How do wrinkles form?
Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and is comprised of three layers – outer (epidermis), middle (dermis) and deep inner (subcutaneous). The Dermis (middle layer) of skin functions as the skin’s support structure and contains collagen, elastin and other biological substances – including hyaluronic acid (which helps to “bind water” which is necessary to keep skin full and prevent dryness). As we age, the production of these substances decreases and the elastin fibers become looser and gather in formations, visible as wrinkles, fine lines and folds. Every time our muscles pull on our skin to form facial expressions, we are in fact squeezing out tiny amounts of precious collagen and hyaluronic acid.
How do Injectable Muscle Relaxants work?
The Muscle Relaxant Injections cause the injected muscles to “relax” so that they no longer contract (squeezing out tiny amounts of precious collagen and hyaluronic acid) and cause lines and wrinkles to form. Muscle relaxant injections also block nerve impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are directly related to expression lines. After treatment, the skin overlying the treated area becomes smooth and unwrinkled. The muscles that went untreated contract as usual and leave normal facial expressions unaffected.
How do Injectable Dermal Fillers work?
Dermal Fillers are injected into the skin in tiny amounts – using an ultra fine needle. Dr.Bakaric may massage your skin gently to optimize contouring of the gel. This treatment works in 2 ways: once injected into the “mid to deep dermis” (middle layer of skin), the dermal filler gel adds volume and fullness which smoothes out facial wrinkles and folds. Then, the gel integrates into dermal tissue, attracts and binds to water molecules and helps to maintain volume. Injectable Dermal Filler is made from the body’s own material –“hylauronic acid or collagen” and provide instantaneous, long-lasting natural enhancement.
What is the recovery time?
Muscle Relaxant Injections requires no recovery time – you can head straight back to the office or out to a party after treatment! Dermal Filler Injections may cause minor redness and some swelling for up to 24 hours after treatment, but this can be easily disguised with makeup.
How long will the treatments last?
Muscle Relaxant Injections will usually last three to five months. - Dermal Filler Injections will usually last between four and eight months. NB: With both products, more treatments mean longer-lasting effects.
Do treatments hurt?
No, they don’'t! For Muscle Relaxant Injection treatments, ice is used to numb the area avoiding any discomfort. For Injectable Dermal Filler treatments, an anesthetic cream is used to numb the area or an anesthetic injection (similar to those used by your dentist) can be used to “block” any feeling in the area being treated.