Facial Rejuvenation

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As we age, our skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner and dries out. Wrinkles can result from these changes, giving patients an older appearance.

Fortunately, facial rejuvenation treatments, such as Botox and fillers, can be used to address these issues. These interventions can also address other concerns, such as thin lips.

Such facial rejuvenation treatments may be appealing to patients who are also investing in cosmetic upgrades to their smiles and want to enhance the features surrounding their smiles at the same time.

When considering facial rejuvenation treatments, patients may not initially think about consulting with a dentist. However, as a result of their extensive training on facial features and how they work together, dentists are uniquely qualified to provide such treatments.

If you are interested in facial rejuvenation, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation.

What should I expect from treatment with Botox or fillers?

If you’ve never received Botox or fillers before, you might be anxious in advance of the appointment. It can be helpful to know what to expect.

The needles used to deliver the Botox or filler injections are tiny, and they cause just a small pinch. Patients experience minimal discomfort during the treatment, and no anesthetic is required.

Depending on your needs, these treatments can be completed in a matter of minutes.

Additionally, you will need to plan for follow-up treatments, as these results are not permanent. Typically, patients return to our office every 3-4 months for another round of injections.

When are Botox and fillers beneficial?

Botox and fillers may be used for either cosmetic purposes or to treat certain medical conditions. They can be beneficial for the following needs:

  • Eliminating wrinkles
  • Plumping facial features, such as lips, cheeks, temples or the chin
  • Relief of TMJ discomfort
  • Relief of headache pain

Different fillers may be appropriate in different situations, and concerns such as patient allergies, risk of side effects and other issues will also be considered as Dr. Nathanson determines which treatment approach will be best for you.

Why should I see a dentist for Botox and fillers?

When you have an established relationship with a dentist, you benefit from working with a knowledgeable provider who develops familiarity with your unique facial structures.

Additionally, dentists spend a considerable amount of time studying how all of the facial features work together in order to achieve a beautiful and functional smile. This expertise is also valuable in planning for facial rejuvenation interventions.

Furthermore, Dr. Nathanson has completed thorough specific training in order to administer Botox and other fillers safely and effectively.

The familiarity with your unique features, in combination with the dentist’s professional training and background, gives your dentist all of the tools needed to help you achieve your desired treatment results.

FAQs about Facial Rejuvenation

What are the side effects of Botox and fillers?

Certain side effects can occur when patients receive Botox or fillers, although they are relatively rare. Patients may experience an allergic reaction to the substances injected under the skin. If you have a history of such allergic reactions to any facial rejuvenation treatments, be sure to inform Dr. Nathanson. Patients may also experience redness, swelling or bruising at the injection site, or the fillers can cause a longer lasting change in which the skin takes on a bluish tint. More rare side effects include nerve paralysis, scarring and blindness.

What should you not do after fillers?

In order to get optimal results, patients should refrain from certain activities after getting their fillers. This includes, smoking, drinking alcohol and engaging in vigorous exercise. Patients should also avoid exposing the treated area to intense heat, such as saunas or tanning beds, until any swelling is reduced. Additionally, Dr. Nathanson will give you directions of steps to take to reduce bruising, such as applying ice packs and topical cream, such as Arnica.

Do fillers make wrinkles worse?

Patients are often concerned that getting fillers will result in their wrinkles getting worse after the fillers’ effects wear off. However, this does not tend to occur. In fact, there is some evidence that getting fillers can stimulate the body’s production of its own collagen at the site, which reduces wrinkles. That being said, your wrinkles will reappear after the fillers wear off, so you will need to receive periodic treatments in order to maintain your results in the long term.

What are the best fillers for the face?

Different fillers have different qualities. Botox, which may be the most well-known cosmetic treatment of this type, relaxes muscles under the skin and reduce contractions that create wrinkles. Other fillers, such as ones containing hyaluronic acid or collagen, also have characteristics that may influence treatment. For example, collagen injections tend to result in the most natural aesthetic. After assessing your case and discussing your treatment goals with you, Dr. Nathanson will determine which particular treatment will be most suitable in your case.

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Meet Dr. Joel Nathanson

Dr. Joel I. Nathanson | Top Dentist | Hunt Valley MD

Joel I. Nathanson, DMD, MAGD, graduated from Columbia University and received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. After serving a tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, Dr. Nathanson began practicing comprehensive dental care in the Baltimore area in 1985.

A respected professional in his field, Dr. Nathanson aims to provide the best possible dental experience for his patients. His entire career has been a study in pursuing the highest and most advanced dental techniques and technologies for the benefit of his patients.

Dr. Nathanson is a founding Elite Member of Dental Sleep Masters and a member of the following organizations:

American Dental Association
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Maryland Academy of General Dentistry
The World Clinical Laser Institute