How are wrinkles relaxers used?
A small amount of wrinkle relaxer is injected using a tiny needle into the muscle that needs to be weakened. There is a slight sting for a few seconds, then it is painless. There is no ongoing pain, numbness or redness.
Will wrinkle relaxers leave me expressionless?
No! Only tiny amounts are injected into very specific areas. The vast majority of facial muscles will not be effected at all.
Is it instant?
Wrinkle relaxers are actually absorbed into the nerve cells and usually take 2-4 days to start working. The maximum effect may not be seen for up to two weeks.
Will wrinkle relaxers remove wrinkles entirely?
Numerous factors are involved in facial aging (see "The Aging Face"). Wrinkle relaxers can decrease the specific muscle activity entirely and in younger skin result in complete eradication of wrinkles. If there has been dermal atrophy (loss of deeper skin support) or significant sun damage then even complete paralysis of the muscle will not completely remove the wrinkle. For these lines a dermal filler may be added or resurfacing (chemical peel or laser) can be considered.
How long do wrinkles relaxers last?
The muscle weakening and reduction of crow's feet and frown lines usually lasts 3 - 5 months after which another injection is required. After several treatments the effects of wrinkle relaxers may last longer.
How safe are wrinkle relaxers?
The only side effects are local and temporary. Risks, which will be discussed prior to treatment, include a small bruise from the injection or, very rarely, slight drooping of the brow or upper eyelid. Fortunately, if this occurs it will usually correct itself in 2-4 weeks.RecoveryAs no sedation or anaesthetic is required patients may return to normal activity immediately after the procedure. However it is advisable for patients not to rub the injected area. There may be some slight swelling and redness.
Where do I go from here?
A consultation may be booked to discuss individual needs and desired results, and to assess the suitability of the procedure. It is at this point that the most suitable products to achieve desired results will be determined. You can book a free consultation with one of our Dermal Therapy or
nursing team or you can book an appointment with Dr Jayson Oates, our
Cosmetic Surgeon. The consultation fee for Dr Oates $100 and a Medicare
rebate applies. Should you go ahead and have a treatment at the time
of consultation, $50 will be redeemed towards your product.