Muscle relaxant injections in Melbourne
Anti wrinkle injections | At a glance
Cosmetic injector (Dentist)
What are anti-wrinkle injections used for?
What happens during an anti-wrinkle treatment?
What are the side effects and risks of anti-wrinkle treatments?
What does a Nefertiti Lift do?
How do you prepare for anti-wrinkle treatment?
What happens during an anti-wrinkle treatment?
How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost?
What does a brow lift involve?
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Anti-wrinkle injections overview
Wrinkle relaxers, also called anti-wrinkle injections or muscle relaxants, which are cosmetic injectables that work by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles and preventing dynamic wrinkles from forming, softening existing facial lines and helping to prevent the formation of new ones.
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial muscle movement. As the muscles move, the skin contracts and the collagen fibres in the dermis break. The body’s ability to restore these fibres and generate new collagen depletes as we age, and the wrinkles stay in place, even when the muscles are relaxed.
Wrinkle relaxers are used to temporarily prevent these muscles from contracting, significantly reducing wrinkles and fine lines for a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Anti-wrinkle injections, also called muscle relaxant injections, are often used to relax muscles of the face, helping to reduce or completely eliminate wrinkles, particularly those that occur due to facial expressions. It is the treatment of choice for forehead lines, crow's feet and lines between the eyebrows (11s). It can also be used to treat lines in the lower face, such as smokers’ lines, and to lift e.g. the eyebrows or the corners of the mouth. In addition to being used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, anti-wrinkles can also reduce tension headaches and reduce a gummy smile, teeth grinding and upper lip sweating.
How do Anti-wrinkle treatments work?
During an anti-wrinkle injection treatment in Balwyn, the pharmaceutical is safely injected into specific muscles, in extremely small therapeutic quantities. It works by prohibiting signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralysing them. It does this by preventing the release of a chemical transmitter from nerve endings onto muscle cells, reducing the contraction of these muscles.
The muscle becomes temporarily weakened or paralysed and remains relaxed until the toxin has been broken down by your body. This reduces the movement of the skin above the treated muscle, causing a reduction in the formation and appearance of wrinkles.
"Baby Anti-wrinkles" is often used to partially paralyse the specific facial muscles, allowing for some movement, while reducing or even preventing the formation of deep, static lines.
The effects of treatment lasts between 3-6 months. How often you need anti-wrinkle injections can depend on the dose administered but more often it’s about individual responses to treatment and the rate at which your body breaks down the toxin. Repeat treatments are required to maintain the desired effect of any anti-wrinkle injections.
What happens during an anti-wrinkle treatment appointment?
Step One - Consultation and Consent
It is important to understand that anti-wrinkle treatments are prescription only medicines, and this means that it is important that we know about you and your medical history, and what you would like to achieve as part of the overall facial treatment. Additionally, the anatomy of the face is complex, it is advisable that the you only allow expertly qualified practitioners, like Dr Giulia D'Anna, carry out treatments.
Step Two - The Treatment
Your treatment will take around 15 - 30 minutes. We will take photos of you. Then the first part of your treatment will be marking the target areas on your face, and then we will administer the treatment. Each area is cleansed before proceeding to the next. We will give you instructions of after-care procedures and organise a review appointment.
Step Three - The Check-Up
We will schedule a complimentary follow up visit, especially if it is the first time we are treating you. Each face is different, and each set of muscles is also different in the way they move, the muscle mass present, and the dosage needed to achieve a great result. So it is normal for us to "tweak" your result to balance any little nuances out. We know that anti-wrinkles are fully active at 14 days, so it is a perfect time to review and retreat any areas at this appointment.
Step Four - The Repeat Treatment
Depending on how quickly you metabolise the anti-wrinkle treatment, we will schedule a maintenance visit at 12 weeks. This gives us the opportunity to stay on top of the muscle movement, before it has a real chance to be highly active again. For face slimming patients, this appointment might be scheduled a little later - usually 16-24 weeks after the initial treatment.
What are anti-wrinkle injections used for?
There are a number of cosmetic uses of anti-wrinkle treatment. It can be used for:
- Forehead lines
- Bunny lines
- Softening or defining the jaw angle
- Crow’s feet (around your eyes)
- Eyebrow lift
- Frown lines/11s
- Marionette lines
- Neck lines (Nefertiti Lift)
- Chin dimples
- Gummy smile
- Mouth droop
- Lipstick lines
- Jowl Lift
- Facial slimming
Ideal candidates for anti-wrinkle injections are those who have dynamic wrinkles that are visible when their face is moving. If you have deeper, static wrinkles (which are present even when your face isn’t moving), you may require a combination of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments to achieve the desired outcome.
How should I prepare for my anti-wrinkle treatment?
A week before your anti-wrinkle treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements. These may increase bleeding and bruising. However, you can take paracetamol if needed.
If you are taking any prescribed medication, including aspirin, do not stop taking it – consult your practitioner or your GP first.
Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your treatment, as this also increases the risk of bruising.
What are the risks of anti-wrinkles?
Most clients find anti-wrinkle injections to be relatively painless and straightforward.
Some side effects include:
+ Temporary bleeding/bruising
+ Mild swelling
+ Post-treatment headache
+ More serious side effects can occur for treatment of other areas (e.g. double vision, drooping lip, difficulty swallowing or breathing, change of voice or difficulty pronouncing some words, but this is rare and usually associated with high doses in difficult locations)
This list is not exhaustive and you should consult your practitioner if you are concerned in any way.
DO NOT have anti-wrinkle injections if:
+ You are pregnant or breastfeeding
+ You are trying to get pregnant
You also need to let your practitioner know if:
+ You have a muscular disease (e.g. Bell's Palsy)
+ You have any blood or nervous system disorders
+ You are taking any medications
+ You have any psychological concerns
How much will my anti-wrinkle treatment cost?
We only use TGA-listed pharmaceuticals, so you can be sure that the level of care is high at iDental. Treatment is usually charged per unit, and there are three brands listed on the TGA register. You can expect to pay $150-$350 per area, depending upon the dosage you need. Beware of very low prices, as these practitioners may be using a very dilute form of the drug, and usually do not offer a follow up visit to review their work. At idental, we believe that the standard of care should be high.
How long do anti-wrinkles take to work?
You may notice the results in just 2-3 days, but they can take 14 days for the full effect, and the effect typically last for approximately 4 months, however individual results vary.
When we treat patients for tooth grinding or jaw slimming, the result lasts a little longer as the muscle takes some time to return to a thick, larger size.
I am scared of looking frozen. Can I have micro-treatment?
We rarely freeze a face. Most of our patients want to look refreshed, but natural. We aim for this result too.
Our treatments are always based around creating lift and relaxation that is almost undetectable. This is the true artistry of cosmetic injections at Dermal Distinction.
How is dermal filler different to antiwrinkle treatment?
Muscle relaxant injections have only one action: Reduction of the muscle contraction. This indirectly affects the skin by making it smoother, creating less lines and wrinkles.
Dermal filler creates hydration and volume. Dermal filler is more powerful, as it creates volume, the skin of the face is rewrapped, creating youthful curves, enhancing features that have become flattened, and hydrating the skin to give it glow.
Both work very well when we are rejuvenating the face.
I have heard of face slimming. What is that?
Masseter reduction or jawline slimming for both treatment of teeth grinding and also for the cosmetic purpose of slimming the lower face. It is a simple and effective treatment involving the injection of wrinkle relaxers into the large masseter muscles of the jaw.
To slim the face, we employ the use of muscle relaxant injections (or anti-wrinkle injections) is not just for the relaxation of lines of facial expression and wrinkles.
A popular procedure is the use of muscle relaxant injections to reduce the size of the masseter muscles of the jaw. This is a common and extremely effective treatment for teeth grinding, or bruxism.
Many people have hypertrophic masseter muscles, either as part of their normal anatomy; or these muscles may be enlarged by excessive teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism.
With overuse from habitual teeth grinding, the masseter muscles become larger and over developed. Over time this alters the shape of the lower face, creating a square jaw line.
What does a brow lift involve?
A anti-wrinkle brow lift is a procedure when you give a temporary lift to the eyebrows through strategic use of a muscle relaxant injections. By using the injectable to relax the muscles that drag the brows down, the upward-pulling muscle of the forehead can lift, reducing the heaviness of the brows. This will cause a physical lift of the brows for as long as the pharmaceutical remains active, usually between 12-14 weeks.
What are the benefits and who is most suitable for a brow lift?
When we perform a brow lift, we expect the tail of the brow to rise by 1-3mm. It is not a replacement for a surgical blepharoplasty, but can definitely be used to take away some of the heaviness of the brow.
Anyone is a candidate for a Brow lift. The amazing — and annoying — thing about anti-wrinkle treatments is that it's not permanent. You can try it, and if you don't like it, don't do it again. If you decide the procedure is right for you, it takes all of 30 seconds to complete, and doesn't result in any bruising or downtime (though there may be some initial redness or small bumps at the injection site, which is completely normal).
What does a Nefertiti Lift do?
There is a large muscle that covers the neck and jawline called the Platysma. Each time we lift our heard or grimace, this muscle is activated and pulls down on the corners of the face. This helps gravity to pull the face down over time.
By using anti-wrinkle injections over the neck bands and jaw line, the jaw line is sharpened and the face is lifted. The effect is subtle, but over time, helps to reducing the downward pull of the face.
What are the benefits of a Nefertiti Lift?
To achieve the best possible results with a Nefertiti Lift, other muscles can also be treated with anti-wrinkle medicine to help raise the corners of the mouth and improve the skin texture of the chin. Dermal Fillers can also be used in the jawline and chin region to further improve the overall shape of the face.
The Nefertiti Lift has become very popular in some Asian countries where a more triangular-shaped face have become desirable. While the Nefertiti Lift can last for up to six months and beyond only certain parts of the treatment may have to be repeated and the duration of the effect usually increases with as treatments are repeated.
It is suitable for those wanting lower face contouring, improving the definition of the jawline.
What treatment is possible for a gummy smile?
You can see your dentist to check your bite. Of course we will look at this too, as our injector is a dentist!
Some people feel their gums are overly prominent whenever they smile. This is referred to as a ‘gummy smile'. It is sometimes caused by a hypermobile lip or a short upper lip. It can also be caused by a certain type of ‘bite’ (tooth and jaw locations)
Excessive gum visibility during smiling can sometimes divert attention away from a beautiful set of teeth. “Too much gum showing” during a smile might also draw attention to uneven teeth.
At Dermal Distinction, we will discuss your particular circumstances with you. Some patients need referral to an orthodontist to move the teeth. Others require gum lengthening laser trimming, to improve the appearance of the smile.
The use of muscle relaxant injections is quick, and is a perfect temporary solution for patients that display too much gum.
It is important to remember that the clients shown in the pictures above all have their own individual features and concerns, which may be different to yours. It is always important to seek a second opinion from a suitably qualified person. We work with each person to identify the best treatments for you so that we can achieve a result that you are happy with and looks good for you. Our aim is to naturally enhance you, whilst making you look like the best version of yourself.
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