures and touch-ups at your bi-annual dental visit. Call us or schedule an appointment online.