When we frown, squint, laugh or use other facial muscles repeatedly, our skin creases and causes furrows.
Youthful skin has the ability to quickly repair the damage caused by this repeated muscle action, and therefore the skin remains smooth and unlined. As we ‘grow up’, our skin cells slow down and become lazy, no longer able to repair the damage as quickly. As a result, lines and wrinkles remain in the skin, even when the muscles are at rest.
Ideally, treatment includes improving overall skin health to speed up the action of the lazy skin cells in repairing the damage. This process can be greatly helped by relaxing the action of these muscle, giving our skin cells time to catch up. Over time, lines and wrinkles will be softened or disappear completely in some cases.
Botulinum Toxin type A is a temporary muscle relaxant. It works by preventing the nerve communicating with the muscle – everything still works independently – just the muscle isn’t listening!
The most popular areas for treatment with Botulinum Toxin type A include:
- The frown
- The forehead
- ‘Crows Feet’ at the outer corners of the eye
Botulinum Toxin type A is also used to help with excessive underarm sweating; a condition known as ‘hyperhidrosis’ – this anti-wrinkle treatment can be life changing for some people!
Botulinum Toxin type A is a prescription only medicine and should only administered by trained professionals. To find out if this anti-wrinkle treatment is right for you, contact us for a free facial assessment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How long will it last?
A. On average, treatment lasts for around 3 months, although this can vary from person to person due to individual metabolism.
A. It is important to remember that all medical treatments have potential risks and side effects. Risks and side effects are uncommon with the use of Botulinum Toxin type A, but can potentially include:
- Some surface redness and slight swelling can be expected, these generally settle after 5 – 10 minutes.
- Slight discomfort at the time of treatment with the potential for pin prick bruising
- A very small risk of infection because we need to break the skin barrier to inject the product.
- A very small risk of allergy
We take the time to make sure you understand all this information prior to treatment, so you can make an informed decision about whether the treatment is right for you!
Q. Will it look natural?
A. Yes, we specialise in achieving natural results, we listen to what you want to achieve and have the experience to enhance your natural features.
We charge $18 per unit for anti-wrinkle injections; however, the cost will vary depending on the area being treated and the strength of your muscles in that area. We offer a guide here for the more commonly treated areas:
|Frown||$180 - $360|
|Forehead||$180 - $360|
|Crows Feet||$72 - $216|
Please remember this is guide pricing only. The best way to find out how much your treatment will cost is to book a free facial assessment so you will know what the exact cost will be before we start treatment.
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Xeomin is a purified botulinum toxin type A free from complexing proteins. It is used to improve the look of upper facial lines including frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), wrinkles at the side of eyes (crows feet) and horizontal forehead lines.
Xeomin ® (Incobotulinumtoxin A) 50, 100 Units is a Prescription Medicine. Indications: In adults, for the treatment of cervical dystonia; blepharospasm; spasticity of the upper limb; upper facial lines: glabellar frown lines, lateral periorbital lines (crow’s feet), horizontal forehead lines. Xeomin has both risks and benefits, consult your doctor if Xeomin is right for you. Further information on the risks and benefits of Xeomin can be found in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from www.medsafe.govt.nz or by calling 0800 822 310. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional. Common side effects include: Headaches; nausea; tenderness, swelling, redness, numbness or bruising of the skin; dry eye; heavy feeling of eyelid/eyebrow/forehead; face/brow not symmetrical, dropping eyelids/eyebrows. Serious Side effects are rare and include allergic reactions. Xeomin is an unfunded medicine, prescription charge will apply. Normal doctor charges will still apply.
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