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How a Dentist Can Help with Facial Contouring
One of the most popular non-invasive procedures is facial contouring. Facial contouring refers to the use of various dermal filler treatments to give the face a natural-looking contour. It is a highly efficient way to enhance facial characteristics while also decreasing the visible signs of aging.
Can a dentist provide facial contouring treatments?
Some people use makeup to contour their facial features, but this method takes time and considerable skill to achieve natural-looking results. For those who want a non-invasive treatment that gives their face a contoured look, facial contouring is the way to go.
A dentist can perform facial contouring treatments to correct loose skin or wrinkles around the chin, neck, cheeks, and face. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis without the need for sedation, surgical scars, or lengthy downtime.
The facial contouring process
Dermal fillers are a popular procedure in aesthetic dentistry for patients seeking to restore their young appearance. The dermal fillers used are hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring protein found in the skin and lips. It is possible to add volume and fullness to the face by increasing the HA content. HA aids in the retention of moisture and the appearance of a youthful, dewy complexion.
A unique blunt-ended cannula is used to sculpt the cheekbones to the desired size, shape, and form in the face contouring process. The dental professional will work toward improving the patient’s natural face shape and form. The process of restoring a patient’s appearance begins with a consultation, during which the dentist will discuss the patient’s needs. Depending on how much filler is needed and the areas that require treatment, the process might take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.
The dentist will typically use fillers that contain an anesthetic to make the procedure as painless as possible. For the first injection to create a full and attractive face, patients will typically feel a pinch, but the sensation will reduce gradually as the anesthetic kicks in. Patients may need multiple facial contouring treatments, depending on their skin condition and treatment goals. In most cases, the treatment involves up to three appointments spread over several weeks.
Fillers have immediate effects. However, the appearance and feel will improve over the next three weeks. The hydrophilic property of HA allows it to absorb 1,000 times its weight in water. This hydrates the skin and makes the area feel smoother and more natural. The benefits of chin, cheekbone, and jawline fillers are transitory, lasting between 6 and 18 months on average for most patients.
The bottom line
A dentist can help you recover your confidence by correcting and reshaping the contours of your face and tweaking particular characteristics. A complete consultation is required to discuss your treatment needs, after which you will be given a treatment plan and a cost estimate. Facial contouring may suit you if you have been contemplating skin tightening and rejuvenation procedures that enhance and define certain regions. To learn more about the process, contact our dental office to book an appointment.
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