About Anti-Wrinkle Injections
We provide skincare treatments including anti-wrinkle injections. Our dermatologist recommends a customised approach to skincare. We tailor treatment for different skin types and colours and integrate your cosmetic and skincare treatments to your meet your needs. By performing skin assessments to determine your skin type and any concerns you may have, we can help your skin condition by recommending appropriate products. To make an appointment for a skincare treatment, Contact us today!
The following article is written by our skincare nurse Alexandra Matkevich RN. This provides general information about anti-wrinkle injection and is not a substitute for a thorough skincare assessment.
What is an Anti-Wrinkle Injection
One of the most commonly asked questions by patients is what is an anti-wrinkle injection? It is a localised neurotoxin that inhibits muscular movement. In normal muscle function cells release acetocholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for communication to muscles for contraction. It inhibits acetocholine, stopping the muscle messages from getting through, so the muscles are always relaxed. It lasts for up 6 months, so top up injections are required to maintain or enhance the effects every 4 months.
Having an anti-wrinkle injection for cosmetic purposes
An anti-wrinkle injection procedure will start with a consultation, so you can first discuss your anti-wrinkle injection goals and the look you want to achieve. This gives you time to think about what you want and if it is right for you. We pride ourselves on natural, subtle results that enhance your beauty. During this consultation you will need to provide a medical history. The history includes the use of any medications, herbal and cosmetic medicines you are using or have recently used. It is advised to stop any non essential blood thinning medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, garlic, ginkgo, horseradish) before receiving anti-wrinkle injection to reduce the risk of bruising on the face. The demand from men for cosmetic anti-wrinkle injections is increasing. A man’s skin holds onto collagen well, but it is exposed to frequent environmental irritants such as shaving. Therefore, men have different wrinkle worries to women and this is taken into consideration as part of your assessment. Having a cosmetic injection can be complimented with dermal fillers, chemical peels and using individualised skin care products that target the ageing process. Using anti-wrinkle injection treatments in conjunction with an individualised skin care regime increases patient satisfaction and assists in achieving cosmetic goals. Our dermatologist and skin care nurse can advise you on the best skin care treatments for your needs.
Reducing unwanted side effects
It is important that after your treatment you do the following to ensure maximum results and reduce side effects:
- Avoid alcohol before and after. Alcohol increases your fluid retention and increases the chances you will bruise after treatment.
- Do not have any unplanned anti-wrinkle injection treatments. It can increase your risk of unwanted side effects such as excessive facial paralysis, eye and mouth drooping. It can take some time before its effects are visible.
- Be honest about your anti-wrinkle injection history if you have any more injections done. This ensures the right amount of (less!) units of anti-wrinkle injection are given to you. This saves you money and the risk of unwanted side effects.
Having an anti-wrinkle injection for a medical condition
Anti-wrinkle injection was first used in the 1980’s to treat blepharospasm (twitching of the eye). It has also been approved to treat a variety of unpleasant symptoms for specific patient groups including:
- Blepharospasm (eye twitching)
- Severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) not controlled by topical treatment
- Chronic migraines
- Strabismus (cross eyed)
- Cervical dystonia
- Cerebral palsy muscle spasticity
An anti-wrinkle injection used in this way has been particularly useful to alleviate symptoms of spasticity. Cerebral palsy causes upper limb spasticity, particularly in the hands, wrist and arms where muscles remain contracted for extended periods of time. Using anti-wrinkle injection treatments allows for greater patient comfort and wellbeing.
Cost of an Anti-Wrinkle Injection
The cost of anti-wrinkle injections is priced in units per area and average prices range from $200-600 per treatment session. Injection for medical reasons are claimable on Medicare. Anti-wrinkle injections for cosmetic use is not claimable on Medicare. Check with your private health insurer if the cost of anti-wrinkle injections are claimable with your level of cover. The cost of anti-wrinkle injection like products purchased off the internet in do-it-yourself kits is tempting for some patients – but using these products puts you at risk of serious harm.
Anti-wrinkle injections are patented, Therapeutic Goods Administration approved formulas, and only real anti-wrinkle injections are available through a consultation with a qualified medical professional. To contact us for an individualised anti-wrinkle injection plan in Sydney Click here.