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Face: 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 premium muscle relaxant derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This procedure has both cosmetic and non-cosmetic application.
Common cosmetic areas include:
- Frown Lines
- Smile Lines / Crows Feet
- Horizontal Forehead Lines
Other than the commonest cosmetic reasons already outlined, this procedure commonly used in our office for:
- Eyebrow Shaping
- Hyperactive Upper Lip
- Thick Masseter Muscles (Improved Jaw Line)
- Neck Bands
- Migraine Treatment (reduces number and severity)
- Excessive Sweating – armpits, hands, feet
It can also be used in children with cerebral palsy in high doses to relax contractures (service not offered by this office).
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.
Although derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum, the product itself does not contain any bacteria, is purified and very safe.
What can I expect?
The onset effect of the treatment is after three days and is maximal at one to two weeks. It lasts three 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.
How long does it take to recover?
Unless bruising occurs, there is no recovery period.
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 occurred.
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.
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 9126 9218 (+61 8 9126 9218).
Alternatively, we can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get more information?
If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.
Before and After
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.