- Are there any side effects and what will I look like immediately after my treatment?
As with any medical procedure, there can be potential side effects or complications. Temporary side effects associated with the use of anti-wrinkle injections may include but are not limited to; Slight swelling, discomfort and redness at the injection site; this is usually minimal and will resolve after approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Occasionally bruising can occur and this can usually be covered with mineral make-up if required.
Less commonly some people have reported a slight headache or flu like symptoms after treatment.
Rarely, muscles adjacent to the area being treated may inadvertently be affected which can cause temporary drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow. This is called ptosis, a rare and temporary occurrence and will resolve itself over time, in most cases without any intervention.
Your treatment will only ever be performed by a fully trained, experienced medical professional.
You won't look any different immediately following your treatment as the effects of anti-wrinkle injections start to work gradually over 10-14 days, therefore, following your treatment you can carry on with your normal daily activities with the exception of intense exercise, spas, saunas or massage to the treated areas within the first 24–48 hrs, this is to avoid any possible temporary side effects and will be discussed with you at the time of your treatment.
- How do you know if anti-wrinkle injections are right for you?
Deciding if anti-wrinkle injections are the right treatment for you is a personal decision and should only be made after thorough consultation with an experienced medical professional.
Call Euphoria now on (07) 5514 0614 to make an appointment for your free no obligation consultation and together we can explore your treatment options and ensure your suitability for treatment.
- How exactly do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti wrinkle injections are injected in very small amounts into selected facial muscles to lessen the movement in these areas. They work by blocking the release of a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) known as Acetylcholine from nerve cells. Acetylcholine normally transmits nerve impulses to muscle cells, causing them to contract. Without Acetylcholine, the affected nerve is unable to send a signal to the muscle it supplies, resulting in a weakened muscle, which can result in a freshened and relaxed appearance.
- How long does the procedure take?
Anti wrinkle injections are often referred to as the "lunch time treatment". This is because the treatment itself is incredibly quick, only taking 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how many areas you are having treated. If you have not previously had a treatment with Anti-Wrinkle Injections at Euphoria, you will be required to attend a consultation appointment to assess your suitability for treatment, inform you regarding the procedure and any possible side effects. Generally there is enough time allowed to proceed with a treatment at this same appointment or you may choose to take some time to consider your options.
- How long will your results last?
Results will typically last approximately 3 to 5 months depending on the individual and the area being treated; it is recommended that subsequent treatments are performed before movement returns completely, as this will prevent the muscles from returning to full strength.
- How much will your treatment cost?
It is difficult to give an accurate quote for your treatment without assessing your individual requirements. For an indication of pricing please call Euphoria.
Anti wrinkle injections are priced per unit or per area, based on using the maximum amount recommended for that particular area.
Crow’s feet (both eyes) are classed as one area
Frown lines are classed as one area
Forehead lines are classed as one area
However, some areas may not require the full amount and therefore the cost of your treatment will be reduced. At Euphoria you will only pay for the amount of units used. It is essential to have a free consultation prior to your initial treatment to determine your suitability for treatment, dose required to achieve your desired results and to discuss any medical contraindications.
- How quickly will you see results?
Results are not instant and the effects of your treatment will gradually occur over 10 to 14 days. However, some people may start to see a softening effect sooner.
A review appointment is offered at around 2 weeks following your treatment. There is no charge for this appointment, and allows Rachel to assess your results and answer any questions you may have.
- What causes wrinkles?
Every time you form an expression such as smiling, laughing, squinting, frowning, or raising your eyebrows, your facial muscles contract forming lines and wrinkles (dynamic lines). As you age your skin also becomes less supported and begins to lose elasticity, which means it doesn’t bounce back as well as it once did, this results in lines and wrinkles (static lines) becoming permanently etched into your skin.
- What happens when your results wear off?
Once the effect of your anti-wrinkle treatment has gradually worn off, or if you choose not to continue with anti-wrinkle treatments or even miss a treatment, the muscles in that area will simply regain their pre-treatment strength, and full movement will return to the area.
- What is a dynamic line?
A dynamic line is a line that only forms with movement; when the muscle is relaxed the line disappears. Anti-wrinkle injections are particularly effective when used to treat dynamic lines as it may prevent those lines from becoming permanent static lines.
- What is a static line?
A static line is a line that is present with or without movement. They may also soften over time with anti-wrinkle injections. In some facial areas dermal fillers may be recommended in conjunction with anti-wrinkle medication for optimum results, see our section on dermal fillers
- What is a unit?
A unit is the measurement used to measure anti-wrinkle injection dosage amounts;
For eg: to treat one area, let's say the frown, it may require 40 to 50 units depending on the individual and the desired result.
Different brands of anti-wrinkle medication use different unit measurements which can sound confusing, it is always best to discuss dose with a medical professional.
- What type of anti-wrinkle injection does Euphoria use?
In Australia there are three types of anti-wrinkle injections approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Australia).
There may be slight differences in how they are packaged and presented but the end result of treatment with either type is essentially the same.
For eg, you may use a particular brand of pain medication treat pain, there may be different brands of this same type of pain medication but the active ingredient is the same they just have different names and are distributed by different companies.
The type of anti-wrinkle injections used at Euphoria are classed as S4 medications, due to legislation we are not able to name the brand or active ingredients on our website.
Please call us on (07) 5514 0614 for more information.
- When is the right time to start treatment with anti-wrinkle injections?
People often ask us at Euphoria when they should start having treatment with anti wrinkle injections. Ideally, it is often recommended to begin treatments prior to lines appearing.
This may prevent lines and wrinkles from forming in the first instance.
However, there really is no right or wrong time to start treatments, except of course if you are considered too young. Even if you have a few permanent lines already, they may soften, and you may also prevent those lines becoming deeper and new ones from forming.
If you are considering a treatment with anti-wrinkle injections we recommend booking for a consultation initially with our Registered Nurse Rachel.
- Why do you need a review appointment?
It is an important part of your treatment to attend a follow up appointment usually 2-3 weeks after your treatment.
This is so we can make sure your treatment has had the desired results and is working effectively, and that you are happy with your treatment outcomes.
There is no charge for this appointment and usually only takes 5-10 minutes.
- Will it hurt?
Every individuals response to pain is unique, and most people do not enjoy or look forward to needles, however, the needles used for this procedure are very tiny and in most instances there is minimal discomfort, the sensation can be likened to that of a small pinch which only lasts for a few seconds.
- Will you bruise?
As with any procedure that involves needles and skin, although rare, there is a small risk of bruising. If you are taking certain medications such as, anti-inflammatory medication and certain vitamins and supplements these tend to thin your blood and may increase the incidence of bruising.
Heavy consumption of alcohol in the days prior to your treatment may also increase the incidence of bruising. If you are taking any medication or supplements discuss this with our Nurse prior to your treatment. If you are taking medication for a medical condition do not stop taking it without your Doctors advice.