In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, our practice is only currently seeing patients with emergency needs. All elective care and hygiene appointments will be rescheduled to a later date. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us. 
Katoomba Dental Centre

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Facial Rejuvenation

How can we help you?

We invite you to ask questions about our services, procedures and clinic.

There are some questions we hear frequently, and we have listed some of them below. But if you have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us directly. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help.

Facial Rejuvenation

You may experience slight discomfort at the injection site, however our clinicians are well trained in using specialised, gentle injection techniques to minimise discomfort as much as possible.  Our practitioners are also qualified to administer local anaesthetic to numb the more sensitive areas of the lower face and mouth.  This is particularly helpful for filler placement in lips and nasolabial folds.  We want to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

A "Gummy smile", also known as excessive gingival display, is the term used to describe a smile that reveals a disproportionate amount of gum above the upper teeth. 

Muscle relaxant injectables can be used to treat gummy smiles, where the muscles in the top lip pull the lip up over the top of the teeth. Small injections to a specific muscle either side of the nose will lessen the amount the top lip can pull up and expose the gums while smiling.

 

Muscle relaxants can help patients with paralysed muscles in the face which leads to an asymmetrical smile. By relaxing the same muscle on the opposite side, a symmetrical or ‘softer’ appearance can be achieved.

Muscle relaxants are an effective and safe way to treat TMJ disorders. Muscle relaxants are injected into the jaw muscle which numbs the nerve receptors in the muscles that initiate movement and contractions. This treatment will weaken the target muscle while leaving enough strength for normal use; your speaking and chewing function will not be affected.

The treatment will last approximately 4-6 months and will significantly improve the way you feel every day when it comes to the comfort of your jaw and the associated pain relief.

Muscle relaxants

There are no visible changes directly after the treatment.  The full effect will develop over the following 2 – 14 days.  We encourage patients to see us for a review after 2 weeks and if necessary we will provide a further dose to achieve the results desired.

The results depend on the individual, but generally last around 3-6 months. Over time and if the correct supplementary treatments and care are taken, muscle relaxant treatments will be needed less frequently to achieve the same results.

Derma Fillers

The results of this treatment are instantaneous

The results will vary from person to person: this will depend on factors such as the person’s age and lifestyle, the structure of the skin, and the amount of treatment required

The main component of dermal fillers is a natural substance which dissolves over time. As a result, most patients choose to have a repeat treatment within 12 months.

 

You should avoid injectables if you:

  • Are pregnancy or breast-feeding.
  • Have a known sensitivity to the solution (HA fillers).
  • Have a history of sever gram positive bacterial infections.
  • Have infection at the site of injection.

If you have any anticoagulant disorders, existing scar tissue or you suffer from keloid scarring, be sure to mention this to your clinician.

You should avoid injectables if you:

  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Suffer from neuro-muscular or auto-immune disorders.
  • Have a known sensitivity to the solution (BtxA or other constituents).
  • Are taking certain medications such as quinine, aminoglycoside antibiotics.

If you take omega-3 and anti-coagulant NSAIDS for bruising, or have suffered from dysmorphic psychological issues, be sure to mention this to your clinician.

Muscle Relaxants

You will be able to return to daily activities immediately after treatment.  You are advised to stay upright and avoid touching and massaging treated areas for two to four hours to prevent the solution diffusing to adjacent muscles.

You will be given comprehensive post-operative instructions from your practitioner following your treatment.

Ideally we would like to see you in 2 weeks time after treatment to see the results and give a further dose if necessary should the results not be inline with our original expectations.

Derma Fillers

Avoid touching the area for at least six hours following treatment.  You will be given comprehensive post-operative instructions from your practitioner following your treatment.

Ideally we would like to see you in 2 weeks time after treatment to see the results and give a further dose if necessary should the results not be inline with our original expectations.

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