Thinking about Freshening up Your Looks with Botox? Read on

Cosmetic dentistry in Leeds can do a lot for the look of your smile, and even a relatively simple and inexpensive treatment such as teeth whitening can make a huge difference. But while your smile may look fresh and youthful do the rest of your facial features matchup? This is where Botox can really help. Botox utilises the muscle paralysing qualities of botulinum toxin and it is widely used around the world, and not only for cosmetic applications. However Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures amongst those anxious to have a fresher look, but who don’t want to do anything radical, such as plastic surgery.

What is Botox Best used for?Cosmetic Dentistry Leeds

Botox treats the facial wrinkles caused by the contractions of muscles used for facial expressions. It’s most widely used for softening crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes, and for softening the glabellar lines which are the two lines that tends to develop in between the eyebrows, and if you frown into the mirror you’ll see them quite clearly. If you have these types of wrinkles then the dentist at Leeds City Dentalcare can help through the administration of carefully placed injections. The whole procedure probably takes around half an hour to complete and is a relatively inexpensive way to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

Botox is a neuromuscular toxin and works best on the lines that are regarded as being “active” or those that have only recently formed. Dr David Brown or another dentist at our Leeds surgery will treat specific areas to artistically alter your facial expression without creating that frozen look that some people associate with badly applied or overused Botox. When used correctly you should be able to show your emotions in your face, as the only intention is to make subtle changes that will help prevent lines forming while still creating a natural appearance.

What is the Difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

Leeds City Dentalcare also offers dermal fillers and this works in a slightly different way as they are best used on more established wrinkles. They can cosmetically alter the appearance of soft tissues, for example creating a plumper look to the lips. Your initial consultation will be to help you decide whether Botox or dermal fillers are more appropriate, or if you’ll achieve the best results by using a combination of both treatments. Both Botox and dermal fillers are extremely safe, and our dentists in Leeds only ever use the minimum amount necessary which is far below the recommended guidelines.

Botox is More Than Just Cosmetic

Most people think of Botox as only having cosmetic applications when in fact it’s a very versatile substance. We can also use it to help treat severe headaches or migraines. It works by helping to reduce sensitivity towards headaches, and its muscle relaxing properties help reduce tightness in specific areas that would have been identified as the trigger points. The frequency of migraines can be reduced through receiving injections in muscles that normally become constricted in migraine sufferers. If you currently suffer from painful headaches, and are fed up with trying to deal with the unpleasant side effects which can include nausea, stomach upsets and shoulder and neck pain, then why not ask our Leeds surgery for an assessment? We would only recommend this treatment if we think it will provide a real benefit for you.

Dr. David S Brown

David is principal dentist & clinical director of Leeds City Dentalcare. Having graduated at Leeds University & at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, he joined the practice in 1990 & took over as principal in 1992. He has a passion for ensuring that we are equipped with the very latest & finest equipment available securing our place as one of the best equipped practices in Yorkshire.

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Using Botox and Dermal Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are a very good way of helping to freshen up your looks without having any radical treatment, but it is important to consult a qualified specialist. This type of treatment is not right for everyone, and you will need to visit Leeds City Dentalcare for an assessment to see if you are suitable. We’ll discuss these treatments with you, and can answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Botox is a very good treatment for helping to rejuvenate your looks, especially for the upper third portion of the face. It can be good for softening the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, as well as for treating lines in the forehead and frown lines. It can also be very effective for treating the lower facial area, and for softening lines caused by smoking. Botox tends to work best on those lines that are caused by the action of the muscles in the face. It is not an effective option for reducing lines or marks that are due to other reasons, for example acne scars.

Dermal fillers help to plump up the skin, giving a younger and fresher appearance. When used by a specialist such as Dr David Brown or another of our dentists, dermal fillers can smooth out wrinkles and lines. They are useful for adjusting the look of the chin, cheeks and lips, and both Botox and dermal fillers are something that can be used in combination to give a subtle but healthier appearance.

Not Just for Women

Botox is no longer the preserve of women, as a number of patients seeking this treatment at our Leeds surgery are men. It is ideal for men who are just beginning to show the early signs of aging, and who would like to minimise these signs for as long as possible. It is quick, discreet and minimally invasive. One thing to bear in mind is that larger men will need a larger quantity of Botox to achieve good results, but this is something that will be carefully calculated prior to treatment.

Using Botox for Migraines

Botox is often thought of as only being suitable for rejuvenating facial appearance, but in fact it is a surprisingly versatile treatment that can be used to help migraine sufferers. Anyone who has ever had a migraine will know just how debilitating this condition can be, but Botox can help relieve the pain. The exact way in which it does this isn’t fully known, but it is thought the toxin works through preventing particular chemicals from reaching nerve endings, reducing pain, as well as relieving the tightness of muscles in the head area. The effects are not immediately felt, as the results can take a week or so to fully manifest, reaching a peak approximately six weeks after being injected. The effects of Botox on migraines usually fade around three months after the injections. Botox can also help ease other symptoms associated with migraines such as fatigue, feeling nauseous or vomiting, neck pain and sensitivity to light.

If you are interested in the use of Botox for relieving migraine pain then please contact our dentist in Leeds for a free consultation.

Dr. David S Brown

David is principal dentist & clinical director of Leeds City Dentalcare. Having graduated at Leeds University & at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, he joined the practice in 1990 & took over as principal in 1992. He has a passion for ensuring that we are equipped with the very latest & finest equipment available securing our place as one of the best equipped practices in Yorkshire.

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What are Dermal Fillers and How Might They Help Me?

If you’re concerned that you look older than your years then you might be interested in ways of helping to turn back the clock. This is where dermal fillers can be extremely good, and is a treatment offered by Leeds City Dentalcare. Dermal fillers can help to revitalize the way skin looks and can plump up the skin helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. The overall effect is to soften and smooth the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers work by helping to revitalize the skin through boosting its supply of hyaluronic acid. The fillers are made from a non-animal hyaluronic acid that is highly stable and comes in the form of an injectable gel. This type of hyaluronic acid closely mimics the natural hydrologic acid in the body so it is very safe to use.

Hyaluronic acid is an important substance that is found in just about all living organisms. It helps to lubricate moving parts of the body such as joints, but is also very important in helping the skin to regulate its water balance, and in transporting nutrients to the skin. The end result is very natural looking and subtle as dermal fillers don’t affect facial expressions. However the results of the treatment can be seen just about instantly.

Dermal fillers will not permanently smooth away wrinkles, but you can expect each treatment to last for between six and nine months. Dermal fillers are a way of aging gracefully.

Which Facial Areas Can Be Treated by Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are commonly used to help smooth out the lines between the nose and mouth, called the nasolabial folds. They are also very good at helping to smooth the frown lines in between the eyebrows which are called the glabella lines. These fillers can also be used to add shape and volume to thinning lips.

Advantages of Having Dermal Fillers at Leeds City Dentalcare

The advantage of having this kind of treatment that Leeds City Dentalcare is that you know it will be performed by a professional such as Dr David Brown, and the treatment will be carried out in clean, clinical surroundings. You’ll also get an honest assessment during your initial consultation at our Leeds surgery, as our dental team will be able to let you know how successful this treatment might be for you, and you can rest assured that if we don’t think it’s worth you having this treatment or if we feel it’s not quite right for you, we will let you know. This type of treatment isn’t generallyrecommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, or anyone who has a skin disease.

Our dentist in Leeds only uses reputable, quality products, and any side effects are likely to be minimal and should disappear within a few days. The most common side effects are likely to be a slight bruising more redness or swelling around the injection site, but again this is something we’ll discuss with you during your initial consultation. Treatment to resolve lines around the nose area or to reshape the lips can create slightly more sensitivity. Most people will be able to return to work a short time after treatment.

Dr. David S Brown

David is principal dentist & clinical director of Leeds City Dentalcare. Having graduated at Leeds University & at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, he joined the practice in 1990 & took over as principal in 1992. He has a passion for ensuring that we are equipped with the very latest & finest equipment available securing our place as one of the best equipped practices in Yorkshire.

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Botox Treatment at Leeds City Dentalcare

Perhaps you already know people who have had Botox, or maybe you’re just curious to learn more. While Botox is perhaps best known for smoothing away wrinkles, it also has a number of other applications including reducing excessive sweating underneath the arms and on the palms of the hands, and relieving migraines. Regardless of your reasons for wanting Botox, you can be sure the procedure is safe as possible at our Leeds surgery as you’ll receive the attention of fully qualified and experienced practitioners.

What is Botox?

Botox is a prescription medicine that is derived from botulism toxin. The botulism toxin is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The toxin works by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves, particularly the nerves that make muscles contract. It is a tried and tested treatment that has been used for decades and has the advantage of being far less invasive than other methods to reduce wrinkles. When injected into the face it helps to relax the muscles giving the effect of smoothing out the skin, improving the look of wrinkles. The results are temporary, but most people find the treatment will last for between three and six months before requiring a top up.

Booking a Consultation with a Qualified Practitioner

If you’re thinking about having Botox then it’s worth booking a consultation with Dr David Brown or another of our highly qualified dentist. This is because we need to ensure you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions that may mean this isn’t the right course of action for you. We’ll take the time to explain the procedure thoroughly to you, and this is also your chance to ask any questions you may have. Although Botox can be a very effective treatment, it’s not right for everyone and may not improve the appearance of all wrinkles. You’ll get an honest opinion when visiting our dentist in Leeds surgery, as we’ll let you know the kind of results you can expect. If we don’t think it’ll make it significant difference to your appearance, or that it may not help with any other symptoms then we will let you know!

What to Expect When Having Botox

The actual process only takes between 15 minutes and half an hour and most people experience the minimum of discomfort. However it’s quite normal to experience a slight redness afterwards. It takes a few days for the treatment to begin working, but maximum results should be achieved within one to two weeks. Although you may see Botox treatments advertised elsewhere, it is essential to consult a properly trained professional as otherwise complications could arise. One of the most common side effects is simply over treating an area, creating that frozen look which isn’t particularly desirable. Risks include slight bruising around the injection site, and experiencing flu-like symptoms or even headaches.

Botox for Non-Cosmetic Reasons

Many people suffering from headaches or migraines have found Botox to be more effective than other treatments as it can help to improve the symptoms and shorten the duration of chronic migraines. Botox is injected into the neck and head to treat headaches and migraines. Botox in Leeds was discovered to reduce the symptoms of excessive sweating 20 years ago, and was the first time the toxin had been used in a non-muscular way.

Botox sometimes receives a bad press, but this is usually when it has been used incorrectly, or has been over-used by practitioners who lack the necessary experience and training to utilise it properly.

Dr. David S Brown

David is principal dentist & clinical director of Leeds City Dentalcare. Having graduated at Leeds University & at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, he joined the practice in 1990 & took over as principal in 1992. He has a passion for ensuring that we are equipped with the very latest & finest equipment available securing our place as one of the best equipped practices in Yorkshire.

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