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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Over time, the movement of our facial muscles and the effects of the ageing process cause 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. Injectables are a minimally invasive, convenient and effective way to refresh your look and enjoy natural-looking results.

We invite patients seeking an experienced cosmetic practice in South Melbourne to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr Parvin Khinda to discuss anti-wrinkle injections at Kaya Cosmedica. Together with her staff, Dr PK is committed to remaining at the forefront of aesthetic innovations, safety standards and products.

WHAT ARE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

Due to restrictions of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the brands of anti-wrinkle injections used at Kaya Cosmedica 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. You can learn more about the surprising discovery of this ingredient in our blog, 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Before it was used for cosmetic treatments, the active ingredient in anti-wrinkle injections was used to treat strabismus, or crossed eyes. Scientists noticed that injecting it around the eye area relaxed the muscles causing the eyes to point in different directions, allowing them to realign. Therapeutic use of this treatment began in 1989.

As research continued, the treatment’s cosmetic benefits became apparent. Relaxing muscles could also soften the look of the wrinkles they cause. The product was rebranded and has been a favourite of aesthetic enthusiasts since the early 2000s.

HOW DO ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS 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 of a chemical that prompts muscle movement. This process results in muscle relaxation, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and creates a smoother and more refreshed profile.

Small amounts of this potent protein are used in anti-wrinkle injections at targeted sites to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Compared to surgical options, this treatment is cost-effective, lower risk and accommodating to those who have busy schedules or simply do not want downtime. Although the results are not permanent, they are long-lasting and can become even longer-lasting with ongoing treatment.

At our South Melbourne skin clinic, anti-wrinkle injections are more than a nonsurgical solution for unwanted lines. We also use them to elevate the brows, slim the face, treat a gummy smile, and reduce excessive sweating. In other settings, the same active ingredient is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including neuralgia, migraine headaches and involuntary muscle tightening.

WHAT AREAS CAN WE TREAT WITH ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

When paired with the effects of stress, sun damage and genetics, our skin takes on many signs of tiredness and age, often leading to a worn, fatigued or even angry appearance that does not reflect our true character. Anti-wrinkle injections help to slow the effects of ageing and produce a more youthful and refreshed expression.

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:

  • Elevate the brows, to correct the sunken or heavy brow appearance
  • Reduce a “gummy” smile (excessive show of gum above teeth while smiling), by relaxing the overactive muscles around the lip that cause the upper lip to pull upward when activated
  • Treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), by stopping the sympathetic nerves from stimulating the sweat glands and therefore reducing excessive wetness, particularly under the arms
  • Slim the face, by relaxing the muscles that create a ‘bulky’ or ‘square’ facial structure, particularly around the jawline.
  • Manage teeth grinding, by relaxing the primary muscle that causes the ‘bulk’ (the masseter muscle), reducing squareness and releasing tension in the jaw that triggers teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Manage migraines by relaxing various facial and neck muscles, reducing tension

IS THERE AN IDEAL AGE FOR SOMEONE TO START GETTING ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

Lines and wrinkles can start to develop as early as your 20s. As the moisture, collagen and elastin within your skin’s structure begin to decrease, your skin becomes more susceptible to developing creases that can prematurely age your face. People with very expressive faces are particularly at risk of developing dynamic lines at an earlier age.

There is no ideal age to start anti-wrinkle injections that applies to everyone. We all age at our own pace, based on a combination of genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Some people choose to start when they notice their lines are becoming etched into their skin and are visible even without movement. Others prefer to start preventative treatments before this occurs. We typically recommend starting with smaller doses and gradually increasing as needed.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

Preparation before an anti-wrinkle injections appointment is simple. We recommend avoiding smoking and large intakes of alcohol for 24 hours as this increases the risk of bruising. Inform Dr Khinda about any medications or supplements you are taking, as some can have adverse effects if combined with anti-wrinkle injections. You may be asked to temporarily stop taking certain products in the days leading up to and the days following your appointment.

WHAT DOES THE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS TREATMENT INVOLVE?

Anti-wrinkle injections can take as little as 10 minutes to perform, which makes for a convenient lunch-hour treatment. At the start of the procedure, Dr Khinda will assess your facial movements, as well as your personal concerns, to determine the most suitable areas of treatment. These areas will then be marked, and your skin will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution.

Dr Khinda will mark out injection points in the target muscle that are specific for your unique facial movements. Veins are also marked out using a laser device to reduce the risk of bruising. A fine needle is then used to inject drops of the protein selectively into the facial muscles. The injection causes the muscles to relax, which prevents lines from forming and smoothes out existing wrinkles.

Dr Khinda is committed to ensuring your comfort during the treatment process, so ice and vibration are usually used to minimise discomfort. The procedure is quick and requires virtually no downtime, so you can resume regular activity shortly after your appointment at our South Melbourne clinic. While you may experience minor swelling or redness immediately after the procedure, this generally disappears within a few minutes.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT RESULTS FROM ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

The onset of anti-wrinkle injections is gradual. You can usually notice a difference as early as 3 to 5 days after a treatment, but it may take up to two weeks before you see its optimal effect. The results will also be dependent on the dosage delivered and how your body metabolises the active ingredient. For instance, men usually require larger doses than women.

If you are preparing for an upcoming special occasion, Dr Khinda advises that you schedule your anti-wrinkle appointment at least two weeks before the event to allow the treatment to show its best results. This also leaves ample time for any post-treatment bruising you may develop to resolve.

WILL THE RESULT LOOK NATURAL?

Achieving beautiful, natural-looking results is one of the most common concerns among patients seeking anti-wrinkle injections here in South Melbourne. Consulting a qualified and experienced cosmetic doctor with a strong understanding of facial anatomy is the first crucial step to ensuring your results are naturally convincing and tailored to your unique profile.

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Let’s use the treatment of forehead lines as an example. Forehead lines are caused by contraction of the frontalis muscle that elevates the eyebrows, forming horizontal lines. There are many individual variations that matter when it comes to customising the right dosage for you. Each of us contracts this muscle to a different degree, and there is usually asymmetry, where one side is stronger than the other. It is important to assess how strongly you contract the frontalis muscle, in addition to assessing how wide and broad your frontalis muscle is.

Another consideration for a natural look is to observe your facial structure at rest, in this instance to identify any heavy upper eyelids or unevenness in brow position. Over-treatment in these situations can cause the lids and brows to drop and feel heavy, resulting in an unnatural expression.

A highly trained cosmetic doctor like Dr Khinda can design a treatment plan that is tailored to your facial profile. While anti-wrinkle injections are offered by various practitioners and are easily accessible, choosing a high-quality provider at a reputable medical clinic will increase your chances of achieving satisfying, radiant and natural-looking results while avoiding the obvious or ‘overdone’ look.

HOW LONG DO RESULTS LAST?

Depending on the dosage delivered and your natural skin habits, the outcome of your anti-wrinkle injections should last between three to four months. Scheduling your next appointment three months after the first procedure will help maintain your enhanced profile.

After you have undergone a series of appointments, you may discover you can wait longer between appointments. When anti-wrinkle treatments are repeated on a regular basis, the muscles are not allowed to recover fully between doses, and the duration of results starts to increase.

This process may vary for each patient, so Dr Khinda can work with you to determine the amount and regularity of appointments required to maintain your desired look.

CAN I DO ANYTHING TO MAKE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS LAST LONGER?

Facial expressivity, muscle strength, skin thickness and ethnicity are among the factors that affect the duration of anti-wrinkle injections. Ensuring you choose a provider who understands these influences and can select an appropriate dose will allow the product to be most effective and maximise its longevity. After treatment, protect your skin from the sun and regularly undergo “maintenance” treatments before your results wear off. Recurrent treatments may train the targeted muscles to respond to the injections for longer periods of time.

HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

Immediately after treatment, you may experience a small amount of redness and swelling. These effects are generally temporary and should resolve within 30 minutes. Bruising may also occur, though this should also subside quickly or with the aid of topical cream.

Anti-wrinkle injections are safe, and when performed by an experienced clinical doctor in South Melbourne like Dr Khinda, have a very low complication rate. During your appointment, Dr Khinda will ensure you are fully aware of what to expect after treatment and how to manage side effects should they occur.

WHAT CAN’T I DO AFTER GETTING ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

After receiving anti-wrinkle injections at Kaya Cosmedica, 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 (e.g. aerial yoga) – which can prolong swelling
  • Applying any pressure to the area treated (for example lying on a massage table or wearing swimming goggles)

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Short-term risks include tenderness and redness over the injected area, with a small chance of bruising. In rare cases, patients may experience a minor headache, nausea or flu-like symptoms after treatment.

The likelihood of experiencing any of the above symptoms decreases considerably when you undergo treatment by an experienced injector. While anti-wrinkle injections may be widely accessible and offered by various practitioners, you will achieve the best and safest result by consulting a highly-trained professional with demonstrated experience.

At South Melbourne-based 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.

CAN ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS BE REVERSED?

Unlike dermal fillers, anti-wrinkle injections cannot be dissolved or reversed. Just as the treatment gradually kicks in, its effects gradually fade. Patience is required while this process takes place and normal muscle activity returns.

For some concerns, such as awkward facial movement or asymmetry, additional injections can correct the issue and restore harmony to the face. It is important to only trust corrective injections to a reputable provider who understands facial anatomy and how the muscles react to injections.

WILL I LOOK WORSE IF I STOP USING ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

No, this is a myth. Patients who have grown accustomed to their smoother, more youthful appearance sometimes feel they look significantly older when the treatment wears off. This is only because they are used to seeing themselves with the treatment and their natural appearance is now unfamiliar. Anti-wrinkle injections do not accelerate the ageing process.

If you need to temporarily pause your anti-wrinkle treatments, or decide to stop getting them altogether, your wrinkles will not be worse than when you started. Your skin does not compensate for lost time by creating ‘catch-up wrinkles’. Your normal muscle movements will return and you will look as you did before the treatment, or perhaps even younger than your age.

HOW MUCH DO ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS COST IN MELBOURNE?

Anti-wrinkle injections are priced per unit, therefore the total cost of a treatment depends on how many units are needed to achieve the desired result. Some of the factors that go into the cost include:

  • Number of areas being treated
  • Size of the areas being treated
  • Strength of the muscle being treated
  • Gender (men usually require more units than women)

Dr Khinda must conduct an assessment face-to-face to provide an accurate quote.

CAN I COMBINE ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS WITH OTHER TREATMENTS?

Over time, as the skin continues to lose elasticity, dynamic wrinkles become static wrinkles. Static lines are permanent creases on the face, so they do not disappear with changes in your facial expression. In addition to lost elasticity, the ongoing effects of gravity also work to turn dynamic wrinkles into static wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections are the best method for eliminating dynamic lines, while dermal fillers can help to soften static wrinkles. Kaya Cosmedica offers injectable dermal filler treatments that essentially “fill in” the lines and folds caused by static wrinkles. Dermal fillers can help to:

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

If you are wishing to smooth out wrinkles and achieve a more radiant and refreshed look, combining anti-wrinkle injections with dermal fillers can produce transformative results. The treatments can be performed simultaneously, so there is no need to schedule a separate appointment. By pairing the two procedures, you can significantly slow the effects of ageing and achieve a more youthful profile.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT PROVIDER FOR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS IN SOUTH MELBOURNE?

As with any cosmetic procedure, the skill and experience of the doctor will determine the quality of your results. While the anti-wrinkle injection procedure may not seem complicated, a certain degree of precision and a sound understanding of the facial anatomy is required to ensure the safest and best possible outcome. For these reasons, it is crucial to choose a provider who has demonstrated experience and training in this field.

Many types of medical practitioners can administer anti-wrinkle injections regardless of training or experience level. While this makes the procedure more accessible, not everyone who offers this line of treatment has the skill required to provide quality care. Ensuring you get the results you expect means choosing a high-quality provider who has a demonstrated track record in performing cosmetic procedures. Dr Parvin Khinda of Kaya Cosmedica has years’ worth of experience in the field and takes great care to deliver quality results.

Before booking a cosmetic injection treatment, read our blog post 4 Tips to Finding a Cosmetic Injector in Melbourne.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

The most suitable candidate for anti-wrinkle injections will meet the following conditions:

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

You may not be a candidate for anti-wrinkle injections if you:

  • Are allergic to ingredients in the product
  • Have trouble swallowing or breathing
  • Have a nerve or muscle disorder
  • Have an active infection at the planned treatment site
  • Are breastfeeding or pregnant

The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for anti-wrinkle injections is to schedule a consultation with a qualified professional. At Kaya Cosmedica in South Melbourne, Dr Khinda performs all treatments and consultations, where she encourages you to discuss your aesthetic goals as well as any concerns you may have about the procedure.

During your appointment, Dr Khinda will assess your facial structure and primary concerns to determine the best course of treatment. If you are not the right candidate for anti-wrinkle injections, we offer a variety of treatments and can help you find the cosmetic procedure that will produce the aesthetic results you desire.

REQUEST A CONSULTATION AT KAYA COSMEDICA TODAY

Anti-wrinkle injections are a reliable, rapid and safe way to turn back the clock. They help maintain a fresh appearance and reduce the depth of unwanted lines caused by repeated muscle contractions. When done by a skilled practitioner, anti-wrinkle injections can craft a more youthful and balanced appearance and a softer, friendlier expression.

To learn more about the anti-ageing treatments available in South Melbourne, contact Kaya Cosmedica today. You can reach us 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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