An increasing number of patients are opting for cosmetic treatments each year, often with dermal fillers to treat wrinkles. You may think these types of treatments are only offered by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, however more and more dentists are now offering cosmetic injections as part of their dental practice.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected into the patient’s skin to reduce the look of wrinkles and scars. Often they are made of hyaluronic acid or another substance that can add volume to the skin. Restylane is one example of a dermal filler that is made with hyaluronic acid. When a patient receives a Restylane injection, the hyaluronic acid plumps up to many times its volume within the skin. This added volume stretches the skin, which in turn smooths out the fine lines and wrinkles, giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
Why are dentists offering dermal filler injections?
Many dentists see Restylane injections as a natural add-on to dental work. Your dentist works hard to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, and when they smooth out the wrinkles around your mouth, they give your straight, white teeth the beautiful frame they deserve. Dentists are already familiar with the muscles of the face, especially around the mouth, so it makes sense for them to use that knowledge for cosmetic injections to help improve a patient’s entire facial appearance.
Are dentists legally allowed to perform cosmetic injections?
The huge growth of the cosmetic injectable industry is relatively recent and legislators are trying to keep up with the medical advances. In some areas, it is perfectly legal for a dentist to perform cosmetic injections. In other areas, the dentist may require special courses or certification to be allowed to treat your wrinkles with Restylane. Since this does vary from region to region, you should check into your local regulations and your dentist’s qualifications before going ahead with your Restylane injections.
Why would I choose to get cosmetic injections at a dentist?
Most dermal fillers like Restylane last about six months to a year before you need to return for another treatment. Coincidentally, dentists usually ask their patients to return for a check-up every six months to a year. Many patients find it convenient to get both types of treatments at the same time. As well, many patients find that a dental visit is a good excuse to hide the fact they are having cosmetic work done. Not everyone wants the world to know that they have had a wrinkle touch-up, and if they just came back from a dental appointment, nobody will even notice anything unusual about their absence. If you are going to a dentist to get your teeth whitened and straightened, then getting Restylane injections to smooth out the smoker’s lines or other wrinkles around your mouth just makes sense. Talk to your dentist and see if they offer a whole-mouth beauty solution using cosmetic injections.