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Anti-wrinkle Injections

Prevent or smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

These treatments are performed to help reduce the signs of ageing, reduce the appearance of fine line or wrinkles, to change the shape of the face or to improve facial features.

At Ministry of Skin our doctors and nurse speciliasts are highly trained and skilled at performing Anti Wrinkle Injections.

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Ministry of Skin is a RACGP accredited clinic.

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face.  Most commonly used on the upper face, they are used to prevent or rescue you from lines.

On the face, muscles are attached to the skin, this means every time a muscle contracts the skin folds into lines. These lines are named ‘dynamic’ if only visible when the muscles contract eg: raise your eyebrows to put on your mascara or ‘static’ if present when the muscles are not contracting eg: rubbing make up out of your frown lines at the end of the day.  In our industry it’s the static lines we aim to prevent or correct, these lines are common and progressive with genetics, lifestyle and normal ageing.

The commonest areas treated are the forehead, frown and crow’s feet. However, with normal ageing facial muscles contract more at rest. The commonest area this occurs is the lower face, resulting in a sad smile, a smaller chin and neck bands. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to reduce these effects. Other uses are listed below.

Three different anti-wrinkle products exist. All come as a solution that is injected into the muscles of the face to stop the muscles contracting.   If muscles cannot contract, the skin does not crease and lines are not formed. If static lines are already present, these lines will gradually reduce over time. Similar to hanging a creased shirt up, over time the creases will reduce.

Each client’s treatment is individualized to their desires and concerns. The amount of ant wrinkle solution injected can be altered so you are left with some, minimal or no muscle movement. Obviously, the more solution injected, the less movement there is, less lines form, static lines reduce quicker and the longer the treatment lasts.

You could have one anti-wrinkle treatment and never have one again and still benefit. You will get reduced muscle contraction and reduction of lines whilst the treatment works. As the treatment wears off your muscle movement will gradually return to normal leaving a new improved starting point of ageing.

The biggest risk is you will like the results and want more.

Anti-wrinkle Injections FAQ

What are the injections and how do they work?

Anti-wrinkle injections are a prescription medication that has been used to treat muscle problems in general medicine for many, many years with a great safety profile. It is a solution that when injected into a target muscle it prevents it from contracting. If the muscle cannot contract the overlying skin cannot contract, resulting in prevention or reduction in wrinkles. Higher doses result in less or no residual muscle contraction. Lower doses result in a more natural result with some residual but weakened muscle movement.

What are the benefits?

Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used for their anti-ageing benefits of prevention or reduction of wrinkles, or facial changes due to muscle contraction.

They can also be used for migraine prevention, facial slimming, facial asymmetries, jaw clenching / bruxism and excessive sweating.

What areas do they treat/what do they treat?

The commonest areas it is used for in wrinkle prevention and alteration of facial features are: forehead, frown, crow’s feet, bunny lines, gummy smile, sad lips, thin lips, chin, facial shaping, jaw clenching, facial slimming and neck bands.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Anti-wrinkle injections are generally used to prevent and rescue you from ageing. They can be used from the age of 20, for prevention or to reduce any visible facial wrinkles.

What preparation do I need before having them?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams and no makeup on.
If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.
Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.
Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.
If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.
You can continue your normal skin care regime up to the day of your appointment.

How is the treatment performed?

The procedure is quick and simple.
Initially your concern will be discussed in your consultation and photos may be taken. Then your facial muscle activity and line formation will be assessed. Your skin may then be marked for injection sites and cleansed. No anaesthetic is required. Small multiple injections through a very fine needle will be made into the muscle being treated.

Is it painful?

The procedure may be mildly uncomfortable, but it is tolerable and quick.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure will only take a few minutes.

Is there any downtime?

Small red lumps, like an insect bite, may be present on the skin for a small amount of time after the injection. Often, they have resolved by the time you reach your car. The area may feel tender for 24 hours.

What aftercare is required?

For the following 24 hours:
You should avoid drinking alcohol.
Avoid touching your face.
Avoid any active skincare or make up.
Avoid any massage to the area, facials or brow treatments.
Avoid any vigorous exercise.

How many treatments are required?

Only one treatment is required to achieve the effect of the medication. Ongoing treatments may be required to reach your desired end point and for ongoing prevention.

How long do results last and when should it be repeated?

On treatment will last 3 or 4 months. The higher the initial dose the longer the results will last. When to repeat is totally up to you. Everyone is different. For the prevention of permanent wrinkles, you may only require treatment a couple of times a year to reduce visible wrinkles or, if you have stronger muscles, or you simply like the look, you may choose to have a treatment every 3-4 months.

What if I am unhappy with the results?

If you are not fully satisfied with the initial results, please come and speak with us.
Unfortunately, whilst it is not possible to undo anti-wrinkle injections, it always wears off with time. However, in certain circumstances we have medications that can speed up its resolution or we can use other methods to treat your concern.

What treatments work well with this to ensure I look natural?

The trick to a natural look is treating the causes of your concern and not over-treating. Usually, we treat ageing with filler to give the face back is structural support, with the addition of collagen-stimulating treatment such as lasers, Mono threads and skin needling to tighten the skin, with the addition of an at-home skin care regime to optimise skin health.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are rare with most having none and most side effects are temporary. Some of the side effects are:
Pain, swelling or bruising at the injection site
Under or over correction
Asymmetry
Headache, tension in the injected area or flu-like symptoms.

Who cannot have Anti-wrinkle injections?

You should not have neurotoxins if: you have an allergy to botulinum toxin, human albumin or sucrose. You are pregnant, breast feeding, have an infection at the sites of injection, have glaucoma or muscle weakness at the site of the injection or have any neuromuscular transmission disorders such as Eaton-Lambert syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or myasthenia gravis.

Please discuss with us if you:
Have any bleeding disorders or on blood thinners
Currently unwell for any reason
Have any know blood borne diseases e.g. HIV, Hepatitis
Are lactating
Are on any medications
Have any allergies
Have or plan any permanent facial filler or facial surgery
Have any breathing or swallowing problems
Have any current or previous muscular, nerve or autoimmune problems

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on the area being treated and how many units are used in one sitting.

Average costs at MOS are:
Forehead Lines: $70-$210
Crow’s feet: $140 – $280
Frown: $224
All three areas listed above $434 – $741

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If you have a skin lesion you are concerned about or have a family history of skin cancer please call the clinic on 03 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment. Skin is our Armour. We are always happy to listen and help support your skin concerns.

Book an appointment online or call the clinic on 5261 6171 to arrange an appointment.

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