Anti wrinkle injections create a smooth and youthful appearance by relaxing the facial muscles underneath the skin, preventing the skin from creasing when muscles contract. Wrinkle relaxers can improve existing fine lines, prevent the lines from worsening, and hinder new wrinkles from showing.
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Lines and wrinkles caused by years of repeating the same facial expressions, such as frowning and laughing, can sneak up over time and give the face a prematurely aged appearance. They can make someone look tired or angry when in fact, the opposite is true. Anti wrinkle injections (also called neuromodulators or neurotoxins) can soften the appearance of lines, wrinkles and creases between the brows, forehead and around the eyes.
Anti-Wrinkle medication works below the skin’s surface to stop the movement of underlying muscles. When injected directly into the muscles, it blocks the communication between muscle cells so that they’re no longer able to make certain expressions. Over the course of seven to 14 days, the injected areas start to look smoother and firmer.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post treatment.
How is the anti-ageing treatment with wrinkle relaxers performed?
Wrinkle relaxer injections will relax the muscles underneath the skin, blocking the nerve impulses that cause muscle movement. The effect will begin to work within about three days after treatment. Wrinkles and fine lines will fade while the muscle movement reduces, as the skin above the muscles in the treatment areas will stop creasing.
For both new and repeat patients, a brief consultation will be necessary to assess your muscle movement and help determine your aesthetic goals. During your injection appointment, your provider will disinfect the area, ask you to make specific facial expressions such as to frown or squint, and then proceed with injecting a small amount of neuromodulator directly into each muscle.
About five to ten tiny injections will be needed for each treatment area. Anaesthetic is not necessary as cold packs and preserved saline should ensure patient comfort. Depending on the patient, results can be noticeable for about three to eight months after treatment.
Some common treatment areas are:
Lines in the middle of the eyebrows (worry lines or frown lines)
Forehead or expression lines
Lines along the side of the nose (bunny lines)
Crow’s feet or laugh lines
These areas are common as the muscles tend to contract more, making the skin crease more frequently than in other areas, causing lines and wrinkles to appear over time. It might be helpful to note that any lines that still show when the skin is stretched may benefit from other treatments such as dermal fillers or collagen stimulators.
In addition to anti-ageing treatments, wrinkle relaxers can be used to:
Reduce sweating in areas such as the underarms, hands, and feet
Correct wrinkles around the mouth, such as depressed corners of the mouth by targeting and relaxing the small muscles underneath the skin
Tighten skin on the neck by minimising the muscle size underneath the skin
Smooth wrinkles on the chin that occur when lips are moved
Contour the jaw line by sliming and elongating square jaws
Contour and slim bulky calf muscles
Reduce migraines by calming the contracting muscles that can lead to headaches in some patients
Treat back and facial muscle spasms by blocking nerve impulses that can cause spasms to occur
Anti wrinkle injections prices in the Gold Coast
Each patient’s treatment costs will depend on the number of units that will be required per treatment area. 10 to 20 units per treatment area is the amount that is usually needed, but the number of units will come down to the patient’s treatment goals, the strength of their muscles, and the depth of their wrinkles in the areas.
A consultation at Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast is the best way to work out how much your treatment costs will be. An experienced doctor or nurse will assess your features in your desired treatment area and can determine how many units will be required.
As a guide:
Forehead wrinkles prices start from $165 – $200 Frown lines prices start from $200 – $400 Around the eyes prices start from $200 – $400 Brow lift prices start from $165 – $200 Under the eyes prices start from $100 Gummy smile prices start from $120 Chin treatment prices start from $100 – $200 Neck band/jowls prices start from $400 – $800 Calves treatment prices start from $2,000 – $3,000 Excessive sweating treatment prices start from $1,000 – $1,500
Your initial consultation will cost between $120 – $330, but will be redeemable upon treatment.
What will happen after the treatment?
As the procedure is minimally invasive and side effects are minor, you can return to work or your usual daily routine almost straight away. You might notice some tiny bumps or minor bruising around the treatment area. These small bumps should disappear within 15 to 20 minutes, and any bruises should fade within one week. After your wrinkle removal treatment, you will receive instructions on how to care for your treated area to ensure that you can keep side effects minimal and maintain optimal results.
These treatment recovery care instructions or tips may include:
Avoid strenuous exercise
Keep the treated areas clean
Within the first few hours, move the muscles in your treated area to increase the action and onset of the injections
For the first eight hours, avoid touching or rubbing the treatment areas
For the first few days, avoid areas where you will be excessively exposed to heat, such as saunas
What to expect after treatment:
Five to seven days after: You should begin to notice results
About two weeks after: Full results should be noticeable, while the effects will continue to develop
Over time, the treated muscles will weaken, meaning that signs of ageing will not be as prominent and new lines and wrinkles will have an unlikely chance of being created, since the skin will not crease as much. After about two weeks, when full results are typically developed, touch up treatments can be performed if desired. At Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast, you will receive a complimentary follow-up appointment after your first treatment, and our team recommends that all patients attend to ensure that results are optimal.
The wrinkle relaxing effect should last for about three to eight months. Patients generally receive additional treatments about two or three times a year to maintain results. The rate at which you might need more treatments to update your results will depend on how quickly the effects on the muscles in the treated area fades.
Are there any risks or side effects of wrinkle removal treatment?
Side effects are minimal, and many patients can enjoy their results of wrinkle relaxer treatment without experiencing any complications. Muscle relaxer injections will only affect the targeted muscles and will not be absorbed by the bloodstream. However, with any treatment that requires cosmetic injectables comes a low risk of minor and temporary side effects. These may include:
Minor swelling, small bumps, or redness that should disappear within either hours or few days
Minor bruising or discolouration
The need for a touch up or correction, if the treated muscles need to be weakened more
Droopy eyelids, or ptosis, can occur but will normally resolve naturally after several weeks. Discomfort can be managed by applying eye drops until the side effect subsides
Heavy brows or droopy forehead, which can be prevented by selecting a clinic with experienced injectors
Why choose Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast for winkle relaxer treatment?
Anti-Wrinkle Injections are performed using a prescription medication, therefore, for the best outcome, the treatment needs to be administered by a qualified medical professional. Our clinic in the Gold Coast has been successfully treating local and international visitors for over ten years. In fact, our team at Cosmos takes neuromodulator injections very seriously to ensure safety, effectiveness, and that each patient is 100% happy with their results.
What makes a good candidate for anti-wrinkle treatment?
You are a good candidate for Anti-Wrinkle Injections if you have dynamic wrinkles or a tired appearance in the frown, forehead, eyebrows, crow’s feet, smoker’s line, or bunny line areas. Other areas that can benefit from neuromodulator injections are a wide or square jaw and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Medically, you would be cleared for treatment if you are in good health, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and have no history of neuromuscular disease, such as multiple sclerosis.
Great candidates can be patients in their 20s or 30s who want to slow or prevent signs of ageing, as twin studies have shown that receiving wrinkle removal treatment early can effectively maintain smooth and youthful skin later in life.
To make sure that you are a suitable candidate for wrinkle relaxers, Cosmos Clinic recommends attending a consultation at our Gold Coast location, so that you can meet with one of our experienced doctors or nurses and discuss your treatment expectations.
How long do the effects last?
The effects normally last three to six months, before the treatment must be repeated to maintain the results. If you choose to stop getting Anti-Wrinkle Injections at any point, the treated areas will simply return to normal without any permanent changes. The short-lived nature of Anti-Wrinkle Injections is another major advantage of this procedure over more permanent anti-aging techniques.
When should I start getting injections for wrinkles?
There is no right or wrong age to start getting anti wrinkle injections, provided that you are over the age of 18 and in good health. Twin studies show that anti-wrinkle injections help to prevent lines, wrinkles and overall skin ageing. By the same token, you’re never too old to start as treating dynamic lines and wrinkles can soften them considerably and even fade them altogether over time.
How are anti-wrinkle injections different from filler?
Anti wrinkle injections prevent the muscle movement that eventually causes wrinkling. The medication is most commonly administered in the frown area, forehead and around the eyes. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are designed to add volume, correct depressions and contour areas of face such as cheeks, under the eyes, nasolabial folds, jawline and chin. Anti-Wrinkles Injections can be used together with fillers to revitalise and rejuvenate the face.
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