Anti Wrinkle Injections Melbourne
Facial lines and wrinkles occur as a natural process of ageing. There are several contributing causes, including a lifetime of repetitive facial movements, age-related volume loss from the skin and underlying structures and loss of skin elasticity and collagen.
At ENRICH we use anti-wrinkle muscle-relaxant injections to soften wrinkles in many areas of the face. Anti-wrinkle injections are injectable muscle relaxants that relax facial muscles and reduce the repetitive facial movements that cause wrinkles.
What is an anti-wrinkle muscle-relaxant injection?
Medical grade botulinum toxin is a highly purified, modified and stabilized product and, in safe and experienced hands, injected in a controlled way at specific doses. Research into botulinum toxin began in the 1960s. It was first used for medical purposes in the 1980s in the United States of America and has been extensively studied since then. It was approved for cosmetic use, by the FDA in the USA, in 1992, and by the TGA in Australia in 1998.
These products are now commonly used medical treatments for a variety of conditions such as:
- eye squints
- facial muscle spasms
- tight muscles in children and adults with cerebral palsy and after a stroke
- head and arm tremors
- bladder leakage (incontinence)
- facial wrinkles
- teeth grinding (bruxism)
- recontouring and sculpting the face by slimming down the jawline
- sweating (hyperhidrosis) of the armpits, hands and feet.
Many areas can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections. The most popular sites are frown lines, forehead lines and ‘crow’s feet’ (the lines that form at the edges of the eyes).
Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to:
- relax ‘bunny lines’ (the small lines across the bridge of the nose)
- create a brow-lift by raising the outer eyebrow
- reduce a gummy (or toothy) smile
- smooth a ‘dimply’ or ‘orange peel’ chin and reduce a deep chin line
- slim the jaw line (masseter muscles) and teeth grinding.
- smooth the neck (platysmal bands)
Anti wrinkle injections are also a successful treatment for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) affecting armpits, hands and feet.
The skin is cleaned and ice may be used to numb the area.
The injections are performed using a very fine needle – the same small needle used for insulin injections in diabetic children. Most people find the anti wrinkle injections almost painless, apart from a mild stinging feeling that only lasts a few seconds.
The whole procedure takes less than 15 minutes and is very well tolerated.
The muscle relaxant effect will take 2-7 days to work with maximum effect seen between 1-3 weeks.
Results usually last around 3-4 months, but individual results may vary from 2-6 months.
Because anti-wrinkle injectable muscle relaxants work on lines that occur with movement, lines that are apparently at rest, whether or not movement occurs, will still soften over time rather than becoming more obvious.
Initially a few small red bumps (like mosquito bites) may be visible. These settle over 15-30 minutes.
Occasionally, a small bruise can occur, this usually disappears over a few days to a week. Some people report headache after treatment. However, most people find that treatments actually reduce their headaches or migraines.
Allergic reactions to injectable muscle relaxants are extremely rare.
Probably the greatest concern from having anti-wrinkle injections is the risk of a drooping brow, eyelid (upper or lower), cheek, or mouth, and creating puffiness around the eyes.
In general, this risk is less than 2 per cent, but at ENRICH, where only highly-skilled doctors inject, the incidence is much lower. Fortunately, the effects of the muscle relaxant treatments are never permanent and will always resolve naturally over time.