Anti Wrinkle Injections Melbourne
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
This protein works to temporarily stop the signalling from the nerve to the muscle, and therefore can be used to strategically immobilise a muscle.
They are particularly effective at removing unwanted lines and wrinkles, such as crows’ feet, forehead and frown lines, and can be used to give you an enhanced or less angry appearance.
The technique is particularly safe and can be performed as an outpatient procedure here in our rooms. The protein which is utilised is a natural protein which is purified and then diluted in saline to provide the exact amount of product.
How are the injections performed?
The injections are performed with the same techniques that we would utilise to inject either local anaesthetic or many of the other cosmetic procedures, such as dermal fillers.
The wrinkles that are to be treated are identified ahead of time, and then the muscles corresponding to those wrinkles are identified and strategically injected with a diluted volume of the anti-wrinkle protein.
What are the benefits?
Anti-wrinkle injections can give you a more relaxed and youthful looking face, forehead or eyes.
Recently there has been a move away from the frozen or complete paralysis of the entire forehead or peri-orbital area your eyes, so that people are still able to frown and express themselves without giving that frozen or immobile appearance.
People find that with this newer technique they are still able to make forehead or eyelid expressions, but the muscle is not strong enough to lead to the creation of wrinkles or frown lines.
Most people are able to have the anti-wrinkle injections performed as an outpatient in a physician’s rooms, usually without the aid of any anaesthesia, and find that the procedure is very tolerable.
What are the risks?
It is important to note that this treatment is a temporary procedure and does not last forever. Hence, in most people they need to be repeated every four to six months.
We use a low risk biocompatible natural protein which is extremely well tolerated.
Whilst the protein is extremely safe, and even though the anti-wrinkle injection is performed by fully trained nurses or by Professor Ashton, there are some minor side effects about which you need to be aware.
Redness, itching or some minor swelling at the injection site is not uncommon and usually persists for an hour or two after surgery. In rare situations, the swelling can be more pronounced and can persist for up to 24 hours. We would therefore recommend that after having this procedure done, you plan a quiet night at home and refrain from heavy exercise.
Bruising is extremely uncommon after this procedure, but can occasionally occur. If there is some bruising, it is normally most prominent at Day 3 to 4 after the injection, but is normally gone by Day 10.
The other risk that you need to be aware of, particularly injections in around the forehead, is that some people are more susceptible to the anti-wrinkle injection protein, and can find that despite a relatively small dose being used, they may notice that the injection of the protein unmasks an underlying brow ptosis or eyelid sag
This should be picked up prior to the injection of the protein and is one of the reasons why before your first injection you should consult an experienced professional who is able to assess if you are at risk for this occurring.
The other variation which can occur with injections is that sometimes the muscles targeted take up the protein unevenly and hence a further small top-up dose of the protein is required. This would normally be performed 10 days to two weeks after the injection.
How many injections will I need?
We find that the injections last between four and six months, and hence most patients would need to have their injections topped up two to three times a year.
It is important to remember also that there seems to be a cumulative effect of the injection, and hence that patients may find that whilst initially they need injections every three to four months, after a period of time, they may be able to last for five or even six months between treatments.
Is it painful?
Whilst there are many nerve endings in and around the face and the forehead, because these injections are performed with an ultrafine needle, we find that the procedure is usually not particularly painful and is very well tolerated.
What should I expect after treatment?
Initially you will find the injection site looks slightly swollen and maybe a little red as a reaction to the injection.
You will not see any change in the appearance of your wrinkles immediately, and it will take about a week before your forehead, eyebrows and crows’ feet to settle into their new shape.
Importantly, you may have slightly more swelling after the first 24 hours after the injection.
It is important to realise that the initial result is not the long-term or final result of your anti-wrinkle injection, and that this may not be achieved for two or even three weeks after the injection.
It is important that you take things gently and quietly in the first 24-48 hours after surgery, and that you avoid heavy physical exercise or warm environments which increase the amount of blood flow to the head and neck area, and hence increase the risk of bruising and swelling.
What about if I do not like my anti-wrinkle injections, and I think that the results do not suit my face?
One of the most important things to realise about anti-wrinkle injections is that they are not permanent.
In natural circumstances, most people would notice that the muscles will start to regain some tone, but without the appearance of wrinkles after three to four weeks. This means that if your brow has dropped a little or if your eyelids are a little heavy most people notice an improvement within a month, even though the wrinkles have not started to reappear.
In almost all circumstances, the muscles will regain all of their normal function within six months and hence you will return back to your pre-injection appearance.
What can I do to optimise my treatment and get the best result?
Everyone has a different image of their ideal facial appearance. Some people prefer a completely frozen and very smooth forehead with no wrinkles at all. Others are seeking a more natural look in which there is still movement and expression.
Often we find that a photograph is a very good way for you to crystallise and communicate your ideal facial appearance, so that we can give you the result you are seeking.
We would therefore recommend that ahead of your consultation you find photographs which closely resemble the look that you are seeking, that you take photograph of these images or bring the actual image along, so that we can discuss the result you are seeking and see whether this is possible.
It is also important that you allow time for you to recover and to recuperate. Squeezing your treatment into a busy and hectic schedule is less than ideal, and we find patients get the best results when they allow time to rest and recover after this relatively straightforward and predictable procedure.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us on 9344 5050.