Cosmetic Medicine

Cosmetic and medical muscle relaxant treatment

Cosmetic reason for muscle relaxant injections

To relax the muscles actively causing facial wrinkles.

Medical reason for muscle relaxant injections

Bruxism is a condition where you grind your teeth while you are sleeping. This can cause accelerated enamel wear on your teeth and is one of the causes of jaw pain known as Temporomandibular joint pain. Muscle relaxant injections can be used to relax the masseters (responsible for chewing) to help relieve this.

Who performs the treatment?

Dr Priscilla Tan is an experienced cosmetic clinician and practising General Practitioner at The Garden Family Medical Clinic.

Dr Priscilla Tan will make an initial assessment prior to your treatment and determine if the treatment is suitable for your needs.

What product are we using?

We are offering the DYSPORT brand of botulinum toxin.

Who is the treatment suitable for?

Anyone who has concerns with wrinkles and would like to prevent or reduce wrinkles! However if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we ask that you defer treatment.

Other contraindications include neuromuscular disorders (such as myasthenia gravis), tendency to keloid formation or allergy to botulinum toxin.

How is the treatment performed?

The area treated will be cleansed and the planned injection sites marked out. The Dysport will then be injected with a fine needle into the muscle just under the skin.

What are the possible risks, complications and side effects?

With any injection, mild bruising, tingling, redness and swelling at the injection site may occur. In addition, some will develop a headache or flu like symptoms for a few days after the treatment. Other side effects include asymmetry of facial expressions, light-headedness, double vision, drooping or swollen eyelid, dry eyes, and reduced blinking.

Precautions to reduce complications

  • Avoid rubbing the area firmly
  • Avoid lying down for 4 hours after
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after

How long do the muscle relaxant injections last?

Once the appropriate dose is determined for you and your treatment, the effect may last around 3-4 months, although this depends on the individual.

How long do the anti-wrinkle injections take to work?

It may take up to five days for the treatment to begin to work, with optimal results two weeks after the treatment.

What is the cost of the treatment?

It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of this treatment with Dr Priscilla Tan during your consultation so that you can make an informed choice. Dr Priscilla Tan will discuss the total units that is required and the exact cost of the treatment.

We charge $200 per area treated, which includes the $90 initial consult fee. For example:
– Forehead lines
– Frown lines (in between the eyebrows)
– Crow’s feet (2 sides inclusive)

Masseter injections are counted as 2 areas, which is $200 per treatment.

If you choose not to go ahead with the treatment a $90 initial consultation fee will apply. Medicare rebates do not apply for this treatment.

How do I book the treatment?

You can book your treatment by going to our website and clicking on the green ‘Book Appointment’ button, select Dr Priscilla Tan and then select the ‘Cosmetic Injections’ appointment type. Should you prefer to speak with one of our friendly Healthcare Assistants, please call the clinic on 6186 7992 to make your booking.