If you’re looking to get facial injectables like Botox or fillers in your face, your first port of call may be a beautician. But did you know dentists can perform these treatments and are actually better equipped to do so?
Performed facial injections is a relatively new development in Australia, following the trend in the United Kingdom.
In terms of benefits, the most obvious thing is that dentists are trained in the anatomy of the head and neck, not just the mouth. We know where all the muscles are. We know where all the blood vessels are. We know where all the nerves are. We’re also trained to do injections.
Effective pain relief
In a dental practice setting, we give the patient pain relief with a local anaesthetic beforehand. If you go to a beautician to get a lip enhancement done, they may use some ice or something to numb the area, and then just stick a needle in your lip. It’s amazing what people will put up with in terms of wanting to look better.
We offer two different lines of treatment. First, we’re looking at anti-wrinkle treatments, which is your muscle relaxants like Botox. We’re looking at frown lines in between your eyes, crow’s feet, furrowed lines, a dimpled chin. One of the best uses of this type of treatment is for people with a really gummy smile. Botox is fantastic for that. Just two little injections either side of the nose and that lip doesn’t lift up.
I find that’s the most rewarding thing to do for patients, improving their facial aesthetics. They come in and can’t believe the change.
The other stream is fillers and that’s what we would use on lips, chins, cheeks, marionette lines (those deep lines that go from the tip of your nose down toward the corner of your mouth). Cheek enhancements work really well, so you can get this filler down really deep and you’re looking at them lasting for two to three years. Lips and Botox treatments are generally three to six months.
We work with the concept of Phi’s ratio, which is all about natural proportions. I’ve got a set of Phi calipers and, instead of being subjective with patients—guessing what’s going to look good—I can actually tell someone how big I can make their lips without them getting a ‘duck face’.
That’s good for the patient, and it also gives us a science base and an end point. When we’re doing cheek enhancements, I’m measuring up areas on a patient. I’ve got lines all over the patient’s face. It’s a much more scientific and objective approach. We know what’s going to look good.