Cancel | Bow Lane Dental in London

Our dental clinic is open and you can read our COVID-safe procedures here.

We have unfortunately had to temporarily stop our beauty treatments in line with Government regulations. All existing appointments will be rescheduled.

What is facial aesthetics?

What is facial aesthetics?
What is facial aesthetics?

Facial aesthetics is normally referred to as visually balancing your face structures through non-surgical treatments which can lead to a boost in self-esteem. This includes the removal of fine lines or filling of uneven skin sections.

However, in dentistry its medical uses extend beyond this and can be used to treat multiple functional conditions.

Migraine treatments:

Due to the pressures of modern life, we are seeing an increase in teeth grinding and clenching, medically known as bruxism. These occur both during the day and night and some people are unaware of the habit.

Over time, the overuse of jaw muscles during Bruxism can result in visible enlargement, pain, migraines, tooth wear and disrupted sleep. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) including symptoms such as clicking joints can be made worse if you clench and grind.

At Bow Lane we offer consultations to see which treatment option would be correct for you. Whether it is in conjunction with a custom-made mouthguard to further help break the cycle of Bruxism, protect your teeth from wear and relieve tension in the jaw muscles and joints. This helps to relieve the pain, tension and spasms caused by the hyperactivity of the muscles.

In some cases, where the condition perseveres, your dentist could suggest injecting a small dose of a muscle relaxing toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the jaw), weakening the area to stop habitual grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This can significantly reduce the wear and tear on the teeth due to bruxism (the action of clenching or grinding).

Gummy smile and lip thickness:

Some people feel they show too much gum when they smile, this is known as a ‘gummy smile’. One of the main causes is hyperactivity of the muscle that lifts the upper lip. Using facial aesthetic techniques can relax these muscles, which in turn contract less strongly and therefore less gum is seen. Sometimes, the gummy smile can be exacerbated by a thin upper lip. This method used just above the lip can help the lip to relax, curl outward and appear fuller when smiling.

Fine line treatment:

Wrinkles and fine lines develop over time by the repeated contraction of facial muscles. By injecting a relaxing toxin precisely into these specific muscles, the nerve impulse travelling to the muscle is blocked.

Stopping the muscle from contracting strongly will keep the overlying skin from wrinkling, resulting in a smooth appearance and will prevent the deepening of any lines present. Commonly treated areas include frown lines between the eyes, crow’s feet and forehead lines.

How soon will I see the effects and how long do the effects last?

The aesthetic effects of such toxins appear in 2-7 days and in some cases up to two weeks with the maximum effect 5 - 6 weeks after injection. The effects last for an average of 3-4 months and will vary depending on the condition of your skin, area treated, severity of lines, strength of muscle, amount of product injected, injection technique and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking.

Are there any side effects?

Relaxing toxins are used extensively in the medical industry for multiple medical conditions. Side effects are uncommon and temporary – you may experience bruising or tenderness at the injection site, a mild headache and very occasionally the treatment may not work as some people are immune to the effects of it. This is more likely in people who have had this treatment many times before. When injecting close to the eye there is a small chance (less than 1%) of developing a temporary drooping of the eyelid. This may last a few weeks, but will always resolve. If this occurs, eye drops can be used to lessen the effect until it wears off naturally.

Why Choose Bow Lane Dental?

Dental practices are increasingly being recognised as places that can provide a one-stop-shop for facial aesthetic treatments.  

Our skilful clinicians, working in the heart of London, are experienced in facial anatomy, not just teeth and gums. We have high standards of care and carry out extensive training in the field to make sure that we can provide you with the most optimal treatment.

To learn more, download our leaflet or better still book for your initial consultation.

A consultation gives us the opportunity to discuss your concerns and create a treatment plan that will work best for you. To arrange a consultation, please get in touch! Give us a call on 020 7236 3600 or send us an email.

Request your appointment

How would you prefer us to contact you?*

By submitting your details you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Guide to facial aesthetics
Arrow Right | Bow Lane Dental Group in London

How would you prefer us to contact you?*

By submitting your details you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Find us

Bow Lane Dental Group, 2a Bow Lane, London, EC4M 9EE

Speak to us

Phone Us  (purple) | Bow Lane Dental in London
020 7236 3600

Download Teeth Whitening Guide

Download the Dental Anxiety Guide

Download the Oral Survival Guide

Discover the Secrets of a Healthy Smile

Download the Complete Orthodontics Guide

Download the Facial Aesthetics Guide