Facial Injections

 

What are facial injections?

Facial muscles are just under the surface of our skin. Our facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, and pursing our lips are controlled by these muscles.

As these muscles contract, the skin on our faces moves. The overlying skin along the action lines of our facial muscles can also wrinkle as we age.

The facial injections relax these muscle contractions and allow the skin to become smooth again. This results in a more youthful appearance. Frown lines between the brows, horizontal forehead lines, and “crow’s feet” can be treated with injections.

While your body eliminates the injection's medication quickly, the relaxation's effect may last up to six months.

The muscles will be able to contract normally after this time.

 

Facial injectable treatment

A consultation for facial injections usually takes 30 minutes. At this visit, you can talk to your dentist about the results you want to achieve and the areas of concern you have.

Our dental professionals will discuss aftercare, risks and potential problems, and you will have the chance to ask questions before proceeding.

First, mark and allocate the areas where injections will be made. The dentist will ask you to move the facial muscles in the area being treated. As an example, you may be asked to frown, smile, squint, or raise your eyebrows.

Following the marking process, the dentist will inject one or more units per site. An extremely fine, disposable needle used to inject the medication into the target muscles is used. The injection may sting a little.

Tingly or itchy, red, or bleed briefly before feeling completely normal might happen. Treatment results will not start to take effect for 3-7 days and the full result of the injections may not be felt for up to two weeks.

At your review appointment two weeks after treatment, your dentist will assess the results and administer further doses should they be required.

 

Injections for TMD/TMJ or Bruxism

The use of injections may be part of a patient's treatment plan if they have been diagnosed with bruxism, TMD/TMJ, or facial pain.

Depending on the severity of the condition, your dentist can determine the dose of medication required.

Byreducing the ability of these muscles to contract as strongly, the tension placed on the TMJ and surrounding tissues is thought to be reduced. Injection sites are selected specifically to target the muscles contributing to your condition. This leads to relief of symptoms, including a reduction in teeth grinding.

Dentists can use muscle relaxing injections as a diagnostic tool when trying to determine the exact cause of facial pain. These injections are reversible, temporary, and minimally invasive.

These injections may also be used in conjunction with splint therapy, which can further alleviate symptoms.