First, in case you’re wondering about the noticeable lack of searchability for some of your favorite injectable products, that’s because the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) doesn’t permit the use of brand names in advertising for cosmetic injectables in Australia This is a good thing as it aims to reduce advertising pressure on people to feel the need to turn to cosmetic injectables. It is responsible.
But it may lead to an air of mystique about injectables and what they do. One of the most recognisable products made from Botulinum Toxin (take the first three letters of the first word and the first two letters of the second, put them together, and you’ll quickly realise what we are talking about) also has uses outside the cosmetic industry – for migraines, teeth grinding, treatment of muscle spasticity and to manage overactive muscles.
Funnily enough, botulinum toxin is derived from natural sources. It comes from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which produces the toxin that induces muscle relaxation, hence its use cosmetically for treating the lines of expression, and dynamic wrinkles.
Toxin is a temporary treatment generally lasting 3-6 months depending on the dose and individual.
It is true that overuse or incorrect administration of it can result in an expressionless, mask-like face. However, when applied expertly, it is often undetectable to those who are unaware. Thankfully the industry is evolving beyond ‘the frozen’ look and we have mastered the technique of micro dosing and superficial injection which still enables some movement of muscle thereby avoiding the emotionless look of yesteryear.
In addition to relaxing muscle, toxin can reduce sweat and sebum output helping with acne and conditions of high sweat production, and it can reduce pore size.
If you experience signs of infection (including heat, pain, redness, discharge, fever) or signs or allergic reaction (skin rash, swollen lips, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, wheezing, racing heart, dizziness, nausea) please seek immediate medical help.
Please notify your artisan immediately if concerned about any medical side effect:
If the numbers above are unavailable, please call:
If presenting to another medical facility for assistance, please bring with you a copy of aftercare information with all relevant treatment details.
During treatment, you will discuss the risks and potential side effects of treatment with your artisan; prior to being provided the opportunity to ask questions and sign a consent form. We will attend to taking photos and identify the treatment area(s).
We will prepare this area for treatment, and we may provide additional measures for your comfort. It’s important to note that numbing cream is typically unnecessary and not recommended. We do not routinely have this available during appointment for anti-wrinkle injections.
Treatment will proceed by injecting small amounts of product into the area. Throughout the procedure your artisan will continue to enquire as to your comfort.
After the treatment, we will recleanse the site.
Immediately following treatment with anti-wrinkle:
Prior to leaving the clinic, your artisan will provide you with printed aftercare information, however generally, following treatment, you should:
Exercise and physical activity are cardiac protective activities that tranisently increase blood flow, body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.
While this is great for overall health, it should be avoided for a 48-hour period following anti-wrinkle treatments and here is why!
Make the most of your anti-wrinkle treatments and aim to refrain from intense exercise for at least 48 hours after treatment
Anti-wrinkle (muscle relaxants) products are used primarily in the treatment of dynamic lines (though may also be used as adjunctive treatment for static lines).
They work by preventing contraction of the muscle over a temporary period of 2-4 months.
Often people can be reluctant to commence treatment with anti-wrinkle products because they are concerned they will look ‘different’ or ‘frozen’. It is true, that if multiple areas are done, large doses are used or injection sites are not carefully placed, that there can be abnormal movement/expression which can then be a tell-tale sign of treatment.
However, when performed conservatively, a more natural appearance can be maintained. With this aim, dosing is generally lower and potentially more superficially injected. The intended outcome is that some movement is left in the muscles so that lines are softer and appear less ‘treated’.
As with all treatments, an exact dose is not necessarily used, and instead a treatment plan is developed that considers factors such as skin quality, muscle activity, size of the muscle, lifestyle etc.
A ‘frown’ is created through simultaneous action of multiple muscles that work together to pull the centre of the brows inward and down. On activation of these muscles, the skin is creased into visible vertical lines (generally where the muscles meet or where their bulk is greater). Overtime, repeated activity of the muscles and resultant skin creasing can lead to collagen destruction where these lines form.
In some people who have particularly active/large muscles, thin skin, or are more advanced in age, the prominence of lines can be more pronounced. Anti-wrinkle is generally the first recommendation for treating an unwanted frown (or softening the lines that form as a result) as the product works to cause relaxation of the muscles responsible for the action of frowning. When the skin has only marginal lines, treating it with anti-wrinkle injections will lead to temporary resolution of frown lines. However, if lines are deep and muscles were unopposed, anti-wrinkle results are subtler due to damaged collagen. In such cases, consider treatments to build collagen or replace volume for better results.
Overall, you should decide with your artisan and base it upon individual characteristics and your personal aims. Book with an Aescend artisan at www.aescend.com.au/bookings
Disclaimer: all advice included is generic in nature with response to treatment varying between individuals and treatment. Every treatment carries inherent risks and downtime. It is advisable to seek professional advice before undergoing any treatment. Full treatment info available at aescend.com.au