Anti-wrinkle treatments involve the injection of a very small amount of a specific purified protein into a muscle, usually in the face. This protein is produced in nature by a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. It was first studied for cosmetic use in the 1980’s in America, and has been approved by the American FDA since 2002. It is now used widely across the world by millions of people every year.
The protein blocks the nerve signal to the muscle and stops that muscle from contracting. When administered in small amounts, the protein reduces the strength of the muscle contraction and by allowing the muscle to relax, the appearance of skin creases and wrinkles on the surface are reduced.
Anti-wrinkle treatments are used to treat facial wrinkles which develop over time as a result of muscles used in normal facial expressions such as a smile or frown. These facial expressions are often subconscious – for example, squinting in bright light. Treatments are commonly used for the upper face: frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines and lines around the nose. They can also be used for other issues including excessive sweating in the armpits, or tooth grinding.
Although it is not immediate, people generally notice the effect of treatment within 5 to 10 days.
The body’s immune system naturally breaks down the protein over time, so the effect of treatment is not permanent. Typically people notice the effect of their treatment lasts for 3-4 months.
Yes they can and many people now undertake regular injections to maintain a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.
The protein is measured in ‘units’, and treatment involves giving a particular number of those units by injection. More units are used to treat stronger muscles, and more units are also generally used for men rather than women. Broadly speaking, women would require approximately 20 units for frown lines, 10 units for forehead lines, and 5-10 units for crow’s feet on each side.
We provide high quality anti-wrinkle treatments for $12 per unit.
Dermal filler treatment involves the injection of a clear, gel-like substance below the skin to replenish volume loss and to provide lift to the skin. There are a number of different types of dermal fillers available, which can either be temporary or permanent in their effect. The most commonly used dermal fillers contain a substance that is normally found in the skin known as hyaluronic acid. It is produced normally by the skin and helps to maintain skin hydration and volume. With time and age the amount diminishes, and this loss contributes to the appearance of lines and wrinkles and loss of skin volume.
There are differences in the thickness, or ‘viscosity’ of fillers used. Thinner fillers are typically used in the lips and around the mouth; thicker fillers are typically used in the cheeks, chin and jowls. Thicker fillers provide more volume and lift and last longer.
Dermal fillers attract water, and by doing so lead to both a ‘volumising’ and ‘lifting’ effect in the skin, replenishing volume loss and improving hydration.
Dermal fillers can treat the effects of normal skin ageing by a combination of improving skin hydration and replacing loss of skin volume. The effects include reduction and smoothing of wrinkles and furrows, improvement of skin firmness and elasticity and restoration of shape contours.
The effect is immediately visible, although the full effect takes 2-3 days to become apparent as the dermal filler allows the skin to become rehydrated and volumised.
The treatment effect is not permanent as the filler is naturally broken down by the body over time – how quickly this occurs depends on the location of treatment, type of filler used and an individual’s skin type, age and lifestyle. Thicker fillers typically last for about 12 months, while thinner fillers typically last for 4-6 months.
Yes they can, and further treatments not only maintain the treatment outcome but also optimise longer lasting results.
Dermal fillers are simply measured by volume. The amount required depends on the location treated; generally speaking 1 to 2 mL for the lips, 1 to 3mL for the cheeks, 1 to 2mL elsewhere.
We provide high quality dermal fillers for between $300 and $600 per 1mL depending on the type used.
A chemical skin peel involves applying a substance to the skin to cause even shedding, or ‘exfoliation’ of a layer of dead or damaged skin cells. The substance involved is acidic, and this acidity varies in strength between different products.
The acidic peel causes exfoliation of the outermost layer of dead skin cells. By removing these in a controlled and even way, new skin cell growth is stimulated. As this then occurs simultaneously across the face, the skin is then able to rejuvenate.
Skin peels are commonly used to treat oily skin, blocked pores (known as comedones) and acne. They are also used to treat uneven pigmentation, sun damaged skin, age spots and shallow acne scarring.
The effect of the peel is generally visible within 24 hours of application, although the full effect of the peel depends on the type used.
Yes, treatments can be repeatedly safely.
There is a wide range of options available, and selection depends on an individual’s skin type, concerns and the outcome desired.