Facial expressions cause muscle contractions. Over time, these contractions create creases and lines which become etched into our faces. Muscle relaxant is used to treat specific muscles in order to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles to create a more youthful appearance. Muscle relaxant is widely used across all demographics to prevent the early signs of ageing.
What is Being Injected?
Dermal filler consists of hyaluronic acid which can improve the appearance of lines, correct volume loss, or alter proportions. These injections consist of mainly water, hyaluronic acid, lidocaine anaesthetic, and stabilising molecules such as BDDE (1,4-Butanediol Diglycidyl Ether).
Dermal filler may be performed on its own or combined with other procedures for complete facial rejuvenation:
Results are visible immediately, and optimal after 1 – 2 weeks after the procedure. Results are temporary and typically last for 6 – 18 months but this can vary between patients and does depend on the treatment area and product prescribed. Dermal filler will gradually and naturally degrade in the body. Patients with muscular physiques may require more frequent treatments with more product. Regular treatments will help maintain results and people may find they can go longer between touch-up appointments.
What To Expect
Dermal filler is a prescribed medication and the treatment can only be performed by a qualified medical practitioner. The product is injected into the required area using a very fine needle, or in some instances, a cannula. The injections may sting for a few seconds, but a numbing agent may be used for comfort. The procedure will take around 30 – 45 minutes to complete.
Are there any risks or complications?
All cosmetic treatments involve both positive and negative outcomes, and carry certain medical risks which will impact your well-being. The known risks and complications associated with muscle relaxant are listed below:
- Risks of injection: bleeding, bruising, haematoma, damage to underlying structures. In rare cases this could cause continuous problems in appearance, sensation or function and may require medical intervention to treat or may be permanent.
- Infection: Bacterial, viral or fungal infections can occur post procedure. Rarely infections can occur months later as biofilm reactions. Injections in the lip area may trigger recurrence of cold sores which may require treatment.
- Reactions: Reactions rarely occur but can include an immediate reaction causing swelling, and very rarely life-threatening anaphylaxis. Delayed reactions localised to the skin can cause nodules, lumps or bumps or very rarely sterile abscesses.
- Lumps, Bumps, Swellings: Temporary unwanted visual side effects may cause dissatisfaction or distress, and include an increase in asymmetry, swelling, lumps, bumps, puffiness, or surface irregularities.
- Skin Changes: The procedure can be are rarely associated with skin pigment changes, the formation of thread veins or new capillaries, and other blemishes. These may be temporary, require further intervention, or may be permanent.
- Blood Vessel Blockage: In rare instances the blood supply can be blocked by filler resulting in localised tissue death causing permanent scarring. In extremely rare cases affecting the eye or parts of the brain can result in blindness or stroke.
- Occasionally the treatment wears off very quickly.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Attend appointment with no makeup, lotions, or SPF
2 weeks prior: avoid excess sun exposure
1 week prior: avoid blood-thinning medication – aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil
3 days prior: no exfoliation, waxing, or hair removal in the treatment area
3 days prior: if prone to cold sores, take prophylactic medication
5 days prior: no products containing AHA’s, Vitamin A products, Retin-A, scrubs, or enzymes
2 days prior: avoid alcohol and stay hydrated
What should I do after my treatment?
Injections will usually result in swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness. These effects are so common they can be considered a normal part of the process and will resolve over several days.
- Ice may be gently applied the day after the treatment
- Antihistamines may be taken to reduce swelling
- No products containing AHA’s, Vitamin A products, Retin-A, scrubs, or enzymes for 48 hours
- Avoid strenuous exercise and heat (saunas, LED, hot showers) for 48 hours
- Do not scrub or exfoliate treatment area for 72 hours
- Paracetamol is recommended for any pain relief. Avoid Ibuprofen for 72 hours
- Do not massage treatment area for 2 weeks - after 2 weeks you may gently massage as instructed by your practitioner
- Eat a healthy diet and hydrate with 2 – 3L of water daily
Who is unsuitable for treatment?
- Hypersensitivities to product ingredients (including local anaesthetic)
- Active skin issue in the treatment area, including cold sores, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, cancer
- Active or recent viral or bacterial infection (coughs, colds, flu)
- Prone to hypertrophic scarring
- Allergies to product ingredients, including local anaesthetic
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
Notify your practitioner if you:
- Had recent minor dental work or planning on dental work
- Had a rhinoplasty – will require clearance from treating surgeon
- Have an autoimmune condition
- Have a long-haul flight booked in the next 2 weeks
What products do you use?
Australian advertising guidelines prohibit us from mentioning specific brand names. We use a range of different products from various well-known brands. Please contact us for more information.