Do I really need to learn all this? It’s a question many medical and nursing students have asked time and time again… You prepare for an exam and think – shall I chance it and not study this? Surely it will not come up in the exam… But life is not an exam and if you don’t learn where that artery passes through – then you could potentially have a very serious problem on your hands. Studying is important and the main thing is – it saves lives.
I decided I wanted to open a private clinic from the moment I finished university. Botox and dermal fillers were not as famous back then… And now it seems everyone is doing them. But to be good and practice safely – guess what? You need to study study study! Learning your anatomy to be able to complete Botox and dermal filler treatment is absolutely vital.
When performing facial aesthetic procedures it is imperative that you have an in-depth understanding of the anatomy of the face to know why, where and how to inject. That’s why our medical professionals only clinic can ensure safe treatment each time. We understand that you trust us with your face – it’s not something we take lightly.
It’s important for you, as the patient to be aware of the ‘high risk’ areas, the better your understanding, the better choice you can make when choosing your injector – go ahead and quiz your injector – if they don’t know what you’re talking about when you mention the angular artery – its time to leave!
Here we can talk about the basics – the facial bones, happy studying people!
The facial bones create the structural foundation for the face and also act as the origination points for the facial muscles.
The facial skeleton consists of 14 stationary bones & a mobile lower jawbone. The bones & muscles together are responsible for providing control of facial expressions. Our structure is what gives us our features… those high cheek bones.. That jaw line..
The 14 bones of the face include:
• Mandible – the largest bone (jawbone).
• Maxillae – two bones that form the upper jaw.
• Zygomatic – two bones that form the cheekbones (malar bones) & the bottom of the eye sockets.
• Lacrimal – the two smallest and most delicate bones of the face that form the inner, bottom wall of the eye socket.
• Nasal – two oblong shaped bones that join and form the bridge of the nose.
The remaining facial bones are not directly linked to aesthetic procedures but nevertheless, they do remain critical in the overall formation of the facial skeleton.
• Palatine – two bones that form the roof of the mouth.
• Vomer – the bone that forms the lower part of the nasal septum.
• Inferior nasal conchae – delicate spongy bones that help to divide the nasal cavity.
But wait.. It’s not just the bones we need to be aware of.. it’s the muscles.. It’s the blood supply.. the nerves.. the veins.. And the foramens (holes in the bones to let vessels and nerves through).
So now.. does injecting dermal fillers seem so easy? No! It’s a risky business and that’s why I like to stay on top of my game and study!
Choose your clinic wisely!