- Cityskin has clinics in Melbourne and Sydney. Consultations are free of charge. Click here to book an appointment
- Anti-wrinkle injections relax muscles and in doing so reduce lines and wrinkles
- Anti-wrinkle treatment cost from $4 per unit at depending on the brand used
- At Cityskin we perform thousands of anti-wrinkle treatments every year so you can be sure you are in safe hands.
At Cityskin in Melbourne we are passionate about giving you the best possible results from your treatment. We are open and honest about the cost of treatment, how many units you may need and how the treatment is likely to look. We love providing as much information for you as possible so you are fully informed about anti-wrinkle treatments before your consultation. If you have any questions about treatment then please contact us and we will get back to you with an answer.
About anti-wrinkle injections
Please note that, by law, we are not allowed to use the real names of the products so we have to call them ‘anti-wrinkle injections’ rather than use the brand names.
What are anti-wrinkle injections and how do they work?
Anti-wrinkle injections cause relaxtion of muscles and the reduction of lines. The relaxation of muscles takes approximately 5 – 12 days to work and the effects last for up to 4 months. When anti-wrinkle injections are performed we place a small amount of anti-wrinkle product into the muscle. This product prevents the nerve from telling the muscle to contract.
Anti-wrinkle products have been used since the early 80s and were initially to treat a condition known as blepharospasm (uncontrolled eyelid contraction).
Which are the most popular areas to treat with anti-wrinkle injections?
The most popular areas treated with anti-wrinkle injections include:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Jawline / facial slimming treatment
- Tooth grinding treatment (bruxism)
- Facial sweating
- Lip flip
Where do wrinkles commonly form?
Repeated contraction of muscles forms wrinkles. This is inevitable. In Australia, where the UV light is strong, we commonly see lines around the eyes. These are known as ‘crows feet’. By wearing sunglasses you can reduce squinting and slow the onset of crows feet.
Dr Brown discusses crows feet treatment and how we treat them at Cityskin. Click on the video below to find out more.
Frown lines or the ’11’ mark are the lines inbetween the eyebrows. It is normal to have these lines when frowning but some people have these lines when at rest. If you have strong frown lines at rest you may feel that you look angry. Anti-wrinkle injections can safely and easily treat these lines and the effects last for up to 4 months. Read our full guide to frown line treatment here.
Forehead lines are common as we age. These lines are caused by the use of the forehead muscle ‘frontalis’. If you look in the mirror and lift the eyebrows you can see frontalis in action, lifting the eyebrows.
Suggested reading: Read our full guide to forehead line treatment here.
Upper lip/smokers lines
Lines around the upper lips generally start to appear when a patient is over 40. As the skin loses elasticity, muscle tone and collagen small lines can start to appear around the lips. Smoking can rapidly accelerate the formation of these lines due to repeat pursing of the lips when smoking a cigarette
There are a number of ways to treat upper lip lines. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to soften these lines (4 small injections of 0.5 units in each injection point). We often use dermal filler to help give the upper lip area more support and less prone to wrinkling.
How long does it take for anti-wrinkle injections to work?
It takes between 5 and 12 days for the anti-wrinkle product to take effect so results are not instant. The peak effect of the anti-wrinkle injections is at around 2 – 3 weeks. The “European” brand of anti-wrinkle product generally works quicker than the “American brand” (the most commonly known anti-wrinkle brand in the world).
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
Anti-wrinkle products are made of a protein which is broken down naturally by the body. Ideally the effects of anti-wrinkle injections should last 3-4 months but it can vary depending on the strength of the muscle (the stronger the muscle the more anti-wrinkle ‘units‘ that you need) and how quickly your body breaks down the product.
What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler?
Anti-wrinkle injections prevent muscle contraction whereas dermal filler replaces lost volume.
Dermal filler is a gelatinous product which is injected under the skin to replace lost volume. Dermal filler can ‘plump’ up the skin. Imagine the skin being like a circus tent with poles to hold it up and keep it taut. As we age the canopy of the tent becomes looser and we lose volume which allows the skin to become saggier. When we inject dermal filler it is like putting extra poles up to lift the canopy of the tent up to make it taut again.
The other way of looking at dermal filler is that it treats shadows on face. As we age we lose collagen and volume and this can cause shadows going down from the corner of the mouth.
5 interesting anti-wrinkle facts you didn’t know!
Fact Number 1, the main known brand in the world is an American brand, but it produces its botulinum toxin in a tiny little village called Westport, with a population of five and a half thousand people, in the west coast of Ireland.
Fact Number 2. It was discovered by accident. A scientist in Germany in the 1820s was investigating sausage poisoning in a small market town. The Latin name for sausage is ‘botulus’, hence the name, botulinum toxin.
Fact Number 3. The first clinical use of botulinum toxin was actually over 40 years ago, in 1977. But it wasn’t really used for cosmetic purposes until the late 80s / early 90s.
Fact Number 4. It’s really quite a potent treatment. One gram of the anti-wrinkle product could treat 40 billion people!
Fact Number 5. It’s remarkably expensive. One gram of the product to the public is 25 trillion dollars, and the only thing more expensive in the universe is anti-matter.
Anti-wrinkle units and prices | Cityskin Melbourne
One of the commonest questions that we are asked is ‘what is a unit’ and how much is my treatment likely to cost. Read on to get an idea of the likely cost of your anti-wrinkle treatment.
How many ‘units’ will I need?
A ‘unit’ is simply a measure of anti-wrinkle product. We know that certain amounts of units work to reduce muscle movement in certain areas. A female face generally needs:
- 20-25 units to treat the frown muscles
- 5-10 units to the forehead
- 6-12 units each side to the crows feet.
- 2 units to treat ‘bunny lines‘ around the nose
- 2 units each side to treat a gummy smile
- 50 -60 units in total to treat tooth grinding (bruxism)
- 50 -60 units in total for facial slimming injections
Men have stronger muscles than women and, generally speaking, need approximately 1.5 times more units than women to treat the frown and forehead areas. We have a full treatment guide for men here.
If you have never had treatment before and would like to read all about ‘units’ then click here.
How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost per unit?
Which is the best anti-wrinkle brand?
In Australia there are 3 anti-wrinkle brands on the market. At Cityskin we use 2 of the most popular brands in Australia – an ‘American’ brand and a ‘European’ brand. We prefer the European brand as we find it works quicker and we feel that you get more value for money using this brand.
How we keep your results natural
How to avoid the ‘frozen look’
The frozen look often looks terrible. There was a vogue about 10 years ago when anti-wrinkle injections were fairly new where patients had lots of treatment to the forehead to stop forehead lines. The lines were reduced but it gave a shiny, frozen look. I’m sure you can name a few celebrity examples of the frozen look and it doesn’t look good at all.
The way to prevent having the frozen look is to do one of two things:
i) don’t place any anti-wrinkle injections in the forehead, or
ii) If you are going to treat then use very small amounts.
I (Dr Brown) have my forehead treated to reduce the fine lines and nobody would guess because the nurse uses very small amounts when treating me.
Read about how to avoid the frozen look here.
How to keep your results looking natural
Time and time again we hear that patients want to have natural results. There is sometimes stigma around having cosmetic treatments and often patients don’t want their friends, family or sometimes even partner to know that they have had treatment.
Natural looks are easy to achieve and it is the skill of the injecting medical expert to understand where to place the injections to give the natural result.
How you can put your trust Cityskin
Trust is a huge factor in deciding where to have your treatment performed. The cosmetic industry can be slightly murky with websites often not showing before/after photos, not discussing costs and not disclosing information about themselves.
We feel that open-ness, transparency and care before AND after your treatment are vital and we make this our priority.
At Cityskin clinic we treat over 8000 people per year. We are full open about the cost we charge for treatment (see the ‘cost’ page for prices) and do not charge a consultation fee. You can contact us before the treatment to ask any question (click on the ‘contact us’ link at the top). Education is important and we train Doctors and Nurses in cosmetic treatments. You can read all about our medical specialists and watch educational videos on different treatments.
Can I lie down after anti-wrinkle injections?
Yes you can. There is no evidence to say that you can’t lie down or sleep after treatment so go ahead!
How painful are anti-wrinkle injections?
21 patients who had never had anti-wrinkle injections before were questioned on how painful they thought the procedure would be. Patients were asked to give the discomfort a score out of 10 before anti-wrinkle injections and again afterwards. Patients were treated in either crows feet, forehead or frown lines (glabella). Ice was used to numb the skin before injection and 31g needles were used for treatment
Results: The average pain score before treatment was 5.48 and the average after treatment was 3.90
Conclusion: The results show that, for patients having anti-wrinkle injections for the first time,injections are less painful than patients expected.
When I had treatment for the first time that was my major concern. The treatment really isn’t as uncomfortable as you might think. We performed a study of 21 patients that had never had treatment before. They were asked how painful they thought the procedure would be and then had anti-wrinkle injections. Patients were asked to give the discomfort a score out of 10 before the treatment and again afterwards. Patients were treated in either crows feet, forehead or frown lines (glabella). Ice was used to numb the skin before injection and 31g needles were used for treatment
Results: The average ‘expected’ pain was 5.48 out of 10 and the average ‘actual’ was 3.90 showing that injection are significantly less painful than patients expected.
Can I exercise / go to the gym after anti-wrinkle injections?
Yes – you can exercise or go to the gym straight after anti-wrinkle injections.
Can I drink alcohol after anti-wrinkle injections?
Yes, you can drink alcohol on the evening of injections
How common is a lazy eye after anti-wrinkle injections?
Thankfully a heavy eyelid, known as a ptosis, is incredibly rare after anti-wrinkle injections. We quote a 1 in 7,000 chance of a temporary heavy eyelid after treatment. If a heavy eyelid occurred it would last approximately 2 weeks and have no long term side effects. Eyedrops can be used during the 2 weeks of heaviness until the effect wear off.
Our expert medical injectors have years of training and are extremely careful when treating the brow to avoid eyelid heaviness.
Anti-wrinkle injections near me
If you are looking for anti-wrinkle injections in Melbourne or Sydney you can book at one of our clinics listed below. Click on the links below to find the anti-wrinkle clinic nearest you: