HOW DOES THIS TREATMENT WORK?
This treatment used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (these are wrinkles that form during facial expressions) Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make undesirable facial expressions. as a result the lines gradually smooth.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
A natural purified protein that targets wrinkle causing muscles & relaxes them to create a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient is derived bacteria in much the same way as penicillin is derived from mould & is a prescription-only medication and the treatment is only available from a qualified medical professional.
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE:
This treatment is a non surgical procedure whereby a small amount of the product is injected into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally the treatment takes around 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief & no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed. After the injection it can take 2-3 days for the treatment to start taking effect & approximately 7 days to see the full effect. The dose for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines. Your clinician will know the best dose for you and where to inject to give you the best possible results.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT LAST?
The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat treatments the effect may last longer.
DOES THE TREATMENT CAUSE MORE WRINKLE 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 continue with further treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will gradually revert to their pre-treatment levels.
WILL FACIAL EXPRESSIONS BE AFFECTED?
The treatment works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including facial muscles, should not be affected. Your clinician 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 it's use for cosmetic reasons, this treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including spasticity due to cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders (head, neck, shoulders and face), and several 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, swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids\eyebrows, swollen eyelids, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching\itching forehead, nausea and flu like symtoms.
HOW LONG HAS THE TREATMENT BEEN USED?
This treatment has been used within Australia in therapeutic treatments for over 15 years. It was first used in Australia for movement disorders (eye\face) in 1993.