Frequently asked questions (FAQs) are intended to answer a lot of the most commonly asked questions that you may have about a specific procedure. Please remember that what you read in this section is only intended to provide you with a general answer to a question and should not be considered in any way a substitute for a personal consultation with Dr. Papadopoulos.
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Am I a good candidate?
The best candidates for the procedure are those between ages of 25 and 65. In many cases, wrinkles in people over 65 are ‘static’ and do not change when relaxing the face. Other procedures would work better for these patients. Each person is different however, and should undergo a consultation to determine the most effective treatment plan.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections is a non-surgical treatment that smoothes wrinkles on the face, especially around the eye area and the forehead. A series of minute, gentle injections into isolated, specific muscles, blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines.
Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected. An anti-wrinkle injection treatment lasts about 15 to 30 minutes and has virtually no down time – you can even drive yourself home after the appointment.
What do anti-wrinkle injections treat?
Anti-wrinkle injections treat dynamic wrinkles, those little annoyances known as frown lines, worry lines, laugh lines and crow's feet. Anti-wrinkle injections block the chemicals that normally signal these muscle groups to contract. By not contracting the muscles are allowed to relax and your dynamic wrinkles begin to smooth away.
Anti-wrinkle injection smoothes, flattens and relaxes:
• Horizontal creases on the forehead
• Vertical creases between the eyes (the glabella area)
• Wrinkles on the temple side of the eyes, the 'crow's feet'
• Wrinkles on the sides of the nose, 'bunny lines'
• Wrinkles on the upper lip, pursed lips
• Vertical cords on the neck
Anti-wrinkle injections are also used in a variety of medical conditions, including treatment of migraine and tension headache, chronic muscular pain, abnormal facial movements, tremors, and excessive sweating of the palms, soles of the feet and underarms.
What are anti-wrinkle injections like?
Anti-wrinkle injections are simple, safe and with minimal pain – most patients compare them with a bug bite. Anti-wrinkle injections generally take about 15 to 30 minutes and can be performed in your doctor’s office. Using a tiny micro-needle, a doctor or nurse will inject a minute amount of substance very precisely into several locations on the face. With an anti-wrinkle injection, no sedation or local anesthetic is required, and you can resume most non-strenuous activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office.
Results from anti-wrinkle injections normally appear in five to seven days after the procedure and generally last from three to six months.
Does it hurt and what can go wrong?
There can be some mild discomfort during an anti-wrinkle injection that some describe as feeling like mild bug bites and generally the procedure is performed without any anesthesia. Some people may experience mild, short-term bruising at the injection site, which covers easily with make-up. Some people may notice a mild headache, which can be simply treated with Panadol.
In rare cases, the anti-wrinkle injection can spread beyond the desired area. If the injection in the eyebrow area spreads to the eyelid, there can be a temporary drooping of the upper eyelid, which is treatable with eye drops until it resolves within a few weeks.
What should I expect from anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections smooth dynamic wrinkles and results are usually seen five to seven days after treatment and last three to six months.
First, your doctor will take a complete medical history to establish that a patient is a good candidate for anti-wrinkle injections treatment. Then, he or she will determine which areas of your face may benefit from anti-wrinkle injections. Most procedures take place in a doctor's office and last 15 to 30 minutes. Immediately after the procedure you should stay upright for three to four hours and avoid rubbing the injection sites to prevent the substance from moving to other muscles in the face. Your doctor may recommend that you perform facial exercises that he or she will demonstrate for you. You can continue with all of your activities the day following the injection.
The degree of improvement varies from person to person, but the results last for three to six months. With subsequent treatments, the results tend to last longer. The treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the result. Repeat treatment is recommended when movement in the area starts to return.
What happens as treatment begins to wear off?
As the anti-wrinkle injection wears off the wrinkles will begin to reappear but frequently they are not as deep or noticeable. To maintain the smooth, youthful appearance year round, it requires three to four injections. With repeat treatments, the effects tend to last longer thus requiring fewer injections.
Is there any downtime?
No. Most people return to work or normally activities immediately following treatment. It is recommended however, that you avoid exercise, heavy lifting and massaging the injected area injected for one day.
Anti-wrinkle injections vital statistics:
Treatment For: Frown lines, furrows, and crow’s feet
Expected Result: Treated areas relaxed, wrinkles smoothed
Treatment Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Recovery: Return to life immediately
For Best Result: Repeat every 4 to 6 months