Anti-Wrinkle injectionsHunter Valley

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Smooth fine lines and wrinkles giving a relaxed and naturally youthful appearance.

Anti-Wrinkle injectionsHunter Valley

Anti-Wrinkle Injections Maitland, Hunter Valley

Anti Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments can take as little as 15 minutes with results starting within 3-5 days. The maximum effect of the injections will be noticed by 2 weeks, lasting for up to 3-4 months. This essentially puts a pause on the ageing process, and can prevent deeper, more permanent wrinkles from forming.


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FAQ’s

  • What are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
  • Why do wrinkles appear?
  • Who can perform Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
  • What is a good age to start anti-wrinkle injections?
  • What age should you stop getting Anti-Wrinkle treatments?
  • How much do Anti-Wrinkle Injections cost?
  • How long do Anti-Wrinkle Injections last?
  • Will the treatments hurt?
  • Will anyone know I’ve had Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
  • How can I ensure the longest lasting results?
  • When will I see results?
  • What is the downtime of Anti-Wrinkle treatments?
  • Can you get Anti-Wrinkle treatments and fillers on the same day?
  • What are the potential side effects?
  • Who can NOT have Anti-Wrinkle Injections
  • What should you not do after having Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
  • How long after Anti-Wrinkle Injections can I wash my face?
  • When can I wear make-up after Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
  • Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections toxic to the body?
  • What happens as Anti-Wrinkle Injections begin to wear off?
  • Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
  • Is there anything I should avoid after Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
  • Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections just for women?
What are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Anti-Wrinkle Injections consist of a purified version of a naturally occurring protein. When injected into “wrinkle-causing” muscles, these proteins work by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscle. This controlled weakening reduces muscle movement, causing the wrinkles over the muscles to become smooth and disappear. They have been safely used for over 30 years on over 100 million patients.

Why do wrinkles appear?

Wrinkles appear over time because of persistent tension in the small muscles of facial expression. Contraction of these muscles causes the skin to bunch up over the muscle, causing wrinkles.

Who can perform Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

In Australia, only a doctor or registered nurse under the supervision of a medical doctor may inject muscle relaxants and most dermal fillers. For a safe treatment and optimum results, only a fully trained, highly experienced practitioner should administer cosmetic injections.

What is a good age to start anti-wrinkle injections?

Most patients start Anti-Wrinkle injections in their late 20s or early 30s. This reduces or delays the formation of lines. Some patients start earlier, but this is for aesthetic reasons rather than anti-ageing. Treating the frown lines also stops squinting when in outdoor photos. Other reasons patients may start young include:

  • Brow lift- augments the shape of the brow
  • DAO- decreases downturned corners of mouth
  • Gummy smile- reduces the show of gums when smiling.

If you stop, your face will return to as it was prior to starting Anti-Wrinkle injections. It will not cause facial sagging or drooping. Those who diligently continue to use Anti-Wrinkle injections will notice their wrinkles stay soft, or will never form at all.

What age should you stop getting Anti-Wrinkle treatments?

There is no age limit for Anti-Wrinkle Injections. However, as we age (particularly after the age of 55) our brow and upper eyelid region can get heavier. Excessive use of Anti-Wrinkle Injections in these regions can cause an already heavy brow and upper eye area to droop. A comprehensive facial assessment prior to injections is especially important in older patients. In expert hands, these patients can be treated successfully, but extra caution needs to be exercised to prevent facial heaviness.

How much do Anti-Wrinkle Injections cost?

It depends on the number of units injected. The number of units required depends on the strength of the muscles involved in creating your wrinkles. Each unit at Elixir is charged at $12 per unit. The price per unit varies depending on the clinic and a consultation with our doctors to assess the number of units required for each patient.

The number of units required for males can increase by up to 25-50% due to the stronger facial muscles. For a forehead you need anywhere from 8 to 20 units costing you anywhere from $80-360 depending on the clinic, and strength of your muscles. Pricing for male patients is usually 25-50% more expensive, as their facial muscles are much stronger.

How long do Anti-Wrinkle Injections last?

Results from anti-wrinkle injections can last between 3-4 months. Those who have treatments regularly may find they can go longer durations between treatments, often up to 6 to 12 months.

If you decide that Anti-Wrinkle injections are not your best treatment, you can rest assured knowing that the treated area will gradually return to its pre-treatment appearance.

Will the treatments hurt?

Patients report minor to no discomfort during anti-wrinkle injections. Treatments themselves take a matter of minutes, and we practice all available injection techniques to reduce discomfort. Our clinics use ultra-thin needles to decrease any discomfort you may experience during treatments. If required, a topical anaesthetic can be used to numb the skin prior to the injection process. The numbing process takes 30 mins in total and will require you to attend your appointment 30 minutes early.

Will anyone know I’ve had Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

We inject the minimum amount required to give a pleasantly aesthetic result without giving a frozen appearance. Anti-Wrinkle Injections work over 3-10 days and results occurring slowly and subtly. People may realise you look more refreshed or “less-tired” without knowing why.

How can I ensure the longest lasting results?

There are three important considerations:

  • Expertise of injector
    • Intimate knowledge of facial anatomy is essential. Expertly placed injections can ensure no wasted units and that complications are kept to a minimum.
  • Dosage requirements
    • Overdosing can cause heaviness and increased risk of complications.
    • Under-dosing can cause a poor cosmetic results and short-lived results.
    • Dosing depends on the strength of the muscle and should be individualised for each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all.
  • Brand of Anti-Wrinkle
    • There are three brands in Australia approved by the TGA for Anti-Wrinkle treatments. These brands vary significantly in price and at Elixir you are treated with only premium products. Some clinics push inferior products to improve their profits. Ensure you are treated with only premium products.
When will I see results?

Depending on the product used it can take 2-5 days to see results from Anti-Wrinkle treatments. Full results are noticeable in 2 weeks.

What is the downtime of Anti-Wrinkle treatments?

This is a lunchtime no-downtime procedure. It is done in the clinic in less than 15 minutes. You are able to return to your daily routine immediately after treatments without anyone knowing you have had anything done.

Can you get Anti-Wrinkle treatments and fillers on the same day?

The short answer is yes. Although, there are certain areas of the face where caution needs to be exercised. Filler can cause swelling in the treated area. Swelling can increase the risk of the anti-wrinkle product travelling to an undesirable place. This can increase the risk of complications such as brow or eyelid drooping.

Provided the filler is not placed in the same area as the Anti-Wrinkle Injection, there should be no issue having them done on the same day.

There may be occasions when your injector may suggest waiting 2 weeks between anti-wrinkle and dermal filler treatments. This will be discussed with you on the day of consultation.

What are the potential side effects?

Side effects are rare with this type of treatment. The injections are superficial and there is no absorption into the bloodstream. Immediately afterwards, minor side effects such as redness, swelling, and itching are common. These rarely last more than minutes to hours. These effects do not prevent patients from returning to work and other normal activities immediately after leaving our office. Uncommonly patients may experience short-lived side effects including:

  • Bruising is usually minimal and lasts anywhere from 1-4 days. It is easily covered with makeup.
  • Eyelid drooping “Ptosis” is rare and lasts 3 weeks. It is prevented by proper injection technique, and adherence to aftercare instructions. In the rare case this does occur, eye drops may be prescribed.
Who can NOT have Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Most average adults with good health records are suitable for the procedure. There are exceptions which includes:

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding. Many women have inadvertently used anti-wrinkle injections during pregnancy with no reported adverse effects. However, currently there are no established safety data on their use in pregnancy or lactation.
  • Neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
  • Those with previous allergies to Anti-Wrinkle Injections.
What should you not do after having Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Where the product is injected is where you want it to stay. The following instructions are to decrease the risk of the Anti-Wrinkle product moving south and causing drooping brows/eyelids or ending in a poor cosmetic result. These are some general rules post anti-wrinkle injections:

  • Avoid rubbing or massaging treated areas for 5 days. Gently cleansing is fine.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption on the day of treatment.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours.
  • Avoid laying flat for 4 hours post treatment.
  • Avoid facial treatments including lasers, peels, needling, waxing for one-week post treatment.
How long after Anti-Wrinkle Injections can I wash my face?

You can gently wash your face immediately after treatment.

The key here is to be gentle and and to avoid massage or direct facial pressure.

When can I wear make-up after Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

You may apply make-up the day after your treatment. This is to allow healing of the tiny pin points caused by the Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Applying makeup earlier than this can increase your risk of infection post treatment.

Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections toxic to the body?

At doses provided in cosmetic medicine, No. These are safe in small doses.

The same product used in cosmetics is used in relaxing contracted muscles, for example in a child with Cerebral palsy. Children as young as 2 often receive doses 20-50 times that one would receive in a usual cosmetic facial treatment.

This shows the safety of anti-wrinkle injections when used in cosmetic doses.

What happens as Anti-Wrinkle Injections begin to wear off?

The results of Anti-Wrinkle Injections generally last 3-4 months. As its effects wear off, the skin will return to its natural, pre-treatment state. If you decide against further injections, your skin will be left in the same condition it was before treatment; it will not be any more wrinkled than it was before treatment.

Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

One of the worries many patients express is that the injections will make it impossible for them to move their faces. While muscle relaxants do relax the muscle activity which causes wrinkles, when used correctly they should not affect your ability to frown, look surprised, and make other facial movements. When overdone, muscle relaxants do have a tendency to cause a frozen appearance.

At Elixir Hunter, our medical professionals are skilled at using the right amount of product. You will not look as though you’ve had “work done” and will still be able to move your facial muscles.

Is there anything I should avoid after Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Anti Wrinkle Injections are a quick and safe procedure that has little impact on your usual daily activity post treatment. However, to allow anti-wrinkle injections to work optimally in the target muscles, the following precautions are suggested:

  • No rubbing or massage of treated areas for at least 48 hours.
  • No strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatments.
  • Keep upright for 4 hours post treatment.
  • Avoid tightly fitted headwear within 24 hours of treatment.
  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and excessive alcohol before and within 24 hours of the treatment to decrease the risk of bruising.
Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections just for women?

No. Many men have also benefited from these treatments. Our male patients frequently request muscle relaxant or dermal filler injections on their forehead, between their brows, and on other areas of their face they feel make them look older or more tired than they really are.

Common Treatment Areas

Our Doctors will conduct a full assessment and individualised treatment plan and quotation prior to treatment. Treatment cost is based on units required and is charged at $12 per unit.

A combination of areas can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections for more complete facial rejuvenation.

All prices are estimates only.


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