We all want to look and feel our best – no matter what age we are.
As you get older, the skin on your face and neck changes in appearance and structure due to how frequent you’re in sunlight, how often you moisturize and, of course, due to the body’s natural ageing process. Your skin may either lose volume in certain areas, or you may notice permanent fine lines and creases. You may start to look more tired than you feel, adding years to your appearance.
Starting in your late 20s and early 30s the skin’s ability to protect itself begins to decrease. It needs your help to remain smooth and firm. Wrinkle injections can easily delay the ageing process: treatments are affordable, get results and usually minimal recovery time.
How do wrinkle relaxers work, and why should I get them?
Everyone has heard the old adage – “I’d prefer to age gracefully”. With wrinkle relaxers, you can slow the ageing process by preventing wrinkles from forming while your skin is still supple. Doing this avoids having to resort to invasive plastic surgery procedures when it’s too late to reverse deep-set wrinkles.
Relaxants prevent wrinkles from forming by introducing the muscle to a bacteria that blocks nerve activity, causing a temporary reduction in the contractile strength of that muscle. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which prevents skin from crinkling, as well as relaxing and softening existing wrinkles. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines, and generally lasts about 3 to 6 months depending on the patient.
There are minimal side effects when using wrinkle relaxers. Sometimes people freak out and Google image search ‘wrinkle relaxers gone wrong’ but this is not an accurate reflection of side effects as the people in those pictures usually have had other, more invasive cosmetic treatments. Unless you’re allergic to the bacteria, using wrinkle relaxers is completely safe. After your injection, you may experience some minor bruising or swelling, but this will go away after a day or two.
In terms of pain, there is very little of it when getting these injections. Of course, this depends on your pain threshold. A lot of our patients agree that there is a small sting, but it goes away almost instantly, and that getting an eyebrow wax is actually more painful than wrinkle injections.
Wrinkle relaxers aren’t just for existing wrinkles. They are great for preventing future wrinkles, and for treating other hypermobile muscles (such as correcting a gummy smile or for muscles that cause teeth grinding at night).
The best part about getting your wrinkle relaxer treatment at the dentist? You can discreetly book it with your periodic oral exams as our dentists are trained in dental and facial aesthetics, and can safely administer your treatment.
How much does it cost?
You can’t put a price tag on beauty, but our pricing for wrinkle relaxers is as follows:
Full upper face package (frown/crow’s feet/forehead) – $500!
Frown (between eyebrows) – $200
Crow’s feet (outside of eyes) – $200
Forehead (includes frown) – $375
Jaw clenching and grinding (good for those who suffer from tension migraine) – $350
Other single areas – $200
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.