Anti-Wrinkle Injections works by using a natural purified protein that relaxes specific facial muscles that cause expression lines, creating a natural appearance. Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and continue to make undesirable facial features. Thus the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.
The most commonly treated areas are the Frown lines, Forehead lines and Crows Feet. Anti-Wrinkle Injections can also be used to create an eyebrow lift, stop the mouth from pulling down, relax nose lines and chin creases, reduce vertical neck bands and treat excessive underarm sweating. Anti-Wrinkle Injections injected into the masseter muscles help lower face jawline slimming, and relieves the bruxism pain from excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
A small amount of the anti-wrinkle medication is injected into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Generally treatment takes about 10-15 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after. After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the effects to begin and about 1-2 weeks to see the full result.
The dose recommended will wary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines, which will be discussed in detail during your consultation. The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeated treatments, the effect tends to last longer.
In the amounts used for facial treatments the side effects are usually temporary and localised to the area of injection. Possible side effects include headaches, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling, skin tightness and nausea. This very popular treatment has no downtime.
In terms of dosage required, the average female usually has 20-30 units for her frown lines, 12-30 units for her crows feet and 6-15 units for her forehead lines. Men tend to require larger doses due to heavier muscle mass. We will assess you during the consultation and work with your preferences and budget to determine the exact dose that suits you best before commencing treatment.
Our most popular treatment is the genuine American brand (Allergan) of Anti-Wrinkle Injections for best results and enhanced longevity, reconstituted to the recommended concentration for maximum potency.
We also recommend the new German brand of Anti-Wrinkle Injections by Merz which has no protein complex, so almost no risk of resistance or immunity. Potency and results is equivalent to the American market leader. Price is more competitive at $15 per unit, or $14 per unit for 50 or more units.
This is an excellent article from Allure magazine on everything you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about Anti-Wrinkle Injections.
Anti-Wrinkle Injections injected into the glabellar frown lines also help to improve symptoms of Depression, and is considered a second line treatment for those with poor response to, or are unable to tolerate side effects of anti-depressant medications. When we experience emotions like fear, sadness, or anger, we increase contraction activity of the frown muscles, which sends feedback to the brain. Blocking these frowning muscles may improve mood. This well researched article from Healthline explains how it works for depression.
Cost for Anti-Wrinkle Injections:
Brand B (USA): $16/unit or $750 for 50 units ($15/unit)
Brand X (German): $15/unit or $700 for 50 units ($14/unit)
Optional: $50 for add-on Healite LED