Are facial aesthetics worth the risk?
It really depends on where you go to get them. There’s no reason whatsoever why patients should be putting themselves at risk because non-surgical treatments like Botox and dermal fillers are inherently safe procedures and there are clear guidelines for their use. For example, in the UK, Botox can only be prescribed by a qualified medical professional after a consultation with the patient – you can’t just walk into a clinic and get injected no questions asked, at least you’re not supposed to be able to. The problem is unqualified people are attracting patients with cut price treatments, ignoring the guidelines and causing life changing damage, as reported in The Times just before Christmas (Article).
Who can I trust with my face?
Dental practices are your safest bet. It makes sense when you think about it because dentists study the anatomy of the face for their entire careers and are probably more experienced than anyone at facial injections. On top of that many dental practices employ a medical doctor for facial aesthetics so the patient benefits from the combined experience of two disciplines. For example at Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic we have Dr Orlaith O’Daly, who is a GP, and myself doing the facial aesthetics work. You’ll find that responsible practitioners always seek subtle results and use their products sparingly with extreme care, never ever going for the ‘frozen face’ look.
Another advantage of choosing a dental practice is they are run according to hospital grade clinical standards, which may not always be the case for high street beauticians. And when you’re in a building with experts in different types of cosmetic dentistry like at Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic, you’ll be advised if there are other ways you can complement your makeover at the same time.
When are Botox and fillers appropriate?
Anyone over 18 can get facial aesthetics, but they are most popular with older patients because of their ability to smooth away the signs of ageing. Anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox reduce lines caused by movements in the face, which deepen with age. Fillers add volume and dampen static lines, and are especially effective on the lips.
How do facial aesthetics work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. It’s most often used on forehead lines, the lines around the eyes known as crow’s feet, and frown lines. Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that attracts water to the skin and plumps it up. Hyaluronic acid depletes with age, so dermal fillers are simply a top up on the areas of your face most affected; usually fine lines around the nose, mouth, lips, cheeks and forehead. Both treatments are temporary and last around three months but longer with top-ups.
How much do they cost?
Dermal and lip fillers are €350 per syringe. Botox is €225 for one area, €295 for two and €345 for three areas.
For a facial aesthetics consultation visit www.boynedental.ie or call +35316971295. Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic is located at The Old Courthouse, 4 Ludlow Street, Navan, Co Meath.
*Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic has been nominated as a finalist in the following categories of the 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards, to be decided on January 29 in Dublin:
Practice of the Year – Leinster
Best Patient Care
Best Rising Star – Dr.David Murnaghan
Best High Technology
Most Attractive Practice
Most Improved Practice
Call Boyne Dental on +353 46902 8683
The Old Courthouse, 4 Ludlow St, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland