ROGER’S IMPLANT EXPERIENCE
DR IAN BELLAMY
The number of people having cosmetic surgery in the UK in 2016 dropped by 40% compared with 2015, while interest in non-surgical facelifts more than doubled. Enquiries for dermal fillers meanwhile were up 24%, with lip augmentation the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment of all in 2016 (WhatClinic).
So clearly people who want to enhance their looks are increasingly turning away from surgery, which is permanent and expensive, in favour of safer and subtler non-permanent facial aesthetics.
Botox and dermal fillers dominate the £2.3bn cosmetic procedures industry in England and they are by far the two fastest growing cosmetic treatments. Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin, a prescription medicine that can only be administered by us following a consultation for lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers are less regulated and work in a different way.
Both are reliable and safe, but not when administered unsafely, and with this kind of demand it’s no wonder some unscrupulous practitioners are trying to get in on the action (you might have seen some of the media reports).
So how can patients be sure which practitioners are safe? It’s reasonable to trust a dentist, doctor or a nurse because they are regulated medics and their clinics have to meet cross-infection standards set by the Care Quality Commission.
Our facial aesthetics practitioner is Cheryl Wright, a registered nurse who since 2008 has devoted herself to this area and gained SaveFace accreditation. Cheryl is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and her NMC number is 76H1419E.
Anti Wrinkle Therapy
Anti-wrinkle therapy is the process of having little injections of a substance called botulinum toxin where the deepest movement lines and wrinkles exist on the face.
The precise areas are different for everyone but they are typically forehead wrinkles, wrinkles between the eyebrows and crow’s feet. The injections block signals from the nerves to the muscles for three to four months, and in that time the lines caused by repetitive movement fade. Read more >
Dermal fillers are a safe and easy way to bring back volume and vitality to the face when the years have begun to take their toll.
For that reason this versatile treatment has become extremely popular, with enquiries up 24% in 2016 across the UK and lip fillers becoming the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment (WhatClinic). Read more >
When the teeth don’t fit together correctly, a condition known as malocclusion, the muscles that move the jaw can be put under extra strain. Many of the muscles in the head and neck are linked to the jaw and so common symptoms of malocclusion are tension headaches (especially first thing in the morning), migraine-type headaches, and pain in the neck and shoulders.
Headaches and neck pains that are related to teeth and the muscles of the jaw joint are actually quite common. That’s not so surprising when the range of functions of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), located where the skull adjoins the jawbone on both sides of the head, is considered; it has to work constantly every day to facilitate chewing, swallowing and talking — obviously when something goes wrong it immediately affects quality of life.
About a quarter of adults in the UK suffer from bruxism, and the pressure on the teeth during grinding can be 20 times greater than when eating. Eventually, on top of causing headaches, it can overload the teeth and cause them to fracture, loosen or lose enamel, so controlling TMJ issues can prevent serious dental problems from occurring later on.
Treatments might include jaw exercises and splint therapy to help reposition and protect the jaw at night time. Read more >