Most people are aware of the dental treatments that are available nowadays and that, if you want a dental problem fixed, there are now various solutions that you can have other than dentures. Also, people seem to be aware that tooth whitening is a treatment that is relatively quick and painless that can take quite a few years off your face. But not so many people are aware of the risk-free treatments that come under the heading of Facial Aesthetics, so read on to find out more about what’s available now.

This article has been provided by Dr Teresa Day, BDS LDSRCS, Clinical Director of Appledore Dental Clinic, a private dentistry clinic with locations in Milton Keynes, Bucks, and Binfield, Berkshire.

Muscle relaxants, fillers, microdermabrasion and IPL (intense pulsed light) are just a few of the solutions to the ‘age old’ problem of ageing that don’t involve costly and invasive surgery or months of recovery time. However, don’t wait until the day before you go to a wedding or other event! Plan ahead, so you can go to your event with maximum results and have people wondering how you keep so youthful!

Use trained clinicians

Regarding stories that you read in papers and magazines telling you ‘how it all went wrong’; generally this will only happen if you go to untrained people working in unsuitable establishments. Make sure your treatment is undertaken by a suitably qualified person who has the necessary training (and insurance) and who will be there next week and the week after. And make sure you are happy that they are genuine and know what they are doing, this way you will be happy with the results you achieve, like the thousands of people in the UK every day that undertake these treatments.

Most of these treatments will have your friends and colleagues asking if you have been on holiday; they give you back that youthful glow and smooth skin that is associated with being younger and more carefree.

Muscle relaxants have been around for years in the medical industry. They have been used to help people who suffer with tics and muscle spasms, etc. So taking them one stage further and using them to soften frown lines and crows feet was an easy process.

There are various types of muscle relaxants on the market today; they all do a similar job, some are natural and others are man-made, your clinician would be able to advise you on what they have on offer. Usually, you would have a course of treatments over a year, then the clinician would advise you on the level of upkeep that would be necessary. Providing these treatments are undertaken sympathetically, you will achieve fantastic results.

Where you have lost a lot of elasticity in your skin we can use injectables such as Restylane ™ or Hydrafil ™  to plump out your deeper lines and lift areas that have dropped, creating a fresher more youthful appearance. You can also have your lips enhanced to make them fuller and more luscious.


Microdermabrasion is a fantastic non-invasive treatment and is very useful for sun worshippers and people with problem skin. It can reduce the effects of sun-damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, scar reduction, blackhead removal, hyperpigmentation, oily skin and dry or patchy skin.

There are various grades of microdermabrasion and most good clinics (medical) will offer medical grade microdermabrasion but unfortunately, most beauticians cannot offer this level of treatment. Essentially, microdermabrasion is a very thorough and deep exfoliation. Usually, you need to have about 5 treatments spaced apart by a few weeks, then a refresh treatment every 6 months or so. This can be seen as an alternative to facial peeling.

IPL (intense pulsed light) is another non-invasive treatment that is fantastic if you want to reduce unsightly hair or if you suffer with skin problems including rosacea and acne. Various treatments may be necessary to ensure you achieve the results you require, however, you can usually see a difference after just one treatment. IPL is good for the whole body and not just the face – men in particular like it to reduce unwanted back hair. Women with facial hair generally find IPL to be a much better treatment than waxing or shaving and after a few treatments start to feel more ‘normal’, thus reducing unnecessary stress.

With all these treatments, it’s about what you want to achieve and what you feel you require, because, at the end of the day you are the one that looks in the mirror and is happy or not with what you see. These treatments will have you smiling.

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