Wrinkle Relaxers2022-05-02T09:42:05+00:00

Wrinkles or expression lines occur when we smile, frown, squint or raise our eyebrows. As we age the lines often increase in number, size and depth as a result of sun damage, smoking, loss of volume and the repeated or overuse of muscles.

For more than 20 years, men and women worldwide have turned to wrinkle relaxers to visibly improve their appearance through reducing lines, giving a more open eyed and less tired look, correcting facial asymmetry and uneven or gummy smiles or changing the contour of the face and facial slimming.

Wrinkle relaxers are also used to reduce under arm and facial sweating.

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What can I expect at the appointment?2022-03-19T06:15:07+00:00

After checking your medical history to determine suitability for treatment a series of photos will be taken.

The injections are made with a very fine 32 gauge insulin needle. Dr Craig applies ice prior to the injection site or if preferred local anaesthetic gel can be applied 45 minutes before the procedure making the treatment quite comfortable.

The injections only take a few minutes to complete.

How do Muscle Relaxers work?2022-03-19T06:17:47+00:00

A protein is injected into the muscle to relax it by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses that cause the muscle to contract. This reduces or eliminates movement of the muscle the therefore the appearance of lines and can also prevent the formation of new wrinkles.

The effect usually takes place within three to seven days (up to 2 weeks) of treatment and lasts normally 3 to 4 months, up to six months in some.

New nerve endings develop over a three to six-month period, allowing the muscle action to resume.

Can I improve the outcome or extend the duration of the treatment?2022-03-19T06:16:32+00:00

The result can be extended by using skin care containing peptides (proteins) that reduce the muscle contraction. I recommend using Societe “iComplete”, Societe “Intense Firming”,  Cosmedix Elite “Pepoxide” or  Cosmedix “Affirm”.

Skin Better Science “Lines” reduces lines though new technology that allows the large hyaluronic acid molecules to pass through the skin barrier into the deeper layers, thus hydrating and plumping the skin. The Hyaluronic acid molecule is coated with macadamia oil and the passage through the skin is enabled by the addition of an ingredient that relaxes the skin cell adhesiveness.

Some people who are very active can get a better outcome if they have 5 to 7 days of no exercise prior to treatment. I only recommend trying this if results have been poor in the past.

What do I need to do after the appointment?2022-03-19T06:18:46+00:00

It is important that you do not put any pressure on or massage the treated area for 4 hours to avoid complications.  To ensure this, it is recommended that you do not lie down, (in case you fall asleep and turn over), you avoid leaning the side of your face against the couch and avoid lying face down for a massage or physiotherapy.

After 4 hours, you can go about your day with no restrictions. You can resume any facial treatments the following day.

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