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Anti-Wrinkle Treatments

For many patients, their first foray into injectables is usually via anti wrinkle treatments, and with good reason!

A drug that was, for decades used to treat medical conditions in the 1970s such as strabismus (cross eye) the rejuvenating cosmetic properties of the botulinum toxin was almost a fluke when scientists noticed it smoothed the frown lines in injected monkeys.

The face is one of the most mobile parts of our bodies. Humans are perhaps the only species that can engage in body language and related to that, have such variable emotions on our faces. So it makes sense that over time, the same muscles that enable us to indicate if we are happy, sad, angry and so on, will also, like grooves left by tyre tracks on a smooth surface, leave marks on our faces, in the form of wrinkles. 

Having wrinkles when we express joy, sadness and anger is not unusual, babies and children do this too, it is only when these wrinkles and lines become imprinted into the skin, that they bother us. At Skin Essentials, we encourage softening movement, rather than freezing entire groups of muscles, which can lead to an odd looking face.

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Over time, for those of us with very active, mobile faces, and with age, these repetitive movements leave their mark on our faces, initially mainly when animated and eventually, even at rest.

By the time I see someone, unless they are looking for preventive care, they come in because they get unsolicited comments on their appearance:

  • You look angry/ cranky
  • You look mad!
  • you look sad” etc, which can often be distressing for people to hear, especially when they do not feel that way at all.

At Skin Essentials we stock all 3 popular brands available in Australia but principally use one that we believe yields the least stiff, most natural appearing results and which also has less evidence to suggest building eventual immunity to the drug, with decreased efficacy.

Prices are slightly variable, and as a general rule, they’re based on $15/unit.

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Below you will see some guide as to cost for anti wrinkle injections to different parts of the face, and range of cost. Prices are slightly variable, and as a general rule, they’re based on $15/unit. Below you will see some guide as to cost for anti wrinkle injections to different parts of the face, and range of cost. When you initially begin anti wrinkle treatments, we recommend you aim to have repeat treatments every 3 months, even if the initial dose seems to wear off earlier – when muscle activity is strong, the best indicator of the “right for you” dose is a good outcome at your complimentary review visit at 2 weeks – if all is right then, it is unlikely you need a higher dose next time, even if it seems to begin to wear off at the 6-8 week mark, with gradual return to full movement by 3 months; a higher dose is not only more costly, it risks a heavier/ more frozen appearance for a few weeks initially each time.

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