Anti-wrinkle injections are one of the most effective and common treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. They work by relaxing the facial muscles that cause dynamic lines when you smile or frown, resulting in a subtle and naturally refreshed appearance.
HOW DO ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS WORK?
A natural purified protein (“Botulinum Toxin”) is injected in to the selected muscles, interfering with neural transmission between the brain and the muscle. This means that when your brain is telling your face to frown or squint, the muscle can’t receive the message and won’t contract (preventing the formation of wrinkles).
The product affects only the specifically targeted muscles.
The required dose for the treatment is tailored according to the individual patient, the desired outcome and the mass of muscle being injected. The dosages required may change over time if the treatment is performed regularly.
North Coast Medispa stocks both Allergen and Galderma anti-wrinkle products.
WHO IS A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?
A suitable candidate for anti-wrinkle injections will be at least 18 years old, in good overall health and have realistic expectations of the treatment.
You may not be suitable for treatment if you have any disease that affects your nerves or muscles, have a skin infection in the treatment area, are currently pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant.
Before receiving any injections, you must be assessed to determine if you’re medically suitable for treatment. It is important that you disclose any medication that you are taking, any health conditions affecting your muscles or nerves or if you are known to have any allergies.
Botulinum Toxin is also used for treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE THE RESULTS?
Initial effects are usually seen within 1-2 days but the full result of the treatment will generally not be seen until 10-14 days post-procedure. Results typically last 3 months.
Note that anti-wrinkle injections are not an exact science and results may vary between patients and treatments. For this reason we ask that patients return for a review appointment two weeks after treatment to ensure you are satisfied with the result and allow the opportunity to “top up” or address any concerns if necessary.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Immediately post-treatment, you can resume your normal daily activities however, as a general precaution, you should refrain from doing anything strenuous for one or two days. You should also avoid laser / IPL treatments, facials and facial massage for one to two weeks after the injections. This is to minimise the chance of the product moving to the surrounding muscles.
It is important to follow any post-treatment care instructions given to you by your injector.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
When administered by an experienced and qualified injector in an appropriate clinical setting, the chances of serious complications occurring with anti-wrinkle injections are minimal.
However, as with all medical treatments, there are risks and potential side effects to be aware of.
Headache or nausea may occur (particularly for the first treatment) but will generally be mild and transient. Injection site reactions may include mild pain, bruising or transient numbness.
Although rare, there is potential to experience temporary brow ptosis (drooping) or the unwanted paralysis/weakness of nearby musculature. This occurs in approximately 1-3% of patients and generally resolves within a few weeks.
If you have any concerns or questions before or after your injectables treatment, please contact the clinic.
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