Botox Therapy & Dermal Fillers
We are pleased to announce that Dr Lucy Middlefell of Belgrave House Dental is now offering treatments with Botox and dermal fillers to complement her interest in cosmetic dentistry.
Lucy trained as a dentist in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, qualifying in 1998. She is a registered member of the General Dental Council: 74424. As well as working in Practice, she also teaches and examines the under graduates at Bristol Dental Hospital and is a registered Examiner for the ORE (Overseas Registration Examination) with the Royal College Of Surgeons Of England.
Botox is perhaps the best-known facial aesthetics treatment on the market. It involves using a purified version of the botulinum type A toxin to reduce unwanted lines and wrinkles on the face, restoring a more youthful appearance.
It is commonly used to treat lines and wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes and to lift the jowls. It also has numerous other dental uses. It can successfully reduce a ‘gummy smile’ without having to resort to a surgical procedure. It can also reduce pain in the TMJ (jaw joint), where all other treatments have failed.
The result of Botox can take a few days to develop and lasts approximately three to six months. At this stage, lines and wrinkles begin to reappear as mucsle action returns and another treatment is required. The effects of Botox last longer with continued treatment.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are used to restore volume that is lost through the natural ageing process. Dermal fillers can be used to add volume and definition to several areas including the lips, chin and cheeks. The treatment can also be used to treat tear troughs or to fill out any unevenness along the bridge of the nose following a rhinoplasty.
The results of dermal filler treatment are visible immediately and last up to six months. At this point, the body naturally resorbs the material and another treatment is required.
How treatment works
Treatment with Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles, forcing them to relax and smoothing out the skin to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Dermal filler treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by the body. The treatment instantly adds volume to the desired area and is used to fill out unwanted wrinkles and creases in the skin and to add lift.
The treatment is delivered in a series of tiny injections, which are precisely targeted to produce natural looking results.
Why facial treatments at the dentist?
Dentists are uniquely skilled to provide these types of treatment for patients. They are extensively trained in the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck and are used to delivering painless injections.
Dr Lucy Middlefell has been a dentist for 20 years. She has now under taken training at the Dr Bob Khanna Training Institute and is pleased to be able to offer these treatments as well as General Dentistry.