A common question we receive at Utopian Cosmetics is “what is the difference between wrinkle relaxers and fillers?”

Wrinkle relaxers

Wrinkle relaxers are injections using fine needles to cause temporary weakness of the facial muscles.  By weakening the muscles we can soften and prevent lines and wrinkles caused by the natural ageing process, poor diet and lifestyle choices, sun over exposure and smoking.

What can I expect during the treatment?

This treatment is usually both simple and safe and can take as little as a few minutes per area. No anaesthetic is required however your skin can be numbed with ice prior to the procedure. Recovery time is immediate and there may be a slight stinging sensation at the time of the injection, which should cease immediately after treatment. The results are seen gradually between two days and two weeks after injection.

How long does the treatment last for?

On average the full effect of the treatment last between three to six months dependent on the person. Hyperhidrosis treatments can last between six to nine months. However, some people will find that two treatments per year is sufficient to maintain their desired look, while others will prefer to be treated strictly every twelve weeks to stop muscle movement reforming.

What can I expect after treatment?

Wrinkle relaxers have very few side effects. Rarely, people will receive very slight bruising, redness or swelling of the treated area. We recommend that for four hours after treatment, the client does not touch the treated area, lay down, drink alcohol or exercise.

The effects of the treatment should become apparent between two to 14 days.  At Utopian Cosmetics, we pride ourselves on ensuring our clients receive the highest quality treatment and enhance your appearance. Utopian Cosmetics work with their clients on an individual basis to achieve their desired results. We ensure they do not have the “frozen look” and that facial muscle movement is still apparent. As the treatment wears off, the movement will gradually return to your face. Many people worry that their wrinkles will be worse after anti-wrinkle injections. This is not the case, and especially after long-term treatment combined with good skin care, clients will notice a more permanent effect from the treatment and be able to reduce the amount of product required.

Fillers

As we age, we experience volume loss in our faces. This is due to the water retaining fibres in our body diminishing over time and thereby creating deep lines, sagging skin and depletion of lips, cheeks and jaw volume. Dermal fillers are used to rehydrate and add volume back by injecting a synthetic form of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance found within the human body. Dermal fillers have the ability to rejuvenate and enhance facial features naturally. Fillers are used to replace areas of lost volume in the cheeks, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, jowls, tear troughs, temples and lips.

What can I expect during the treatment?

Dr Millard will determine the areas and extent of treatment and discuss your objectives with you. A treatment plan will then be devised, which sets out how we can use dermal fillers to create the best outcome for you.

To help numb the area, ice is normally used and/or an anaesthetic cream. The product will then be injected with a fine needle into the marked areas. At Utopian, we only use products which contain local anaesthetic, which further eases the discomfort often felt with dermal fillers. The procedure takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes in total depending on the size of the area to be treated. Slight redness, bruising, swelling and tenderness may occur at the injection site/s. Results should appear very soon following treatment.

How long does the treatment last for?

The range of fillers Utopian Cosmetics use last between 12 to 36 months depending on the type of filler used.

What can I expect after treatment?

Fillers have very few side effects. The type of filler used by Utopian Cosmetics can also be dissolved from the area at any time. Some people will receive very slight bruising, redness or swelling of the treated area. We recommend that for 12 hours after treatment, the client does not touch the treated area, lay down, drink alcohol or exercise.

Similar to wrinkle relaxers, it is imperative that clients receive a natural looking result. Dr Millard will work with you and implement a treatment plan to ensure you receive the best possible and natural looking result.

For more information or to book an appointment contact us on 1300 311 755.