WHAT ACTUALLY ARE WRINKLE RELAXERS?
Due to Medical Board Guidelines we are not allowed to name the product that begins with the letter “B”.
The product is from the bacterium “Clostridium botulinum type A”, a naturally occurring protein in medicine,it is used to selectively freeze or paralyse muscles. This protein from the bacterium is purified similar to how penicillin is made.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A very fine needle it is injected into the facial muscle that causes the wrinkle to relax it. It acts by paralysing the muscle or relaxing and freezing the muscle, stopping it from contracting, thereby preventing the overlying skin from pleating and folding.
HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN USED FOR?
It has been used in medicine for over 40 years for people with eye twitches. It is also used for headaches, neck spasms and children with cerebral palsy to relax stiff muscles. As most fabulous discoveries are made, its cosmetic use was stumbled on to by accident over 30 years ago. It has become the most popular worldwide cosmetic procedure performed and demand has increased close to 2000 per cent since 2002!
DOES THE TREATMENT HURT?
This depends on the individual. At worse, it feels like a small sting that lasts no more than five seconds and most people don’t even feel it.
HOW LONG DO THE EFFECTS LAST?
This varies from patient to patient and how strong facial muscles are. On average the maximum results last up to three to five months. Reports have shown the effects may last as long as nine months. After a few treatments patients have found less treatments are required.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DO?
Consultation may take 30 minutes and treatment takes about 15 minutes.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WRINKLE RELAXERS?
There are a few different types which our doctor can discuss with you during your consultation.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Prices vary from $300 through to $750. It depends on how much is used and how many areas are being treated. With deep, heavyset wrinkles more treatment may be required.
ON WHAT AREAS OF THE FACE CAN IT BE USED?
It can be used on active moving wrinkles, for example, the forehead, between the eyes and outer eyes (crow’s feet). In selective cases it can be used around the mouth, lips, chin and neck.