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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

What are anti-wrinkle injections? Over time, the movement of your facial muscles causes wrinkles to form and deepen. Anti-wrinkle injections contain a substance that blocks the signals from nerves to particular muscles, resulting in less movement and the reduction or smoothing out of existing wrinkles.

Due to restrictions of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the brand of anti-wrinkle injections used cannot be advertised. In Australia, there are three brands currently available. They are made of natural purified protein. This protein is not animal-based and is extracted from a natural bacterium.

How do they work?

Anti-wrinkle injections contain a powerful neurotoxin that inhibits muscular contractions at the site where the nerves and muscles meet. It does this by preventing the release a chemical that prompts muscle movement. This results in muscle relaxation and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, creating a smooth and fresh look. Prior to its use as an anti-wrinkle treatment, this ingredient was used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including neuralgia, migraine headaches and involuntary muscle tightening. Now, small amounts of this potent protein are used in anti-wrinkle injections at targeted sites to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

What areas can we treat?

Lines and wrinkles can start to develop as early as your 20’s as the skin’s moisture and collagen and elastin in the skin’s structure begin to decrease. Couple this with the effects of stress, sunshine and genetics and it’s easy to see why the face takes on signs of tiredness and age. Anti-wrinkle injections help slow the appearance of ageing and restore a more refreshed, youthful appearance.

Areas commonly treated include:

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
  • Lines around the nose (bunny lines)
  • Upper lip lines (smoker’s lines)
  • Downturned mouth
  • Dimpled chin
  • Neck lines (platysmal bands)

Anti-Wrinkle injections can also be used to:

What does it involve?

Anti-wrinkle injections take as little as 10 minutes, which makes for a convenient lunch hour treatment. At the start of the procedure, Dr Khinda will assess your facial movements to determine areas to treat.

These areas will be marked. After the skin is cleansed with an antiseptic solution, a fine needle is used to inject drops of the protein selectively into facial muscles. Ice and vibration are usually used to minimise discomfort. The treatment is quick with virtually no downtime. Slight swelling and redness may develop once the procedure is done, and this resolves within a few minutes.

When can I expect results?

You can usually notice a difference as early as three- five days, but it may take up to two weeks before you see the optimal effect of the treatment. The results may be dependent on the dosage delivered. Men usually require larger doses than women. Because of this, it is generally advised that you schedule your appointments at least two weeks before any upcoming special occasions or events to allow the treatment time to show best results.

How long does it last?

The outcome of your treatment should last approximately three to four months. Scheduling your next appointment three months after the first procedure helps maintain your improved appearance. After you have undergone a series of appointments, you may discover you can wait longer between appointments as the results of the treatment start to last longer.

How do I look after treatment?

Usually, there may be a small amount of redness and swelling. This is usually temporary, generally resolving within 30 minutes. Bruising may occur infrequently.

What can’t I do after treatment?

We usually recommend that you avoid:

  • Rubbing the injected area
  • Applying makeup over the area injected for at least 4 hours
  • Participating in intensive exercise or hanging upside down (as in aerial yoga) – which can prolong swelling

What are the risks?

In the short term, common risks include tenderness and redness over the injected area. There may be a small risk of bruising. Rarely, one may experience a low-level headache, nausea or flu-like symptoms after treatment.

The likelihood of experiencing any of the above symptoms decreases considerably when an experienced injector performs the procedure. At Kaya Cosmedica, Dr Khinda has ample training and experience in the art and science of cosmetology. Dr Khinda is a member of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia and is committed to keeping abreast of the latest medical and scientific advances in cosmetic procedures, including best practices and techniques for delivering anti-wrinkle injections.

When can’t I have anti-wrinkle injections?

You should postpone treatment if you are planning on becoming pregnant within three months, are currently pregnant, or are breastfeeding. There are some neuromuscular conditions (e.g., myasthenia gravis) that need to be carefully considered when planning your procedure. It is essential to have a thorough consultation with a medical practitioner before treatment to identify any contraindications and potential risks.

Can I combine anti-wrinkle injections with other treatments?

With age, dynamic wrinkles become static wrinkles as the skin loses elasticity. Static wrinkles are fixed or permanent, so they don’t go away when your facial expression changes. In addition to lost elasticity, the ongoing effects of gravity also work to turn dynamic wrinkles into static wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections work best at eliminating lines caused by dynamic wrinkles, and can soften static wrinkles. Kaya Cosmedica offers injectable dermal filler treatments that essentially “fill in” the lines and folds caused by static wrinkles. Areas where dermal fillers can help include:

  • Restore volume to the cheeks
  • Reduce chin creases
  • Smooth out lip lines
  • Reduce lines around the nose and mouth

Combining anti-wrinkle injections with dermal fillers produces dramatic effects that restore a youthful appearance to the entire face. We can perform the two treatments at the same time, so there’s no need to schedule a separate appointment. By combining procedures, you can slow the effects of ageing in two ways.

How do I choose an anti-wrinkle injection provider?

As with most any cosmetic procedure, the doctor’s skill level ultimately determines the quality of the results you see. While the anti-wrinkle injection procedure may not seem complicated, a certain degree of skill and precision is needed to ensure the best possible outcome. For these reasons, it’s important to choose a provider that’s experienced in the field.

Many types of medical practitioners can administer anti-wrinkle injections regardless of training or experience level. While this availability no doubt makes the cosmetic treatment more accessible, not everyone who offers this line of treatment has the skill needed to provide quality care. Ensuring you get the results you expect means choosing a high-quality provider that has a demonstrated track record in performing cosmetic procedures. Dr Khinda of Kaya Cosmedica has years worth of experience in the field and takes great care to deliver quality results.

Am I a good candidate for anti-wrinkle injections?

Good candidates for anti-wrinkle injections will meet the following conditions:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Have moderate to severe facial wrinkles
  • Have wrinkles in treatable areas, such as on the forehead, between the eyes, on the forehead and around the mouth

The best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate for anti-wrinkle injections is to schedule a consultation with a qualified professional. At Kaya Cosmedica, a consultation appointment offers an ideal time to discuss your concerns and goals with Dr Khinda as well as ask any questions you may have about the procedure. Even if you’re not a good candidate for anti-wrinkle treatments, we offer many other treatment options, so we are likely to find one that can produce the results you want. Contact us today by filling out the contact form on our website, or simply schedule your appointment online by clicking the “Book Now” button.

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