Wrinkle Removal Injections
Wrinkle Relaxant Injections
One of the most common cosmetic procedures throughout the world is injections to relax the wrinkles.
WHY IN AUSTRALIA CAN A COSMETIC SURGEON OR COSMETIC PHYSICIAN NOT BE ALLOWED TO USE THE WORD THAT REFERS TO MUSCLE RELAXANT INJECTIONS?
The drug that is used to relax muscles is considered a drug in Australia and therefore the TGA, the Therapeutic Association, does not allow doctors to use the name in a public forum. This means that it is against the law to use the name of the drug that is injected into wrinkles. Fortunately, nearly all of the world knows the name of this drug as it is one of the most commonly used products. Therefore, we call it muscle relaxant injections, but we all know which drug it is referring to.
HOW LONG DOES THE MUSCLE RELAXANT WORK?
Normally, one can expect the relaxant to work for 3-6 months. Generally speaking, there has been some evidence that on repeated injections, the result will last longer. The result does not stop overnight and there is a gradual progression. I have found that combining muscle relaxants together with other triggers such as fillers or skin rejuvenation can enhance the results.
WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON AREA THAT WE USE TO TREAT MUSCLE RELAXANTS?
Particularly the sides of the eyes called the crow’s feet are commonly treated and respond really well. Sometimes we can actually inject the wrinkles right under the eyelid if there are wrinkles just below the actual eye. Other commonly injected areas are the glabella, between the eyebrows, or along the forehead.
ARE THERE OTHER AREAS THAT CAN BE TREATED WITH MUSCLE RELAXANTS?
Yes, muscle relaxants can be used also around the mouth particularly to help people who purse their lips.
ARE THERE OTHER USES OF MUSCLE RELAXANTS?
The other areas that we use muscle relaxants are for hyperhidrosis. This means people who have excessive abnormal sweating under their armpits. Fortunately, this is now partly covered by Medicare when it is performed by an accredited dermatologist in Australia. Patients normally would expect to be out of pocket around $300. The results on average last 6-9 months. The procedure can be repeated every 4 months if required. Muscle relaxants are also used for migraines and headaches.
ARE THERE ANY COMMON RISKS WITH THE MUSCLE RELAXANT INJECTIONS ?
Generally speaking, we find it very safe and I cannot recall any major complications. Bruising would probably be the most common effect
WHO PERFORMS MUSCLE RELAXANT INJECTIONS?
In Australia, muscle relaxant injections must be performed under direct control by a doctor. In our rooms, doctors and nurses also inject the procedure when done in the appropriate fashion.
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