… treat expression lines for a fresher, younger look!
Anti-Wrinkle Injections owe their huge and ever-increasing popularity to their ability to either improve or remove those facial lines caused by the repeated creasing of the skin by the underlying muscles of facial expression. Although used mainly to treat facial expression lines, Anti-Wrinkle Injections have now also established themselves as effective treatments for a wide range of other cosmetic conditions as well as a number of neurological and medical disorders.
- Performed by the Clinic that first introduced their cosmetic use into Australia in 1994!
- Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic is a ‘Doctor Only’ Clinic. All treatments are performed by doctors only. We do not have ‘Nurse Injectors’!
Although most people know this product well by name, current Government regulations prevent us from naming it on websites or in any form of promotion – even though it was widely advertised in earlier years and is still regularly mentioned by name in the media! We are permitted, however, to give you printed information on it, including its name, at your Initial Consultation.
Depending on how deep they were to start with, Anti-Wrinkle Injections will either improve or fully correct those facial lines caused by the repetitive creasing of the skin by the underlying facial expression muscles.
The product’s safety and effectiveness in neurological and eye disorders featuring muscle spasm has been clearly established since it was first used in humans in 1977.
Its cosmetic value, however, was only discovered accidentally in 1989 by Professor Jean Carruthers in Vancouver, Canada.
In 1994, our Medical Director, Dr George Mayson, was invited by Professor Carruthers to Canada to learn first-hand her injection techniques in this new and revolutionary cosmetic treatment. After returning, Dr Mayson became the first doctor in Australia to use it cosmetically and therefore Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic has the longest experience with its cosmetic use in Australia.
The Most Commonly Treated Areas
The most frequently requested areas for treatment are:
- ‘Frown Lines (the vertical lines or furrows between the eyebrows)
- ‘Surprise’ Lines (the horizontal lines across the forehead)
- Crow’s Feet at the sides of the eyes
- Lines under the eyes
- ‘Gummy Smiles’ (showing an excessive amount of upper gum on smiling)
- Masseter Muscles for facial slimming
Masseter Muscle Injections for Facial Slimming
Other Uses Of Anti-Wrinkle Injections
- ‘Bunny Crunches’ on the upper nose
- ‘Turned Down’ corners of the mouth
- Droopy Brows
- Flaring Nostrils
- ‘Canine Smiles’ (a ‘snarling’ type of smile)
- Vertical Neck Bands
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration of armpits, groins, hands or feet)
By relaxing the underlying muscles responsible, these appearances will either improve or totally disappear.
Rest assured, the Muscle Relaxant only prevents the contraction of the muscles into which it is injected. It does NOT produce any numbness of the skin or any internal side effects.
How Frequently Are Treatments Required?
Initially, most people require an injection every 3-4 months to maintain the correction. However, approximately 80% of people who have treatments regularly enough to keep the muscles constantly relaxed, eventually acquire longer durations in the order of 6-12 months.
How Is It Done?
The treatment is a very simple, walk-in, walk-out one and most people can return immediately to their normal work and social activities.
CONSUMER AWARENESS GUIDE
…. What Most Consumers Don’t Know!
DON’T DECIDE WHERE TO HAVE YOUR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS UNTIL YOU’VE READ THE FOLLOWING!
Anti-Wrinkle Injections are becoming increasingly popular with the result that more and more Cosmetic Physicians, Nurses, General Practitioners and now even some Dentists, are offering these treatments! Unfortunately for patients, however, some clinics are offering treatments at very low prices which, although tempting, may not deliver the best possible results.
The THREE ESSENTIAL CRITERIA for the best possible results and longest-lasting corrections are:
- The ‘freshness’ of the product (see below)
- Adequate dosage (see below)
- Accurate placement – which is only possible if your injector has a sound knowledge of facial anatomy.
The more your treatment departs from each of the above three criteria, the poorer will be your result.
1. The ‘Freshness’ of the Product Should Be Your First Consideration:
The manufacturer clearly states on the label that the product should be used within 24 hours of opening. The reasons for this are twofold:
Firstly, it contains no preservative, and if the entire multi-dose vial is not used within 24 hours and your injector stores the remainder of the vial in the refrigerator until they next have a request for it, it could become contaminated and produce a serious infection when injected into the next patient.
Secondly, one UK study showed that, beyond 24 hours, the product becomes less effective with time. So, if you’re given product that was opened more than 24 hours ago, you will likely get a weaker result – either less correction, less duration, or both. Consider this: If you can walk into any clinic and have the treatment immediately, how do you know when the vial was first opened? It could have been one hour ago (which would be acceptable), or it could have been one week or one month ago (not acceptable). So, unless the clinic is prepared to guarantee you that it was opened less than 24 hours ago, go elsewhere!
Why do some clinics do this?
Simply because the product only comes in 100-unit vials and it is an expensive product for clinics to buy, so unless they have enough patients to use up an entire vial of 100 units within 24 hours, there is a real risk they will refrigerate any leftover amount instead of discarding it! So always get an assurance that the product is less than 24 hours old and don’t allow yourself to be convinced that it doesn’t matter. It certainly DOES and you deserve to get ‘fresh’ and not ‘old’ product for your money! If you wouldn’t buy out-of-date food, why would you allow yourself to be injected with out-of-date anti-wrinkle product?
2. Dosage and Cost:
Don’t compare clinics on ‘cost per area’, otherwise you could be misled. You need to compare the ‘cost per unit’ of product.
Dosage is measured in terms of ‘units’ and each area of the face needs an optimum number of ‘units’ to deliver the best possible result. Moreover, this ideal dosage can vary between individuals depending on how strong their expression muscles are. At Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, we customise the dosages for every patient in order to deliver the best possible result in each facial area.
3. Minumum Dosage Requirements:
Ensure each area will receive the minimum required dose so that you get the best and longest-lasting correction. Insufficient doses deliver less duration, less correction, or both. Even worse, the practice of spreading a small dose over several areas – the so-called “a little bit here and a little bit there” technique – is a flawed technique because it delivers only a fraction of the correct dose into each area – the result being weaker corrections and shorter durations in ALL the areas treated!
4. Nurse Injectors:
With only the best interests of our patients in mind, we remain a ‘Doctor-only’ clinic. We truly believe that a Nurse performing these treatments is not in the patient’s best interests. Nurses are admirable and skilled individuals within their own profession but unfortunately, they do not have an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy for the most accurate placement of the product.
MOREOVER, IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANY NURSE TO INJECT YOU WITH THESE PRODUCTS UNLESS YOU HAVE FIRST HAD A CONSULTATION WITH THE DOCTOR OF THAT PRACTICE. And it should be a face-to-face consultation with the doctor, not a Skype consultation. Skype consultations cannot replace a proper assessment of your face with the doctor in person.
5. Check the Brand You’re Getting:
There are currently 3 brands of Anti-Wrinkle Injections approved in Australia. Two of those are very similar in terms of cost and effectiveness but the third is cheaper because it is less potent and requires 4-5 times the dosage of the other two to deliver an equivalent result.
Reportedly, some clinics tell patients they use the best-known and original brand but then, unbeknown to the patient, inject the cheaper brand. This is both unethical and dishonest. Although the cheaper product may work equally as well as the other two if sufficient dosage is given, there are important differences between them, and, if you are expecting one of the other two brands, ensure you get what you were promised by asking to see the label.
6. Avoid ‘Injection Parties’:
We consider these unprofessional and not in the best interests of patients. Treatments should be administered in a proper clinical setting after careful patient assessment, not in a frivolous party atmosphere.
7. Be Wary of Any Clinic Offering a Medicare Item Number For Your Consultation or Treatment:
Consultations and treatments for the COSMETIC use of Anti-Wrinkle Injections are NOT eligible for Medicare rebates and it is both illegal and fraudulent for a doctor to itemise a receipt in these circumstances so you can claim part of it back from Medicare.
In conclusion, remember that YOU are the consumer, you are spending your hard-earned dollars and accordingly you deserve the highest professional standards and the best possible results for your money.
Don’t accept anything less. At Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, we can assure you of the highest professional standards and the best possible results from treatments carried out by doctors only, and in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Even though most people know these products very well by name and they are frequently mentioned in the media, Government regulations unfortunately prohibit doctors from displaying their names.
Suffice it to say, there are currently 3 brands of anti-wrinkle injections approved in Australia. Two are very similar in duration and effectiveness, whereas the third is a “weaker” product that requires 4-5 times the dosage of the other two to deliver a similar result.
The experience of the injector is important: Our Medical Director,Dr George Mayson, was the FIRST doctor to introduce the cosmetic use of anti-wrinkle injections into Australia in 1994 and so Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic has the longest cosmetic experience with it in Australia. Unfortunately for consumers, there are currently insufficient restrictions as to who can inject these products – the result being that they are now widely available from chain clinics in shopping centres, GP practices, travelling Nurse Injectors, and even now some Dentists! Unfortunately, however, this diversity and competition means that techniques and standards can vary as will the results. The essential criteria to always look for are:
The ‘freshness’ of the product – according to the manufacturer’s instructions, the product should not have been opened more than 24 hours earlier.
Adequate dosage for each treatment area – avoid the ‘little bit here and little bit there’ technique otherwise you’ll get a poorer result in every area! Each area needs a minimum dosage for the best possible result.
Check that the brand you’re getting is the one you expected! Reportedly, some clinics imply they use the original and best-known brand but actually inject the cheapest!
Insist on being properly assessed by an experienced Doctor in person prior to being treated. It is actually illegal for a nurse to inject anti-wrinkle products unless you have been first consulted by a doctor of that particular practice. And, consultations via Skype are not a substitute for a proper face-to-face assessment.
Essentially no. Our only advice is that you not press or rub the injected areas for 5 hours after treatment otherwise you could move the product to adjacent muscles.
The safety of anti-wrinkle injections in pregnancy and breast-feeding has not been established so are best avoided during those times.
Understandably, the cost of treatment for any particular area will depend on the dose required to deliver the best and longest-lasting correction. Dosage is described in terms of ‘number of units’ and each area requires a minimum number of units for the best possible result.