Wrinkle Treatments including Injectable Dermal Fillers and Injectable Muscle Relaxants
What are the Different Anti-wrinkle Treatments?
In addition to daily creams and other topical products, an increasing number of men and women are turning to Cosmetic Clinics or Medispas for longer lasting facial rejuvenation procedures. At Face Plus Medispa these procedures include the administration of injectable muscle relaxants and injectable dermal fillers.
Injectable Wrinkle Treatments
We offer two major types of cosmetic injection for wrinkle treatment to improve cosmetic appearance: injectable muscle relaxants and injectable dermal fillers. These treatments can be used together or in isolation. The best treatment for you will depend on a few factors: the area being treated and the severity of the wrinkle, both of which vary between individuals.
Injectable Muscle Relaxants (Anti-wrinkle Injections)
Injectable muscle relaxants work by relaxing the wrinkle-causing muscles that cause people to frown or squint, creating an improved and ‘softer’ appearance. Once the muscle is relaxed, you cannot contract it and continue to make undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the cosmetic injections gradually smooth wrinkles and prevent wrinkles from forming again.
These are administered by injection, which is relatively painless. Effects begin within days and last several months. Relaxing the underlying muscles slowly smooth the overlying skin, softening wrinkles and returning a youthful appearance. Due to Australian law we cannot name these products by brand. Please call 1300 939 095 to arrange a consultation to discuss your anti-aging concerns and find out how anti-wrinkle treatments can help you.
Following a maintenance treatment, you can prevent further wrinkles from developing and reverse existing lines, preventing aging and maintaining a youthful appearance. Many patients are now seeking treatment as early as their twenties or thirties to avoid developing permanent, deep lines. These preventative measures are often referred to as the “Liquid Face Lift”. However, it is never too late to start receiving anti-aging treatment, and bear in mind it is just as successful in males as it is in females.
The Treatment Procedure
The anti-aging procedure is fast and achieved with minimal interference to our patient’s busy schedule. Ice is placed over the area to be treated for 10 minutes or so, occasionally some numbing cream is also applied if patients are concerned. The nurse then gently injects the agreed upon area using an ultra-fine syringe. After treatment, you can return to work immediately. Occasionally the area may have a small bruise.
The agents that are injected are a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing facial muscles. The active ingredient is botulinum toxin, which is derived from bacteria, in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. When injected into a muscle it causes weakness or a paralysis of that muscle by acting at the nerve-muscle junction, the protein is present only for a short time but effects last for several months. It is wonderful news that, unlike many other medications, the more this is used the less it’s needed. This protein is safe and has been used in different parts of medicine for several decades without producing significant side effects, it also has excellent patient tolerance.
What to Expect After Treatment
It is recommended patients maintain an erect posture so as not to manipulate the area of injection for at least four hours post injection. We recommend patients avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours and report any concerns to our clinic. Botulinum toxin has been used safely by doctors for nearly 30 years and is used by millions of people, both men and women, throughout the world every day. You can be assured it’s one of the most studied and researched medical treatments with no long-term side effects.
Please note: Treatment of frown lines on the forehead can cause minor temporary droop of an eyebrow in 2% of injections that could last 2-3 weeks. Occasionally, slight swelling or bruising can occur and can potentially stick around for a few days. The full effects will be visible around 3-5 days post treatment and usually lasts three or more months. Patients are always impressed and pleased with the dramatic difference treatments achieve; we aim to deliver a natural, softened and rejuvenated look rather than a frozen, un-natural look. Repeat injections usually last longer and the best time for a top up is before wrinkling starts to reoccur.
Injectable Dermal Fillers
Injectable dermal fillers are semi-permanent or permanent injectable treatments used in facial rejuvenation and contouring. Their use began a decade ago with lip augmentation but has become a staple of facial rejuvenation. As we age we unfortunately lose sub-cutaneous fat – the fat that gives us a healthy plumpness in our faces during our twenties. Precise, conservative but effective replacement can provide subtle and beautiful results.
The use of injectable or dermal fillers to rejuvenate the face is often called “The Liquid Face Lift” and is being used today by many men and women as an early alternative to surgical options. In conjunction with preventative measures, injectable or dermal fillers can be a very effective non-surgical treatment option.
At Face Plus Medispa we use injectable fillers for facial areas where there is a loss of elasticity in the skin and soft tissue, a loss of volume and sagging caused by the unavoidable ageing effects of gravity.
Our clinic takes a conservative and natural approach to facial contouring and injectable treatments, we take our time with each client to ensure your result is as natural and fresh as possible. You should only trust your face to an expert who has had extensive training and experience, and one who has an intimate knowledge of facial structure.
We will create a treatment plan that is specially and individually designed to meet your needs after taking into consideration your concerns, personal goals and other medical issues.
Temporary dermal fillers such as hyaluronic acid or alternate permanent, longer lasting fillers will be considered. Many of these come with a built in analgesic effect – meaning the injection is virtually pain- free! However, if you feel more comfortable a local anesthetic can be used to numb particular areas if you are sensitive or worried about injections. Our treatments are simple, safe and conducted by professionals and we more often than not find “first-timers” surprised at how easy and non-traumatic it was.
Treatments can be used in conjunction with fillers to relax the facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles and furrows. Precise treatment of fillers creates a more youthful contour and appearance. Subtle lip or cheek contouring can produce amazing results and can beautifully enhance your facial features. Depending on the number of injection sites and the injectables used, you can expect to be in and out within 30 minutes!
What to Expect After Treatment
Injectable fillers are usually visible instantly, depending on the product used and your individual goals some treatments may take two to three sessions to achieve your target result. Dependent on the product used, a top up session/s may be required. Some of the initial plumping you experience will be due to swelling, which is common when there are multiple injection sites. You may also experience some swelling and bruising in the first few days post treatment.
In non-smokers, bruising is rare. To minimise swelling, patients are advised to continue icing the sites and use arnica cream.
Patients are advised to avoid exercise and alcohol immediately after treatment. Patients should also avoid aspirin, vitamin E, anti-inflammatories, herbal supplements and other medications that promote bruising. If you are considering facial filler treatment please feel free to contact our clinic for pre-treatment tips to reduce the possibility of bruising.
Follow Up Treatments
In order to fine tune the results additional follow-up treatments may be necessary. We prefer to give our patients a more natural look when using dermal fillers and then build upon the treatments as the patient adjusts to their new look and provides their feedback and direction.
If you would like to discuss dermal and/or facial injectable fillers further please do not hesitate to contact our patient coordinator through our Online Inquiry Form or call 1300 939 095 to book a consultation today.
Most injectables are temporary and administrated in the hands of trained and experienced professionals. Side effects are rare but can include bruising, redness, pain and swelling.
Sterile technique is essential and antibiotics are often used. Consent before your treatment will define all details. Our staff at Face Plus Medispa spend a lot of time discussing your options, possible risks and complications, benefits and outcomes to ensure you are completely comfortable before receiving any treatments. Due to Australian law we cannot name filler products by brand in advertising however the range of temporary and permanent fillers on the market is ever expanding and better than ever.
Injectable treatments should be taken seriously. Remember, only trust your face to an experienced team.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Guidelines do not allow the use of specific medical product names on the internet. Therefore all references on this site refer to approved headings of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and lip enhancement. The practice uses only the highest quality and safest products available. For further details on the exact treatments performed by our practice please contact us.