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Dento-facial health and rejuvenation; a treatment plan for more than just your teeth.

Facial rejuvenation therapies offered at LARA dental provide patients in the Geelong region and beyond with professional care relating to TMD and other facial therapies.  Dr Charlie Kahwagi utilises his vast skills and experience in the facial region to provide patients with more comprehensive care to assist them in achieving dento-facial health and aesthetic goals. As a certified member of the Australian Academy of Aesthetic Dento-facial Aesthetics (AADFA), he has undergone training in these techniques.  Being a qualified and experienced dental surgeon, he has extensive knowledge of the facial muscles and nerves.  This is extremely important in utilising facial injectables to achieve the desired results.

Whether you are experiencing jaw joint pain or dissatisfaction with certain features of your face, LARA dental offers injectable solutions to assist you. We are committed to helping our patients to achieve their dento-facial goals and offer injectables as a part of treatment plans. The concept of complete dento-facial aesthetics combines functional dentistry with injectables most often used in cosmetic treatments to not only assist in managing jaw pain (TMD), but also in smoothing skin wrinkles, softening deep lines and creating more beautiful lips.

As specialists in the bones, muscles and joints of the mouth and jaw, dental surgeons are a wise choice when considering treatments for TMD and for cosmetic dissatisfaction. The team at LARA dental led by Dr Charlie Kahwagi will examine the problems you may be experiencing, assess your natural facial structure and discuss your goals to determine the best treatment plan to achieve the most natural results.

Which combination of treatment is used will depend on your oral health needs as well as your desired outcome.

Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint connects your temporal skull bones with your jaw and helps your jaw and jaw muscles to move during their everyday vital functions, like chewing, talking and breathing. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) occurs when the temporomandibular joint is not functioning correctly, or is experiencing significant stress caused by over-active muscle contraction or grinding. Sufferers of the disorder may experience pain, cracking, lock-jaw, facial fatigue and swelling.


Cosmetic injectables are most commonly used to relax certain muscles on the face that are showing the signs of ageing, like skin wrinkles. However, certain types of these injectables can also be used for people experiencing TMD by relaxing the muscles around the jaw causing stress on the temporomandibular joint and provide relief of discomfort.

What are cosmetic injectables?

Cosmetic injectables is the broader term that define medical treatments that are injected and have impacts on the aesthetics of the patients. There are two main types:

Anti-wrinkle injections

These generally refer to an injection into the facial muscles, which causes them to relax, preventing the skin from creasing and wrinkling. This reduces the appearance of ageing, particularly in terms of expression lines, or ‘dynamic wrinkles.’

Dermal fillers

Rather than being injected into your muscles, dermal fillers are injected into the dermal layer of the skin and, as the name suggests, help to ‘fill’ the area. This may result in restoring facial volume and contour, enhancement of features or in the improvement of skin texture.

Which cosmetic injectable treatment is best for me?

Depending on what you want to achieve from your dento-facial aesthetic treatment, there are a number of available options.  Dr Charlie Kahwagi ensures that patients are treated with the utmost care and dedication and that the treatment plan is specially devised for your needs. He may suggest either anti-wrinkle injections, or dermal fillers or a combination and this will be decided in consultation with you. Depending on the extent of your dento-facial aesthetic therapies, you may also wish to discuss other complimentary treatments  to help you to achieve your cosmetic goals. Whichever treatments you choose, the team at LARA dental can help to address your cosmetic or functional problems and to give you stunning results.

How can cosmetic injectables help with TMD?

Anti-wrinkle treatments work by injecting a natural protein into the facial muscles, using a neuromodulator that relaxes the muscles and prevents them from being over-active and contracting. They can be used cosmetically, as they prevent wrinkling in areas where the muscle might be overactive and overly expressive, like crow’s feet, or forehead. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used by sufferers of TMD, as they can be used to relax the muscles around the jaw that cause excess stress on the joint and help relieve discomfort.

Can cosmetic injectables go wrong?

In the hands of an experienced dental surgeon, like Dr Charlie Kahwagi, your treatment will be carried out in a safe and hygienic clinical environment. His meticulous attention to detail, as well as his knowledge in the area of cosmetic injectables will ensure that your results will be natural, without looking overdone and to help you appear more refreshed. As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, and these and will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation. Needless to say, the risks are minimised when the clinician has had intensive training in the muscles, nerves and blood supply of the head and neck.  General post-treatment concerns usually involve slight bruising or swelling around the area, but this is totally normal and will subside quickly.


What kinds of cosmetic injectables are on offer at LARA Dental?

We offer a range of facial rejuvenation therapies, including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. Anti-wrinkle injections are administered to the facial muscles, which causes them to relax. The treatment prevents the skin from creasing, reducing the visible signs of ageing, such as lines and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are injected into the dermal layer of the skin and help to restore facial volume and contour, enhancing the overall appearance and texture of the skin.

What kind of results can I expect from cosmetic injectables?

Your results will depend on a number of factors, including your skin type, the dosage of your treatment, and the regularity of your appointments. Generally, anti-wrinkle treatments tend to last around six months, and dermal fillers last between nine and twelve months. Both treatments are effective in improving the overall appearance of the skin, and you can expect your skin to look and feel more youthful and rejuvenated following treatment.

How long does recovery take following cosmetic injectables?

There is actually very little downtime required following treatment. You should be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure, but you should try and avoid touching and rubbing the treatment area while it heals.

Are cosmetic injectables painful?

A topical numbing agent can  be applied to the area to make the procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The procedure itself is over quickly, and the needle used is extremely thin to ensure ease of administration.  You may experience some tenderness in the area after the procedure, but this will not be significant.

All fillers are always placed under local anaesthesia to ensure maximum patient comfort which allows the clinician to achieve the best results possible.

What is the downtime for cosmetic injectables

One of the things that make cosmetic injectables so popular is not only the results, but also the fact that they have little-to-no downtime and you will be able to return to regular activities almost immediately after the procedure. Basic care will be recommended, including avoiding touching or rubbing the area, staying hydrated and avoiding strenuous physical activity.

How long do cosmetic injectables last?

Cosmetic injectables have varying periods of effectivity and can be dependent of the dosage, your unique face, the regularity of appointments and the results you want. As a rule, anti-wrinkle treatments last approximately six months and dermal fillers 9-12 months

Are cosmetic injectables safe?

Cosmetic injectables are a relatively safe treatment option. There has been much research done on it, and the most recent indicates that there are little to no side effects! At most, some patients only noted a slight twinge of pain from the actual injection which was over within a few shorts seconds.

What are some of the side effects of cosmetic injectables?

Whilst in most cases, there will be no side effects, there are some patients who report feeling a slight stinging sensation when injected but this quickly dissipates. In some rare cases, patients may experience bruising, skin colour change, or the area becoming bumpy – if these are experienced, you should contact your dentist immediately.

How long do cosmetic injectables take to work?

This depends on the patient, the site treated, and the injectable used. In most cases, the treatment should begin showing results in as little as 3-10 days. This happens as the muscles and nerves in your face and mouth slowly bounce back.

Are cosmetic injectables permanent?

No, they are not. Cosmetic injectables are a temporary solution and generally last between 3-6 months. To maintain your treatment, you will need to visit your dental specialist regularly, which can ultimately extend the lifespan of the treatment to up to 18 months.

I suffer from jaw pain. Can you help?

Yes, absolutely. We offer injectables that can be used to treat the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), such as jaw pain, facial fatigue and swelling, as well as difficulty with chewing and speaking. The injectables work by relaxing the muscles around the jaw that cause stress on the temporomandibular joint. By relaxing these muscles, the injected formula provides relief from pain and discomfort.

Do you offer solutions for lines and wrinkles?

Yes, we do! We offer anti-wrinkle injections, which can be helpful in addressing some of the visible signs of ageing, like fine lines and wrinkles. The formula is injected into specific facial muscles, causing them to relax and, in doing so, preventing the skin from creasing and wrinkling. Anti-wrinkle injections are often an effective means of reducing expression lines, which are also known as dynamic wrinkles. If you are interested in the treatment, we recommend that you come in for a consultation so that Dr Charlie Kahwagi can advise you as to whether the procedure is the best option for your needs.

If you are interested in cosmetic injectables, or in any of our dento-facial aesthetic treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic on (03) 5282 3201

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