Interest in non-surgical facelifts more than doubled in 2016 in the UK, and enquiries for dermal fillers rose 24%, with lip augmentation the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment of all (WhatClinic).
Meanwhile the number of people having cosmetic surgery dropped by 40%. So clearly people who want to enhance their looks are increasingly turning towards safer and subtler non-permanent facial aesthetics.
Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are by far the two fastest growing cosmetic treatments. For anti-wrinkle injections we use Botox, a trade name for botulinum toxin, a prescription medicine that can only be administered by us following a consultation for lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are less regulated and work in a different way.
Both are reliable and safe, but not when administered unsafely, and with such a demand it’s no wonder some unscrupulous practitioners are trying to get in on the action. You might have seen some of the media reports.
So how can patients be sure which practitioners are safe? It’s reasonable to trust a dentist, doctor or a nurse because they are regulated medics and their clinics have to meet cross-infection standards set by the Care Quality Commission.
Dentists are particularly well trained for this work because we carry out facial injections every day and have an extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. That makes two differences: firstly the injections will feel less painful because of better technique, and secondly the outcome of treatment is likely to be better because of a higher degree of accuracy.
When you come to see us we like to engage with you as a whole person. We see an individual rather than a dental or facial cosmetics case. Clearly there is a strong link between facial aesthetics and dentistry because we know how life changing a renewed smile can be, so we also offer a range of complementary treatments that can take years off and give you a new lease of life.