Wrinkle smoothing injections are among the safest and most effective treatments in cosmetic medicine today. The effects of anti-wrinkle injectables typically last months before the treatment needs to be repeated.
Who is it best suited to?
Any person from 18 – 70+ can have the lines and wrinkles of the upper face treated. this may include the treatment of frown lines (between the eyes), ‘crows feet’ (lines on the sides of the eyes), and horizontal brow lines. These are people who do not like the ageing look that these lines form or who have a stressed, cranky, or tired look when they don’t really feel that way. As the treatment is simple, safe, and has proven results, there is no need to take any time off work.
How long does it take for the injections to work?
If the patient is a first-timer, they may not see anything for 10 to 14 days. However, for people who come back for subsequent injections, it often kicks in within a few days. There are just minor side effects such as possible bruising with the first treatment. Some people feel a mild, dull heaviness in the area that has been injected and this may last for several hours. This should not recur with subsequent treatments. Allergy and reactions to the product are extremely rare.
How long do results last?
Most results last between 4 to 5 months, however, this varies between patients as you may get longer or shorter duration. With the first treatment, you should expect only 3 months and then this extends with further treatments.
How are wrinkle relaxants different from wrinkle-filling injections?
Wrinkle-filling injections (called dermal fillers) work by filling in lines but when you contract your muscles you can still recreate the lines. Wrinkle smoothing injections soften lines by relaxing the muscles that cause them. By preventing future creasing it allows the lines to fill in with your own natural tissue and fade over time, achieving even better results. For heavy lines, wrinkle-smoothing and wrinkle-filling injections can be combined for the best results.
Used worldwide since 1980 for the medical treatment of a number of spastic muscle conditions, this naturally occurring muscle relaxant acts by stopping the muscles from contracting. It wasn’t until 1987 that the benefits of its use cosmetically were realised. A number of patients who were being treated for eyelid spasms noted that their cranky or worry lines had disappeared during treatment. In fact, some complained bitterly to their Doctors when their treatments had finished because their forehead, frown, and eye wrinkles had returned.
Now tens of thousands of Australians each year are having this treatment regularly and increasing numbers are receiving it every year. It is best used to smooth out lines and wrinkles of the upper half of the face and it has now become the treatment of choice for these cosmetic conditions.