To create smooth, youthful-looking skin, anti wrinkle Injections can reduce fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles. Not only can the treatment improve existing signs of ageing, it can prevent fine lines and wrinkles from worsening, and prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming.
Dynamic wrinkles result from repeated muscle movement in areas such as the middle of the eyebrows, the forehead, and the outer corners of the eyes (crow’s feet). During our teens, 20s and 30s, dynamic wrinkles are not visible when the face is at rest. Over time, however, as we lose the natural collagen and elasticity in our skin, dynamic lines turn into static wrinkles that are visible even when the face is not moving.
Anti-wrinkle injections (also called neuromodulators or neurotoxins) prevent and reverse dynamic lines by stopping the muscles from moving. When injected directly into the muscles, neuromodulators block the nerve impulses between muscle cells, causing them to relax. Over the course of seven to 14 days, the injected areas take on a smoother, lifted, and more relaxed appearance.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post treatment.
How is the anti wrinkle treatment with muscle relaxer injections performed?
Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles by blocking the impulses from nerves that create muscle movement. This muscle-relaxing effect works within about three days, stopping the appearance of wrinkles by disallowing the creasing of the skin that occurs when muscles contract.
First, your Cosmos Aesthetics nurse or doctor will disinfect your treatment area and ask you to make facial experiences such as frowning, squinting, smiling or another expression that will cause the lines and wrinkles to appear. Five to ten small injections will be used per area, while cold packs and preserved saline will be utilised to ensure your comfort, avoiding the need for anaesthetic. Results will be visible for around three to eight months, depending on the patient.
Common treatment areas include:
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
Fine lines and wrinkles often appear in these areas as muscles can contract more, causing excessive creasing of the skin, which is often undesirable for the patient. Certain lines may be improved, but not be completely erased with anti-wrinkle injections, for example, if they are still present when the skin is stretched. In these situations, treatments like dermal fillers or collagen stimulators can also be effective.
As well as for anti-ageing purposes, muscle relaxers can be used for:
Sweat reduction in areas such as the underarms, hands, and feet
Correcting wrinkles around the mouth, such as depressed corners of the mouth by targeting and relaxing the small muscles underneath the skin
Tightening the skin on the neck by minimising the muscle size underneath the skin
Smoothing the wrinkles on the chin that occur when lips are moved
Contouring the jaw line by sliming and elongating square jaws
Contouring and slimming bulky calf muscles
Reducing migraines by calming the contracting muscles that can lead to headaches in some patients
Treating back and facial muscle spasms by blocking nerve impulses that can cause spasms to occur
Your initial consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics will provide you with the details that you need to know, as it will allow you to discuss your treatment goals and any concerns that you may have.
Why choose anti wrinkle injections at Cosmos Aesthetics?
The biggest benefit of anti wrinkle injections is that the treatment is minimally invasive and only takes a few minutes. The effects normally last three to six months and treatment needs to be repeated to maintain the results. If a patient is not happy with the results and would like to discontinue for any reason, the short-lived nature of anti wrinkle injections is another major advantage. After the effects of the neurotoxin have left the system, the treatment areas simply return to normal without any permanent changes.
Who is the best candidate for wrinkle removal?
Any patient that is in good health and would like to look more youthful and refreshed is an excellent candidate for anti wrinkle injections. If you are in your 20s or 30s and would like to slow down or prevent aging, now is the perfect time to start with neuromodulator treatments. Twin studies show that treating wrinkles at an early age can result in smoother skin and a more youthful appearance once we reach our 40s, 50s and 60s. If you would like to address issues like excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), you may also benefit from treatment with muscle relaxers.
Good candidates also include patients who do not have a history of neuromuscular disease (such as multiple sclerosis) and are not pregnant or breastfeeding. Additionally, patients with certain allergies may not be suitable for cosmetic injectables.
To ensure that you are a suitable candidate for anti wrinkle injections, book a consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics, where you can discuss your goals for treatment, any health concerns, and your expectations with an experienced cosmetic injector nurse or doctor.
How much do anti wrinkle Injections cost in Melbourne?
The costs of wrinkle removal treatment will vary from patient to patient, as they will depend on the number of units that will need to be used on the treatment area. Patients will usually need about 10 to 20 units for one treatment area, but this will be different for each person, as it depends on individual treatment goals, muscle strength, and wrinkle depth.
Discuss your problem areas and your ideal treatment results with a consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics to get the best idea of your total wrinkle relaxer procedure costs.
As a price 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 areas can be treated with wrinkle relaxers?
Anti-Wrinkle Injections can be used for cosmetic purposes to relax the following areas:
Frown lines (number 11’s between the eyes)
Crow’s feet (around the eyes)
Brow lift (subtle lifting at the corner of the eyebrows)
Bunny lines (lines along the side of the nose)
DAO’s (muscles that cause drooping of the mouth)
Platysmal bands (neck bands)
Masseters (slimming jawline muscles)
Lip flip (shows more of the upper lip)
Additionally, neuromodulators can be used for medical reasons such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), headaches, and calf slimming.
What should I expect after the procedure?
Small bumps or minor bruising may appear shortly after treatment, but bumps should subside within 15 to 20 minutes and bruising should disappear within one week. You will be provided with recovery instructions to care for your treated area, and you will be able to return to work almost immediately.
Recovery instructions or tips might include:
Within the first few hours, try to move the muscles in your treated area to increase the action and onset of the injections
For eight hours, avoid touching or rubbing the treatment areas
For the first few days, avoid excessive exposure to heat, such as sitting in saunas
Avoid strenuous exercise
Keep the treated areas clean
After about five to seven days, patients will start to see results. Full results should be visible after about two weeks, with the effects continuing to develop gradually. With time, the muscles in the treated areas will become less active, making fine lines and wrinkles much less noticeable. Once full results are developed, any desired touch ups can be done. Cosmos Aesthetics recommends that all patients attend their complimentary follow-up appointment at about two weeks after their first treatment,
Results can last for about three to eight months, depending on the individual. Usually, patients will refresh their results with another treatment about two or three times a year, but this will vary from person to person, as it is dependent on how fast the effects of the muscle relaxers begin to subside.
What about minor or temporary side effects?
Due to their exceptional safety record and low occurrence of complications, most people enjoy the benefits of anti wrinkle injections without ever experiencing any negative side-effects. Muscle relaxers are not absorbed by the bloodstream and will only target the necessary muscles. With any medical treatment, however, there is always a low risk of very minor and temporary issues, such as:
Swelling, bumps or redness that should subside within hours or days
Minor bruising or discolouration
A touch up or correction may be required if the treated muscles need to be weakened further
Droopy eyelid (ptosis) can occur but normally resolves naturally after several weeks and any discomfort can be aided by applying eye drops
Heavy brow or droopy forehead (this can be prevented by going to an experienced injector)
Is the wrinkle removal treatment with muscle relaxers painful?
Any discomfort should be manageable with ice packs and preserved saline, as the procedure only requires the use of very small and fine needles. Apart from a minor pinching or pricking sensation from the needle, the procedure should be comfortable and tolerable. Not only should the treatment be painless, it can actually combat pain that can cause headaches or migraines in some patients, as it relaxes the tense muscles in the targeted areas.
How can anti-wrinkle injections prevent lines and wrinkles from worsening, and prevent new lines and wrinkles from appearing?
Since wrinkle removal treatment involves relaxing the muscles to prevent skin creasing, the relaxed muscles actually weaken over time, and will not be able to contract as much as they used to. Even when the effects of the treatment begin to fade, lines and wrinkles may slightly re-appear, but they still won’t be as prominent as they were before treatment.
Naturally, the skin undergoes a healing process, where it repairs the damaged collagen beneath the wrinkles and will smoothen any wrinkles and lines in the area. If a patient chooses to maintain their results with multiple treatments over time, the results will become more visible, and some individuals may notice that the lines and wrinkles have faded completely.
As the wrinkles and lines in the treatment areas are caused by the skin creasing due to the contracting muscles, no new wrinkles and lines will form, either. So, not only does the treatment create smoother skin in the short-term, it can provide preventative measures in the long-term, as well.