Anti Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections, or wrinkle relaxers, are the most effective treatment option for relaxing facial expression lines and softening fine lines and wrinkles.

Commonly treated areas include the frown, forehead, crow’s feet, brow lift, widened jawline, dimpled chin and gummy smile.

Suitable for

Unwanted lines and wrinkles

Downtime

Nil

Longevity

Average of 12 weeks

Time

15 - 30 minutes

Cost

Practitioner dependent, please see FAQs below

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As we age, we begin to notice the formation of lines and wrinkles that occur with facial expression and movement. These are called dynamic lines.

Continued and repeated use of facial muscles combined with ageing factors such as volume loss, loss of subcutaneous fat, changes to facial bones, and loss and damage to collagen and elastin within the skin, these dynamic lines eventually form static lines, which become present at rest.

Dynamic lines that occur with movement can be treated successfully with anti-wrinkle injections. This effectively results in ‘wrinkle relaxation’ within the area of concern. Anti-wrinkle injections, or wrinkle relaxers, target a specific muscle group and work to temporarily reduce movement in the area, resulting in less visible wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections (wrinkle relaxers) work by blocking the transmitting messages between nerve and muscle cells, resulting in muscle cells being unable to contract. With the reduction of muscle contraction, the appearance of existing wrinkles are decreased and the formation of new ones are prevented.

Anti-wrinkle injections (wrinkle relaxers) are useful wherever there are dynamic lines or areas of overactive muscle. Areas that can be treated include:

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet / periorbital lines
  • Bunny lines on the nose
  • Dimpling of the chin
  • Upper lip lines and corners of the mouth
  • Widened or square jaw
  • Platysmal or neck bands
  • Gummy smile
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Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used in conjunction with dermal fillers. Areas such as the lips, chin creases and marionette lines can benefit from this to prolong the effects.

The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle injections has been well established and supported by medical evidence, with use spanning back to the 1970s. It has been used to treat a number of medical conditions since this time, and the use continues to grow.

Some conditions treated by anti-wrinkle injections include:

  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
  • Strabismus – malaligned eyes
  • Chronic migraine
  • Overactive bladder
  • Cerebral palsy
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Where do wrinkles commonly form?

Crow’s Feet

Lines around the eyes are commonly referred to as crow’s feet. They often form as small creases when you smile, however, can extend laterally and eventually spread down to the cheek area.

Frown Lines

Frown lines or the dreaded number ‘11’ between the eyebrows can often make you look mad or stressed if they are present at rest.

Forehead Lines

Forehead lines result from overactivity of the ‘frontalis’ muscle, which works to elevate the eyebrow and is one of the most commonly used muscles of facial expression.

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Bunny Lines

Bunny lines are those creases that form when you scrunch up your nose.

Perioral Lines/Smokers Lines

Lines around the upper lip are quite common, especially once a woman reaches menopause. They are often due to smoking (constant pursing of the lips) however can occur in people who have never smoked.


FAQs

What does the treatment involve?

At Youth Lab, a full consultation is required for every new client. Your consultation will include clinical photography to ensure your progress is monitored, a skin assessment and a full facial assessment where your area of concerns and expectations will be discussed. Your doctor or nurse will then tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.

The anti-wrinkle injection (wrinkle relaxers) procedure generally lasts 10-15 minutes and involves the injection of small volumes of fluid into the target muscles, using a very fine needle. The procedure is usually painless, with some clients reporting a stinging sensation and discomfort which is easily reduced by applying an ice pack or numbing cream to the area before injecting (but this is often not necessary).

Results become evident after a few days, with the maximal effect at 2 weeks. A follow-up appointment is recommended for first-time treatments to ensure you are satisfied with your results and to assess the need for any dosage adjustments. This will ensure ongoing treatments are perfected with the correct dose for your individual needs. No treatment will be performed prior to the 2 week follow-up, as anti-wrinkle injections take 10-14 days to take full effect.

Complete aftercare instructions are provided following each appointment.

How long do results last?

Generally most people find the benefits of anti wrinkle injections (wrinkle relaxers) will last up to 3-4 months.

At this time, the muscles gradually return to their pre-injection state with the wrinkles returning, although many people find the lines still appear softer. This is based on higher doses which relax the entire muscle. Those seeking more natural results with residual movement will find the treatment does not last as long but will offer a softer look.

It is important to note that the treated area does not return to normal activity overnight, eg frozen muscles for 3 months, then a return to movement overnight. The muscles start to contract again as new nerve ‘sprouting’ occurs, generally 4-6 weeks post-treatment.

Repeated injections are recommended to maintain muscle relaxation and to prevent the formation of new wrinkles, which is why anti-wrinkle injections are the ideal ‘preventative’ treatment. With repeated treatments, the effect is often longer-lasting as the muscles weaken with time, this means longer intervals between treatments.

Tailored dosing is essential and it may take a few treatments to determine your perfect dose, balancing the desired results with treatment longevity.

Other factors may impact longevity such as metabolism, those who exercise at high intensity and concurrent illness.

What happens after my treatment?

Following treatment with anti-wrinkle injections (wrinkle relaxers), normal activities can be resumed. There may be mild swelling and redness at the injection points and occasionally bruising. You will be provided with full aftercare instructions.

There are some general precautions that should be taken to reduce the risks of side effects and to obtain the best possible results. These include:

  • Ice can be applied to reduce discomfort, swelling and bruising
  • Avoid any strenuous activity or head inducing activities for 12 hours
  • Do not apply makeup to the treated area for 12 hours
  • Do not rub or massage the affected area for 24 hours
  • Do not lie down flat for 4 hours post-treatment, or do strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours
  • Do not have any facial treatments such as laser or peels for 2 weeks post-treatment.

What are the risks of treatment?

These medications have been extensively researched for over 20 years with well established risk data.

With any medical procedure there are always risks involved and your doctor/nurse will discuss all risks and contraindications prior to performing any procedure.

Side effects are uncommon. Some possible after effects include:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Mild headache or pain

Some more uncommon side effects include:

  • Temporary drooping of the eyelids (ptosis) may occur. This occurs in less than 1% of patients and is temporary, generally lasts only 4 weeks.
  • Dropping of the eyebrows or a heavy forehead.
  • Asymmetry of the treated area.
  • Double vision in rare cases with treatment to the eyes.
  • Difficulty swallowing, whistling, speaking and asymmetrical smile – with certain mouth treatments.

Wrinkle relaxing injections cannot be given in people with underlying neurological conditions such as Myasthena Gravis and in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

What are the costs?

At Youth Lab we charge by the unit, not the area.

Dr Kate (Medical Director)

Brand ONE $16 per unit
Brand TWO $6 per unit

Cosmetic Doctor

Brand ONE $15 per unit
Brand TWO $5 per unit

Cosmetic Registered Nurse

Brand ONE $14 per unit
Brand TWO $4.5 per unit