The decision to have an anti-wrinkle injection for the treatment of facial wrinkles is a very personal one. Often patients will have contemplated having such a treatment for some time before finding a practice and medical practitioner they feel comfortable with. As with most kinds of cosmetic care, good communication and the experience and judgement of the treating practitioner is paramount to a successful outcome.
Certain types of facial wrinkles respond very well to anti-wrinkle injections, especially those in the upper part of the face. However, this is not to say that they can’t be used in other areas of the face or body. Anti-wrinkle injections are approved for use in many different circumstances, including in the treatment of limb spasticity in children (where much higher doses of anti-wrinkle medication are used than in an average adult dose for cosmetic use) and involuntary facial spasms.
Many facial wrinkles occur when we make repeated facial expressions over a long period of time involving muscle contractions such as a smile, laugh or frown. Sometimes we are fully aware of these facial expressions, for others it may be a subconscious expression, or in response to bright sun glare or exposure (eg squinting).
Movement of the brow muscle causes the skin to crease or fold.
Phoenix Wellness Clinic uses only approved anti-wrinkle injections. There are currently two types of approved anti-wrinkle injections in Australia. Both types have been safely used worldwide for many years. Dr Kraft uses both types of anti-wrinkle injections because most people will benefit from swapping their preferred brand once a year. This keeps the results fresh and more natural looking! Not all injectors are comfortable with using both brands, due to differences in strength and dilution of the products. Dr Kraft has been using both brands for over years.
Both types are extremely effective at removing dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles formed by the repeated contraction of a particular muscle eg frown lines), last well (some clients may find a difference in duration between the two types) and are also used in medical research for the treatment of muscle spasticity and excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis). The product works by temporarily preventing the communication between the nerve ending and the muscle cell. There is constant medical research being done for additional scientific information and other potential medical uses. For many researchers, it is a very exciting area of medical promise as they discover more ways to make use of this very useful protein.
History of Use
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used around the world for over twenty years, and remain one of the most popular and effective ways of treating facial wrinkles. As with other temporary cosmetic treatments, the patient is able to decide on the frequency of any additional treatment, and if they change their mind about a treatment their muscles (and skin) will soon return to the pre-treatment state.
Method of Use
Anti-wrinkle products are injected into the target muscle with a very fine needle- the smallest available needle in fact. Most clients find the procedure very easy to tolerate, but the addition of ice or topical local anaesthetic can also assist. It is a very quick procedure, taking only a few minutes to complete. The effect comes on very gradually, with most patients reporting full effect after 10-14 days.
Most clients seek a very natural look, and still want to retain a certain amount of movement. With careful choice of dosage and placement, a subtle amount of expression can be retained when desired, allowing the client to still convey the desired emotion.
Duration of Use
Anti-wrinkle injections typically last approximately 3-4 months, though this is variable, depending on the area treated, the patient’s skin, the patient’s muscle strength, the dose used and the patient’s age. Some clients do report getting a longer effect from one product versus the other, but that seems to be variable also.
Potential Unwanted Side effects
Side effects are uncommon but may include temporary pain from injection, temporary redness, temporary swelling, temporary bruising, temporary headache and in rare cases, a temporary eyelid or eyebrow droop can occur. These side effects usually resolve within hours to several weeks, but may also be treatable in some instances. In some cases, the duration of effect can be variable.
Anti-wrinkle injections should not be used during pregnancy, breast-feeding, or in certain rare neurological conditions.
How much do Anti-Wrinkle injections cost? Why is one brand so much cheaper than the other, per unit?
The brand of anti-wrinkle injection will largely determine the cost. One unit of American brand does not equal one unit of British product. The units are not interchangeable. Think of it like a comparison between metric and imperial measurements..or centimetres versus inches! The dose must first be ‘translated’ before the equivalent dose in another brand can be calculated. Most anti-wrinkle injectors have only ever trained in one brand, so have no ability to ‘translate’ into another ‘language’. Once you take into account the difference in measurement, it is apparent that more British product is used to get the same effect as the American product. This means that the treatment with the British product is actually only slightly cheaper than the American product..but some people will have a preference for reasons other than price! The average price for one treatment area is approx $350-360. For small areas of treatment, there is a minimum charge of $165 for either product.
Other options/alternative treatments:
Occasionally some wrinkles are more suitable for dermal filling or lifting, especially if the underlying muscle is needed for normal facial movement eg. Around the mouth, or if a full range of normal expression is desired. The range of dermal fillers on the market today is quite extensive, and for most clients over the age of 40yrs, some degree of volume loss will require correction if a natural outcome is desired. Anti-wrinkle injections cannot achieve the same degree of lifting as a facelift or surgical browlift with blepharoplasty. In some patients, realistic expectations must be considered at the outset of any proposed treatment to prevent disappointment.