The aesthetic injectables team at Melbourne’s Smile Solutions are passionate about facial enhancement, and are committed to ensuring their patients’ cosmetic and therapeutic injectable results are as beautiful as their smiles.
We asked Dr Kristina Cain from Smile Solutions for the professional rundown on the different types of cosmetic and therapeutic injectables available to patients and what to expect, starting with muscle relaxants.
Is: Dr Cain, what are muscle relaxant injections and what are they used for?
Dr Kristina Cain: The muscle relaxant solution is a purified protein which, when injected into a muscle, leads to a temporary muscular relaxation. Frown lines, worry lines and laughter lines are all caused by the repeated contractions of facial muscles: relaxing these muscles with injectables is a quick, safe and effective way to smooth and soften many wrinkles.
Q: Muscle relaxants are also used for dental-related disorders. Can you talk us through how these work?
A: Yes, many people don’t know that muscle relaxant injectables were originally designed for clinical use, long before their cosmetic benefits became popular.
They are often used to treat TMJ (jaw joint) disorders such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. This treatment will weaken the targeted muscles, whilst leaving enough strength for normal use which means that your chewing and speaking function will not be affected. This treatment can relieve the side effects of disfunction of the jaw joint. Results usually last around four months and offer significant improvement to the comfort of your jaw.
Muscle relaxant injectables can also be used to treat gummy smiles, where the muscles in the top lip pull the lip up over the top of the teeth. This can often be addressed with small injections to either side of the nose into a specific muscle which enables less pulling up of the top lip.
Muscle relaxants can also help patients with paralysed muscles, which can give them an asymmetrical smile. By relaxing the same muscle on the opposite side, a symmetrical or ‘softer’ appearance can be achieved.
Q: What happens during the treatment?
A: We will undertake a thorough facial analysis and detailed discussion before proposing an appropriate treatment plan. The actual procedure takes just 5-10 minutes and involves a small number of injections of muscle relaxant solution directly into the muscle groups that are causing the wrinkles.
Q: How quickly will I notice an effect?
A: You will be able to return to your normal daily activities immediately following treatment: there will be no visible changes. The full effect of the treatment will develop over the following 2-14 days. Generally the results last for approximately three months but it depends on the individual.
Q: How safe is it?
A: Muscle relaxant is considered a very safe medication. It is now approved by medical authorities in over 70 countries worldwide.
Q: Does it hurt? What are the side effects?
A: There may be slight discomfort as the needle enters the skin, and there is the possibility of a small, temporary bruise at the site of the injection. There are many myths and horror stories circulating in the media, but any concerns you may have will be addressed thoroughly prior to treatment. No long-term side effects have been reported. Don’t be afraid to ask your practitioner any questions you have.
Q: What about post treatment care?
A: Clients are advised to stay upright and minimise contact with treated areas for two to four hours following the injections. This will prevent the solution from moving to adjacent muscles.
Q: Can you tell us about dermal fillers? What are 'fillers' and which areas can be treated?
Dr Kristina Cain: They are designed to fill out and smooth away lines, wrinkles and folds and to add volume to lips. This is an excellent treatment for nasolabial folds (from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth), smile lines, lip enhancement and facial contouring (such as cheeks and chins).
Q: What will happen during the treatment?
A: Following a thorough facial analysis and detailed discussion of the proposed treatment plan, the treatment can be started straight away. The gel is injected into the skin in small amounts with a very fine needle, immediately lifting and smoothing out wrinkles with the natural volume it provides.
Q: How long does the treatment take?
A: Treatment time is approximately 30 minutes.
Q: How quickly will I notice an effect?
A: The results are instantaneous.
Q: How long will the treatment last?
A: This will vary from person to person. It very much depends on factors such as a person’s age and lifestyle, the structure of the skin, and the degree of correction required. Most clients choose to have a repeat treatment within a year, since the main component of both products (hyaluronic acid) is a natural substance which dissolves over time.
Q: What are the possible side effects?
A: Dermal filler is a very safe treatment as the substance is highly biocompatible. A local anesthetic is used to minimise any discomfort at the time of injection. Bruising, redness and some slight swelling at the treated site may occur, although it rarely lasts more than a few days.
Q: Are there instructions to follow after treatment?
A: You should not touch the treated area for at least six hours following treatment. Further post-operative instructions will be given to you.
Q: What's the SMILE SOLUTION advantage?
A: As professionals, dentists are naturally aesthetic restorers. We have university degrees, are highly trained in anatomy and are extremely skilled at injecting. We are also incredibly sensitive to an individual’s needs and operate under clear ethical guidelines.
At Smile Solutions, treatment is conducted in an appropriate and highly sterile areas that offer discretion and safety. We also offer reviews two week treatment, and no ‘cookie-cutter’ approach. Our practitioners attend regular education courses to upskill and remain current. In addition, practitioners have been fully trained with AADFA (Australasian Academy of Dento-facial Aesthetics).
To book a consultation or for more information, call 13 13 96 or visit Smile Solutions online.