Treatments to reduce wrinkles remain the most commonly performed cosmetic medical procedure in the world. At the Cosmetic Medicine Centre here in Brisbane, they are one of our most popular treatments.
The treatment works to smooth away forehead and frown lines and crow’s feet wrinkles radiating from the outside corners of the eyes, offering a noticeably more relaxed, fresh and younger looking appearance with a walk-in, walk-out procedure.
In recent years, wrinkle reducing treatments have also been used to help slim down the jawline and achieve a subtle brow lift effect.
Like any cosmetic medical procedure, the success of treatment is dependent on the skill and experience of the practitioner as well as the treatment type. All our wrinkle reducing procedures at CMC are performed by a medical practitioner, using best-in-class technology and techniques.
Let’s talk about wrinkles
A wrinkle is a furrow or fold that forms in the outer layers of the skin and can be either dynamic (formed when making facial expressions) or static (present at rest).
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial muscle movement. While making facial expressions such as smiling and frowning, the muscles contract, causing the overlying skin to crease. Dynamic wrinkles include horizontal forehead lines, glabellar or frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes, bunny lines on the nose and smokers’ lines on the upper lip.
As we age, these wrinkles can become permanent due to changes in the structure and integrity of the skin and loss of collagen and elastin. This means that the skin is less able to return to its initial position – even when the muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles stay in place.
How does treatment prevent wrinkles from forming?
Treatment weakens wrinkle-causing muscles and prevents the muscle from contracting, stopping dynamic wrinkles from forming and smoothing away entrenched lines.
This type of treatment is most most commonly used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines and worry lines across the forehead.
The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated. There is normally no downtime and minimal discomfort. Common side effects include some temporary redness, swelling or occasionally bruising.
You should start to see the effects after 3-4 days, with peak results seen at around 2 weeks post treatment. On average, results last three to four months but sometimes up to six months or longer with repeated treatments.