Anti-Aging Procedures

What are Anti-Aging Procedures?

Anti-aging treatments are non-surgical injections that prevent wrinkling by reducing excessive facial muscle contraction. They are predominantly used in the crow's feet area, between the eyebrow and sometimes on the forehead. Anti-aging procedures prevent excessive wrinkling during smiling and frowning and can also be used as a preventative treatment to stop wrinkles from becoming deeper and more noticeable.

Following a maintenance treatment, you can prevent further wrinkles and reverse existing lines preventing aging and maintaining a youthful appearance.  Many patients are now seeking treatment as early as their twenties or thirties before they develop permanent deep lines.  These preventative measures are often referred to now as the "Liquid Face Lift".  However, it is never too late to start receiving anti-aging treatment and it is just as successful in males and females.


The Treatment Procedure

The anti-aging procedure is done quickly and without too much interference on a patients busy schedule. Ice is placed over the area to be treated for 10 minutes or so, and occasionally some numbing cream if patients are concerned. Dr Mooney then gently injects the agreed upon area using an ultra-fine syringe. After treatment you can return to work immediately. Occasionally the area may have a small bruise.

The agents that are injected are a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle causing facial muscles. The active ingredient is botulinum toxin, derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. When injected into a muscle it causes weakness or a paralysis of that muscle by acting at the nerve-muscle junction. The protein is present only for a short time, but the effects last for several months. It is interesting that, unlike many other medications, the more this is used the less amount and less frequently it is often needed! This protein is safe and has been used in different parts of medicine for several decades without significant side effects and excellent patient tolerance.


What to expect after treatment

It is recommended that patients maintain an erect posture so as not to manipulate the area of injection for at least 4 hours post injection.  Avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours and report any concerns to our clinic.  Botulinum toxin has been used safely by doctors for nearly 30 years and is used by millions of people, both men and women, throughout the world every year.  It is one of the most studied and researched medical treatments with no long term side effects reported.

Treatment of frown lines on the forehead can cause minor temporary droop of an eyebrow in 2% of injections. This could last 2-3 weeks.  Occasionally, slight swelling or bruising can occur and last for a few days.  The full effects will be visible fully after 3-5 days and usually lasts 3 months or more.  Patients are always impressed and pleased with the difference the treatments make.  The trend with anti-aging now is to aim for a natural, softened and rejuvenated look rather than the "frozen face".  Repeat injections usually last longer, and the best time for a top up is before wrinkling starts to recur.

Either Dr Mooney (upon request) or one his experienced trained nurse injectors will perform your anti-aging injections. This ensures that you are receiving experienced and safe care overseen by a cosmetic surgeon specialist.  Do not entrust your face to anyone other than a trained specialist.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

To book a consultation or discuss your anti-aging questions further please use our online inquiry form or to speak with our patient coordinator free call our clinic on (02) 9389 4497.

Note

Muscle relaxant injections will not completely eliminate established deep wrinkles. These may require skin peels or laser skin resurfacing for improvement. Please visit our medispa FACE PLUS here for more information on these treatments.  Best results are achieved if the anti-aging process is started as early as possible. Injectable agents can prevent these lines becoming deeper and can be used with laser skin resurfacing for the best result.  

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