Frequently Asked Questions
Which product is right for me?
The b clinic offers a number of different dermal fillers and muscle relaxants. Your b clinic practitioner will help you choose from among these highly effective cosmetic products. Each has been formulated to suit different aesthetic concerns and facial areas. Rest assured there is a number of excellent products available, whatever your specific beauty concern. We can discuss product options with you at your first consultation visit with us.
Will the treatment hurt?
Many of the products we use have a local anaesthetic blended into the injected material itself. In other cases, a topical anaesthetic can be used to numb the skin prior to the injection process. Either method significantly reduces the amount of discomfort experienced during the injection process. In addition, the injection process is over in a matter of minutes, and uses a very thin needle. Even sensitive areas such as the lips can be treated with minimal to no discomfort using this minimally invasive technique.
What are the differences between muscle relaxants and dermal fillers?
Muscle relaxants are used to treat wrinkles and lines caused by repeated muscle movement, such as smile lines and forehead creases. They work by temporarily weakening the underlying muscles. Dermal fillers are used to plump up the skin by adding volume. They may be used to fill in wrinkles caused by sagging skin, to restore volume lost to the ageing process, or to enhance areas of the face such as the lips. Some patients undergo a combination treatment of both products for optimum results. The results of dermal fillers tend to be visible immediately and last 6-12 months, while the results of muscle relaxants take about a week to appear and usually last 3-6 months.
Will people know I have had a treatment?
The goal of these treatments is to create a natural-looking enhancement to your appearance. Often, people who know you well will remark that you look healthier, well rested, or refreshed. b clinic’s skilled practitioners are able to avoid the “overdone”, obvious, or unnatural look that can occur when too much product is injected. Instead, our patients find that the treatment leaves them looking subtly rejuvenated.
What happens as the treatment wears off?
The results of dermal filler and muscle relaxant injections generally last 3-12 months, depending on the product used and the area treated. As its effects wear off, the skin will return to its natural, pre-treatment state. If you decide against further injections, your skin will be left in the same condition it was before treatment; it will not be any more wrinkled than it was before treatment. Some products stimulate new collagen growth, which may lead to long-lasting improvements in skin volume, even after the injected dermal filler has been absorbed by the body.
What is in dermal fillers?
Most dermal fillers are a clear gel consisting of a product that can be found in the body. This substance occurs naturally in the skin, and plays an important role in its volume and elasticity. This substance is lost during the ageing process, causing the skin to sag into wrinkles. There are also dermal fillers containing other synthetic formulations. Dermal filler products work by restoring the lost volume in your skin, enhancing your facial contours.
What is in muscle relaxants?
Muscle relaxants consist of a purified version of a protein and toxin produced by a bacteria found in meat. When injected into targeted muscles, these products work by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscle. This controlled weakening reduces muscle movement, causing the wrinkles over the muscles to become smoother.
Will the results last forever?
No, the correction is temporary. The results last between 3 months and a year, depending on the product used, the facial area treated, and your body’s ability to absorb the injected material. Many patients undergo regular touch-up injections in order to maintain their rejuvenated appearance. If you opt not to undergo regular injections, the treated area will gradually return to its pre-treatment appearance.
Should I have a large amount of product injected so it lasts longer?
With both muscle relaxants and dermal fillers, it is better not to overdo it. In fact, over usage can increase side effects and lead to an unnatural looking appearance. Because most patients are unaware of how much product should be used to achieve their desired aesthetic result, it is the practitioner’s responsibility to recommend an amount of product that will create subtle yet noticeable results. You can trust b clinic to achieve optimal results by using the right amount of product given your goals.
Is the treatment reversible?
This depends on the product. Most of the injectable products we use at b clinic are non-permanent, this is important, because even when you love the results, your face will change as you age, requiring a different treatment strategy. Anti-wrinkle injections will naturally wear off over time. The body will absorb most fillers over time, although there is a set of fillers than can be reversed very quickly with the injection of an “antidote” like product.
Will the treatment prevent new wrinkles?
In addition to smoothing existing wrinkles, both muscle relaxants and dermal filler injections have some ability to prevent new wrinkles from forming. Muscle relaxants reduce the repetitive muscle movements that lead to wrinkle formation. Many dermal filler products prompt the body to produce new collagen, which remains in the skin after the dermal filler itself is absorbed, by the body, leading to long-term wrinkle reduction.
Which facial areas may be treated?
Muscle relaxants and dermal fillers have been used successfully to treat most areas of the face. These treatments are appropriate for facial enhancement, filling in lines, wrinkles, and depressions, and smoothing wrinkles caused by facial muscles. Common treatment areas include forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, jawline, chin, marionette lines, lips, and smile lines.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
One of the worries many patients express is that the injections will make it impossible for them to move their faces. While muscle relaxants do relax the muscle activity causing wrinkles, when used correctly they should not affect your ability to frown, look surprised, and make other facial movements. When overdone, muscle relaxants do have a tendency to cause a frozen appearance. However, b clinic’s practitioners are skilled at using the right amount of product. You will not look as though you’ve had “work done” and will still be able to move your facial muscles.
What is the ideal age to begin injectable treatments?
Many patients begin receiving injections of dermal fillers or muscle relaxants as soon as they start seeing signs of wrinkles. Others wait until their wrinkles are more substantial before seeking treatment. There is no reason to delay seeking cosmetic injections. Many patients undergo decades of repeated treatments with no ill effects. While most patients begin seeking treatment in their early 30s or 40s, it can be performed safely on patients who are both younger and older. Some patients in their 20’s have injectable treatments to prevent wrinkles and lines from forming.
What can I expect immediately following treatment?
Immediately afterwards, minor side effects such as redness, swelling, and bruising are common. The treated area may also feel tender. These effects usually last 2-3 days and do not prevent patients from returning to work and other normal activities immediately after leaving our office. The results of most dermal filler injections are visible immediately and will stabilise after about a week after the initial swelling subsides. Muscle relaxants take about a week for the full effect to show.
Do the results of treatment differ between people?
Yes, individual results do vary. The experienced b clinic team can provide optimum results for each patient through careful evaluation of their individual concerns and aesthetic goals. This enables us to provide a personalised treatment and use the right amount of product to achieve the results you desire.
How long does the injecting take?
The injection process itself is over in just a few moments. You can expect to spend an hour or less in the office. This hour includes time to consult with your practitioner, as well as steps occurring prior to the actual injections, such as applying a topical anaesthetic and planning where the injections are to be made. As soon as the injection process is complete, patients are free to leave the office.
How often can I receive injections?
Many patients return for another round of injections when they see the results of the initial treatment wearing off. This can be anywhere from 3 to 12 months, depending on the treatment area, the type of muscle relaxant or dermal filler used and other factors. If you wish to further enhance your appearance, it may be possible to undergo additional injections sooner. Your practitioner can help you decide whether you might benefit from additional injections.
Are cosmetic injections just for women?
No. Many men have also benefited from these treatments. Our male patients frequently request muscle relaxant or dermal filler injections on their forehead, between their brows, and on other areas of their face they feel make them look older or more tired than they really are.
How long do the results last?
This depends both on the type of cosmetic injection and the individual patient. Muscle relaxants usually last 3-4 months. Dermal fillers can last as much as a year before the body has absorbed the injected material. Over time, you will notice the results of the treatment begin to fade, gradually returning your appearance to its pre-treatment state.
Who should administer cosmetic injections?
In Australia, only a doctor or nurse under the supervision of a medical doctor may inject muscle relaxants and most dermal fillers. For a safe treatment and optimum results, only a fully trained, highly experienced practitioner should administer cosmetic injections.
Why does skin age?
Ageing and wrinkles are the result of many factors. Over time, natural cellular changes cause the depletion of collagen and water within the skin. The skin loses elasticity and begins to sag into lines and wrinkles. Genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle also play a role in the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Some wrinkles, such as vertical lines between the brows, are the result of frequent muscle contractions repeated over many years.
Are muscle relaxants right for me?
Muscle relaxants may be right for you if you have facial wrinkles such as smile lines or horizontal forehead creases caused by overactive muscles. This treatment does not work on wrinkles caused by loss of skin elasticity or volume. Dermal fillers are a more appropriate treatment for those wrinkles. Most adults who are in good overall health can undergo anti-wrinkle injections.
Are dermal fillers right for me?
Dermal fillers may be right for you if you are looking to fill in wrinkles caused by loss of facial volume and elasticity. Dermal fillers can restore this lost volume, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin. These injections can also be used to plump up facial areas such as the lips, enhancing their appearance. This treatment is not effective on wrinkles caused by muscle movement. Muscle relaxant injections are a more appropriate choice for treating such lines. Dermal filler injections are appropriate for most adults who are in good general health.