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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle Injections – Fight frown lines and the frozen look

Anti-wrinkle injections step in where even top quality skin creams can’t. It’s an unfortunate fact of ageing that no matter how good your daily skin care regime is, or how much you avoid sun exposure, wrinkles will form on your face as time goes by. This is because as your facial muscles move, they cause permanent lines to form (especially around the mouth and eyes). These lines only get deeper as time goes by.

However, just because wrinkles and ageing go hand in hand, it doesn’t mean you have to accept them. Fight back and banish those wrinkles – and stop them from forming in the first place – with our extremely effective anti-wrinkle (muscle-relaxant) injections. You won’t look ‘frozen’ – you’ll look fresh and smooth.

Anti-wrinkle injections: the key facts

Anti-wrinkle injections – why are they needed? What causes wrinkles?

Anti-wrinkle injections – knowledge is power! For you to feel empowered to make the best choices regarding anti-ageing treatments, you need to know what causes your skin to age in the first place. Keep reading to learn about what causes lines and wrinkles – and what you can do about it.

Every day we smile, frown, squint, laugh…the list of ways in which our faces move goes on and on. While having such expressive faces is one of the things which makes the human race so unique, it also means we have to deal with the consequences: permanent lines form as a result of facial muscle movement, and usually get deeper as time goes by. To get really specific: daily, repeated contractions and movements of the depressor supercilii, corrugatorsupercilii and procerus muscles (facial muscles) cause glabellar lines (‘frown lines’), even in younger adults.

How can About Face Brisbane get rid of my wrinkles?

We can’t stop time, and you wouldn’t want to have an expressionless face. However, with a bit of help from medical science and a protein produced by a microorganism, About Face Brisbane can erase the evidence of time and muscle movements from your face.

About Face Brisbane has two health care professionals, an experienced doctor and a registered nurse, who are experts in administering anti-wrinkle injections (muscle relaxants). These injections relax the muscles responsible for causing lines and wrinkles, and this causes the lines to decrease, or completely disappear. Routine muscle relaxant injections will also help prevent the wrinkles and lines from coming back.

What are anti-wrinkle injections?

To explain it simply, anti-wrinkle injections are muscle relaxants which are injected under the skin to allow the skin to smooth out. These muscle relaxants are made from a chemical produced by a microorganism.

Clostridium botulinum is a bacterium which naturally produces a chemical called botulinum toxin. This chemical is purified to make muscle relaxants. Botulinum toxin type A is approved for medical and cosmetic uses in 85 countries around the world, including Australia.

Muscle relaxants were actually used for medical purposes before they were even considered for aesthetic purposes. Scientists discovered that muscle relaxants were great for treating wrinkles when they noticed that patients receiving muscle relaxant injections to treat spasms of their facial muscles were also experiencing aesthetic benefits; their wrinkles were disappearing.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

Anti-wrinkle injections make wrinkle-causing muscles relax. By doing so, the lines (wrinkles) that have formed over these muscles will improve dramatically, or even disappear completely. Regular use of muscle relaxants will not only help treat existing wrinkles but will help prevent the wrinkles from coming back.

If you’re interested in reading about the science behind anti-wrinkle injections, please scroll down to the ‘other useful information’ section of this page.

What are the benefits of anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections give amazing results and can treat a wide range of concerns. Anti-wrinkle injections can:

  • remove vertical and horizontal frown lines
  • remove ‘crow’s feet’ (wrinkles next to the eyes)
  • reduce or remove wrinkles in the corner of the mouth
  • reduce or remove ‘smokers lines’ on the upper lip
  • reduce lip creases
  • reduce ‘bunny lines’ on the nose
  • create an eyebrow lift effect
  • reduce neck sag.

What should I expect before, during and after treatment?

Before treatment:                        

Before your first muscle relaxant treatment with About Face Brisbane, you’ll have a free consultation with Dr Colin Campey or our registered nurse, Marian Ferguson. Both Dr Campey and Marian have a wealth of experience giving anti-wrinkle injections and achieve excellent results. During this initial consultation, you’ll discuss your goals and expectations thoroughly, and a treatment plan will be developed for you.

You can either book in for your treatment at a later date after the consultation has been completed, or you can go ahead with the treatment then and there – there is no obligation on you either way. The most important thing is that you’ll receive all the facts you need to make a decision regarding whether muscle relaxants are right for you.

During treatment:

For the treatment, you’ll sit comfortably in a private treatment room. There is no need for numbing cream to be applied. A tiny needle is used to inject the muscle relaxants into the target areas that were discussed with Dr Campey or Marian during your pre-treatment consultation.  These injections are placed precisely in the right spot to make the wrinkle-causing muscles to relax so that the lines disappear.

After treatment:

There is no downtime following treatment so you can go about your day as you normally would.

After your very first muscle relaxant treatment, it can take a week or two for the treated muscles to completely relax. The lines on the skin above these muscles then keep softening for another month or two.  Repeat treatments are usually needed after 4 to 6 months initially but intervals between treatments tend to increase over the years.

How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost?

Anti-wrinkle injection costs start at $110 for lips and go up to around $600 for the treatment of frown lines, lines around the eyebrow and ‘crow’s feet’ (wrinkles around the corners of the eyes) (3 areas).

Payment plans are also available using zipPay.

There is no charge for the initial consultation for muscle relaxant injections with either Dr Campey or Marian.

To book an initial consultation or repeat anti-wrinkle injection treatment, call us on (07) 3482 2999 or email us at info@aboutfacebrisbane.com.au.

Is there any downtime?

There is no downtime following muscle relaxant injections. You can go right back to work, look after the kids, drive, exercise or go out for lunch as soon as the treatment is finished. On rare occasions, some patients experience redness, bumps, mild swelling and bruising. However, these side-effects are always mild and temporary.

Other useful information about anti-wrinkle injections

How often do I need to have anti-wrinkle injections?

At first, you’ll need to have the treatment repeated every four to six months. However, the longer you use muscle relaxants for, the less frequently you’ll need to be treated to maintain your results.

Will Anti-wrinkle Injections Make My Face Look ‘Frozen’?

No. Our anti-wrinkle injections won’t give you the ‘frozen look’ but will instead give you a naturally smoother face by treating muscles in only the areas that cause the wrinkles. Your facial expressions won’t change so you’ll still look like you – just smoother.

Do anti-wrinkle injections hurt?

Needles are disliked by everyone! However, the needles used for anti-wrinkle injections are so tiny that the most discomfort you may experience is a little sting for a few seconds. A lot of patients actually find they don’t feel much and are excited at how easy the procedure is.

What is the science behind anti-wrinkle injections?

The substances that muscle relaxants (anti-wrinkle injections) are made from, Botulinum toxin type A, works by blocking the release of acetylcholine from nerve cells. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) which normally transmits (sends) nerve impulses to muscle cells. These impulses then make the muscles contract.

However, when acetylcholine is not released (due to anti-wrinkle injections), the affected nerve can’t send a message to the muscle it supplies. This means the muscle becomes weakened or paralysed (it can’t contract). If muscles can’t move properly, or can’t move at all, they can’t cause creases or lines in the skin on top.

After a couple of months, the nerve fibres that were affected by the muscle relaxants regenerate and start to send out muscle contraction signals again. This is why anti-wrinkle injections need to be performed in the same area after four to six months.

Anti-wrinkle injections target individual, specific muscles. This means most facial expressions won’t be affected, and your face won’t look ‘frozen.’

What are the side effects from anti-wrinkle injections?

Muscle relaxants are a prescription medication, and like all medications, there is the chance some people will experience side effects along with the significant benefits. However, side effects from muscle relaxants are rare and are almost always mild and temporary. These rare side effects can include:

  • tenderness, pain and bruising at the injection site
  • a slight headache
  • nausea and flu-like symptoms (very rare)
  • a drooping eyelid lasting for a few days (very rare).

Women who are breastfeeding or who are, or may be, pregnant cannot be treated with muscle relaxants.

Apart from wrinkle reduction, what other benefits are there?

As well as their great aesthetic benefits, muscle relaxants have a range of medical benefits. Muscle relaxants are commonly used for reducing or eliminating headaches caused by muscle tension and migraines. Karen Campey, About Face Brisbane’s skin and laser technician, loves getting muscle relaxants to reduce the tension at the back of her neck when she starts to feel a migraine coming on. If you’d like to have a chat to Karen about this, she loves helping people with advice and information, so give Karen a call on (07) 3482 2999.

Muscle relaxants can also help people who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding during sleep). It’s important to seek treatment for bruxism as along with damaging teeth, the grinding motion can damage the temporomandibular joint (where the lower jaw hinges). Muscle relaxants for bruxism stop the nocturnal grinding and also soften the shape of the face.

Botulinum toxin type A (muscle relaxants) is also a very effective treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive localised sweating), especially for people who experience severe sweating under their arms. For more information on this great treatment, visit our Hyperhidrosis treatment page.

Other conditions muscle relaxants can treat are:

  • spasms or twitching of the eyelid (blepharospasm)
  • neck muscle spasms
  • localised muscle spasms such as in the face
  • misalignment of the eyes (Strabismus)
  • some types of incontinence (if they are caused by an overactive bladder)
  • dystonia, spasticity (lack of muscle control) and pain in adults and children with cerebral palsy as part of their overall treatment program for muscle stiffness and over-activity.

Can both women and men be treated with anti-wrinkle injections?

Yes, muscle relaxants are a great way for men and women to achieve a smoother face. About Face Brisbane regularly treats adults of all genders ranging in ages from the late 20s to 70s.

Medical treatments are available for everyone, at any age.

What are the best ways to stop my skin from ageing?

There are lots of simple ways you can fight the ageing process. The following advice applies to men and women. You can slow down the formation of lines and wrinkles and keep your skin looking as young as possible by:

  • Avoiding exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays damage collagen, and as a result, wrinkles form and skin starts to sag. The Queensland sun is particularly harsh, so it’s important to wear a zinc-based sunblock every single day. About Face Brisbane recommends Synergy Skin Care’s Second Skin Crush SPF 15.
  • Cleanse your skin properly before going to bed. Every single night. Too tired to be bothered? Spend thirty seconds using a disposable wipe to cleanse your skin at night.
  • Staying well hydrated. When you become dehydrated, your skin can become dry.
  • Including omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3s help maintains cell function and structure, prevent inflammation, protect the dermis (top layer of skin) and seal in the skin’s natural moisture. Flaxseed, walnuts, tuna and salmon are good sources of omega-3.
  • Not eating sugars and processed foods to prevent glycation. Glycation is a reaction that occurs when collagen (an important building block of our skin) comes into contact with sugar. Glycation can cause the collagen within our skin to break down. Glycation damages the integrity of skin tissue slows down the natural skin regeneration process and speeds up the skin’s ageing process.
  • Using good quality skin care products (which are suitable for your skin type) on a daily basis. We recommend Synergie Skin Care products as they do not contain parabens, artificial fragrances or colours, sodium laureth sulphate, or any other harsh chemicals (which are very common in the brands you find in supermarkets). In addition, about Face Brisbane is proud to stock a brand that does not test on animals.

It’s important to remember that while a good skin care regime will help keep your skin looking younger overall (through improving tone, texture, pore size etc), even the best skin creams in the world won’t stop lines from forming as a result of facial muscle movement. Unfortunately for men, these lines get deeper even faster than they do with women. This is why muscle relaxants are so popular (for men and women).

What is a ‘unit’ of muscle relaxant?

A unit is a measurement of the dose of muscle relaxant gel. The dose required depends on where the muscle is located that needs to be treated, how strong it is, and what type of result you’re looking for. A single injection may contain various different units of the anti-wrinkle treatment. A higher number of units may not mean a higher number of injections.

Are dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injectables the same thing?

No, dermal fillers and muscle relaxants are made of different substances and have different purposes. Anti-wrinkle treatments relax the muscle and therefore soften movement. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are used to add facial volume or ‘plump’ and fill facial lines.

For information on how About Face Brisbane can help you replace facial volume you’ve lost, or enhance the facial volume you have now, visit our Dermal fillers page.

How long will the results from anti-wrinkle injections last?

The results will last between 12 weeks and 16 weeks. For the best results, repeat treatment no later than 16 weeks after your previous treatment is recommended.

Whether you need to re-book for your next muscle-relaxant treatment, or if you have never had anti-wrinkle injections before and want more information, our friendly staff are ready to take your call on (07) 3842 2999 from Monday to Saturday. Although we are closed on Sunday, you can email us anytime at info@aboutfacebrisbane.com.au.