Cosmetic Anti-wrinkle Injections

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Anti-wrinkle injections can very effectively relax muscles to remove wrinkles and lines and is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed world wide. They are most commonly used between the eyes (frown lines) around the eyes (crows feet) and across the forehead (worry lines) to give a less tired, worried and stressed appearance. Anti-Wrinkle injections are not painful and will usually begin working in 3-5 days.

Anti-Wrinkle injections are Schedule 4 medications and legally must be prescribed by a medical practitioner. If you’re looking for a safe and effective non surgical method of facial rejuvenation that takes only a few minutes and lasts for many months, anti-wrinkle injections are the perfect choice.

What Causes Wrinkles to Appear?

Wrinkles and lines are a natural part of ageing. As you get older your skin becomes thinner, drier and less elastic. We all adopt individual repetitive facial expressions and as a result wrinkles, lines and creases form in your skin. Although genetics are the most important determinant of skin texture, sun exposure and smoking also contribute to the development of wrinkles.

Many facial wrinkles occur when we use our muscles to form facial expressions. The wrinkles formed during facial expression are called “dynamic wrinkles”. When we are young our skin springs back to its initial position at rest but as we get older these wrinkles remain on the skin. The wrinkles and folds present at rest are called “static wrinkles”. This process occurs because natural substances provide the skin with structure and volume decrease with age. This, together with environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress contribute to the creation of wrinkles and folds.

Common Wrinkle Areas


Otherwise known as “glabellar lines”, these are the lines between your eyebrows. They are the commonest wrinkle area that people want treated as they create a “cross” or worried appearance.


Refers to the lines around the sides of the eyes. Years of smiling will result in the development of these lines. This often results in a tired or aged expression.


Horizontal lines or wrinkles that occur across the forehead below the hairline. They are brought about by the combined effects of gravity and loss of elasticity.


These are the vertical lines that develop over the upper lip over the years and which may be made worse by smoking.

Top 8 Things you need to know


Further Reading

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  • Anti-Wrinkle Injections is a general term used for cosmetic injections that remove wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses that trigger wrinkle causing muscle contractions.
  • Anti-Wrinkle Injections is a term used because Australian Government regulations regard the use of brand names of products that require a prescription as advertising and have banned it.
  • Dermal fillers are products that add volume to the skin and are very different to anti-wrinkle injections that stop muscular contraction. They are often used together in combination depending on the desired affect.
  • There are 3 brands of Anti-Wrinkle Injections approved for use in Australia, but they are not equivalent, and differ in approved indications for use, strength and duration of action.
  • Anti-Wrinkle Injections are a prescription product meaning a medical practitioner needs to be consulted before they are used. It’s generally a safe procedure when performed correctly but complications such as eyebrow droop can occur especially with inexperienced injectors.
  • The commonest areas treated by Anti-Wrinkle Injections are the frown lines between the eyes, the worry lines on the forehead and the crow’s feet around the eyes.
  • Anti-Wrinkle Injections will generally last around 4 months depending on the area being treated, the amount of product used and an individual’s metabolism.
  • If the cost for Anti-Wrinkle Injections is far lower than in a cosmetic medical clinic then there is almost certainly a compromise on the amount or quality of the product, the clinic facilities and/or the experience and qualifications of the injector. The safest and best results with Anti-Wrinkle Injections are achieved when an experienced and qualified practitioner performs the procedure in a medical clinic under medical supervision.

Frequently Asked Questions


Which areas are more prone to wrinkles?

Typically, the most common areas for wrinkles to appear are Frown Lines aka Glabellar Lines, Crows Feet around the outside corner of the eye, Forehead Lines and Lip Lines.

What's the best way to treat wrinkles?

Non-surgical options include prescription creams, peels, microdermabrasion, lasers, skin needling, radiofrequency devices, anti-wrinkles injections to stop muscle movement and Dermal fillers to replace lost volume. In severe cases surgical options such as resurfacing or facelift procedures may be needed. Often a combination of treatments can be required for the best results.

What is the best type of anti-wrinkle injections?

There are 3 brands of Anti-Wrinkle Injections approved for use in Australia.At the Cosmetic and Laser Medical Centre we use both Product B and Product D. Product B has the longest safety record, the largest number of clinical studies and the most approved indications and this is our first choice Anti-Wrinkle Injection product for the majority of patients. Product D has a place and in some patients it can be the preferred choice.It needs to be understood that whilst the amount of an Anti-Wrinkle Injection product is measured in units, that 1 unit of Product B is very different to 1 unit of Product D. Generally speaking Product B is 2.5-3 times stronger than Product D.

What are the most popular areas to treat?

Anti-Wrinkle Injections are most commonly used for the lines around the eyes (Crow’s Feet), between the eyes (Frown Lines) and across the forehead (Worry Lines). It can also be used in other areas such as to produce a brow lift by shaping or elevating the position of the eyebrow or to improve the lines around the mouth.

Will my face look frozen and unnatural?

Anti-Wrinkle Injections have on occasion received bad publicity, particularly in the first years they were used when celebrities, notably in America, were over treated to the point they had so little movement they looked frozen and unnatural. In current day practice this should not happen.When Anti-Wrinkle Injections are performed correctly they should result in a natural and refreshed look. Anti-Wrinkle Injections are extremely popular and have been used effectively in more than 20 million patient treatments worldwide. Surveys continually rate Anti-Wrinkle Injections as having the highest patient satisfaction rates against all other cosmetic procedures.

Can anyone get anti-wrinkle injections?

The best candidates for Anti-Wrinkle Injections are people that are troubled by wrinkles that worsen with muscle movement. Anti-Wrinkle Injections work by blocking the nerve impulses that trigger wrinkle causing muscle contractions. Reducing wrinkles and lines give the face a fresher, younger and rejuvenated appearance looking less tired, angry and stressed.If the primary concern is deep lines and creases that are present at rest because of loss of volume in the skin then Dermal Fillers need to be considered rather than Anti-Wrinkle Injections. Dermal fillers are products that add volume to the skin and are very different to Anti-Wrinkle Injections that stop muscular contraction. In many situations the best cosmetic result is achieved by combining a product that relaxes a muscle (Anti-Wrinkle Injection) with the use of a product that fills up the lost volume under the wrinkle (Dermal Filler).Anti-Wrinkle Injections should be avoided during pregnancy and breast feeding as they are classed as Category B3, which means whilst pregnant women have taken them without harmful effects, no large studies have proven them to be completely safe. The safe use of Anti-Wrinkle Injections for cosmetic purposes in children less than 18 years of age has not been established and should be avoided.If patients have a past history of severe allergic reactions to other medications caution needs to be exercised with any injections including Anti-Wrinkle Injections. Patients may not be able to have Anti-Wrinkle Injections if they suffer from certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications. Assessment by a medical practitioner before any Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatment is essential to determine suitability for treatment.

Can anything go wrong post injection?

Whilst Anti-Wrinkle Injections are a very safe procedure when performed correctly, complications can occur especially with inexperienced injectors, including eyebrow droop and eyelid droop. This does resolve completely but on occasion can be severe enough to require prescription eyedrops.In experienced hands there should be very few side effects with Anti-Wrinkle Injections. There may be some slight local redness and swelling at the injection site immediately after treatment but this settles very quickly. Occasionally a small bruise may occur and if it does it can be covered with makeup if necessary. After Anti-Wrinkle Injections patients can return to work and normal activities straight away but should avoid massaging the treated area for at least 4 hours.Overall Anti-Wrinkle Injections have an extremely good safety profile with no reported long term side effects but a medical practitioner does need to be consulted before they are prescribed. The safest and best results with Anti-Wrinkle Injections are achieved when an experienced and qualified practitioner performs the procedure in a medical clinic under medical supervision.

How long to anti-wrinkle injections last?

Anti-wrinkle injections will generally last around 4-6 months depending on wrinkle severity, the area being treated, the amount of product used and an individual’s metabolism. To maintain results many patients have maintenance treatment every 4 months. Studies have shown that regular treatment at 4 monthly intervals delivers progressive improvement in wrinkle severity and patient satisfaction.

What is the cost?

The cost of anti-wrinkle injections varies with the brand of product and the amount of product used (called units). The 2 commonest products used are abbreviated as Product B and Product D. These are very different and many more units of Product D are needed to get the same result as with Product B. If the dose is too low then the effect will not be as great and will not last as long. Everyone is different but typically patients spend around $300 to $600 on an anti-wrinkle treatment depending on how severe the wrinkles are and how many areas need to be treated.
Type B Injections

The number of units required to treat an area will vary between individuals. Prices can be cheaper for amounts over 30 units

$16.50 per unit
Type D Injections

The number of units required to treat an area will vary between individuals. Generally speaking more units of Type D will be required when compared with Type B

$5.50 per unit




Injectables is the general term used to describe cosmetic injections that men use to reduce strong facial wrinkles or to replace age and sun related loss of facial volume. The same product used to treat wrinkles is also very effective in targeting sweat glands and is one of the options to treat excessive sweating. Another use that is popular with men who grind their teeth is to target the strong jaw muscles (Masseters) and this can control teeth grinding for 6-12 months before it needs to be repeated. The use of injections to remove double chins in men is also a type of cosmetic injectable and it is detailed separately.

The medications used for injectable treatments require a medical doctor’s prescription and they are a medical procedure. A medical doctor needs to be consulted before undertaking any of these treatments to ensure it is the most appropriate treatment option and then determine the appropriate areas to treat and the dosage. Injectables are not a beauty salon treatment, they are a medical procedure, and as such should only be performed in a medical clinic.

The specific names of cosmetic injectables are not able to be used on medical websites in Australia because they are Schedule 4 prescription only drugs and naming them is regarded as advertising. The Federal Government restricts any advertising and promotion directly to the public of any prescription medications. This is why you will see terms such as wrinkle injections, anti-wrinkle injections or product B and not specific product names being used.


The reasons that men choose to have cosmetic injections are varied and can be quite different to why women have cosmetic injections. Some men certainly want to look younger and fresher but other men simply want to appear less tired and stressed and look good for their age. Apart from wrinkles and lines injectables in men are also used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, teeth grinding and remove double chins.


Wrinkle injections are used to treat lines and wrinkles that are caused by muscle contraction. The commonest areas that men request treatment for are the frown line between the eyes and the worry lines on the forehead. Business executives and salesmen in particular feel it is important for them to not to look worried and the frown line between the eyes is a very popular area to have treated.

The crows lines around the eyes can also be a concern in some men especially those who work outside or drive around for long periods as sun glare can cause these to become quite severe.


When facial lines become very deep from repeated muscle contraction over many years they start to be present even when the muscles are not moving ( what we call ‘lines at rest’). This is because the supporting Collagen and Hyaluronic acid in the skin have been slowly broken down and skin volume has been permanently lost. Also as men age there is a natural loss of facial volume that causes folds to deepen and contributes to sagging of the face.

Where volume has been lost the way to replace this is through dermal fillers. These are products that are injected into the skin to add volume. By far the commonest dermal fillers used in Australia are based on Hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring sugar in the skin. There are different thicknesses of Hyaluronic acid that are used in different areas and at different depths and a number of different brands are now available in Australia.

The commonest areas that men have treated with dermal filler injections are around the eyes and around the mouth.Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by volume loss in the tear trough area and dermal fillers can be used to correct contour deformity. Dermal fillers not only can fill out and improve wrinkles and folds but can help revitalise and enhance features. Depressed scars from either acne or trauma can also be corrected with dermal fillers.

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