Wrinkle Injections & Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic Injectables are an Affordable, Nonsurgical Option to Reduce Signs of Aging

The effects of time, gravity, and stress are often first noticed on the face. The delicate facial skin is especially prone to lines, wrinkles, and other problems.

Designed to relax the muscles of the face, the wrinkle injections administered at the Sydney-based cosmetic surgery practice of Dr. Darrell Perkins, may help improve the appearance of facial wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. For lines around the mouth, such as marionette lines and creases that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth, we offer a range of dermal fillers. At our New South Wales practice, dermal fillers may also be used to enhance pouting of the lips. Many patients choose to combine wrinkle injections and dermal fillers with other skin treatments, such as laser treatments, to maximize the rejuvenation of the skin.

Wrinkle Injections

Wrinkle injections, which are offered at our Sydney plastic surgery practice, contain a chemical that relaxes the specific muscles of the face that cause the formation of frown lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles.

A very fine needle is used to administer wrinkle injections to select muscles of the face. As these muscles become immobilized, the facial skin begins to smooth and fine lines and wrinkles start to soften. A treatment typically takes 30 minutes. It may take four to seven days, however, for the full results of the wrinkle injections to become apparent.

When performed by a trained health practitioner who has excellent knowledge of the anatomy of the face, wrinkle injections involve little risk. It is possible for an eyelid to droop when wrinkle injections are placed near the eye area, although this is not common. As the effects of the wrinkle injections are not permanent, however, any ill effects should subside in a matter of weeks. Some patients may also experience temporary bruising as a side effect of the injections.

Although they may help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, wrinkle injections do not address sagging skin. Patients of our Sydney-based practice who have loose skin on the face and neck may experience more dramatic facial rejuvenation with a facelift.

Dermal Fillers

Similar to wrinkle injections, dermal fillers are offered at our practice in Sydney, New South Wales to rejuvenate the appearance of our patients. Unlike wrinkle injections, however, dermal fillers improve the appearance of facial skin by filling in wrinkles and adding definition to the contours of the face, including those of the lips and cheeks.

During a comprehensive consultation for each patient considering dermal fillers, an evaluation of the patient’s skin and underlying facial structure is undertaken to determine what type of dermal fillers may be most appropriate.

After a treatment plan has been decided upon, the patient’s skin is gently cleansed and an icy pole or local anaesthetic is applied to numb the skin.  Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is also available. This ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and that any temporary bruising or swelling that may occur is minimized. The doctor or nurse then uses a very fine needle to administer the dermal filler to the areas to be treated. Many of our patients notice immediate results. With some dermal fillers, however, results may become more noticeable over time.

Since the body eventually reabsorbs the ingredients in the biocompatible dermal fillers that we use at our New South Wales cosmetic surgery practice, further treatments may be required every four to 18 months in order to maintain optimal results, depending on the filler used.

Contact Dr. Darrell Perkins Today

If you are interested in learning more about the potential anti-ageing benefits of dermal fillers and wrinkle injections, contact our practice in Sydney, New South Wales today to schedule a consultation.