What does an anti-wrinkle treatment involve?
- Your practitioner will review your medial history to confirm your suitability and discuss your concerns. With your permission we will photograph the area/s to be treated and will use these photos to monitor your progress over time.
- Tiny amounts of anti-wrinkle solution are precisely injected into the muscles causing your wrinkles. We use the finest needles available and only small volumes are injected. Treatment is usually well tolerated and feels like a series of quick stings. Ice, anaesthetic cream and/or laughing gas are available if required to minimize discomfort.
- Treatment takes just a few minutes.
- Results are not instant but usually begin to appear after 2-3 days and may take up to two weeks for maximum effect. Results can be as subtle or dramatic as you prefer. Because anti-wrinkle injections target only specific muscles, most facial expressions will not be affected.
- We treat our clients conservatively in the first instance and see you again at about 2 weeks to fine tune your result if need be.
- Men usually require larger doses than women – sometimes up to double the amount.
What is the cost of anti-wrinkle injection treatment?
From $5 per unit. Exact cost will depend on the correction required. Because men have larger, more dense muscles than women they often need stronger treatments to achieve the same effect..
Many people prefer to retain some movement and “character,” and so opt for softening of wrinkles, at lower cost, rather than complete eradication.
We offer a Loyalty Rewards Programme that gives you a 15% discount off every 5th treatment. This programme includes both anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments. We also use a sliding scale of charges, which means the more units you need, the more affordable your treatment becomes.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles that cause wrinkling. This means they work best on wrinkles created by movement, such as those caused by squinting and frowning and emotions such as worry, anger and anxiety. This is why they are also know as muscle relaxant injections.
What results can I expect?
The goal is to create a natural, relaxed, though not necessarily frozen appearance. Though some clients request complete relaxation, many wish to preserve some natural looking movement and expression. The degree of relaxation achieved is easily controlled by adjusting the amount of anti-wrinkle solution injected. Our practitioners assess each client on an individual basis and develop a treatment plan according to their needs.
It is important to note that anti-wrinkle injections do not immediately improve ingrained lines, or lines that are present at rest. These are sometimes better treated using dermal fillers. However, over the course of a number of treatments permanently wrinkled skin “learns” to relax. It rests and recovers with the result that ingrained lines gradually soften and fade.
If at any time you decide to cease treatment your muscles will recover to their pretreatment strength and your wrinkles will return. They will not be any worse than they were before treatment.
How long do results last?
Initial treatments will last 3-5 months on average. Recent research suggests results may persist for up to six months after repeated treatments. As muscle action gradually returns, lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and will eventually return to their previous state without further treatment. Your practitioner will recommend when to schedule your next treatment.
Is treatment painful?
Anti-wrinkle injections are administered using a very fine needle and a very small amount of liquid. Many people say they feel like a mosquito bite. Ice, anaesthetic cream and/or laughing gas are available if required to minimize discomfort.
Is there any downtime?
Normal activities may be resumed after treatment. Makeup can be reapplied immediately.
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Learn more about preparing for your treatment.
How do I look after my skin after treatment?
See our aftercare recommendations.
What are the possible risks of anti-wrinkle injections?
As with any injection, there is a small risk of short term redness, tenderness or localised bruising.
Temporary headache, nausea and a flu-like syndrome are reported rarely as are heavy brows or drooping eyelid which may last from days to weeks but always resolve.
Experience counts! At our last audit, Heber Davis performed over 2200 injectable anti-wrinkle treatments in the previous twelve month period. Temporary weakness of an upper lid is a recognised risk of anti-wrinkle treatment of the upper face. The worldwide incidence of this side effect is 3.2%. At Heber Davis the incidence was 0.0005%. This result testifies to the experience of our injectors.
Is there anyone who should not be injected with muscle relaxants?
Patients who are pregnant, planning to fall pregnant, breastfeeding or have certain muscle or nerve disorders are not be suitable for anti-wrinkle injections.
Are there any long term risks?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used in many millions of people around the world for both medical and cosmetic concerns for many years. These injections are one of the most studied and researched treatments with an ever increasing range of clinical applications. For example, they are used long term in children from the age of 2 years to control symptoms of muscular spasticity. No long-term side effects have to date been identified.
The active ingredient is not absorbed or passed through the blood and is no longer present or active in the body an hour after injection.
Potential short term risks are listed above.
The history of anti-wrinkle injections.
Muscle relaxant proteins were first researched in the late 1960s to treat neurological disorders. This purified protein was first approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat eye muscle disorders (blepharospasm, uncontrollable blinking, and strabismus, crossed eyes). In 2000, it was approved to treat cervical dystonia (a disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions). As an unusual side effect of the eye disorder treatment, doctors observed that muscle relaxants softened the frown lines between the eyebrows. That fortunate discovery awakened cosmetic doctors to its potential as an anti-aging treatment.
What’s my next step?
Call 9552 6277 for an appointment