Depending on your muscle strength, wrinkle pattern, asymmetries, skin quality and desired outcome, anti-wrinkle treatments can be designed to achieve safe, stunning and natural-looking results.
Despite the name, these treatments are also used for a wide range of other treatments including:
- helping to lift the lower face
- treat teeth grinding/clenching (bruxism)
- improve chronic migraines
- slim the face
What are anti wrinkle treatments?
These treatments form the foundation of cosmetic injectables. They are most commonly used to improve the wrinkles of:
- the frown area (between the eyebrows when we look angry)
- the forehead area (the lines when we raise our eyebrows)
- the 'crow's feet' areas (the lines around the eyes)
But we can also treat other wrinkles of the face including:
- 'bunny' lines (lines of the bridge of the nose when you frown or laugh)
- downturned corners of the mouth
- dimply chin
By law in Australia, we cannot advertise the brand names of any medicines, including the brand of any injectable products used. So you'll usually see these types of treatments generically referred to as 'anti-wrinkle injections'. Dr Jake is a national & international trainer using the product made by Allergan Aesthetics.
Even though we calling it an 'anti-wrinkle treatment', the product used is incredibly versatile and is used other treatments including excessive sweating treatments, chronic migraine treatments, teeth grinding/teeth clenching (bruxism) treatments and even for hayfever treatments.
Key features of anti wrinkle treatments
New patient consultations + treatments = 45 mins
Existing patient treatments = 30 mins
Full face indications
Most commonly the wrinkles of the frown, forehead and 'crow's feet' areas are treated. But several other areas of the face including the chin, corners of the mouth, 'lip flip' & neck bands can be treated to improve symptoms of dimpling, lip shape or sagging.
Anti-wrinkle treatments are the world's number one non-surgical treatment. Patients consistently report outstanding satisfaction saying that they look 'fresher' and having more confidence after.
Dr Jake Sloane will suggest doses of anti-wrinkle product that last on average 3-4 months. Therefore most patients will benefit from having anti-wrinkle treatments 3-4 times a year to achieve a stunning and consistent look.
What is the downtime & aftercare for anti-wrinkle treatments?
After your first consultation has been performed, anti-wrinkle treatments are quick and with minimal downtime.
You'll experience some mild redness and 'swellings' at injection site - this is just the produce injected under the skin and these will disappear within 10-20 minutes.
As with any needle treatments that penetrate the skin, bruising is possible but in Dr Jake's hands is fairly uncommon. Bruises are most common around the eyes and can be hidden with makeup in the event that you develop one.
Every face is unique and an in depth consultation is needed to assess your needs. Dr Jake will calculate how many units are required for the look that you want and so that you also achieve a long lasting result
$16.5 per unit
$16 per unit
$15.5 per unit
How do anti-wrinkle treatments work?Anti-wrinkle treatments are performed using tiny injections. They work by temporarily and reversibly blocking nerve signals to specific areas of the facial muscles, allowing the muscles to relax. As a result, the skin overlying the muscles also relaxes, smoothing out the visible lines. Over a period of on average 4 months, the treatment wears off and wrinkles slowly return.
How should I prepare for my anti-wrinkle treatment?As for all injectable treatments, please come with no make up, foundation or similar on your skin. This will reduce the risk of an infection. To reduce the risk of bruising: - avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior - stop any fish oil supplements at least 5 days prior - stop any garlic, ginger, gingko biloba or ginseng in high doses - avoid any anti-inflammatory medicines (neurofen, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc) for 5 days before your treatment if possible. Prescription medicines that can make bruising much more common include warfarin or other anti-coagulants. If these are prescribed by your GP, it's not recommended to stop them. You can still have injectables but you should expect bruising to be much more common and obvious.
What can't I do after an anti-wrinkle treatment?You can go back to your normal daily activities after a treatment except for two simple rules: 1) Don't massage, rub or wash the areas injected until the next day after your treatment. This also includes not doing things like having a massage, facial or similar straight after an anti-wrinkle treatment. (for at least 12 hours afterwards) 2) Avoid sports, exercise or vigorous activity for 12 hours afterwards. These rules help prevent the anti-wrinkle product spreading and affecting other muscles of the face that we don't want to treat. Failure to follow these increases the chance of complications, most importantly eyelid or eyebrow drooping. These are both avoidable and reversible side effects but can take several weeks or even months to settle. Avoiding alcohol after any injectable treatment until the following day also reduces your risk of worsened bruising.
What are the potential side effects?The most common side effects include: - Mild discomfort during the procedure - very temporary swellings and redness (that disappear within minutes) - bruising (always a risk when a needle is used) Rarer side effects include: - In less than 1% of cases, patients can very rarely experience eyebrow or eyelid heaviness (called a 'ptosis'). This is very rare, temporary and often resolves in three or four weeks on it's own. This might be caused by a failure to follow the after care rules described above. In this scenario, some special eyedrops might be prescribed to you to help lift the heavy eyelid but you'll need to be reviewed in person first.
Do anti-wrinkle treatments hurt?The injections only take minutes to perform and no special measures are needed. Dr Jake uses the smallest needles available and most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy the process is.
Are there any people who shouldn't have anti-wrinkle treatments?There are just a few but important conditions that are contraindications to anti-wrinkle treatments: - Pregnancy or breastfeeding. (Patients trying for a baby, undergoing IVF or who are unsure if they are pregnant will also be refused treatments) - Rare neurological diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis Those taking the following medicines should also not have these treatments: - Aminoglycoside antibiotics (Gentamycin, Neomycin, Streptomycin, etc) - Penicillamine (used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis) - A known allergy to human albumin A detailed medical history will be taken prior to your treatment but it is your responsibility to declare any medical problems to us in good time.
How often should I have treatments?If the recommended dose is done on the day of your treatment, the results will last 2-4 months on average. Most people therefore come every 3-4 months to help maintain a consistent appearance.