The visible wrinkles that form on the face are the result of habitual and usually uncontrollable contraction of some tiny muscles in the face, creating lines and creases in the skin.
How can it help?
Anti-Wrinkle injections use neuromuscular blocking toxins to stop those muscles from contracting. The toxin attaches itself to the neuromuscular endplate (the connecting point of the nerve fibre to the muscle fibre). Acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that normally causes muscle contractions to occur, is prevented from reaching the nerve fibre. The muscle is effectively paralysed. The treatment is particularly effective in treating deep, central frown lines and nasolabial (cheek) folds and “crow’s feet” (smile lines) at the side of the eyes. Dr. Arianayagam uses the brands Botox or Dysport for anti-wrinkle injections.
During the initial consultation Dr Arianayagam will carefully and thoroughly examine your face, mapping out the area to be treated by examining your ability to move certain facial muscles. He will also ask you a variety of questions about your current health situation, medications, allergies and any past medical treatments. He will then discuss the options available and his recommendations. You should feel free to frankly discuss your goals and expectations and ask plenty of questions.
The treatment is done in the Scarba Street Clinic. Based on the plan agreed at your initial consultation Dr. Arianayagam will mark strategic points on your face. A large number of small injections are made to target the muscles causing your wrinkles. The injection will only take about 10 minutes.
Anti Wrinkle injections require almost no downtime. You should be able to return to work the same day as your treatment. There may be some redness and swelling in the injection area, but this usually subsides very quickly. It will take 3-7 days for all swelling to subside and the end result to become apparent.
Frequently Asked Questions
Both Botox and Dysport are highly toxic drugs but are used in very small safe doses in anti-wrinkle injections. This treatment has been proven safe and effective over years, and the vast majority of patients experience no complications.
The effect of the treatment will last 6-8 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear and need to be treated again. Over time the wrinkles may appear less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
Common side effects include temporary bruising from the injection area, headache and mild flu like symptoms, all of which should resolve within 72 hours.
An occasional problem is drooping of the upper eyelid (ptosis) due to the toxin running from the forehead into the upper eyelid. While this is a nuisance, full recovery is usually seen in 2 to 3 weeks.