FAQ COSMETIC INJECTIONS

Wrinkle Relaxers/Botulinum FAQ

WHAT IS AN ANTI WRINKLE INJECTION?

Botulinum toxin inhibits muscle contractions by blocking nerve signals. Using a fine needle, medicine is injected into the selected muscle resulting in a relaxed and softened appearance on the surface 

DOES IT HURT TO GET ANTI WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

Antiwrinkle medicine is injected with the smallest of needle types. It is typically a very quick (less than 5 mins) type of service.  Most of the time allocated for the appointment is dedicated to discussing which areas and how many units you may need today.  The procedure is almost over right after it gets started!  Majority of our patients who decide to get antiwrinkle medicine go without any numbing or ice at all. However, if you want to have the areas numbed first, we are happy to provide this for you complimentary.

WHAT AREAS ARE ANTIWRINKLE INJECTIONS MOST COMMONLY USED?

Wrinkles surrounding the eyes, known as crow’s feet, and frown lines are typical areas where people choose to get antiwrinkle medicine. Deep forehead lines, smile creases, and lip lines are also common spots where medicine is used.

AFTER I GET ANTIWRINKLE INJECTIONS, HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS LAST?

Antiwrinkle injections last approximately 3 months.  As you receive regular injections, your muscles will be trained to relax more, and the treatment will last a little longer.

WHAT SIDE EFFECTS CAN I EXPECT FROM ANTI WRINKLE INJECTIONS?

A small bruise may occur to any area injected, and is the most common side effect but will dissipate within a few weeks. Headaches are rare. Some patients experience an eyelid droop which will stop within a few weeks. This occurs as the medicine moves around and gets settled. Be mindful of the treated area and refrain from rubbing or touching it for 12 hours. Also, be sure not to lie down within the first 4 hours after the procedure.

IS ANTI WRINKLE MEDICINE SAFE FOR ME?

Antiwrinkle medicine is safe and is approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) in Australia, however, if you have certain conditions, you should not get the procedure. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease, our doctor will tell you to not receive treatments.

The first thing to understand about wrinkles is that there are two types. The first is referred to as “static” wrinkles, which form as tissues age and grow lax. The other type of wrinkles are called “dynamic.” These are created by repetitive muscle movements like smiling or squinting.

Antiwrinkle Cosmetic medicine is a non-surgical treatment designed to reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. With dynamic wrinkles, it works by blocking nerve stimulus to the muscles in the targeted area, that is why is capable of such dramatic improvements on dynamic wrinkles like:

  • Frown lines, which are lines that form between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
  • Forehead furrows or lines
  • Laugh lines to the sides of the mouth
  • Lipstick lines, which are the tiny wrinkles that form around the lips

Known as Botulinum Toxin there are two brands, type A and type B. Technically, both are a muscle paralyzing neurotoxin that when injected into a targeted area, relaxes the muscles beneath the skin to smooth out facial lines.

Who are Ideal Cosmetic Candidates?

Men and women of any age can benefit from Cosmetic treatments. If you would like to correct the signs of early aging brought about by fine lines and wrinkles, antiwrinkle medicine can give you excellent results. It’s safe for all ethnicities and skin types too.

How is It Used?

The procedure is very simple. Prior to receiving your treatment, our medical team will ensure that you are a good candidate for wrinkle relaxers, and we’ll discuss which parts of the face to target along with how much will be needed.

No anesthesia is required, although it is recommended to use a topical anesthetic —the procedure is virtually painless. You’ll feel a slight pinch with each injection. With a tiny needle, the medicine is injected into the target areas. This usually takes less than 30 minutes in the clinic.

What to Expect After Anti Wrinkle Treatments

One of the great things about antiwrinkle medicine is that it doesn’t interrupt your life. There is no downtime after a treatment, which means that you will be able to return to your usual activities immediately following the treatment.

Minor bruising may occur at the injection site, but this doesn’t last for long. Within two to seven days, you’ll begin to see results from your treatment, and the full results typically appear within two weeks. Each treatment lasts between three and four months. After that, to maintain your results, you’ll need to repeat the treatment.

One of the great things about this treatment is that it can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic achievements to achieve optimal results. For instance, for a greater smoothing effect, dermal fillers like can be added to remove both dynamic and static wrinkles, which will leave your skin looking youthful and healthy. If you’re interested in additional treatments, speak with us about the products and services available at our Wilston location in Brisbane, just 3km from the city centre.

What is Botulinum Cosmetic?

Botulinum Cosmetic is a mild neurotoxin that dramatically improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The technical term for it is “Botulinum Toxin Type A orB,” and it works by temporarily paralyzing targeted facial muscles. What this means is that the muscles relax, which leaves your skin with a smoother finish for up to four months.

Where can it be used?

It is primarily used on the face as a treatment that smooths wrinkles by relaxing dynamic facial muscles—or in other words, the muscles that perform repetitive movements like those around your mouth and eyes, which move whenever you smile or frown. This is why it works best to correct frown lines between the eyes, crow’s feet at the edges of the eyes, forehead lines, and the lipstick lines that form around the lips.

How do the treatments work?

Botulinum is administered to targeted facial muscles through small injections.

How long does it take to perform a Cosmetic treatment?

Typically, your procedure will take less than 15 minutes in clinic.

Where can I get an Antiwrinkle treatment?

Antiwrinkle relaxers are available at Cosmetic Nurse Jo’s clinic, Harbour Medispa, which is located in beautiful Wilston, Brisbane.

Will I be a good candidate for Antiwrinkle?

Both men and women can receive treatments, and it is suitable for all skin types and ethnicities. Anyone seeking a more youthful look is a good candidate!

How long before I see the medicine starting to work?

You’ll start seeing the effects within two to seven days, with full results usually appearing within two weeks.

Is anesthesia required for a Cosmetic treatment?

Anesthesia is not required to perform an anti-wrinkle treatment since this is a relatively painless procedure. However, an effective strong numbing cream is used to the areas prior to dermal fillers, Lipodissolve and other treatments. Ice is also used to make the treatment even more tolerable. All the good news!

Are Antiwrinkle injections painful?

These treatments cause very little discomfort. Most patients report a quick prick or pinching sensation during the injections.

What can I expect while I recover after injections?

One of the great things about treatments is that there is no downtime after the treatment. You may experience minor bruising around injection sites, but this will resolve within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you’ll start seeing the full results within two weeks of your treatment.

Will treatments require me to take time off work?

Since there is no downtime with this treatment, you’ll be able to go back to work and the rest of your activities immediately!

How long will the results of my Antiwrinkle treatment last?

For most people, results last approximately three months After this time, if you want to maintain the results, you’ll need a repeat treatment.

Are there risks of Antiwrinkle treatments?

When applied by an experienced professional, antiwrinkle is considered safe. Complications are rare. Overcorrection is when the muscle relaxant effect is too great, which may cause slight drooping of facial muscles.

How much does a session cost?

Exact costs vary depending on the area that you want to treat, and the amount of correction required to produce a smooth look. At your consultation appointment, a professional will determine how many units of will be required.

Can I finance my Cosmetic treatment?

Yes! Patients can pay for antiwrinkle injections using all major credit cards and ZIP Money. For more information about payment options, contact us.

Who should avoid injections?

Women who are pregnant, and breastfeeding mothers. If you have autoimmune or neurological disorder botulinum should be avoided.

Do Side Effects Occur From injections?

Some patients may experience temporary bruising, although not everyone. A smaller percentage experience drooping eyelids, although it typically goes away within 14 days for these rare instances. Furthermore, these cases happen when the product on the face moves into surrounding muscles, which makes it more important for patients to not touch their face for 12 hours after their treatment.

How frequent will I need Antiwrinkle Injections?

Antiwrinkle medicine is taken on a schedule, which is similar to other preventive treatments. You’ll begin with two treatments that are 12 weeks apart. This allows us to see how successful it is for you. Those who aren’t treated each 12th week could see less benefits.

Depending on your progress, we’ll discuss the 12-week schedule further. Before any patient leaves our medspa on treatment day, we’ll schedule the next visit. This will help you remain consistent and allow for the most optimal results.

Dermal Fillers FAQ

WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?

Dermal fillers are substance/gels injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour.  It is by no means permanent and is totally biodegradable. Depending on what type of dermal filler used, results can last between one to two years. Dermal fillers are very safe. 

WHAT AREAS CAN DERMAL FILLERS BE USED FOR?

The face loses volume and contour when we age, the bones and soft tissue reabsorb and contribute to the appearance of sagging skin. Dermal fillers may be used to replace this volume loss and restore the structural support, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. The aim is to make the face more harmonious and rejuvenated.

For instance, the lips may be injected to improve their shape, size, symmetry and proportion. The cheeks may be injected to make a face more defined, contoured and attractive. An underdeveloped chin may be injected to make it appear more projected and proportionate. The jawline may be injected to improve the entire jawline or give a person who did not have a jawline a defined look.

WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE AND IS IT PAINFUL?

We use a topical numbing agent and ice, the procedure involves small injections directly into the skin and takes around 20 minutes. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and you can go straight back to work. The result can be seen immediately with dermal fillers. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The procedure varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular type of dermal filler being administered.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE ANY RESULT AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 2–4 weeks. Results can last between 9–18 months although optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The longevity varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.

ARE DERMAL FILLERS SAFE?

Yes. We use only the top two TGA approved products. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, thus there is no risk of allergic reactions. Even people with food sensitivities can receive these fillers safely. The brands of dermal fillers we use are available in more than 90 countries and have been used as an injectable cosmetic treatment for more than two decades with an excellent safety record.

ARE THERE ANY SIDES EFFECTS?

Today’s dermal fillers have come a long way since the first-generation of collagen injections. Advanced injection techniques, coupled with the use of micro-cannula (blunt needle) and improved product safety means that significant side effects are extremely uncommon but may include:

  • Injection-related reactions: these reactions may include redness at the injection site immediately after the treatment.
  • Bruising: occasionally bruising can occur. However the use of micro-cannula (blunt needle) dramatically reduces the risk of bruising.
  • Contour irregularities can and do occasionally occur. Massaging can usually smooth out any ‘lumpiness’ however if persistent the filler can be easily and rapidly dissolved.
  • Infection — as with all injections, this procedure carries a risk of infection. The syringe is sterile and standard precautions associated with injectable materials are taken.
  • Necrosis — one of the worst possible complications of dermal filler. Fortunately, this is extremely rare. It happens when the dermal filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel and it subsequently blocks the blood supply to the skin/tissue in that area.
  • Blindness — This is a very rare complication. There have been approximately 100 cases in the world and is caused by injecting dermal filler into blood vessel which has a connection with the artery which supplies blood and oxygen to the eye. There is no treatment so far for this that has been successful.

ARE THERE ANY AFTER-CARE INSTRUCTIONS?

For 48 hours post-treatment, you are advised to avoid alcohol, aspirin, strenuous exercise, extreme heat (sunbathing/sauna) or intense cold. You can drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment. As with any type of injection, there may be some slight redness immediately afterward. Camouflage make up may be applied. The results directly after the treatment should therefore not be seen as the final results. This is because over the following 2 weeks the results will gradually improve.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Cost depends on the type of dermal filler, amount dermal filler is required and the areas of the face you wish to be treated (e.g. undereye hollow and cheeks). During the consultation, we will formulate a treatment plan for you and advise the exact cost of your treatments. Our prices are competitive and your treatments will be carried out by Jo Wilson, an experienced Cosmetic nurse.

HOW DO I FIND A GOOD COSMETIC INJECTOR FOR MY DERMAL FILLER TREATMENTS?

The most important things to consider are:

  • Is the injector qualified and experienced?
  • Does the injector have the knowledge to identify signs of complications and act on them?
  • Does the injector share your aesthetic vision?

How Do I Prepare For Cosmetic Treatments?

72-HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • AVOID the use of Ibuprofen, Asprin, Aleve, Fish Oils and Vitamin E Supplements – this helps to prevent bruising
  • AVOID the use of topical products containing Tretinoin, Retin-A, Retinol, Retinoids, Glycolic Acids, Alpha Hydroxy-Acid or other “Anti-Aging” product

24-HOURS BEFORE TREATMENT

  • AVOID excessive alcoholic beverages 24 hours before your treatment – this helps to prevent the likelihood of bruising.

DAY OF TREATMENT

  • Arrive 5 – 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment with a clean face – please do not wear makeup

Care After My Treatment

  • Use a cold compress to reduce swelling or bleeding, if necessary. Ice and over-the-counter medication can be used to reduce any minor side effects. If you do experience these effects, they are easily concealable with makeup.
  • AVOID makeup or product application for 24 hours after treatment to help prevent infection
  • AVOID exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) and/or intense cold for 24 hours after your anti-wrinkle injection treatment
  • AVOID the use of Ibuprofen, Asprin, Fish Oils and Vitamin E Supplements for 24 hours after your treatment
  • AVOID rubbing for your face and any strenuous activities for up to 72-hours post-treatment

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LIPODISSOLVE AFTERCARE TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS

After Care for Lipodissolve Treatments 

WHAT TO EXPECT:  

There can be some redness, stinging and burning within 15 minutes to 2 hours after treatment and later swelling and bruising which peaks between 6-72 hours.

Should any redness or a small limp be experienced, use warm compresses several times a day. 

You may experience several post-inflammatory nodules. These indicate ongoing fat necrosis (a good thing) these will disappear within 30 days.

Results from treatment can often be noted about 4-5 weeks after your last treatment depending on your metabolism and body type. 

This improvement may be more evident in a photograph than in your own estimation. Inflammation will be present up to 4 weeks after treatment, which will limit any visible result.

The inflammatory response continues and you may not see the final result for up to one year (rare).

Immediately following the procedure, ice should be applied to the area and may be applied as needed to reduce swelling for the first 48 hours.

Do not wash or take a shower for at least 4 hours after treatment.

Arnica cream (stocked at pharmacy or supermarket) can be applied three times a day for 48 hours to resolve bruising. 

Do not take anti-inflammatories (aspirin) or Vitamin E for 24 hours after injections. 

You can use painkillers (paracetamol) for any discomfort.

Hot tubs, saunas and massages are not recommended for 48 hours after treatment. After 48 hours, these ARE recommended to assist in healing.

Avoid direct sun exposure, tanning beds for two weeks post treatment. •

Massage the treated area for about 15 minutes per day for two weeks after treatment to aid the process of fat elimination.

Walking 20-30 minutes daily during the course of treatment will aid in effectiveness. Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours.

Drink lots of fluids (water) for the first 24 hours.

Avoid alcohol to facilitate hepatic handling of toxins. 

CLINIC FOLLOW UP: Make a followup appointment for 4 weeks. If you are having more than one body part treated simultaneously, make an appointment in two weeks alternately. Failure to follow the above advice will result in less than desired results. 

If you have any questions or concerns please call or SMS Nurse Jo’s mobile 0418180949 (24hrs). If no one is present (rare) and you are concerned at all please consult your GP.