Anti wrinkle injections use a highly purified preparation of a natural protein derived from bacteria. This protein inhibits the transmission of nerve signals from nerves to muscles, resulting in weakness or paralysis of those muscles. Its application to treat facial wrinkles has developed from initial use in eyelid disorders.
How does it work?
Anti wrinkle injections treat wrinkles caused by the contraction of facial muscles. Because these injections result in weakness or paralysis of these muscles, the wrinkle lines gradually smooth and may disappear. Treatment of the tiny muscles around the eye, for example, will lead to smoothing of crows feet. Dynamic lines or wrinkles, that is those that appear only during animation of the face, will be taken away within a week of treatment. Static lines or those that are present at rest, will not however be smoothed immediately but over time, and particularly after several treatments, the skin gets a chance to relax and established lines will smooth and fade.
What areas are suitable for treatment?
Anti wrinkle injections can be is used on areas of the face such as frown lines and crows feet that are caused by the action of underlying tiny facial muscles. It has less effectiveness or use in the lower face. Anti-wrinkle injections paralyse the muscles that are causing wrinkles. Once the muscle that is causing the wrinkles is relaxed, the lines soon become less pronounced. It is more commonly and effectively used in the upper face although it can be judiciously used in the lower face around the mouth and neck.
After treatment the overlying skin remains smoother and less wrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract normally. Treatment does not produce numbness or disturbance of sensation and is completely safe.
How is Anti Wrinkle treatment performed?
Treatment is performed using a fine needle. A small amount is injected into the desired area. The sensation is likened to an insect bite and no local anaesthetic is required. Several injections are needed for each treatment.
Our anti wrinke treatment takes approximately 10 minutes and is performed by Dr Drielsma in his Sydney clinic and other locations in NSW and ACT. You can resume normal activities immediately.
How long does it last?
The effects last for 4-6 months. The results are usually evident about three days after treatment although can take up to 1 week to work maximally.
You will be informed of a few minor precautions following treatment such as not rubbing the treated area for a couple of days to prevent it getting into the upper eyelid.
Are there any risks?
Theoretically, treatment can improve any wrinkle caused by muscular contraction. Care needs to be taken for use in areas other than the forehead and around the eyes as it can produce an unwanted effect, for example, droopiness of the mouth.
Rarely, drooping of an eyelid or altered facial expression can be experienced. This will return to normal over a number of weeks. As the effects of the treatment are not permanent, any side effects should be temporary.
Minor short lived bruising and swelling may be experienced at the injection site.
Can other procedures be performed at the same time?
Other treatments can be used concurrently, such as dermal fillers to optimise the result you are after.