Laser treatment is of no use in the treatment of dynamic facial wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movement. Remedy Plus can still help by providing botulinum injections.

 

How does botulinum work?

Botulinum injections are particularly useful for minimising expression lines caused by muscle movement. These dynamic wrinkles are particularly visible in the upper half of the face. Botulinum works by blocking impulses from nerves to the facial muscles responsible for expression lines.

 

What can be treated with botulinum?

Botulinum is particularly useful for treating winkles in three areas:

crow’s feet
wrinkles at the corners of the eye
worsen on smiling
forehead lines
horizontal creases on the forehead
worsen on raising eyebrows
frown lines
vertical creases in the glabellar area
worsen on frowning

 

Botulinum can also treat other wrinkles such as those on the side of the nose (bunny lines). Lines and creases in the lower half of the face can also be treated, but the potential for side effects is greater due to the close proximity of many muscles around the mouth.

 

Is botulinum safe?

Botulinum injections have been safely used for many decades for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions including chronic muscular spasticity and pain, migraine and tension headache, abnormal facial movements and tremors.

It has been used cosmetically for over ten years. When properly administered, by an appropriately trained medical practitioner, there is no risk of toxicity as the botulinum irreversibly binds to the neuromuscular junction between a nerve and muscle. There is no chance of it entering the bloodstream and causing side effects.

In rare cases, the botulinum can spread to areas beyond the muscle being targeted. Spread to the wrong muscle can cause side effects such as a drooping eyebrow or eyelid. This can be easily corrected, but even left untreated it will resolve within a few weeks.

 

What to expect from botulinum injections

The injections themselves are mildly painful, with many describing them as feeling like a minor ant bite. On occasion slight bleeding at an injection site might cause some temporary bruising, which can be easily concealed with make-up.

The results of the treatment will not be apparent for a few days, and it can take up to two weeks for a maximum effect. Initially the treatment effect will last no longer than three months, but as the muscles weaken with repeated treatments, wrinkles can be smoothed for up to six months.

 

Aftercare

It is helpful to use the muscles that cause the treated wrinkles for a few hours after treatment. It is also advisable to not lie down for four hours after having a botulinum injection.

There is usually no downtime after an injection, with most people returning to work or normal activities immediately following treatment. It is however best to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a day. It is imperative not to have any other cosmetic procedures such as facials or laser treatments for two weeks following a treatment. After this period of time all the botulinum will have irreversibly bound to the neuromuscular junction and there is no risk of spreading it beyond the muscle group being targeted.

 

Pricing for botulinum treatments

Typical total charges

1 area / 2 areas / 3 areas

310 / 470 / 630

Axillary hyperhidrosis

1150

Price may vary on an individual basis due to differing doses required

 

Consultation Fee

This is only charged if no injections are carried out

50
 

Injection Fee

This is charged in addition to the botulinum fee

150
 

Botulinum Fee

One area (smile / frown / forehead lines) typically requires 16 units
Axillary hyperhidrosis typically requires 100 units

10 per unit

 


 

Contact

If you would like to learn more about this treatment or make a booking, please call 02 9411 3352 or send us an enquiry using the form below.

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Located in the Concourse Medical Precinct.

Car park entrance via Ferguson Lane off Archer Street, 1st hour free.