Anti-Wrinkle Injections FAQs
Anti-wrinkle injections are temporary, usually lasting for several months, at which point the procedure can be performed again. An ideal time frame for the procedure is every three to six months to ensure a continuous youthful appearance.
This is a common myth that anti-wrinkle injections create a stiff face. There will be some visible results immediately after the treatment, but a frozen look is not one of them.
There are no known permanent side effects that have been discovered over the years of anti-wrinkle injection use. Temporary effects may include tenderness and bruising of the treated area. In very rare cases there may be temporary eye problems such as double or blurred vision, drooping or swollen eyelids, or dry eyes; but it is important to note that no patient of Dr. Hodgkinson’s has ever experienced these issues and less than 2% of people worldwide have experienced them at the hands of other surgeons.
There may be an allergic reaction such as itching, rashes, dizziness or feeling faint, which should disappear within the first 48 hours.
Dr. Hodgkinson’s team is on-hand to help organise a consultation, which is a necessary step prior to your surgical procedure. Speak to our highly skilled staff about anti-wrinkle injections today and see for yourself why so many people choose Dr. Hodgkinson as their surgeon.
Dr. Hodgkinson performs his work from the Double Bay Day Surgery. This fully licensed day surgery centre offers the highest levels of care via state of the art cosmetic and plastic surgical equipment. When operated by our experienced and highly skilled team, all of our patient’s needs are met. We work hard towards achieving all goals and we are on-hand to answer all of your questions in advance. Our team are available 24 hours a day to assist with your recovery to ensure complete support through your surgical journey.
Dr Hodgkinson’s Double Bay Surgery Team
Dr. Hodgkinson uses a piece of software called ‘Alter Image’ which provides a clear picture of what potential results may look like. This will help you with the important decision of whether or not to proceed. Dr. Hodgkinson has over thirty years of experience and was trained at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, while holding two degrees in plastic surgery. He also serves on the Scientific Committee of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) which helps his patients to feel very confident in their potential outcome.
Dr. Hodgkinson and his team, assures your safety during and after every procedure. If you should have any issues during your aftercare process, the team is on-hand to assist you at any point.
Dr Hodgkinson will provide an in-depth consultation to determine the best path forward to address your concerns.
It is unlikely that anti-wrinkle injections will be covered under an insurance policy as only those deemed medically necessary are eligible for a rebate. While our team can assess this during your consultation, in most cases, this request is for aesthetic improvements only. We will provide exact pricing for the procedure in your consultation.
If performed by an experienced and qualified doctor, yes. These injections are very popular as they can be performed in a matter of minutes, with the patient seeing a benefit that lasts for several months. Note: a doctor can only order the injectables used for these procedures, and the manufacturers and the medical community does not endorse it in a party environment.
Many facial wrinkles occur when we use our muscles to form facial expressions. The wrinkles formed during these expressions are called dynamic wrinkles. For example, when we smile our eye wrinkles become prominent and when we frown the vertical lines between our eyebrows become noticeable.
When we are young our skin springs back to its initial position after facial expressions, but as we get older dynamic wrinkles remain on the skin to form static wrinkles; these are the wrinkles and folds that are present at rest. This process occurs because natural substances such as collagen (the major structural protein in the skin), elastin (the protein that causes tissue to stretch) and hyaluronic acid (which gives skin volume) decrease with age. This, together with environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress all contribute to the creation of wrinkles and folds.
The effects from your anti-wrinkle injection should last between four to six months. However, if your body metabolises the substance quickly or if too little toxin has been applied, then the effects may fade after two to three months.
What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Injecting A Poison Into Your Body?
There are no known long-term side effects from anti-wrinkle injections. It is worth noting that the injectable is not a “poison”, rather a medical grade purified protein.
After the anti wrinkle injections wear off, usually in 3 to 6 months, the muscles do recover.
However, because the muscles have not been active for a long time, they usually do not recover to the same intensity as before you had the anti wrinkle injections.
This means that the facial muscles do still function, so you have normal expression but not with the intensity in the brow area that gives you the frowning and angry, unapproachable appearance that the scowling heavy muscles deliver to those with whom you are talking or communicating with.
More and more people are turning to Dr Hodgkinson and his team of Specialist Cosmetic Treatment Nurses at the Cosmetic & Restorative Surgery Clinic for rejuvenation techniques, to help their face reflect the way they feel inside.
One such rejuvenation technique is wrinkle relaxation treatment. It can be used to relax the specific facial muscles that cause upper facial lines (crow’s feet, forehead and glabellar frown lines) to form.
Wrinkle relaxation treatment involves a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient in wrinkle relaxation treatment is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.
The treatment is a prescription-only medicine and treatment is only available from a qualified medical professional such as Dr Hodgkinson and his team. It is registered for the treatment of crow’s feet (the lines that radiate from the corner of your eye when you smile or squint), forehead lines (the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows) and glabellar frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown).
How does wrinkle relaxation treatment work?
The treatment can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
What does wrinkle relaxation treatment involve?
Wrinkle relaxation treatment is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of product is administered into selected facial muscles by Dr Hodgkinson or one of his staff specialists using a very fine needle. Generally, the treatment takes around 10 -15 minutes. At the Cosmetic& Restorative Surgery Clinic we have used our vast experience with these treatments to develop methods to minimize any discomfort so that no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after.
After the injection, it takes 2 -3 days for the treatment to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Dr Hodgkinson and his staff will know what the best dose is for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
How long does wrinkle relaxation treatment last?
The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat anti-wrinkle treatments, the effect tends to last longer.
Does wrinkle relaxation treatment cause more wrinkles to form?
The treatment will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.
Will facial expression be affected by wrinkle relaxation treatment?
The treatment works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including untreated facial muscles, should not be affected by the treatment. Dr Hodgkinson or one of the nurses will determine the best dose for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results.
Are there any side effects?
In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, the product used in wrinkle relaxation treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulder, face), and axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating).
In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning/stinging, bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, itichiness, nausea and flu like symptoms.
How long has wrinkle relaxation treatment been used?
The treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in therapeutic treatments for over 15 years. It was first approved for use in Australia for movement disorders (eye & face) in 1993 and for eye spasms and crossed eyes in New Zealand in 1991.
Can wrinkle relaxation be combined with other products and procedures?
Absolutely. To get the desired result other non-surgical treatments such as injectible fillers, Thermage® or microdermabrasion may be used a combination with wrinkle relaxation treatment. The team at the Cosmetic & Restorative Surgery Clinic will advise you as to whether or not you will receive better results if your treatment is combined with other products and/or procedures.
Absolutely, if performed by a qualified and experienced doctor. The television show “Body Work” recently demonstrated anti-wrinkle injections both to smooth and soften lunes and folds as well as injectable fillers to enhance lips. The areas usually addressed are the frown lines between the eyebrows, then horizontal lines in the forehead and the crows feet around the side of the eyes.
Folds most commonly softened are those around the mouth. These injections are highly popular as they can be performed in a matter of minutes and either instantly or within a few days the patient has a benefit which lasts for a number of months. Note: the injectables used for these procedures can only be ordered by a doctor, and the manufacturers and the medical community fo not endorse in a party environment.