Wrinkle Relaxers

Why would I consider wrinkle relaxers?

A wrinkle relaxer weakens the muscles where it is injected. It is used in the temporary treatment of the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, smile lines over the cheeks and horizontal forehead lines.

We use a muscle relaxant derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This procedure has both cosmetic and non-cosmetic application.

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Who benefits?

Other than the cosmetic reasons already outlined, this procedure commonly used in our office for:

It can also be used in children with cerebral palsy in high doses to relax contractures (service not offered by this office).

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How is it done?

This treatment is carried out in the office where the patient walks in, has the injection and, after a short period of observation, is able to carry on with their normal daily activities.

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Concerns?

Although derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum, the product itself does not contain any bacteria, is purified and very safe.

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What can I expect?

The onset effect of the treatment is after three days and is maximal at one to two weeks. It lasts two to four months initially.

Subsequent injections do last longer due to shrinking of the muscle however this is not a permanent treatment. The lines will return eventually following cessation of treatment.

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How long does it take to recover?

Unless bruising occurs, there is no recovery period.

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What complications can occur?

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur and it does not necessarily imply an error has occured.

This treatment is generally considered an extremely safe cosmetic procedure. The most common side effect is bruising which is only temporary and does not alter the effectiveness of the treatment.

Typically there is some redness to the skin for a period of a few hours after the procedure.

Rarely, weakness of muscles other than those being treated can occur. This can be in the form of droopiness of the eyelids or the eyebrows - this side effect is not permanent. Should this occur, then eye drops can be given to minimise the effects.

In the vast majority of patients, no complications occur and treatment is very effective.

Although this list indicates some examples of complications, no procedure should not be undertaken until this has been discussed fully with the surgeon.

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What other procedures are often performed at the same time?

Most patients are having a specific area of their face and/or body they wish treated.

Patients undergoing wrinkle relaxant procedures may also request dermal filler treatments, or lip enlargement.

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What does it cost and will private insurance help?

Typically, private health insurance does not assist with these treatments.

A cost guide can be requested from my office on +61 8 9485 1333, some of the individual cost factors can be estimated with more information. Alternatively, we can be emailed at info@cosmetic-surgery.com.au

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Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please don"t hesitate to contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.

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Clinical Photographs

Wrinkle Relaxers

Wrinkle Relaxer - Before Wrinkle Relaxer - After

Before and After