Dr Petros Mapanda, Restorative and Aesthetic Dentist at The Lawns Dental Practice shares 4 reasons you should stay safe by visiting a dentist or other appropriately trained professional when having facial aesthetics treatment.


  1. High level of training & accreditation

Dentists and other health care professionals receive very intense training in the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the human body and pharmacology, right from the start of their university training.

These health care professionals receive what amounts to very extensive education over five to 10 years, in order to gain the highest level of medical, dental and pharmaceutical qualifications, before embarking on health care and facial aesthetics treatments.

At the Lawns Dental Practice, both Dr Reham Alhallak and Dr Petros Mapanda have received intensive training in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics. Dr Petros Mapanda hold a Postgraduate Master’s degree in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry from the University of Manchester in addition to other UK dental qualifications. Dr Reham Alhallak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry and has completed an Advanced Masterclass in Facial Recontouring using Dermal fillers from the Derma Medical Training Academy (UK).

  1. Extensive anatomical knowledge

Dental professionals are especially suited to treat and restore both function and aesthetics in the head and neck region because they receive more specialised training in this particular area of the body. That is why dentists are more appropriately referred to as Dental Surgeons. The widely held perception of dentists simply as only tooth fillers/pullers is actually very misguided and incorrect.

This training gives dental professionals an appreciation of your facial proportions and how each part of the face should look and be in balance with the other parts. This means they can advise with complete honesty what treatment is needed, what parts of your face can be enhanced, and avoid treatments that are not suitable for your face shape.

  1. Legal allowances

Dentists are also designated as prescribers and thus able and legally allowed to prescribe Botox injections (a prescription drug) unlike beauticians. Botox and dermal fillers go hand-in-hand with cosmetic dentistry, and they are minimally invasive procedures.

Botox injections can be used to treat medical conditions such as Hyperhidrosis and dental conditions like Bruxism and TMJ pain dysfunction syndrome, as well as in smile makeovers.

The UK Government will soon be passing legislation to regulate and restrict the use of cosmetic injectables to health care professionals, as only they are trained not only to use cosmetic injectables safely but to correct any complications when they arise.

  1. Duty of care

Dental and other medical professionals have a duty of care. We care for you – from the minute you attend for your consultation until well beyond treatment. We are here to answer your questions, address any concerns and make sure the treatment is delivered successfully.

Please stay safe and always have facial aesthetic treatments with medically trained professionals.