What Are Cosmetic Injectables and How Can They Help?
Cosmetic injectables – also known as facial injectables – are used to enhance the effects of cosmetic dentistry, or to improve facial appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Facial injectables are also highly effective for relaxing overactive facial muscles which can cause gummy smiles, as well as treating conditions such as teeth grinding, jaw pain, and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs).
Whether you’re considering facial injectables for their cosmetic benefits or to treat a dental condition, read on to discover how Apple Dental can help.
Why go to the dentist for cosmetic injectables?
As a highly-trained specialist in the field of facial anatomy and aesthetic appearance, your Apple Dental practitioner is in an ideal position to provide non-surgical skin care procedures such as facial injectables.
Going to your dentist for cosmetic injectables means you’ll be receiving the procedure from someone you trust, and who understands the physiology of your face and what you want to achieve.
How can cosmetic injectables help with age lines and wrinkles?
Muscle-relaxing injections are applied to a specific area of the face, causing the muscles in this area to relax, thus smoothing out lines and wrinkles.
Cosmetic injectables can be used to reduce the appearance of age-related skin concerns such as:
- Lines around the mouth
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Bunny lines (lines either side of your nose)
How long do facial injectables last?
The line-smoothing effect of muscle relaxing injections lasts for around 3-4 months. Following your treatment, it will take around three days for results to start becoming visible, and approximately ten days for optimal results.
How can facial injectables help with a gummy smile?
A gummy smile can sometimes be caused by a large upper jaw bone, but in other cases, it results from the upper lip being raised up too far. This is due to an overactive muscle called the Levator Labii Superioris Alaequi Nasi muscle (LLSAN for short).
By administering a muscle relaxing injection to reduce the activity of the LLSAN muscle, your gummy smile can be corrected, so there won’t be as much gum tissue visible when smiling or talking.
How can facial injectables assist with painful jaw muscles?
Pain in the jaw muscles is common in people who clench their jaw or grind their teeth, often overnight. While night guards can help to prevent some of this damage, it’s more effective to reduce the activity of the facial muscles responsible for the clenching or grinding.
Muscle relaxing injections can be administered directly into these muscles, greatly reducing the damaging effects of clenching and grinding.
Can facial injectables help with chronic headaches?
As chronic headaches may be caused by muscle spasm in the masseter and temporalis muscles, muscle relaxing injections administered to this area of the jaw can be extremely effective in alleviating the pain and discomfort of chronic headaches.
Are there any risks or side effects of facial injectables?
Facial injectables and fillers are some of the safest and least invasive procedures available, as only minuscule amounts are injected. Side effects are extremely rare – in fact, they only occur in less than 1% of cases. Of these side effects, the most common is a mild stinging sensation which usually clears up quickly.
Facial injectables are designed to produce a completely natural appearance, so you’ll still be able to make facial expressions and show your emotions.
If you have any concerns about the possible side effects of facial injectables, chat to your Apple Dental practitioner for advice.
If you’re ready to experience the many benefits of cosmetic injectables, contact Apple Dental today.