When it comes to cosmetic procedures, anti-wrinkle injections are probably one of the most common treatments. This is because the natural movement of the skin on our faces creates wrinkles that over time deepen. The more we age, the deeper these lines become as we repeat the same movements that create the wrinkles and creases in the first place. One day we look in the mirror and decide it is time to do something about them.
Luckily, with today’s knowledge of the skin, this is not a complicated decision. Anti-wrinkle injections have become a quick and easy solution, especially when in the hands of a knowledgeable professional like Dr Kathy Gallagher. Our approach here at Shine Clinic in Brisbane is to address your individual needs and find the best solution for you and your situation. A simple ten minute session softens wrinkles and lines, giving many a new lease on life.
While these anti-wrinkle injections can treat a wide range of areas, the most common requests are to soften or remove frown lines, treat crow’s feet lines around the eyes and reduce those horizontal lines that develop along the forehead. All of these areas can be improved with muscle-relaxing injections. For best results we recommend reviewing and repeating the treatment every 3-4 months. Our emphasis is always placed on maintaining a completely natural appearance with the face looking more relaxed, less stressed and definitely not frozen.
Who can have this treatment?
Women who are pregnant, think they may be pregnant or are nursing should not have these treatments. There are no known side-effects for the babies of women who were treated and didn’t know they were pregnant, but care should be taken to avoid having this treatment at this time. In addition, anyone who has a history of bleeding problems, breathing problems, difficulty swallowing or certain rare neurological disorders should not have this treatment.
Plan to have a medical consultation before the treatment to ensure you do not have a history of certain conditions that may affect the nervous system. Talk it over with Dr Kathy Gallagher to be sure you are right for these treatments.
What should I expect during treatment?
Anti-wrinkle injections all work on the same guiding principle. They will relax the muscles that are causing some of the wrinkles and creases on your face. These are called dynamic lines as they are there because of the excessive movement of the muscles. We also can have static lines on the face. These are due to loss of volume and gravity and we treat these lines differently, often using dermal fillers and other skin treatments.
Preparing for Treatment
We will often take photographs both before and after the treatment to evaluate results. Photos will be taken both with the muscles at rest and contracted such as when you are smiling or frowning. If possible, it is best that you avoid taking non-essential blood thinners for a few days prior to the treatment, eg aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications and high dose fish oil. Feel free to discuss this with us first if you have any concerns. Before the treatment, we will remove any makeup and cleanse the face thoroughly with an antiseptic agent.
The areas to be treated will be marked with a pencil to ensure symmetrical treatment and assess areas of maximum muscle movement. Because the needles are so tiny and the dose so small, there is little in the way of pain during the procedure. If you have a low tolerance for pain you may want to request a numbing cream, but this is generally not needed by patients. A numbing cream needs to be applied for 30-40 minutes prior to the procedure.The actual anti-wrinkle treatment will take 5-10 minutes.
After the procedure it is important not to touch or rub the treated area for the next four hours. We also ask that you do not lie down or engage in any strenuous physical activity for four hours. Normal activities, going back to office work or for a walk are all okay. There is no downtime. Effects start to show after 3-4 days and will be maximum after 7-14 days. A review appointment two weeks later is recommended for your first anti-wrinkle treatment with us at Shine. We need to check that you are getting the best results possible and it is an opportunity to take an “after” photo to compare with the “before”.
Are there side effects or risks involved?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for cosmetic purposes for over 30 years. The same medication has been used extensively for many other medical reasons, eg children with cerebral palsy or to treat an over-active bladder. There is a great deal of research establishing the safety of these injections.There are no serious side effects from the cosmetic use of anti-wrinkle injections. However, there are a few minor and short lived possible side effects to mention. Minor bruising can occasionally occur. Sometimes a minor headache may persist for 1-2 days. Rarely, mild weakness or dropping of the eyelid or eyebrow can occur which can last for 2-3 weeks.
All of these side effects are relatively infrequent and short-lived.
The anti-wrinkle treatments we offer here at Shine Clinic are highly effective. In many cases, best results are obtained by combining these treatments with other cosmetic procedures. These can include dermal fillers, combination IPL and RF to improve skin colour, texture and tone, peels or microdermabrasion. Because the order of the treatments can have an impact on their effectiveness it is always a good idea to discuss this with Dr Kathy Gallagher first.