A ‘unit’ is a measured amount of anti-wrinkle product. The amount of units that we need to inject depends on the area that we are injecting. From experience we can estimate how many units you will need to treat the muscle, but remember that it is not an exact science and we recommend coming back 2 weeks after treatment so we can review how well the treatment has worked.
There are 2 main anti-wrinkle brands in Australia. TGA law prevents us from mentioning the names of the brands so we refer to them on the website as ‘The American brand’ or ‘The European brand’.
When we mention ‘units’ on the Cityskin website we are referring to the American brand.
Which is the best anti-wrinkle brand?
At Cityskin we feel that at our pricing structure you get more for your money using the European brand. The European brand starts working quicker, we feel is lasts longer and the treatment costs the same as the American brand.
How many units will I need?
Note that the units below are using the American brand. If you use the European brand (which we recommend ) we use 3 times as many European units but each unit is 1/3 of the cost. Effectively it is the same price whether you use the American or European brand. Use the guide below to estimate how many units you may need. Bear in mind these estimates apply to women, and men often need 1.5 times as many units to acheive the same effect:
- Crows feet – between 6 and 12 units each side.
- Frown (brow) lines: 15 to 25 units
- Forehead lines: 5 to 15 units
- Tooth Grinding: 20 – 35 units each side
- ‘Bunny lines’: 2 units each side
- ‘Gummy smile’ : 2 units each side
- Nefertiti lift / lower face lift – approx 20 units in total
- Facial slimming – 20 – 30 units each side = 40 – 60 units in total
How many injections do I need? Does 20 units mean 20 injections?
20 units does not mean 20 injections. If you look at the diagram below you can see our technique for injecting the frown (brow) with 20 units. Each circle represents an injection point, with the number of units injected at each point shown. For the frown we normally perform 7 small injections.
Not all units are the same
At every cosmetic clinic in Australia the product is diluted using normal saline. Check with your clinic and ask what dilution they use. Watch Dr Brown discuss anti-wrinkle unit reconstitution below.
How many units do I need to treat forehead lines? How many injections will I need?
When we treat forehead lines we normally use one unit for each injection point. The number of units that you need depends on how much movement you have in the forehead, how deep the lines are, the width of the forehead and the height of the hairline.
Diagram 1 below shows a patient with one single line across the forehead and a low hairline. We have placed 5 units across the forehead to reduce movement and soften the lines. Diagram 2 shows a patient with 2 sets of lines on the forehead and a higher hairline. We have scattered 9 units across the forehead to treat their lines.
Diagram 1: treating the forehead lines in someone with a low hairline
Diagram 2: treating the forehead lines in a patient with 2 sets of lines and a higher hairline