Facial lines and wrinkles occur as a natural process of ageing. There are several contributing factors, including a lifetime of repetitive facial movements, age-related volume loss from the skin and underlying structures, and loss of skin elasticity due to reduced production of collagen.
We use anti-wrinkle injections (the muscle-relaxant variety) to partially disable the muscles that contribute to wrinkles. This may be as a forehead wrinkle treatment, for example, helping to prevent further creasing while smoothing out the lines that already exist.
Anti-wrinkle injections can in some ways ‘undo’ wrinkles and help prevent new ones. We can’t make you a teenager again, but we can smooth out your skin in ways that just weren’t possible before.
‘Anti-wrinkle injections’, when used in Australia, refers to a specific class of product that we are unable to, for legal reasons, name, as it is a prescription-only medicine. If you’re looking up anti-wrinkle injections, it doesn’t mean dermal fillers – which we call dermal fillers – but the muscle-relaxant. This nomenclature is across the board in Australia.
Anti-wrinkle injections = muscle relaxant
Dermal filler injections = dermal filler
Anti-wrinkle injections are anti-ageing treatments that strategically target certain facial muscles to reduce the repetitive facial movements that cause wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
Muscle-relaxant injections are a great tool in the fight against wrinkles since they stop creases appearing. That is, frowning, laughing, talking, and concentrating. Don’t worry – we’ll make sure you can still express yourself fully!
The smoothing effect comes from the very tiny muscles in your face no longer pushing your skin together. The skin stays smooth. This process helps prevent future lines from developing, so anti-wrinkle injections can be used as a preventative or in conjunction with dermal fillers as part of an ongoing anti-ageing plan.
When you come into our Melbourne clinic for your appointment, first you will have a chat with one of our specialist anti-ageing clinicians who will discuss your desires and carefully evaluate your skin. Once a choice has been made to go ahead with anti-wrinkle or anti-ageing injections, the following process is typically adhered to.
The skin is cleaned, and ice may be used to numb the area. There are several options for numbing, but anti-wrinkle injections are usually mild in terms of discomfort. Talk to your practitioner beforehand to discuss any concerns you may have.
The anti-wrinkle treatments are injected with a very fine needle. (This is the same type of needle that diabetic children use to inject themselves with daily insulin.) It produces a small sting and lasts only a few seconds. This injection will be repeated in specific areas to get the best results.
Muscle relaxants take up to seven days to work, but the maximum effect is seen between one and three weeks. The impact softens over time as the effect starts to dissipate.
Dermal filler injections have a volume-enhancing action immediately, by comparison, but this works over several months as the cells bump up the production of collagen and elastin, and the treatment works its magic on your fine lines and wrinkles.
Initially, you may see some small red bumps, similar to a mosquito bite, but these should disappear within half an hour. Sometimes a small bruise may appear, which will disappear over the coming week.
Headaches sometimes occur, but many people have actually reported that muscle relaxant injections have actually solved their headaches, and muscle-relaxing injections are used in some people for migraines. Allergy is rare.
From time to time, someone will get a drooping brow, eyelid (either the upper or lower), cheek, mouth, or puffiness around the eyes. This risk sits at below two per cent, but with highly-trained, experienced practitioners, this rarely occurs – it is the result of improper application of the muscle-relaxant injection. The effects of muscle-relaxant injections is temporary, and any of these symptoms will resolve itself and is temporary.
Dermal fillers are one of our greatest tools in the fight against wrinkles. Our dermal filler ingredients are naturally found in skin and is the element that provides hydration and stimulates collagen to keep our skin firm and healthy.
This substance decreases as we age, and we lose volume, hydration, and collagen as a result. We can now inject specific areas of your face with dermal filler or do a once-over with the glow gun. The dermal filler acts as a substitute for your natural supplies, providing extra stimulation to the fibroblasts to produce more collagen.
Boosting collagen has the benefit of gently repairing some fine lines and wrinkles, improving your skin so long as the dermal filler is present. Dermal fillers are naturally absorbed over several months, so repeat treatments are required for maintaining your results.
How long will my anti-wrinkle injections last?
To keep the effect, you will need to have repeat treatments every 3-6 months, though discuss this with your doctor, as the nature of your specific anti-wrinkle or anti-ageing treatments may vary.
We use the muscle-relaxant anti-wrinkle injections most often with a combination approach that utilises the magnificent powers of dermal fillers. To get the best results, we encourage our patients to use medical-grade skin care at home, with dermal fillers to replace volume and moisture and radiofrequency or laser treatments to get the most out of your skin’s surface.
Contact us today to make an appointment and discuss how anti-wrinkle injections can address your ageing concerns.
*Results may vary from person to person
Skin hydration starts to wane as we age; our cells hold less moisture and oil production decreases, which allows more evaporation. Hydration starts with ingesting plenty of water (by fluid or food), but retaining moisture in the skin requires well-functioning cells that both retain fluids and produce enough natural oils to block evaporation.
What dermal filler injection treatments do is place dermal filler through the outer layers of skin, into the deeper layers where it is utilised. Deeper in the skin, dermal filler can impact fibroblasts, which are then, in turn, stimulated to produce collagen and elastin. This effectively repairs your skin from the inside out, with one function of this to actively hydrate.
If your skin is looking dull or dry, contact our clinic to discuss options regarding our anti-wrinkle anti-ageing treatments.
Large pores or scars can be modified using anti-ageing treatments, in particular dermal filler injections. These treatments can reduce pore size and change the collagen structure of scars, including acne scars.
Large pores or scarring may benefit from dermal filler, and while not necessarily ‘anti-ageing’ treatments as such (you can be young with acne scarring), these treatments can make a huge difference to facial skin. Contact our clinic for more information to see if large pore or scarring treatments using anti-ageing treatments may suit your skin type.
Wrinkled or folded skin is a normal and natural part of ageing – fibroblasts slowly lose their zest for life and stop functioning optimally. That means your skin dries out, collagen production all but halts, and you find yourself with thinner, less durable skin. When skin cells start to lose their edge, on come wrinkles and lines.
We can remove a lot of deep creases and fine lines on your face by giving your skin cells back their edge, with anti-wrinkle injection treatments and our suite of anti-ageing treatments, all available at our clinic as walk-in walk-out procedures.