Facial rejuvenation to combat ageing

To combat the signs of ageing, Dr Anne Gormley shows how you can combine the specialties of cosmetic dentistry with facial aesthetics.

To combat the signs of ageing, Dr Anne Gormley shows how you can combine the specialties of cosmetic dentistry with facial aesthetics.

Some patients reach a point in their lives when they want to stop the clock ticking.

There could be a number of reasons for this, which should act triggers for the facial aesthetics dental practitioner. For example, hitting a particular milestone with our children, noticing extra wrinkles around the eyes, noticing saggy skin along the mandible.

Patients may talk about looking old and tired, or having lacklustre skin or no longer having the glow of youth.

In today’s world, the facial aesthetics dental practitioner can offer many treatments to combat the signs of ageing.

These treatments include:

  • Chemical peel
  • Micro needling
  • Radio frequency therapy.

Chemical/acid peels are an important tool for skin rejuvenation and help treat skin conditions such as:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Photodamage
  • Lines and wrinkles.

Using a combination of acids, antioxidants, anti-ageing and brightening boosters, you will get excellent results and less downtime.

A very popular way of reducing wrinkles and plumping the cheeks is to use non-surgical facial aesthetics treatments. They give a fresher complexion.

For the dental practitioner, there are several key tips to making sure that your patients achieve optimum results.

A qualified practitioner

Firstly, you should know a qualified and experienced practitioner to refer patients to if you cannot take on the challenge.

Ensure the practitioner is suitably qualified to perform the treatments.

A face-to-face consultation with the patient is essential before commencing treatment.

At this visit typically I will document a thorough medical history along with lifestyle habits. Time will be spent discussing the various treatment options with details of the material being used, how much will be injected and how long the improvements will last.

I also outline possible complications with the treatments in the event of an adverse reaction.

Sterile environment

A dental practice is the ideal environment for facial aesthetics.

Injections into the skin can lead to infections, so it is imperative that the clinic that you choose has a great emphasis on cleanliness, with a medical style surgery being preferable.

Fine lines and wrinkles versus anti ageing treatments

The most effective way to prevent the formation of static wrinkles are anti-wrinkle injectables.

Neuromuscular toxin temporarily blocks nerve signals in the muscles restricting their movement and treating expression lines. The facial muscles relax resulting in smoother, softer and more natural skin.

Typically, I study the patient’s facial musculature and administer the right amount of product to produce the most subtle and natural result. The most common areas to administer neuromuscular toxin are in the forehead region, between the eyebrows, and at the corner of the eyes.

To add volume and plump the skin, dermal fillers are typically used. The most commonly used dermal filler is made from hyaluronic acid, predominantly because there is a material available that can reverse the effects of the dermal filler.

The material is injected using both needle and cannula. The fillers are gel like substances of varying consistencies; a firmer consistency is required in the cheek area whilst a more elastic material is used in the lips.

Refer to experts

Dr Anne has completed the foundation and advanced courses in botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.

In addition, Dr Anne has achieved a post graduate certificate in non-surgical facial aesthetics from Northumbria University to ensure the highest quality of treatment from her aesthetics clinic in Magherafelt – www.spiresoralcare.com

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