Skin on Forty-Five

Anti-wrinkle injections

Ageing is inevitable… but those pesky wrinkles and lines that give it away doesn’t have to be… 

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The secret ingredient in Anti-wrinkle injections is the natural protein Botulinum Toxin A. There are 3 main brands used in New Zealand which are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Different clients have different preferences so we stock a range but our experts are happy to discuss the merits of the different options with you when you come in.

Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for over a century now for many different medical reasons but mainly to relax muscles and reduce the ageing process by reducing fine lines and wrinkles. There is an art to achieve the best, most natural-looking results as it must be placed in the right muscle, in the correct place, at an ideal dose, by an experienced doctor or nurse. At our NZ College of Appearance Medicine Accredited Clinic, we have a team of highly qualified registered Nurses and Doctors who pride themselves on providing comprehensive care to ensure our clients get the best results every time.  

What are Anti-wrinkle injections?

The secret ingredient of Anti-wrinkle injections is Botulinum toxin type A. It is a highly purified natural protein that relaxes muscles by temporarily blocking the nerves signal to the muscle. With the muscle relaxed the overlying skin becomes smoother and less wrinkled. Brand names of Botulinum Toxin are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. At Skin on Forty-Five, our highly trained team can advise you on which brand might suit you be and we stock multiple brands to make sure we can get the best results for you.

You said “toxin” – so is it safe to put in my face?

No severe complications after cosmetic use of Botox have been reported in the literature when administered by a trained doctor or nurse in an accredited medical facility…. EVER.  It has been used internationally for over 20 years and has been used in NZ for its cosmetic benefits since 1997 with over 20million treatments worldwide. Very rarely excessive weakening of the target muscles and paresis of adjacent muscles can occur, resulting in facial weakness. This is self-limiting. As with all medical procedures, complications can occur and this is why you should always have it administered by a trained Doctor or Nurse in an Accredited facility.

What are the common uses for Botox?

The most common use for Botox is for the reduction of wrinkles, especially in the upper face. The most common areas include the forehead, frown line, crows feet and bunny lines as shown in the diagram on the right.

Other uses for Botox?

  • Botox is now the gold standard treatment for excessive sweating or “hyperhidrosis”. It is injected under the skin and prevents the sweat gland muscles contracting and thus sweating. The effect can last for up to 12months and is becoming increasingly popular.
  • Botox is also an effective treatment option for migraines. Studies have shown that 50% of recipients had a reduction of 70% in the number of days affected by headache when using repeated doses of botox.
  • Many other uses for Botox exist in medicine including muscle spasms and overactive bladder.

What can you expect at the time of your procedure?

Botox is injected into or around the muscles that cause the wrinkles, using a very small needle. Several injections are usually needed at specific sites, depending on the area treated. When used to treat excessive sweating in the armpits, Botox is injected directed into the skin under the arms. Localised discomfort and bruises can occur, but no sedation or pain relief is required. Normal activities can be resumed immediately.

How long does a typical treatment take?

The treatment is quick and simple, and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, there is no downtime, and no anaesthesia required so you can come in your lunch break and drive back to work afterwards.

What will I look like right after the treatment? What will I look like the day after? Will people be able to tell?

You may notice some redness which will subside over approximately 15-20 minutes, and some people may experience a minor headache or bruising. If it’s your first treatment, you might have a ‘tight’ feeling or a sort of ‘heavy’ sensation (particularly with the forehead lines), this should subside within a week or so. If you do have some redness or slight bruising, a dusting of powder mineral makeup will quickly correct this.

How long do the effects last?

Botox usually takes effect 24-72 hours after injection, with maximum effect at about 1 to 2 weeks. Its relaxing of the underlying muscle generally last for approximately 3-4 months. Different companies and injectors claim better longevity but there is significant inter user variability. We offer multiple brands to ensure our clients get the best results for them. Sometimes longer lasting effects (9-12 months) are seen after treatment of excessive sweating. When a gradual fading of the treatment effect is noticed you may return to have another treatment.

How much does it cost?

At Skin on Forty-Five, we pride ourselves on our clinical excellence. Before any treatment, our team will perform a comprehensive assessment to determine if muscle relaxants are right for you and design you an individualised plan to achieve your goals. The cost of treatment is dependent upon the number of units used to achieve that plan and will be clarified prior to any treatment. As an example treatment of a forehead might cost from $148.

To discuss the cost for the specific area you would like treated contact our team today for an obligation free quote. We also offer payment plans and laybuy so you can experience the benefits of our treatments now and pay later.

What are the limitations?

Whilst Botox can be very effective in reducing wrinkles due to muscle contractions, it has no effect in reducing the fine lines on the face caused by sun damage, and lines due to sagging of facial skin. We always recommend sun protection and we have Doctors on-site that can provide advice about other options for sagging around eyes or the lower face such as filler, thread lifts or surgical procedures such as Blepharoplasty. Too frequent or excessive dosing of Botox may lead to a patient’s resistance to treatment due to antibody formation so we have multiple forms available to help get around this problem.

What are the contraindications for treatment?

The use of Botox is contraindicated in people with neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, those who are taking certain medication, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with infection or inflammation at the proposed site of injections and bleeding disorders.

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