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 relax the muscles that contribute to wrinkles in many areas of the face, thereby preventing further creasing and smoothing out the lines on the face that already exist.
What most people don’t know is that newer types of facial injections can actually undo wrinkles from the cellular level. We can’t make you 20 again, but we can smooth out your skin in ways that just weren’t possible before.
Anti-wrinkle injections are injectable anti-ageing treatments that can promote collagen production in fibroblasts, relax facial muscles to reduce the repetitive facial movements that cause wrinkles, and hydrate your skin for a more youthful appearance.
Smoothing skin with anti-wrinkle injections – muscle relaxants
Muscle-relaxant injections are a great tool in the fight against wrinkles, since they stop creases appearing from repetitive facial movements. That is, for example, frowning, laughing, talking, and concentrating.
The smoothing effect comes from these muscles – the very tiny muscles in your face – no longer pushing your skin together, forming the small lines. The skin stays smooth. This helps prevent future lines developing, so anti-wrinkle injections can be used as a preventative or in conjunction with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers help undo lines that are already there by stimulating collagen, which can ‘undo’ or partially fill the line.
What happens during anti-wrinkle or anti-ageing injection treatments?
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 feels like a small sting and lasts only a few seconds. This will be repeated in the specific areas previously discussed to get the best results.
How long does it take to see results from anti-wrinkle injections?
Muscle relaxants take up to seven days to work, but 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, but this works over several months as the cells bump up production of collagen and elastin, and the treatment works its magic on your fine lines and wrinkles.
Are there any side-effects to anti-wrinkle injections?
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 a 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.
Smoothing skin with anti-wrinkle treatments – dermal fillers
Dermal fillers – in particular hyaluronic acid – are one of our greatest tools in the fight against wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is 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, which acts as a fill-in, so to speak, for your natural supplies, providing extra stimulation to the fibroblasts to produce more collagen.
Boosting collagen has the benefit of actually undoing some fine lines and wrinkles, improving your skin so long as the dermal filler is present. Hyaluronic acid is naturally absorbed over several months, so repeat treatments are required for maintaining beautiful skin as we age.
We smooth skin by improving hydration, collagen production, and utilising the anti-wrinkle anti-ageing effects of hyaluronic acid.
If you have any imperfections or blemishes, and want smoother skin, contact our Melbourne clinic for information on dermal filler anti-wrinkle treatments.
Hydrating the skin using anti-wrinkle injections – dermal filler
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 our anti-wrinkle injection treatments do is place hyaluronic acid 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 Melbourne clinic to discuss options regarding our anti-wrinkle anti-ageing treatments.
Refining pores and scars using anti-wrinkle injections
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 Melbourne clinic for more information to see if large pore or scarring treatments using anti-ageing treatments may suit your skin type.
Ways we can make your skin more beautiful
- Smooth skin using anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing injections
- Hydrate skin from underneath the surface with dermal filler
- Refine pores and scars with dermal filler
- Improve skin tone significantly with hydrating dermal fillers and radiofrequency or laser treatments
- Provide anti-ageing treatment and preventative measures to keep you ageing gracefully
Anti-wrinkle injections can treat:
- Wrinkles and folds on the face
- 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)
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Recontouring and sculpting the face by slimming down the jawline
- Sweating (hyperhidrosis) of the armpits, hands and feet
Contact us today at our Melbourne clinic to make an appointment and discuss how anti-wrinkle injections can address your ageing concerns.
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*Results may vary from person to person
Anti-wrinkle injections can:
- Stop wrinkles from forming
- Reduce or remove fine lines
- Soften or remove nasolabial folds
- Soften laugh lines
- Remove or reduce squint wrinkles
- Stop the action that causes frown lines
- Soften a knobbly chin
- Remove a ‘witch’s chin’
- Plump facial structures
- Hydrate dull, dehydrated skin
- Rejuvenate sun-damaged skin
- Halt over-active facial muscles
- Lift a sagging nose
- Reduce teeth grinding and a ‘strong’ jawline
- Narrow the jawline
- Tighten jowls
- Pull the top lip slightly up for a slight pout
- Reduce platysma band (vertical neck band) activity
- Prevent migraines
- Reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
How we smooth your skin using anti-wrinkle injections (Melbourne)
Smoothing skin can be done in several ways, with anti-wrinkle injections being one method. There are two types of injection we use, one being a muscle relaxant and the other being dermal filler (hyaluronic acid).
Removing wrinkles and folds with anti-ageing injection treatments
Wrinkled or folded skin is a normal and natural part of ageing – fibroblasts slowly lose their zest for life and stop functioning at their optimal. 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 Melbourne clinic as walk-in walk-out procedures.
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.
Complements to anti-wrinkle injections – dermal filler anti-ageing treatments
We use the muscle-relaxant anti-wrinkle injections most often with a combination approach that utilises the magnificent powers of dermal fillers, in particular, hyaluronic acid. To get the best results, we encourage our patients to use medical-grade skincare 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.
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