Dermal Fillers and Wrinkle Relaxers: What You Need to Know

Unfortunately, ageing is an unavoidable part of life. One of the most noticeable signs of ageing is the development of wrinkles. Wrinkles can make a person feel anxious and can damage your confidence. Thankfully, as well as treating your oral health, many dentists are now offering cosmetic treatments to address the signs of ageing. The two most popular forms of treatment are dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about these two treatments.

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers consist of an injectable gel which is produced using the same complex sugars which are naturally found in your skin cells. The filler is injected into the skin using a fine needle to increase the volume of the lips, skin and other soft membranes. Dermal fillers are particularly useful when used to lift thin lips and sunken cheeks. The increased volume helps to create a more youthful and fuller looking face.

Wrinkle relaxers

Wrinkle relaxer treatment typically involves injecting botox below the surface of the skin. Botox works by disrupting nerve signals between the brain and the muscles in your face. This causes the muscles to tighten and then become paralysed in place. Botox was first used in order to treat jaw disorders which caused patients to clench and grind their teeth together. However, it was soon discovered that injecting botox into the face was also an effective method of treating wrinkles and other imperfections.

Wrinkle relaxers are administered in the same way as a dermal filler, with your dentist using a very fine needle to inject the botox. However, the botox will be injected directly into the muscle rather than into the skin itself. Treatment can normally be completed within one session, although you may have to wait between 3 and 5 days before you see any change in your appearance. Botox will typically last for between 4 and 6 months, which means you will need to have repeat appointments if you wish to maintain your new youthful look. Botox is often used to treat laughter lines around the mouth, crow's feet around the eyes and frown lines of the forehead.

If you would like to find out more about how you can turn back the hand's of time, you should contact your dentist today and ask about dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers. Your dentist will be happy to discuss these treatments before carrying out any work.