Natural, purified proteins that target wrinkle-causing muscles are used to relax them to create a rejuvenated appearance. Muscle relaxants can be used to weaken or paralyse specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that are formed during facial expression). Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them as much and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus, the lines gradually smooth.
These products are mainly used for the treatment of crow’s feet (the lines that radiate from the corner of your eye when you smile or squint), forehead lines (the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows) and frown lines (the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows when you frown).
The procedure involves a small amount of the product to be administered into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Generally, the treatment takes around 15 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is required. The injection may sting for a few seconds, but normal activities can be resumed soon afterwards. After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the treatment to begin taking effect, and about 7-10 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines.
The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat treatments, the effect may last longer.
There are many options of dermal fillers. These injectables are more useful for treatment of firmly established wrinkles or larger lines of facial ageing (such as the nasolabial folds). Fillers can also restore volume to the face and add structure as well. Depending on the type of filler and depth at which it is injected, fine lines on the surface of the skin can be smoothed out, deep lines can be filled out, soft tissues (such as the lips) can be augmented, and even facial bone structure can be augmented effectively.
Many options are available in the filler class, with clinical differences being predominantly governed by how long the effects last, as well as how the filler “feels”. Generally speaking, very soft fillers (that are best for locations such as the lips) tend to have a shorter duration of effect, while fillers that last longer tend to have more structure and are better suited in regions where they will not be palpable (such as the cheeks).
The most commonly used dermal fillers are based on a sugar found naturally in human skin. These compounds bind water similar to the way a sponge absorbs water. Because of this, they hydrate the skin in the treated region and act as a cushion. There are several versions of fillers, and certain products are better suited for different anatomical regions. The body eventually absorbs the acids, and the length of time is dependent on a multitude of factors, including the patient, the location of the injection, and the particular product used. Results last from 6 months in high mobility areas (such as the lips), and up to 1 year in regions such as the nasolabial folds, with most patients experiencing the desired effects for 6 months. Subsequent treatments will almost always have a longer duration of effect.
The treatment involves a number of injections, and usually takes around half an hour. Results are instant, and the majority of people resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure. Swelling (especially if the lips are treated) and some bruising may occur, so please consider this when planning your treatment.
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