Botox and Fillers

Botox and Fillers

The three aspects of facial treatment are Wrinkle reduction, Lip sculpting and Dermal fillers.

At Kings Road Dental Practice we take great pride in the services we offer to our patients and from the moment you walk through the door, our staff will do their very best to make you feel welcome and at ease.

Botox is the trade name by which Botulinum Treatment A is widely known. It has been used for a variety of medical conditions including blepharospasm and muscle spasticity for over 20 years.


Botulinum TYPE A is the preferred treatment for softening wrinkles for facial aesthetic treatments and is used around the world. It is also used for a variety of medical conditions, including Blepharospasm and muscle spasticity.

What is it used for?

Glabellar Lines

Glabellar lines, also known as frown lines, are vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows.

They appear over time due to the effects of aging, sun exposure and frowning. As a person ages, the skin becomes less elastic and the Glabellar lines become more evident. Sometimes glabellar lines stay permanently in the face, making it appear that the person is always frowning. The treatment leaves your skin looking clear and wrinkle free.

Glabellar lines can be easily removed with a specific pattern of injections designed to relax the facial muscles that cause your frown lines to appear. These muscles are called the corrugator and procerus. Deeper wrinkles are able to be removed with dermal fillers.

Horizontal Brow Lines

Horizontal brow lines are the horizontal long lines that run across the forehead. Temporary ones form during normal expression such as shock and surprise due to the raising of eye brows. Over time, due to the skin loosing elasticity, these lines become deep and permanent, even when the face is relaxed, making one look older.

The Frontalis muscle causes these lines due to it being the only muscle the raises the eyebrows. With the use of BOTOX® it's possible to relax the muscle to reduce and usually eliminate these wrinkles.

Crow's Feet

Crow's feet are also called 'Laughter Lines'. They are fine lines that appear at the corners of the eyes. They usually appear while smiling or laughing when you're young but as you age the skin loses elasticity so even when the face is relaxed they are prominent.

The main cause for Crow's Feet is sun exposure, which ages the skin and encourages squinting. Smoking is also a cause. However, they are also simply a part of the ageing process of the face. They will start small and expand over time. They can often make a person look their age and often they look tired as the wrinkles cause the area around the eye to look darker.

They are treated with very small injections to the Obicularis Oculi muscle which surrounds the eye. The injections also tighten the skin of the eyelid and give a slight lift to the eyebrow. This is a rejuvenating procedure that will brighten your face.

Smoker's Lines

Smoker's lines occur as we get older and the lip naturally starts to lose its volume. They are vertical wrinkles that form between the upper lip and lower nose. They are more common and pronounced in smokers, as these are the muscles that tense in order to clasp the cigarette in the mouth. They can often make one look older than their true age and can cause the lips to look lifeless. The treatment plumps the skin up around the mouth, removing the wrinkles and giving the skin a smooth natural look.

Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial Folds are deep lines around the nose and mouth. Dermal fillers offer instant results in the reduction of these lines. These deep lines can make you look your age. The procedure uses dermal fillers to fill in the crease and plump the skin to give it a more youthful look. The treatment doesn't take long, doesn't require surgery and the effects are immediately visible. The skin around the mouth looks smooth but natural.

Lip Enhancement

Lip Enhancement increases the definition to the lips and clearly defines the cupids bow. It helps to make the lips look more full and healthier. As time goes by, lips naturally lose their volume, appearing thinner and less defined. Wrinkles and fine lines can alter the smooth look of your lips and the corners of the mouth may even turn down, giving a tired and aged appearance. The treatment is

Cheek Augmentation

The volume of our cheek area decreases gradually as we age as the malar fat pads move down due to the force of gravity. This loss of volume is more obvious on slender patients. The cheek bones become less pronounced and the skin becomes saggy causing lack of definition to the face and an aged look.

Dermal fillers offer an immediate but subtle cheek enhancement. The additional volume to the cheeks make the face appear more youthful. The effect is not designed to be dramatic, but a subtle improvement that looks natural. This is a quick solution with immediate effects with minimal swelling and bruising.

The treatment for cheek augmentation is only temporary and the length of its effect is influenced by what type of dermal filler is used. Advanced dermal filler allow the smoothest and most natural look and lasts from 9-12 months.

How does it work?

It works by reversibly targeting the small muscles of the face and damping down their contraction, thus softening lines and wrinkles. BTX also works in a similar way on sweat glands to stop the production of sweat.

How do I prepare for the treatment?

Do nothing differently, just go about your normal activities as you would normally.

Who can have?

Botox Treatment can be used for treating wrinkles in men and women, however men often need slightly higher doses than women.

Who should not have?

» People with infection at the proposed injection site.
» People who have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum Treatment type A injections.
» People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles, such as Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton Lambert syndrome.
» Children under the age of 18 years.
» Women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

When will it start working and how long does it last?

It takes two weeks for BTX to be fully effective, but you will notice the first changes after four to five days. The effects last three to four months depending on your response, but repeat treatments may last for longer. It is not immediately reversible but always gradually wears off.

Is BTX treatment safe?

Yes, as long as you are medically suitable it is extremely safe.

Are there any side effects?

The pain associated with injections is mild and no local anaesthetic is required. The needles used are very fine and approximately the same diameter as coarse human hair.

You will be able to drive and engage in all of your usual daily activities immediately after your injections. You may develop slight bruising at the injection sites, but otherwise there will be no visible signs of your skincare treatment.

In rare cases, the botox can migrate to nearby muscles, causing some weakness, such as drooping of the upper eyelid. This is a temporary side effect, lasting for a few weeks at most.

Botox injections may on occasions be prescribed for the management of excess sweating; in a small number of cases, there is no discernible effect; unfortunately this is impossible to predict before treatment commences.

Lip Fillers

Lips are one of the most visible characteristics of our faces and we should not underestimate the impact that well-defined naturally full looking lips can have. Lip volume is governed by both our genetic code and also by the ageing process and exposure to UV light and pollutants (especially smoking).

A loss of lip volume and definition can be detrimental to the balance of the face as can having excessive upper lip creases, or mismatched upper and lower lips.

Lip Enhancement increases the definition to the lips and clearly defines the cupids bow. It helps to make the lips look more full and healthier. As time goes by, lips naturally lose their volume, appearing thinner and less defined. Wrinkles and fine lines can alter the smooth look of your lips and the corners of the mouth may even turn down, giving a tired and aged appearance. The treatment is..

Lip fillers consist of synthesised hyaluronic acid (HA or sodium hyaluronate), which is a natural component of lip collagen. Hyaluronic acid holds water which imparts volume and hydrates the lips. Lip augmentation procedures use the inherent water-binding properties of HA to restore a natural volumised look to the lips.

How do I prepare for lip filler treatment?

Do nothing differently. Just go about your day to day activities as normal. Your lips will be cleansed and sterilised at the time of the procedure so try not to use any lipstick or cosmetics.

If having lip plumping and defining, you will need to have an anaesthetic block. This will be injected so that the lips are completely numb and so you will not feel any pain when the lip filler is being injected.

Lip filler will be injected into the vermillion border (the edge of the lips where the skin meets the lip itself) and also into the lips themselves in so that the lips have a fuller, poutier and feminine appearance. You will have a mirror to hand and you will be able to see the effect immediately. We aim to get the result that you are looking for and will not overfill your lips – NO TROUT POUT GUARANTEED.

How do lip fillers work?

The hyaluronic acid is a gel-like solution and is injected into the lips to add volume in the vermillion border and also into the body of the lips themselves. The filler holds water within its molecular bonds and plumping the structure of the lips from within.

How long do lip injection treatments last?

Hyaluronic acid fillers last from 6 – 15 months depending on how each individual responds to the filler ingredients. Some people degrade the filler faster than others.

They are all fully biodegradable and will break down gradually over time. As the absorption times differ with individuals, how the area looks and feels is the best indicator that a top-up is needed.

Are there side effects to lip augmentation?

There are very few reported side effects with these products, bruising being the most common as with any injections. This is usually minimal and can be covered effectively with make up.

You must mention to your practitioner if you are taking any blood thinning medications ie. aspirin or warfarin as one would be at higher risk of bruising. However, this does not mean that we cannot proceed, it just mean we will take extra care to minimise bruising.

What is the lip treatment aftercare?

There is usually some swelling after having a lip enhancement and it is advisable to relax and minimise strenuous activity in the 24 hours after having the treatment.

After treatment, anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen) can help to reduce the swelling and we will provide you with a cool ice pack to place on the lips. It is important to keep the lips clean and dry and to leave the lips to settle down without any excessive rubbing or manipulation.

Non - Surgical Facelift

As we age, the essential structure of our face changes. The creeping years, gravity, sun, lifestyle and smoking all contribute to lines and volume loss. Volume loss tends to occur in the mid-face around the cheek-bones and eye areas leading to descent of tissue and increasing lines around the nose to mouth, chin and jowl areas (naso-labial and marionette lines).

These problems have traditionally been treated with filler in the lower face (naso-labial and marionette areas) but this can lead to a heavy, unbalanced look.

A better approach is to replace the lost volume in the mid-face sculpting and restoring the cheek area and rejuvenating the tear-trough area with dermal fillers. Along with some subtle botulinum treatment to open the eyes and lift the brows and the jowls this can rejuvenate the face in an entirely natural manner.

This treatment is very much tailored on an individual basis, using the latest minimally invasive techniques to obtain optimal and beautifully natural results.

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