Create a natural-looking radiance
Lines and wrinkles are a key sign of ageing and unfortunately, they occur simultaneously.
The good news is that our experienced and highly qualified practitioners use anti-wrinkle injections to create a natural-looking reduction in these lines and wrinkles for a softer and brighter appearance.
If you have lines from muscle movement (frowning, smiling and squinting) these are dynamic lines. Dynamic lines are some of the most commonly requested areas. The appearance of dynamic lines can be significantly reduced with anti-wrinkle injections/muscle relaxants.
Muscle relaxants can also be used to minimise the lines around the eyes and to create a lift to the brow.
In addition, anti-wrinkle injections can treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). See more detailed treatment information and frequently asked questions below.
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Anti-wrinkle Injections are a prescription medicine. For treatment risks and benefits please contact one of our experienced Cosmetic Injectors at a clinic location near you.
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BOTOX® PRODUCT INFORMATION
Botox® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Botox has risks and benefits Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Note Botox treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Speak to your medical practitioner about your own situation. ) For more information read the Consumer Medicine Information available at www.medsafe.govt.nz
- Pre and Post Care
- Treatment Info
- Medications and supplements designed to increase blood flow may increase your risk of bruising, as will alcohol.
- Do not take blood thinning medications such as Aspirin and Nurofen for 3 – 4 days prior to treatment.
- Avoid herbal or vitamin supplements for 7 days prior.
- Maximise facial activity for half an hour after treatment (facial gestures such as frowning, raising your eyebrows and squinting). This will attract the muscle relaxant to the tissue receptors.
- Do not have facial treatments, rub or massage the treated area for 24 hours after your injectables. You may cleanse the area very gently.
- Avoid lying down, particularly face down for 4 hours.
- Do not undertake strenuous exercise on the day of treatment.
- Some clients experience a mild headache following anti-wrinkle injections. If this occurs, take Paracetamol as needed, but avoid medications such as Aspirin, Nurofen, Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication which could increase the risk of bruising.
A little bit of history…
Anti-wrinkle injections are a purified protein that has been diluted many times. Small amounts of the product are administered so that your body will easily break it down after a period of time and when it has had its desired result.
The original brand of anti-wrinkle injections has been used for medical conditions like muscular sclerosis for over 60 years. Doctors then noticed its value in treating patients with overactive muscles.
The cosmetic use, as an anti-wrinkle treatment, was discovered by Ophthalmologist Dr. Jean Carruthers in 1987, when she used the product to treat eye muscle spasms and saw that crow’s feet around the eyes also improved significantly. She spoke to her husband, a Dermatologist, about her observations and he decided to investigate further by trying it on his receptionist. Hence, the first anti-wrinkle treatments were born.
How it works…
Anti-wrinkle injections block the chemical signal that the brain sends to the muscle telling the muscle to contract. This means that when the brain says ‘squint, it’s sunny’, the muscles are saying ‘I can’t hear you’. In effect, the treatment relaxes and lifts the muscle, softening the look of lines and giving a tighter, smoother appearance.
It generally takes 3 to 10 days after the treatment to reach optimum effect. Re-treatment is not recommended within a 14 day period. The effect generally lasts 3 to 4 months, although with regular treatments it may be possible to reduce the dosage. The treatment may be less effective for people over 60 due to weaker muscle tone.
About the treatment…
The most common treatment areas for wrinkle reduction are crow’s feet (lines around the outer eyes), glabella (between the eyes) and the forehead. Muscle relaxants can even be used to treat excessive sweating and jaw grinding.
Following treatment, a review appointment is advised to assess the effectiveness of the dosage given. Although side effects are very rare, patients could experience drooping of the eyelids or eyebrows. This is temporary and may last a few weeks, but will resolve once the effects of the treatment wear off. Being treated by an experienced practitioner will reduce your risks of side effects.
The aim of anti-wrinkle injections is to give a natural result to help patients look their best for their age and to assist in preventing further lines emerging. It is not an exact science and a competent injector will always err on the side of caution for the first treatment – it is easy to add extra but we cannot remove over-treatment.
“I won’t have any facial expression”
This only happens if too much of the product is used. A skilled, experienced practitioner knows how to use small, correctly placed doses to create a natural softening of unwanted lines without compromising facial expression. Our doctors and nurses are fully trained and qualified in expertly administering the product.
“Muscle relaxants will poison my body”
As we mentioned earlier, muscle relaxants have been used medically for decades for medical disorders including migraines, spastic limbs, cerebral palsy, hand tremors, tic disorders and excessive sweating, and have been used cosmetically as anti wrinkle injections since 1987. The product is extensively researched by the manufacturer and is safe. The quantity used in cosmetic treatments is also minute so it is not dangerous to your health.
“I’m afraid it will hurt”
The treatment involves a few tiny injections using a very fine needle which some describe as feeling like a small pin-prick or sting. Only the very tip of the needle actually penetrates the muscle so it’s not like having a vaccine or other injection where the needle goes deeper into the body. No anesthesia or numbing is required and the treatment is very quick.