Botox and dermal fillers have made a huge impact in the elective esthetic field. By far, these are the two fastest growing cosmetic treatments, especially over the last seven to eight years. The dollar amount spent on Botox and dermal fillers far exceeds the combined dollars spent for breast implants and liposuction. I hope through this article to show you that there is a definite place in the dental practice for both Botox and dermal fillers therapy and why dentists should be joining other health care practitioners who deliver these services. In truth, dentists are the primary health care practitioners who should be delivering these procedures to patients.
There is no question that this article will be controversial, but bear with me as you read through this and you will see a very strong case can be made for dentists’ involvement with Botox and dermal filler therapy. I have found now, after speaking to thousands of dentists through my lectures about these procedures, that we as a dental industry are pretty much ignorant of what these therapies even are, how they are delivered, what the science is behind them, and what they can accomplish for our patients.
Botox treatment is most commonly used for smoothing of facial wrinkles including:
• 'Frown lines' between the eyebrows (glabellar region)
• Forehead creases
• 'Crow's feet' at the sides and corners of the eyes
• Lip wrinkles.
Botox is especially beneficial for patients who are seeking subtle, natural looking facial rejuvenation rather than the types of results offered by more invasive plastic surgery procedures. The results of Botox treatment can last up to six months and even longer with regular touch-up treatments.