- 30 minute procedure
- No down time – go straight back to work
- Very little discomfort
- Lasts up to 3-4 months
Anti-wrinkle injections relax muscles that create fine lines and wrinkles through repetitive movement. Alongside this it can be used to lift the brows, relax the mouth, reshape the jawline and slim the face. The results are noticeable within the first 5-7 days. The effects of the injections normally last between 3-4 months depending on the strength of your muscles and the amount of units you receive. Our 3 Aesthetic Nurse Specialists have a combined experience of 40 years. Working closely and in conjunction with fully qualified Plastic Surgeons throughout their careers.
Areas of Concern
Forehead and Frown Lines
Horizontal and vertical lines of the forehead can be minimised by using anti-wrinkle injections to decrease the movement that causes these lines. Treating the frown area is singularly the most popular treatment that requested using muscle relaxant. If the wrinkles are still apparent after using the relaxant , dermal filler may be used to further soften the remaining lines.
Brow Reshaping and Lifting
A heavier looking forehead or very low brows may appear as tired or an aging face. A “chemical” brow lift may be achieved by using a muscle relaxant to elevate the essential frown area of the forehead ( glabella -between the eyebrows) and /or to the tail end of the eyebrows. It creates a lifted more open look to the yes and eyebrows. Adding a muscle relaxant to the lateral brow creates a luft and flare.
In addition to using a muscle relaxant to elevate the brow a dermal filler placed just at the lateral portion of the brow, directly under the hairline
Forehead and Temple Hollowing
Contour changes of the forehead and temples start to show with weight loss and ageing. Dermal fillers may be used to re- contour and smooth out these depressions, creating more rounded and youthful profiles.
Treating the radiating lines around the outside of the eyes is probably no.2 on the most requested list for anti-wrinkle injections. Not only are deep lines softened, but fine lines practically disappear. If tell tale lines are still apparent after using a relaxant, then topping the lines up with a dermal filler will do the trick.
Nasal Scrunching/Bunny Lines
Bunny lines are those lines that creep up onto the bridge of the nose of some people when smiling. The placement of a little muscle relaxant near the inner eye muscle will relax these lines and prevent them from becoming deeper.
Whether or not someone has had a previous nose job (rhinoplasty), there are a few tricks that can be utilised by injecting just the right amount of a dermal filler to refine nooks, crannies and humps.
Lifting of Tip of Nose
A bit of anti-wrinkle injections at the base of the nose will immobilise the muscle that pulls the tip of the nose downward allowing it to lift upwards.
Capillaries around the Nose
Sclerotherapy is the use of a sclerosing or “shrinking” solution injected into the very fine vessels ofen located around the nasal base. Often, only 1 or 2 treatments are required to shrink these fine, unsightly vessels closed.
You may desire fuller, rounder or more angled cheekbones or to put the “apple” back in the mid-cheek area but are not ready for a surgical implant. With two different compositions of deep dermal volumisers (a calcium or gel based product, such as hyaluronic acid commonly found naturally in the body. This may enhance or create the desirably youthful “S” curve of the cheeks. Often improving or lifting the sagging cheeks will decrease the jowls and lines between the nose and the mouth that show signs of aging.
Deep Smile Folds/Naso-Labial Folds
Heavy folds that occur from the nose to the mouth are treated in 2 different ways: often, cheek enhancement will “lift” some of the heaviness of the cheeks from descending to the mid-face or jowl area or dermal filler may be placed directly under minimal naso-labial folds.
Softer dermal filler will be placed “within” the dermis of theses creases to minimise the tired appearance that these vertical lines present.
Vertical Cheek Lines
These vertical cheek (accordion) lines start appearing only when smiling, and then progress to lines that are apparent when at rest. Using a dermal filler to support the underlying tissue weakness and/or filling the deeper individual lines can create a smoother looking contour.
A muscle relaxant is injected on each side of the lower nose muscle to relax the area to drop the lip slightly, so less gum tissue is showing when smiling. This enhances the natural balance of the lower face.
Upper and Lower Lip Lines
A softer dermal filler that blends well into the etched lines often caused by smoking, repetitive pouting or an overly animated mouth is used to “resurface” these irregularities. Tis type of injecting helps to reduce the depth of the lines around the mouth that creates an aged appearance. A small amount of muscle relaxant can also be applied to the lip edge to minimise this hyperactivity that makes the lines deeper.
Lip Enhancement: Definition and Fullness
As we age our lips turn inward and become thinner with less noticeable volume. A natural looking , youthful mouth is desired by most people. The correct proportion of a natural looking mouth should maintain a 1/3 to 2/3 ratio of top to bottom lip.
A selection will be made from a range of dermal fillers to create the desired outcome that best suits the needs of each individual. Defining the lip edge, plumping up the lip or even using both te4chniques may be needed to provide the desired outcome.
Wrinkles within the Lip
Softer dermal filler that does not “pump up the lip” but, instead, adds moisturising ingredients to smoothe out those fine wrinkles is injected into the body of the lip.
Lifting Depressed Corners of the Mouth
An injection of a muscle relaxant to the lower aspect of the marionettes helps to relax the depressor muscle, allowing the corners of the mouth to turn upwards. Used together, fillers and muscle relaxants can assist in prolonging the longevity of both.
Chin Dimpling or “Popply” Chin
Often when noticing the need to treat the depressors of the mouth, the chin exhibits signs of aging, as well, in the form of dimpling. With the use of muscle relaxants injected to the lower, middle of the chin, a softer looking chin will result.
Pre-Jowls, Marionette Folds or Oral Commissures
The chin area can potentially age in a few different ways and, thankfully, dermal fillers can alleviate many of them. The pre-jowls, marionettes, or oral commissures may be “lifted” by the injection of deeper dermal fillers to smooth out the “high road closer to the low road” or creating a bridge to lessen the discrepancy. Used in comination with anti-wrinkle injections to “lift” the depressor muscle, the outcome can, non-surgically, take years off the lower face.
Chin Lines and Wrinkles
Softer filler will be used to lift the etched lines of the chin. This desired outcome is almost always enhanced by the use of a muscle relaxant.
Square, jawline / Slimming Shape of the Lower Face
Often, a square shaped jaw is due to the hyperactivity of the masseter (chewing) muscles. Frequent chewing of hard foods or grinding the teeth at night can cause the hypertrophy or overgrowth of these muscles. While often seen as an asset to a males’s appearance, a strong jaw on a female can be perceived as masculine. Reducing the size of the masseter muscles is achieved, over time, with the injection of muscle relaxants.
Straightening of the Jawline
Longer lasting dermal fillers are injected along the jawline to fortify definition. Filler may be placed at the most posterior jaw to create a more square or defined look to a weaker jawline. By placing these fillers in front of, as well as, behing the jowls, this helps to straighten, strengthen, and define the jawline. Muscle relaxant injections can also be used alone or in combination to tuck the jawline in and relax some of the upper neck muscles, this procedure is known as the Nephertiti Lift.
Vertical Neck Bands
The vertical bands that appear on the neck generally occur in the late 40’s+ and are actually the ends of the 2 platysmal muscles that support the neck. These bads can be relaxed through the proficient placement of anti-wrinkle injections at intervals from below the jaw to the base of the neck. These results often last longer than the facial application of the muscle relaxants.