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.
Ministry of Skin is a RACGP accredited clinic.
They are most commonly used to reduce lines on the forehead, around the eyes and between the eyebrows.
They can also be used to treat some medical conditions such as migraines, headaches, muscular spasms, jaw pain or problems with teeth grinding.
At Ministry of Skin we offer complimentary no obligation consultations to allow you to express your individual concerns and ask questions, so you fully understand the treatments, its results and its maintenance.
With all our treatments at the clinic, we aim to give you a natural look so that you look and feel refreshed whilst maintaining your individuality.
Anti-wrinkle Injections FAQ
Anti-wrinkle injections use a natural protein derived from a bacteria to target the junction between the nerve and muscles in the human body.
This protein works to temporarily stop the signalling from the nerve to the muscle, and therefore can be used to strategically immobilise a muscle. On the face, skin is attached to muscles, so if the muscle cannot contact like an accordion the skin cannot wrinkle.
The injections are particularly effective at removing unwanted lines or wrinkles, such as crows’ feet (the lines around your eyes when you smile), forehead lines and frown lines (the lines between your eyebrows when you are expressing anger).
The injection doses can be tailored to your desired look, ie remove all movement of expression or keep your expression but reduce the appearance of the lines.
At Ministry of Skin we will listen to your needs and tailor a treatment to suit, plus ensure adequate follow up to ensure you are 100% happy with the outcome.
The treatment is very simple and quick to do.
The wrinkles to be treated are identified. Then the muscles corresponding to those wrinkles are strategically injected with the anti-wrinkle protein by highly trained staff.
The theory is that wrinkles or lines are a sign of ageing or tiredness.
Anti-wrinkle injections can therefore give you a more relaxed and youthful appearance, lessen the appearance of unwanted lines or prevent lines from appearing in the first place.
In our clinicians skilled hands, injections are strategically placed to give the look you are trying to achieve. It is possible to have anti wrinkle injections without a frozen look. With our practitioners experience and knowledge injections can be given to lessen the appearance and development of lines whilst still giving you the ability to express yourself.
People fear that once they have a treatment of either anti wrinkle injections or dermal fillers they will have to continue having treatment for ever, as when the treatment wears off their face will fall and they will be worse off than before they started.
This is not true. If anything you are better off.
Even if you only ever have one treatment in your lifetime you would have halted the ageing process during the time the injections were working.
When the injections are working you are not able to form any new facial lines in the region treated and the lines that were present start to reduce. When the injections wear off you then start from this new advantage point of a reduction of lines and no new lines. Nothing gets worse. You also have not made these facial expressions for the time the injections were working, so habit can prevent you from using these facial muscles for a time once their strength is back to normal again preventing the lines from re forming naturally.
If you do not have a further treatment, the lines will gradually start to reappear as a natural process of you using your facial muscles again and you ageing – but all starting from this new advantage point. How long this takes depends on the individuals skin quality and how active their muscles are!
In the hands of skilled professionals such as those at the Ministry of Skin, anti wrinkle injections are generally very safe. Every cosmetic procedure however involves a certain amount of risk. All risks and side effects are discussed with you before the procedure to ensure you fully understand any risks and make an informed decision. We also provide follow up and support is to minimise problems.
We use a low risk biocompatible natural protein which is extremely well tolerated. Whilst the protein is extremely safe and the anti-wrinkle injections are performed by professionals, there are some minor side effects you need to be aware of.
Redness, itching or some minor swelling at the injection site is not uncommon and usually persists for an hour or two after the procedure. We would therefore recommend that after having this procedure done, you plan a quiet couple of hours and refrain from heavy exercise or facials.
Bruising is uncommon, but can occasionally occur. If there is bruising it behaves like any other bruise i.e. it is most prominent day 3 to 4 after the injections, and is normally gone by day 10. Most bruises can be covered fairly well with a good mineral make-up, but not all. If you have an extremely important event like a wedding or a reunion, we would recommend having the procedure at least 2 weeks before the big day.
The other risk is the protein moving to an undesirable muscle. One example of this is the possibility of dropping the eyebrow when injecting the forehead or affecting the eyelid when injecting around the eyes. The possibility of this occurring is very low. The most important way of avoiding this is having a skilled clinician perform your treatment who understands facial anatomy, the risks involved and can provide excellent follow up such as all at Ministry of Skin. The other important measure is to ensure after the procedure you take it easy for 2-4 hours and avoid any facial massages or intense exercise
To avoid any of the risks and side effects you should consult experienced professionals such as at Ministry of Skin, who are able to assess and explain your risks and also ensure the injections are placed in the correct muscle.
It is important to note that this treatment is a temporary procedure and does not last forever. Each individual will get a different number of injections dependent on the area being treated and the desired look. This is something that will be discussed and explained during your consultation.
The protein injected is naturally degraded by the body and by three to four months it will no longer be present. Usually by three months muscle movement in the treated area starts to gradually reappear, however we find most get between four and six months out of a treatment due to the lines taking time to reappear once the muscle is back in action.
A repeat treatment may be recommended between every three to nine months depending on your individual starting point, age, skin quality, home regime and desired look. Some may get an accumulative effect with the injections, ie over a period of time, treatment may last longer or have a longer period of time between each treatment.
It is not unusual that patients are nervous for their first treatment and pain appears to be a concern. However injections are performed with an ultra fine needle in a calm relaxed environment, directed by you. We constantly explain what we are doing ensuring you remain at ease and comfort. With theses techniques we find that the procedure is not particularly painful and is very well tolerated.
Initially you will find the injection site looks slightly swollen and maybe a little red almost like a mosquito bite. This has usually resolved by the time you leave the clinic.
Normal activities can be resumed soon after treatment, however, there are some basic precautions that should be taken to reduce risks of side effects and obtain the best results from your treatment.
Do not do any strenuous exercise for 3 hours after treatment.
Do not have a facial, rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours after treatment.
It is worth remembering that you will not see any changes in the appearance of your wrinkles or lines immediately. The effects of the treatment will gradually take shape over about 2 weeks. During this time you will gradual feel some tightening around the area treated and a reduced ability to contract the muscles. Some people can experience a headache during this time but it should be manageable or eased with simple analgesia. A follow up at two weeks is always arranged to ensure you are happy with the results.
Everyone has a different image of their ideal facial appearance. For example some people prefer a completely frozen and very smooth forehead with no wrinkles at all, whilst others are seeking a more natural look in which there is still movement and expression.
At Ministry of Skin we will give you the time to explain your concerns and the desired look you are after and help you achieve this through explanations, understanding and great follow up.
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