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Anti-Wrinkle Treatments

Anti-wrinkle injections are the most common non-invasive, injectable cosmetic treatments. They are effective in treating fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing targeted muscles. They work by temporarily stopping muscle contractions that contribute to facial expressions. Smaller or higher doses can be used depending on whether the patient wants to preserve some movement or have no movement at all. Examples of commonly treated areas include frown and forehead lines, crows feet, gummy smiles and masseters.

Patients seeking an experienced cosmetic practice in South Melbourne are invited to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr Parvin Khinda (a.k.a Dr PK) or her experienced cosmetic nurse injectors to discuss anti-wrinkle injections at Kaya Cosmedica. Dr PK and her team are committed to remaining at the forefront of aesthetic innovations, safety standards, and products.


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 toxin from the bacteria Clostridium that temporarily blocks the signals from nerves to particular muscles, stopping them from contracting, 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.

Due to restrictions of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, the brands and ingredients of anti-wrinkle injections used at Kaya Cosmedica cannot be advertised. In Australia, four brands are currently available. They each contain the toxin extracted through different proprietary methods for the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. You can learn more about the surprising discovery of this ingredient in our blog, 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Prior to its use in cosmetic procedures, this substance was primarily used for the treatment of strabismus, a condition characterised by crossed eyes.  In the late 1980s scientists observed that administering this substance around the eye area induced muscle relaxation, consequently enabling the realignment of the eye movements.  Subsequent research unveiled the cosmetic and medical advantages of this treatment, expanding its uses.

Anti wrinkle injections have a prominent role in the cosmetic industry delivering outcomes from rejuvenated skin by reducing forehead lines and crows feet to the management of medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)  and bruxism (jaw grinding).


Anti wrinkle injections contain a substance which is a powerful neurotoxin that inhibits muscular contractions.  It works at the neuromuscular junction (where the nerves and muscles meet) and prevents the release of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that causes muscle contraction.  This process results in muscle relaxation, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and creates a smoother and more refreshed appearance.

Variable amounts are injected precisely into targeted muscles 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 last longer with ongoing treatment.

At the South Melbourne cosmetic and skin clinic, anti-wrinkle injections are more than a cosmetic solution for unwanted lines. They are also used  for facial lifting (e.g. brow lift)  change facial proportion (eg. slim the face)  and treat a gummy smile.  As Kaya Cosmedica is a doctor-led clinic, it is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions including bruxism (teeth grinding) migraines and tension headaches, correcting asymmetries from conditions such as Bells Palsy, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and hayfever. 


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 (the 11s)
  • 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)
  • Gummy Smile
  • Nose (drooping tip or flaring nostrils)
  • Masseters/jawline contouring
  • Platysma
  • Temporalis
  • Trapezius/Neck pain
  • Calves

Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to:

  • Lift parts of the face – by elevating the brows to correct the sunken/droopy or heavy brow appearance, and by treating the platysma muscle in the neck to lift up the jawline.
  • Reduce excessive muscle function – for example – Reduce a “gummy” smile (excessive show of gum above teeth while smiling) by relaxing the overactive muscles around the lip and nose that cause the upper lip to pull upward when activated.
  • Alter facial proportions – eg, Slim the face by relaxing the muscles that create a ‘bulky’ or ‘square’ facial structure, particularly around the jawline.
  • Manage teeth grinding (bruxism) 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 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
  • Assist with TMJ dysfunction – a pain condition of the jaw joint (TMJ) caused by various muscles including the masster.
  • Manage migraines by relaxing various facial and neck muscles (such as the temporalis, trapezius and occipitalis), reducing tension.
  • Treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) by stopping the sympathetic nerves from stimulating the sweat glands and therefore reducing excessive wetness, particularly under the arms.  Also effective for treating other areas such as the face, hands and feet.
  • Hayfever – by spraying botulinum toxin in to the nasal passages, symptoms such as nasal congestion, itching and sneezing can be relieved.

Frequently asked Questions:


Short-term risks of anti-wrinkle injections include tenderness and redness over the injected area, with a minor 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 PK and her experienced team of injectors share decades of experience in the art and science of cosmetic medicine.

Dr PK 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. All nurses working with Dr PK also go through thorough training and work closely with Dr PK on all treatment plans.


At Kaya Cosmedica, each new patient requires a cosmetic consultation prior to any treatment.
Our consultations are designed to provide you with a tailored experience that addresses your specific needs, concerns and expectations. This is achieved through a facial assessment prior to every treatment and clinical images that are taken prior to treatment to monitor your progress.

It is also important to take a full medical history to ensure the treatments we recommend are safe and effective for your individual circumstances. The consultation also allows you to get to know the processes and treatment options at Kaya Cosmedica, ask questions and gain insight into our expertise and approach.  This allows us to work together towards achieving your desired aesthetic goals.

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, a facial assessment will be conducted to assess your facial lines, movements, and expressions, as well as your personal concerns, to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

The area is cleaned with antiseptic.  Target muscle injection points specific to your unique facial movements, and veins will be marked out (to reduce the risk of bruising). A fine needle is used to inject specific doses of the botulinum toxin into selected facial muscles. The injection causes the muscles to relax over a period of time (3-14 days), preventing lines from forming and smooths softening out existing wrinkles.

Your comfort is considered throughout. While the pain is minimal, options like ice and a vibration device are always offered to minimise any discomfort. The procedure is quick and requires virtually no downtime. 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.


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, all new patients must attend an initial consultation to discuss their aesthetic goals and any concerns about the procedure.

During your appointment, your facial structure, age, ethnicity, and primary concerns will all be considered and discussed before the best course of treatment is recommended. You will be provided with in-depth information about all treatment options to empower you with the knowledge to allow you to have considered input in your treatment plan. A variety of treatment options will be discussed, as well as at-home skin care, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors that may help meet your goals. Together we will develop a treatment plan tailored to you and your goals. If you are not the right candidate for anti-wrinkle injections, we offer a variety of treatments. We can help you find the cosmetic procedure to produce the aesthetic results you desire.


As with any cosmetic procedure, skill and experience are essential for quality 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, choosing a provider with demonstrated experience and training in this field is crucial.

Many 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 expected results requires choosing a high-quality provider with a demonstrated track record in performing cosmetic procedures. Dr PK of Kaya Cosmedica has years of experience in the field and takes great care to deliver quality results. When selecting the nurses that work at Kaya Cosmedica, Dr PK ensures that all have relevant experience and approach skin health and beauty with the same ethos and beliefs as she herself holds. Dr PK also trains all practitioners in her own methods before they treat any patients, as well as being heavily involved in all treatment protocols recommended to all patients.

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


Preparation before an anti-wrinkle injections appointment is simple. We recommend avoiding smoking and large intakes of alcohol for 24 hours because this increases the risk of bruising. Inform Dr PK or one of her injectors  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.


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 treatment or injections. We all age at our own pace based on 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 preventative treatments before this occurs. Kaya Cosmedica ensure all new patients attend an initial consultation. Here your skin will be assessed, and all suitable options will be discussed. The aim is to always enhance your natural beauty, and some treatment options are better than others due to this. If anti-wrinkle injectables are the best treatment, we always recommend starting with smaller doses. All injectables are delivered by Dr Parvin Khinda (aka. Dr PK) or one of her registered nurses.


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 PK or one of her highly trained nurse injectors, they have a very low complication rate. During your appointment, you will be made fully aware of what to expect after treatment and how to manage side effects should they occur.


The effects of the anti-wrinkle injections are 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 to see its optimal effect. The results will also depend 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 PK advises scheduling your anti-wrinkle appointment at least two weeks before the event, allowing the treatment to show its best results. This also leaves ample time for any post-treatment bruising you may develop to resolve.


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 completing a series of appointments, you may discover you can wait longer between appointments. When you have anti-wrinkle treatments regularly, 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,  and the team at Kaya Cosmedica will work with you to determine the amount and regularity of appointments required to maintain your desired look.



Achieving beautiful, natural-looking results is one of the most common concerns among patients seeking anti-wrinkle injections here in South Melbourne. Dr PK and her team of registered nurses are qualified and experienced practitioners with a strong understanding of facial anatomy. Under the lead of Dr PK, the focus of Kaya Cosmedica is to enhance your natural beauty; all treatments are always tailored to your unique profile to ensure a natural result.


Facial expressivity, muscle strength, skin thickness, and ethnicity are among the factors which may affect the duration of anti-wrinkle injections. Choosing 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.


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.


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).


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.


At Kaya Cosmedica, we believe in a holistic approach to achieving radiant and youthful skin.  Combining anti wrinkle injections with complementary treatments such as dermal filler, microneedling and a tailored cosmeceutical skincare routine provides a comprehensive solution and  better results.

Anti wrinkle injections are effective for reversing or softening dynamic wrinkles, while microneedling enhances collagen production and improves overall skin texture.  Dermal filler treatments restore volume and enhance facial contours.  Dermal fillers can help to:

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

When coupled with a personalised cosmeceutical skincare routine, which includes medical grade products enriched with potent active ingredients, the synergy of these treatments can address a wider range of concerns.  

This comprehensive approach not only ensures natural looking and long lasting results, but promotes overall skin health, and a more radiant and refreshed appearance.  Our experienced team at Kaya Cosmedica will work closely with you to create a customised treatment plan that combines these therapies for the most effective and natural looking results.


One of the many therapeutic applications of anti-wrinkle injections is treating the symptoms of TMJ. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull. It plays a role in various mouth movements, including chewing and speaking.

Issues can occur when this complex system of muscles, bones, ligaments, and discs stops working together properly. TMJ dysfunction is called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), or sometimes simply TMJ. Medical attention is recommended for TMJ disorders if you are experiencing pain in your jaw or elsewhere, having difficulty opening and closing your mouth, clenching or grinding your teeth, or locking your jaw.

Administering anti-wrinkle injections into the masseter and temporalis muscles on the sides of the face temporarily relaxes the muscles, helping to reduce the tension and pain associated with TMJ disorders. Anti-wrinkle injections do not address the root cause of TMD, but controlling the symptoms can dramatically improve your comfort while you pursue other treatment options.

Other medical conditions were treat using anti- wrinkle injections include bruxism, migraines, hayfever and hyperhidrosis. (LINK)


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.


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, 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 schedule your consultation online by clicking the “Book Now” button.

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