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Facial Aesthetics

Dr Kathryn Bell BChD MJDF RCS (Eng)

GDC: 85956

Dr Kathryn Bell has been working as a dentist within the South West area since 2010. Prior to this she was located in the North following graduation with honours from the Dental Institute at the University of Leeds in 2005.  In addition to further postgraduate training within the dental field, Kathryn has also completed facial aesthetics training and joined The Ridge Dental Surgery in the summer of 2016 as a facial aesthetics practitioner.


Wrinkle Relaxation Therapy

Botulinum Toxin Type A is a product that has been used within medicine for many years due to its vast number of applications.  As well as treating increased perspiration, overactive bladders and releasing tight tendons in children with cerebral palsy it has become a very popular minimally invasive facial aesthetics treatment.

Botulinum toxin can be used to relax fine lines and wrinkles without surgical intervention.  The treatment blocks the nerve signals to certain facial muscles so they are unable to contract, resulting in a smoother appearance of the affected area.

Treatment involves a number of small injections and only takes a few minutes to carry out.

The effects can start to be seen within 72 hours although it takes up to two weeks for the full result to appear

The effects of wrinkle relaxation therapy vary from one person to another although usually last between 3 and 6 months. Some research has shown that with repeated treatment the interval between injections becomes longer.

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Wrinkle relaxation therapy may be a suitable treatment for you if:

Ö You have lines between your eyebrows (frown lines)

Ö There are lines extending from the corners of your eyes (crow’s feet)

Ö Your forehead has horizontal lines extending across it (worry lines)

Ö There is asymmetry to your eyebrows or drooping of the brows

Wrinkle Relaxation Therapy

The therapeutic use of Botulinum Toxin A to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eyes, between the eyebrows and of the forehead.

Dermal Filler Treatment

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring moisturising product found within the body which contributes to the healthy appearance of the skin. Over time, the amount of hyaluronic acid within the skin diminishes which can lead to an increase in the development of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Dermal filler products can help to replace the lost volume of the skin leading to a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles and resulting in a more youthful appearance.   They can also be used to add contour and volume to the lips and cheekbones.

 Treatment usually involves the administration of local anaesthetic cream to the area or placement of local anaesthetic similar to a dental injection.

The dermal filler is then comfortably administered into the treatment area.

The effects of a skin plumping treatment can last between 6 and 8 months depending on individual circumstances


Dermal filler may be a suitable treatment for you if:

√ There are lines that run downwards from the corners of your mouth and give a sad appearance to your face

√ You have lines that pass from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth

√ You have small lines all the way around your lips

√ You wish to increase the volume or ‘pout’ of your lips

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Dermal Filler Treatment

The administration of hyaluronic acid to replace lost volume and fill out deeper lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth or to add volume and shape to the lips.


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