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Anti-Wrinkle Injections FAQs: Everything You Need to Know Before You Start

No one can stop the clock on ageing, but we have the power to slow it down. Anti-wrinkle injections are one of the most popular anti-ageing solutions worldwide. This treatment is a safe and effective procedure that has drastically changed how we stay looking and feeling young.

Are you considering anti-wrinkle injections for the first time but have questions about what to expect? As a leading provider of nonsurgical treatments in Melbourne, Dr Khinda sees many first-time patients.

Here are some of the most common questions we get about anti-wrinkle injections at Kaya Cosmedica:

What Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections contain a potent purified neurotoxin. When the medication is injected into a muscle, it blocks communication between the muscle and the nerves that connect to it. This prevents the muscle from receiving signals that trigger muscle movement. The muscle cannot contract, which in turn causes the overlying skin to relax. The appearance of wrinkles can be significantly reduced with this treatment, resulting in a smoother complexion and refreshed appearance.

There are many benefits to anti-wrinkle injections. They are more affordable than surgery, less risky than surgery and require less downtime. Each treatment session is quick and results appear in a relatively short period of time. Although the improvements are not permanent, they are long-lasting for a nonsurgical solution.

What Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Treat?

Anti-wrinkle injections are primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which is the type of line formed by repetitive muscle movement. For example, someone who works outdoors and squints frequently may develop crinkles around their eyes or vertical lines between their eyebrows. The areas that are commonly treated with anti-wrinkle injections include the forehead, between the brows, around the eyes, around the bridge of the nose, the corners of the mouth and the neck. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be utilised to treat a gummy smile, reduce excessive sweating, elevate the brows, slim the face and manage migraines.

What Is the Difference Between Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dermal Fillers?

Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers are both injectable treatments that minimise the appearance of facial wrinkles. Both are effective options for the right patient, but they address slightly different concerns and have different mechanisms of action.

Anti-wrinkle injections are also known as neuromodulators. They work by temporarily stopping the normal motion of muscles into which they are injected. This treatment relaxes wrinkles that are the result of muscles repeatedly contracting in the same location.

Fillers work by literally filling in the area underneath the skin. This approach is useful for treating wrinkles that appear due to age-related fat loss and the deterioration of collagen and elastin. By replacing lost volume and filling lines, dermal fillers temporarily restore youthful fullness to the face.

How Much Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cost?

Anti-wrinkle injections are priced per unit, therefore the cost of the treatment depends on how many units are needed to achieve the desired result. Men usually require more units than women. In addition, different areas require different dosing. Smaller areas and weaker muscles require fewer units, while larger areas and stronger muscles require more. Dr Khinda must perform an assessment face-to-face to provide an accurate quote.

Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Safe?

Wrinkle relaxers have been thoroughly researched and tested. One of the products used at Kaya Cosmedica is approved for use in over 90 countries and backed by more than 16 years of published studies. Anti-wrinkle injections should only be administered by a qualified health professional in a safe, sterile environment. You’re more likely to experience adverse effects if your injections are administered by an inexperienced doctor.

What Is the Best Age to Start Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

There is no single age that applies to all patients. The best time to begin anti-wrinkle treatments will depend on your specific goals and circumstances. For some patients, that means starting in the 30s when lines are visible even when the face is at rest. For patients who are more at risk of developing wrinkles due to genetic factors or lifestyle, that may mean beginning preventative treatments at an earlier age, before lines become deeply ingrained. Anti-wrinkle injections can be considered at any age when lines are taking a toll on your confidence.

Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Hurt?

Anti-wrinkle injections feel like a slight pinch or sting. Most patients do not require topical or local anaesthetic for pain relief. Ice and vibration are usually sufficient to minimise discomfort.

How Long Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Last?

Anti-wrinkle injections last three to four months on average. The expected duration of results is dependent on a number of factors including the dosage administered, the skin’s condition and the degree of muscular use in the treatment area. When the treatment wears off, the muscle simply regains its prior strength and normal movement. The lines and wrinkles also gradually return.

After repeated treatments, some patients notice that the muscle’s strength naturally diminishes from being kept in a state of relaxation. This is a desirable effect that can lead to longer breaks between treatment sessions and reduced costs.

Can Anti-Wrinkle Injections be Reversed?

Anti-wrinkle injections cannot be reversed. This is an important distinction between neuromodulators and dermal fillers. The effects of anti-wrinkle injections must wear off naturally. Fillers can be dissolved rapidly by injecting a reversal agent if the treatment produces an unsatisfactory aesthetic result or complications.

Why Should a Cosmetic Doctor Perform Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

It’s important to be treated by an experienced cosmetic doctor who can properly assess your facial aesthetics, judge the size and strength of your muscles, and determine how much muscle relaxer you will need. Your injector’s experience plays a large role in dictating whether you end up with a natural, beautiful result or an overdone, frozen look. Artistry and accuracy are required in equal measure to deliver the best outcomes.

Consulting a qualified cosmetic doctor can also reduce the risk of complications occurring. Your provider should take the time to evaluate your health and medical history to identify any risk factors before proceeding with anti-wrinkle injections.

Choose Confidence – Schedule a Consultation at Kaya Cosmedica

With over a decade of experience in cosmetology and skin care, Dr Parvin Khinda is passionate about helping people look good for their age, at any age. Dr Khinda tailors each anti-wrinkle injection treatment to the needs of the individual, ensuring that patients’ achieve the best and most natural aesthetic outcome. She is a dedicated medical professional who takes the utmost pride in helping her patients rediscover their natural beauty and confidence. Contact Kaya Cosmedica today to book a consultation with Dr PK.