Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Anti-Wrinkle Injections

No Nurse Injectors!

 

Government regulations prevent us from naming anti-wrinkle injections used by name in any form of promotion or advertising – even though the product is TGA-approved.

A copy of the printed information on the product used in Foxwell Cosmetics, including the product’s name, can be forwarded to you if you contact us and personally request it.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections may have the ability to either improve or eliminate those facial lines that are the result of repeated creasing of the skin by the underlying facial expression muscles and is an effective treatment for the correction of those facial wrinkles caused by the repetitive contraction of the underlying facial expression muscles. 

Which Facial Lines Are Suitable For Muscle Relaxant Injections?

Anti-Wrinkle Injections will either improve or totally remove those facial wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle contraction.  The most frequently treated ones are:

  • ‘Frown lines’– the vertical lines or furrows between the eyebrows
  • ‘Surprise lines’– the horizontal lines across the forehead
  • ‘Crow’s feet’at the sides of the eyes
  • Lines under the eyes
  • ‘Bunny Crunches’on the upper nose

By relaxing the underlying muscles responsible for these lines, the lines will either improve or completely disappear depending on how deep they are before treatment.

However, even if they only improve and don’t completely disappear, you still have the benefit of preventing the lines becoming deeper from ongoing contractions of the underlying muscles.

Reassuringly, the muscle relaxant only prevents the contraction of the muscles into which it is injected.  It does NOT produce any numbness of the skin in the injected area or any internal side effects.

Other uses of muscle-relaxing injections include the correction of:

  • ‘Gummy smile’(showing an excessive amount of upper gum on smiling)
  • ‘Canine smile’– a ‘snarling’ type of smile
  • ‘Turned down’ corners of the mouth
  • Flared nostrils
  • Vertical neck bands
  • Hyperhidrosis(excessive perspiration of under-arms, groins, hands or feet)

The frequency of treatments?

Most people require an injection about every 3-4 months to maintain the correction.  However, approximately 80% of people who have treatments regularly enough to keep the muscle constantly relaxed eventually acquire longer durations and require repeat treatments only every 6-12 months.

Safe?

It is EXTREMELY SAFE.  There are NO internal side-effects nor does it accumulate in your body with repeated treatments. Allergic reactions are extremely rare and there is never any numbness of the overlying skin.

How Is It Done?

The treatment is a very simple, walk-in, walk-out one and most people can return immediately to their normal work and social activities without any detectable swelling or suggestion that they have had ‘something done’.

Anti-wrinkle injections are delivered through a fine needle.  This will be administered into the overactive muscles in the affected area.  You may experience a slight stinging sensation during the treatment.  If this is uncomfortable, a local anaesthetic cream may be applied to the area of the skin where injections are administered. 

There is minimal downtime associated with anti-wrinkle injections.  Slight swelling and redness around the injection site are common.  This will fade within 24 hours of treatment.  You are free to leave the clinic straight away and return to their daily routine when they are ready.  The full results of this procedure can be seen within a few days of the treatment as the skin repairs and smoothen's outlines on its own.

Results?

Many people enjoy natural-looking results from anti-wrinkle injections.  This includes a rejuvenated and youthful appearance, with facial lines softened.  The results of this treatment can last for up to four months.

It is important to remember that the results of anti-wrinkle injections are individual to each person.  Everybody reacts to the treatment differently, including how long the results of this procedure will last.  During a consultation, our Cosmetic Physician will be able to advise you on how well anti-wrinkle injections will work for you and what to expect from the treatment.

 

CONSUMER AWARENESS GUIDE

DON’T DECIDE WHERE TO HAVE YOUR ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS UNTIL YOU’VE READ ALL THE FOLLOWING!

Anti-Wrinkle Injections are becoming increasingly popular and as such, more and more doctors, some General Practices and even Nurses, are offering these treatments. Unfortunately for patients, however, some clinics are offering treatments at prices which, though tempting, may not produce the best possible results or in the safest possible manner.

The ESSENTIAL criteria for the best possible results and longest-lasting corrections are:

  • The ‘freshness’ of the product (see below)
  • Adequate dosage (see below)
  • Accurate placement – which is only possible if the injector has an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy

 

  1. THE ‘FRESHNESS’ OF THE PRODUCT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST CONSIDERATION:
    The manufacturer clearly states on the label that the product should be used within 24 hours of opening. The reasons for this are:

The product contains no preservative and if the entire vial is not used within 24 hours and your injector stores the remainder in the refrigerator until they get another request for it, it could become bacterially contaminated and produce a serious skin infection when next used.

The product becomes less effective with time – so, if you’re given the product that was opened more than 24 hours ago, you will likely get a poorer result – either less correction, less duration, or both. 

Consider this: If you can walk into any clinic and have the treatment immediately, how would you know when the vial was first opened? It could have been one hour ago (which would be acceptable) or it could have been one week or one month ago (not acceptable). So, unless the clinic is prepared to guarantee you that it was opened less than 24 hours ago, you’re obviously going to be given product older than 24 hours!

Why do some clinics do this? Simply because it is an expensive product to buy and unless they have enough patients to use up the entire vial within 24 hours, chances are they will store the leftover amount when they should be throwing it away! So always get an assurance that the product is less than 24 hours old.

  1. DOSAGE AND COST
    Don’t compare clinics on cost alone, otherwise, you could be misled.

If you wish to compare costs between clinics, you NEED to know how many units of product each is giving you for your money – otherwise, you may be paying more than you should ‘per unit of product’.

Always think of the cost of treatment in terms of ‘$… per unit’ and not in terms of ‘$… per area’ – the same way you would think when buying petrol for your car. Surely, you wouldn’t blindly give someone $70 to put petrol in your car without knowing how many litres they intended putting in, would you? Think of this product in exactly the same way.

By way of a theoretical illustration, suppose you’re being quoted $150 for your frown lines by Clinic A and $300 by us. You may well be tempted to choose Clinic A ($150) over us ($300). However, if you are unknowingly being given only 10 units for $150 by Clinic A instead of the customary 20 units for $300 by us, Clinic A is actually charging you MORE at $25/unit as opposed to our $20/unit – even though Clinic A initially appeared better value! Moreover, your results at Clinic A will likely not be as good or as long-lasting because you are not receiving the required dose of 20 units for the best and longest-lasting correction. So, when comparing prices, don’t think of cost per area, think of cost per unit. And if any clinic won’t tell you how many units you’re getting and how much you’re paying per unit, find one that will!

  1. MINIMUM DOSAGE REQUIREMENTS
    Make sure you are clear on the amount of the minimum required dose so that you get the best and longest-lasting correction. Inadequate doses deliver less duration, less correction, or both. Even worse, the practice of spreading a limited dose over several areas – the so-called “a little bit here and a little bit there” technique – is a flawed technique because it delivers only a fraction of the correct dose into each area – the result being weaker corrections and shorter durations in ALL the areas treated!
  2. NURSE INJECTORS
    For the best results and patient safety foremost in mind, we are a Cosmetic Physician-only clinic! A nurse performing these treatments is not in the patient’s best interests. Nurses are admirable and skilled individuals within their own profession but unfortunately, they do not have an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy for the most accurate placement of the product.  IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANY NURSE TO INJECT THESE PRODUCTS UNLESS THE PATIENT HAS FIRST HAD A FACE-TO-FACE CONSULTATION WITH THE COSMETIC PHYSICIAN (M.D.) OF THAT PRACTICE. And it should be a face-to-face consultation with the doctor, not a Skype consultation. Skype consultations do not allow a proper assessment of your face.  For these reasons, the Government is currently reviewing the legislation in relation to Nurse Injectors using Skype consultations with a doctor to circumvent the regulations.
  3. CHECK THE BRAND YOU’RE GETTING
    There are currently 3 brands of Anti-Wrinkle Injections approved in Australia.  The top two are identical in cost and effectiveness but the third is much cheaper because it is less potent and requires four times the dosage of the other two to produce the same effect.

We are aware that some clinics in the quest for greater profits, imply to patients they are getting the more expensive brand but then, unknown to the patient, inject the cheaper brand.  Although the cheaper version may work equally as well if sufficient dosage is given, there are important differences between them and if you are expecting either of the other two brands, ensure you get what you’re expecting by asking to see the label.

  1. AVOID ‘INJECTION PARTIES’
    These are considered unprofessional and not in the best interests of patients. Treatments should be administered in a proper clinical setting after careful patient assessment and not in a frivolous party atmosphere.
  2. BE WARY OF ANY CLINIC OFFERING A MEDICARE ITEM NUMBER FOR YOUR CONSULTATION OR TREATMENTso that you can claim a rebate. Consultations and treatments for the COSMETIC use of Anti-Wrinkle Injections are NOT eligible for Medicare rebates and it is both illegal and fraudulent for a doctor or clinic to itemise a receipt in these circumstances so you can claim part of it back from Medicare.