Your local cosmetic dentist in Albany County does more than perfect your smile and maximize the health of your teeth and gums. Facial rejuvenation complements the smile you worked so hard to achieve. And if you suffered a dental accident, you may be entitled to insurance-covered procedures — like laser skin rejuvenation — to restore your appearance. Coupled with other cosmetic dentistry procedures, a skin rejuvenation treatment can turn back the clock. Contact Albany County Dental Associates today!
Along with your regular dental work, your local cosmetic dentist has the tools and procedures to make your entire face feel alive, renewed and rejuvenated. Beautiful teeth enhanced by smoother skin and an overall revived appearance takes years off your face. And it’s all available at Albany County Dental Associates.
Life, stress, environment, illness, medications and sun exposure can all show on your face. Rough skin, patchy discolorations, acne scars and, of course, deep lines and wrinkles mar the smooth surface of youthful skin. Procedures dedicated to facial aesthetics enhance and smooth your skin, bringing back the youthful skin you may never have known lay dormant just beneath the surface.
What Conditions Can a Cosmetic Dentist Address?
Whether or not your concerns involve the appearance of your teeth, this center for facial rejuvenation in Albany County addresses many different aesthetic conditions. Perhaps your beautiful skin is hidden underneath one or more of these conditions, just waiting to emerge:
- Acne scars
- Sun-exposed skin
- Sun spots
- Rough, wind-burned cheeks
- Wrinkles, including laugh lines and crow’s feet
- Discoloration due to previous bouts of eczema or another skin condition
- Non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Skin that sags or make you appear tired all the time
- Bags and circles under your eyes
You can choose from a variety of treatments, too, including laser facial rejuvenation, Botox injections and facial fillers such as Juviderm®. An outpatient procedure that takes anywhere from a half hour to two hours, facial rejuvenation or laser vaporization can significantly improve the quality and appearance of your skin.
The Procedure for Laser Facial Rejuvenation
At Albany Dental, you must have a clean bill of dental health before anyone at this center for facial rejuvenation recommends additional facial spa services. After taking a thorough medical history and discussing your current medications or supplements, your cosmetic dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and antivirals to combat possible cold sores or fever blisters if you have a history of these.
If you and your dentist decide that a laser procedure is your best option, you receive a local anesthetic for a small area you want to have treated. Larger areas require more preparation. Your dentist then uses the laser to precisely remove your skin, layer by layer, until achieving the desired effect. It’s a safe procedure in the hands of a trained specialist.
Afterward, your skin may feel sunburned, which is normal. You have to wear bandages for the first 24 hours. Your dentist provides specific instructions for cleaning and moisturizing your skin, usually with an ointment such as petroleum jelly, four to five times a day for about a week. Steroidal and sleeping medications and elevated pillows reduce any swelling you experience.
Common Side Effects from Facial Rejuvenation
Healing usually takes between 10 and 21 days. After the first five to seven days, your skin becomes dry, peeling or scaling as the old skin is sloughed off and new skin emerges. Discuss what to expect with your dentist ahead of time. Normal reactions include:
- Redness like a bad sunburn or heat exposure
- Itching sensations
- Temporary swelling
After you’ve fully healed, use oil-free makeup to combat any residual redness during the next two to three months. You may notice lighter skin after a treatment, so apply sun protection such as a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 30 SPF, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat when venturing outside — even in your car. Additionally, keep your skin well moisturized to prolong the benefits of the procedure.
Risks Associated with Facial Rejuvenation
Every medical procedure carries some risk, but laser facial rejuvenation delivers predominately pleasing results with few risks. Risks include:
- Burns or injury from the heat of the laser
- Cold sores
- A change in skin pigmentation
- Rarely, a bacterial infection
Close consultation with your dentist at Albany County Dental Associates reduces your risk. Only qualified dental specialists trained in the use of dermatological lasers should perform a procedure on your skin. But clear, beautiful skin is the perfect complement to the smile makeover that you and your cosmetic dentist have worked so hard to achieve.
Since insurance companies consider this a cosmetic procedure, it usually isn’t covered unless it’s considered necessary after an accident. Discuss payment options with your dentist before the procedure to make the experience less stressful. At Albany Dental, we’re committed to affordable dentistry, that very often includes facial rejuvenation. Ask your cosmetic dentist at a center for facial rejuvenation about the self-confidence-boosting options today.