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Wrinkles are natural, but not completely unavoidable. Sun damage and facial expressions naturally contribute to the formation of creases (wrinkles) in our skin. Over time, this damage becomes increasingly visible. Many of our clients feel that these lines have given them a ‘tired’ or ‘angry’ resting expression.
How do wrinkle relaxers work?
Wrinkles and creases are caused partly by the action of muscles beneath the skin. By treating the underlying muscles with a wrinkle relaxer, this action is blocked and the skin is smoothed. The most commonly treated areas include frown lines, forehead lines and the lines around our eyes known as ‘crows’ feet’.
Treatment is administered via very fine injections. We offer the use of a topical numbing ointment to enhance patient comfort, however treatment is very quick and often this is not required. Effects can be seen 2-4 days after treatment, but full effects can take 7-14 days. The effects last up to 4 months, though regular treatments can result in the effects lasting longer.
Wrinkle Relaxers can also be used to treat some medical conditions. We also offer treatment for a condition that causes excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis.
Do wrinkle relaxers have side effects?
Anti-wrinkle treatments are well-tolerated and safe.
However, as with any medication, there are possible side effects. The most common side effects include pain, swelling, burning or stinging, redness, bruising and itching at the injection site.
These symptoms usually diminish within an hour of treatment. In some rare cases, they can last up to several hours. Other less common side effects include headaches, eyelid drooping, localised muscle weakness and flu-like symptoms.
Do wrinkle relaxers require downtime?
Downtime post-wrinkle relaxer treatment is minimal. The average treatment session lasts about 10-15 minutes and you can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
We do recommend, however, that you refrain from any high intensity exercise for at least four hours post-treatment.
You will wake after your surgery with dressings over your surgical site/s. Depending on the nature of the procedure you may also wake up with drainage tubes coming from your surgical site. These are removed with little discomfort when Dr Timms feels they are ready to be removed after your surgery. Nurses looking after you are trained to ensure that your recovery is smooth and that you are as comfortable as possible postoperatively. Our clinic nurse is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have whether you are recovering at home or within the hospital setting.
Dr Timms undertakes regular ward rounds, so he will be monitoring you very closely postoperatively.
Your anaesthetist will have prescribed medication for you to keep you comfortable – you will have pain relief medication prescribed for you for discharge also.
An appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by Dr Timms nurse in the rooms 7-10 days after your surgery. This appointment is usually arranged for you at your consultation appointment with Dr Timms. Sometimes it is arranged by the nursing staff that discharge you from hospital. This depends on the nature of your procedure and the duration of your stay in hospital.
A soft surgical grade compression garment is usually indicated for breast, body and some facial procedures. These garments are to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks and can be removed for showering. These are specialised garments and we will advise you where to purchase these garments, how to wear the garments and what type you require when you book your procedure with Dr Timms. Many garments are claimable via your private health insurance depending on your level of cover and whether your procedure is medical or cosmetic.
You will need to be prepared to avoid driving for a period of anywhere between 1-3 weeks post surgery. The duration of this time depends on the nature of your surgery, medications you are taking for pain relief and your level of confidence behind the wheel post-surgery. It is advisable that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks.
Most activities can be recommenced after your 6 week review with Dr Timms.