At Allure Derma we take away the confusion and provide you with precise, up to date, factual information about anti-wrinkle treatment.
Anti-wrinkle injections are a medical treatment used to help soften existing lines or assist in the reduction of the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Minimal amounts of product are injected into specific areas to cause muscle relaxation; This reduces the repeated movement of the muscle that contributes to facial lines giving an overall more softened expression. Doses are to your specific needs.
The procedure is quick, well tolerated and highly effective resulting in a more natural, fresh appearance.
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BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTIONS AFTERCARE
Avoid for 4 hours after treatment (to prevent toxin spreading and bruising)
Rubbing or massaging treated areas (to avoid spreading toxin)
Lying down (prevents toxin spreading)
Exposure to hot tub or sauna (prevents bruising)
Avoid for 12 hours after treatment (to prevent toxin spreading and bruising)
Strenuous exercise or excess alcohol
Anti-inflammatory medication (like Ibuprofen) and Aspirin
You will notice the Botulinum start to take effect 2-5 days after treatment. It reaches its full force two weeks after treatment. A follow-up appointment is necessary at this time to assess the results. You may require additional units of Botulinum toxin at this visit to achieve the desired effect.
Botulinum toxin injections are a temporary procedure. With the first treatment, the results may last 6-12 weeks. If you maintain your treatments with the frequency recommended, the duration of the effects may last longer than 4-6 months. If you allow the Botulinum toxin to wear off completely, optimal results are harder to achieve.
RISKS OF BOTULINUM TOXIN INJECTIONS
Every medical procedure carries risk, and it is important to understand the risks and complications involved. Although a majority of clients do not experience difficulties, your decision to undergo a procedure is based on the comparison of risks to the potential benefit.
Bumps or marks: These will go away within a few hours after treatment.
Bruising: There is a small risk of bruising. If this occurs, it will be temporary lasting about one week to ten days.
Infection: This is rare. Treatment with antibiotics may be necessary.
Unsatisfactory result: As individual results may vary a guaranteed result is not possible. Additional units of Botulinum toxin may be required to achieve optimal results.
Any additional units incur an additional cost to you.
Allergic reaction: This is rare and will require additional treatment.
Drooping of the eyelid: This is a rare but transient complication in 1-3% of patients.
Midface, lower face and neck treatments with Botulinum toxin: specific complications will be discussed at time of consultation.
IT IS IMPORTANT AT TIME OF INITIAL CONSULTATION THAT YOU DISCUSS WITH YOUR PRACTITIONER ANY IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS. SCHEDULING YOUR TREATMENTS AROUND THESE EVENTS WILL ENSURE THERE ARE NO UNWANTED OVERLAPPING SIDE EFFECTS.
What are Muscle Relaxants/Anti-wrinkle Injections and what do they do?
Muscle relaxants are composed of a natural, purified protein that blocks the enzyme called acetylcholine at the presynaptic nerve endings, which inhibit the communication between the nerves and the muscles and stop these muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles. By reducing muscle activity, wrinkles caused by repeated and involuntary facial expressions are softened, minimised or prevented. Correct and individual dosing by an experienced injector means clients should still be able to create natural facial movements. This minimally invasive procedure usually takes approximately an hour, including consultation time and there is no downtime.
How long does it last?
Effects can be noticeable in as little as 48-72 hours with peak onset of effect between 2-4 weeks; this effect generally lasts through to 8 weeks from which there is a gradual return of muscle movement after 12 -16 weeks.
Different individual factors can influence the longevity of the treatment, but generally, treatments need to be repeated every four months.
Regular, ongoing treatments are recommended. If treatment is ceased, there will be a gradual return of full muscle movement and subsequent return of fine lines and wrinkles. Stopping Anti-wrinkle injections does not make wrinkles worse, some people may just get used to having very few lines while undergoing treatment and forget what their facial lines looked like before treatment.
Will It Hurt?
Generally, anti-wrinkle injections are well tolerated. The area is numbed with ice packs, or topical anaesthetic can be applied in susceptible individuals at an added cost. The doses are rapid, of small volume and use the smallest needles possible.
Expected Side Effects, Risks and Possible Complications
Mild, dull headache
Mild discomfort, redness, localised bleeding & bruising
Potential infection at the injection site
Localised muscle weakness including temporary drooping of the eyelids/eyebrow
Double vision, dry eyes
Mild flu-like symptoms
Reduced sensation/loss of function
The majority of side effects are rare, mild, transient and short-lived
Each client will be assessed and treated on an individual basis.
Anti-Wrinkle injection costs are generally very similar across the board and from state to state. Cost alone should not influence your decision on where to undergo treatment. It is important to ensure your practitioner is suitably qualified and that all of your concerns are clarified and all questions are answered to your satisfaction prior to treatment. Due to the increased muscle bulk in male clients, average dosages are normally higher to achieve satisfactory results.