Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
Anti-wrinkle injections done at the Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s Melbourne clinics aim to create natural-looking and subtle cosmetic enhancements to your face. How does our experience make a difference? Our practitioners are selected and trained by Dr. Gavin Chan to carefully listen to our patients and utilise the latest techniques and treatments. Every new patient gets a detailed educational consultation prior to any treatment.
Since our clinic’s inception in 2005, VCI has been at the forefront of anti-wrinkle techniques. Our subtle approach allows the face to move naturally. Our doctors create individualised treatment plans and take a bespoke approach for each face. And because anti-wrinkle injections need to be repeated regularly, we utilise common protocols and systems to ensure consistency from treatment to treatment. Victorian Cosmetic Institute operates clinics in Lower Templestowe, Berwick, and Beaumaris.
Anti-wrinkle Quick Facts
- Anti-wrinkle injections help to relax certain wrinkle-causing muscles in the face to produce a younger and more refreshed appearance.
- We aim for natural-looking results, not frozen faces.
- By altering the dynamics of muscle activity, it is possible to improve the aesthetic appearance of the face. For example, downwards mouth corners can be turned upwards by balancing muscle dynamics with anti-wrinkle injections.
- Anti-wrinkle injections are relatively painless when performed using special techniques to distract the patient from the injection.
- Bruises from anti-wrinkle injections can be reduced through use of the Accuvein.
- The onset of action is from 4 to 7 days depending on the type of anti-wrinkle injection brand used.
- The longevity of anti-wrinkle injections is usually 3 to 4 months.
- The treatment has a proven safety record for over 25 years.
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What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections, are composed of a natural, purified protein. Due to restrictions from the TGA, the actual name of the anti-wrinkle injection cannot be used here.
When injected into specific facial muscles, wrinkle-causing muscles are relaxed to reduce dynamic lines and create a younger, softer, and natural-looking appearance.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections treat wrinkles caused by the contraction of facial muscles. They inhibit the transmission of neurotransmitter from the nerve to the muscle and stop the muscle from contracting and forming wrinkles. For example, they can be used to relax the muscles of the frown to prevent the appearance of a vertical frown line, or around the eyes to prevent the appearance of crows feet. It is important to note that anti-wrinkle injections do not immediately improve static lines, or lines that are present at rest. These can be treated by adding volume with dermal fillers or through skin resurfacing. However, usually over a number of anti-wrinkle treatments, the skin that is normally creased has time to rest and recover and an improvement in static lines may be gradually seen. The fact that anti-wrinkle injections also stop the constant compression of skin, prevents the permanent ‘etching’ of wrinkles in the areas treated.
The treatment does not simply just aim to freeze facial muscles and expression. By adjusting the dynamics and interplay between facial muscles, it is possible to improve the aesthetics of the face. For example, injecting and relaxing the muscles that pull the brows down, and leaving the muscles that pull the brows up, it is possible to lift a heavy brow. Similarly, relaxing the muscles that pull mouth corners down can help to turn mouth corners up.
What are the most common facial areas treated with anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used for treatment of frowns, forehead lines, and crows feet. They can also be used to create an eyebrow lift, to stop the mouth from pulling down, reduce gummy smiles (by lowering the upper lip), and to reduce neck bands. Injected into the masseter muscle, one of the primary muscles that closes the jaw, it is possible to relax this muscle and also slim the jawline.
For estimate units and costs of various treatment areas please visit the Cosmetic consultation and treatments pricing page.
What does treatment involve?
Treatments with anti-wrinkle injections involve having a number of small injections in the treated areas. The process takes only a short time to perform. The needles used are extremely fine, and only a small volume is injected. The discomfort experienced is minimal and well tolerated. Ice is put on the area prior to treatment to help reduce any discomfort. A vibrating device is also used in the area of the injection to reduce the pain sensation. The effects of anti-wrinkle injections are generally seen only after one to two weeks. You will gradually notice a gradual relaxation of the muscles treated. This can start at 2-3 days, but may take up to two weeks to be very noticeable.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
The duration of effectiveness is dependent on the dose administered and can last up to 4 months, but generally on the first few sessions, the longevity is usually shorter – around 3 months. Studies have shown that anti-wrinkle injections are more effective and last longer when given at regular intervals of 3-4 months due to progressive weakening of the muscles treated. If at any time, you decide to cease treatment, your muscles will return to normal. Wrinkling returns to its previous state, and does not become worse.
Anti-wrinkle Before and After Images and Cases
Anti-Wrinkle Case study (Female)
This female had a total of 10 units of anti-wrinkle injections injected around both crows feet. The pre and post pictures below show here at maximum smile.
Can I resume normal activities after treatment?
Normal activities may be resumed after treatment. However, you will be instructed not to exercise, lie down, or touch the treated areas for 4 hours.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for cosmetic purposes for over a decade and for medical purposes for even longer without any reports of long-term side effects. In Australia, there are six registered indications for the use of anti-wrinkle injections. These are; for children with cerebral palsy in particular body muscles to help reduce spasticity and allow normal movement, to reduce spasms of they eyelid, the treatment of cervical dystonia (neck muscle spasms), treatment of primary hyperhidrosis of the axillae (underarm sweating), treatment of frown lines, and the treatment of focal spasticity in adults.
What are the side effects of anti-wrinkle injections?
Generally, there are few side effects to treatment, and no downtime involved. Occasionally, a bruise may appear over the treated area, and this is more common around the eyes. This can be covered with make-up if applicable. There is usually some transient redness and swelling of the treated area (similar to a mosquito bite), and this usually lasts for less than one hour. Other possible adverse outcomes include ; asymmetrical results, failure to cause a significant change in the wrinkles (usually due to inadequate dosing), puffy eyes (for treatments around the eyes), and a drooping mouth corner (from misplacement of the injections).
When treating the frown with anti-wrinkle injections, approximately one percent of people experience movement of the product into one eyelid and this causes a partial eyelid droop that can last for one month. Any side effect of treatment is temporary and will resolve naturally. A particular eyedrop can be given to temporarily reduce the effect of this side effect if necessary.
What else can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections?
The same substance injected for facial wrinkles can be injected into the skin of the armpits, hands, or feet can reduce excessive sweating in these areas for up to 8 months.
Another area that can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections is the masseter muscle, the muscle that is involved in chewing. It is located at the angle of the jawline, near the ears. It is usually treated with anti-wrinkle injections for those people who that they have a square jawline/face or a prominent masseter muscle. Treating this muscle also helps with reducing the ‘squaring off’ of the face as you get older through its slimming action on the jawline. Treatment of the masseter muscle with anti-wrinkle injections also helps with bruxism (teeth grinding), and headaches that are caused by this muscle. For more information on jawline slimming and the treatment of bruxism, click here.
This patient presented to Victorian Cosmetic Institute with concerns of the way her frown lines made her appear. She is a happy and joyful person and wanted her face to reflect her kind nature. The results is a youthful and natural appearance with no surgery. The static lines have been smoothed using dermal filler and reduced the cause of her frown lines with anti-wrinkle injections.
Case Study Masseters
This patient presented to Victorian Cosmetic Institute for jawline slimming. She had anti-wrinkle to each of her masseter muscles on the sides of her jaw. Using anti-wrinkle relaxes the muscles reducing volume in the jawline. This image has not been photoshopped, there was no surgery performed, only anti-wrinkle injections used in the jawline.
How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost?
Most clinics charge for anti-wrinkle injections per unit. Each area and person requires a different number of units. The factors that determine dosage include muscle strength and the desired outcome, that is whether the goal is to stop movement altogether, or just reduce movement. Some clinics do charge per area. This is beneficial to the patient if they are treating an area that typically requires a lot of units, for example, the frown. It can be more costly though if doing an area that does not require many units, for example, the upper lip. The fairest way to charge is per unit as this means that the patient is simply paying for the amount they get.
The unit price of anti-wrinkle injections is commonly advertised and this may be deceiving due to the different unit equivalents between different types (brands) or anti-wrinkle injections. For example, 3 units of a particular brand may be equivalent to only 1 unit of another. Therefore, it is possible to advertise a price that appears to be one-third of other competitors, although it is actually the same price. To further complicate matters due to regulations from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia, we are unable to name the brand names of the anti-wrinkle injections used. This further confuses those shopping for prices. The cost per unit cannot be associated with a certain brand name and therefore its unit equivalents.
Our pricing is transparent and is listed here. The price we charge allows us to provide a premium service and the best aesthetic outcomes. We have experienced injectors with excellent technical skills and aesthetic flair. A proper consultation, history, examination, and assessment are provided prior to treatment. We aim to achieve your aesthetic goals with the treatment, and should there be any concerns, a free top-up is provided. The motivation for most people seeking anti-wrinkle injections is to improve their aesthetics. However, price is often the dominant factor in choosing a clinic or injector. Clinics offering cheap prices often need to make compromises to achieve these low prices and this may result in sub-standard results.
Why should I choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute as my provider of anti-wrinkle injections?
Our Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses perform anti-wrinkle injections and have extensive experience in their application. We allow you ample time to communicate your aesthetic goals to us, and use our expertise to help you achieve your desired outcome. The experience you have with us is also important. We offer various ways to help alleviate any discomfort or anxiety from the procedure.
The first step is simply contacting us for your initial anti-wrinkle injection consultation, where we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.
Making that first phone call about any cosmetic procedure can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred filling out our online enquiry form. We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.
It’s as easy as clicking the ‘book an appointment’ button or you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.
For estimate units and costs please visit the Cosmetic consultation and treatments pricing page.