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Relax - Anti-wrinkle treatments overview

Introduction to anti-wrinkle treatments

Over time, changes to the skin’s underlying structure can result in folds and wrinkles that alter the appearance of the face. Anti-wrinkle treatments are a type of aesthetic procedure that may be used to reduce the prominence of lines and wrinkles in the face. As with any aesthetic procedure, the decision to use anti-wrinkle treatments should be made in consultation with a registered healthcare practitioner.

Why treat?
Woman pointing to frown-lines on forehead, where anti-wrinkle treatments may be used

Why anti-wrinkle treatments?

The passage of time affects the quality of human skin. The appearance of glabellar lines (vertical frown lines between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet (lines around the corner of the eyes) can cause an individual’s face to look old, sad, tired or angry, regardless of how they might feel. Anti-wrinkle treatments work by relaxing targeted facial muscles, temporarily improving the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles formed by repeated facial expressions.

Treatment areas

TREATMENT AREAS

Anti-wrinkle treatments may be used to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines (glabellar lines) and crow’s feet (lines around the corner of the eyes). Your healthcare practitioner can provide you with more information on the most suitable treatment areas.

Glabellar lines
Crow's feet

TREATMENT AREAS

Crow's feet
Glabellar lines

Anti-wrinkle treatments may be used to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines (glabellar lines) and crow’s feet (lines around the corner of the eyes). Your healthcare practitioner can provide you with more information on the most suitable treatment areas.

The treatment
Woman pointing to frown-lines on forehead, where anti-wrinkle treatments may be used

The treatment

During a typical treatment, a practitioner administers a number of very small injections into targeted muscles in the patient’s face. These muscles then relax, and the overlying lines and wrinkles soften. Once the treatment has been completed, it typically takes a few days for the results to become visible. The exact length of time taken can vary slightly from brand to brand and from individual to individual.

The duration of effect for anti-wrinkle treatments can also vary according to the product used and the individual involved. However, effects may last for up to five months. 

As with all medicines, anti-wrinkle treatments can cause side effects. Your registered healthcare practitioner should inform you of these potential risks, as well as any side effects and contraindications prior to treatment. You should also ask to see the Patient Information leaflet provided to practitioners. Please note that the information on this website does not in any way replace the professional advice of the treating healthcare practitioner.

Anti-wrinkle treatments are prescription-only medicines which under Australian law must be administered by registered health practitioners. If you are unsure whether a particular practitioner is registered in Australia, you can also check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

How it works
Man and woman working in lab

The science behind

Anti-wrinkle treatments contain a protein with the ability to block the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine from nerve endings within the body. When this protein is injected into targeted muscles in the face, it prevents them from contracting, helping to remove wrinkles formed by repeated facial expressions, such as frown lines and crow’s feet. 

The protein used in aesthetic injections produces a local effect in the muscles being treated. Only a qualified healthcare practitioner should administer anti-wrinkle treatments for aesthetic purposes. 

Anti-wrinkle treatments are used to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles in the upper face. The below gallery shows examples of how patients appeared before and after treatment with anti-wrinkle treatments.

Before & After

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Salimah_BEFORE
Kathy_Chan_BEFORE
Maria_BEFORE
Sofia_BEFORE
Yohan_Vandemberg_BEFORE
Muhammed_BEFORE
Catherine_BEFORE
Ninorta_BEFORE
Christina_BEFORE
Marta_BEFORE
David_BEFORE
Salimah_BEFORE
Kathy_Chan_BEFORE
Maria_BEFORE
Sofia_BEFORE
Yohan_Vandemberg_BEFORE
Muhammed_BEFORE
Before Catherine_BEFORE
After Catherine_AFTER
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  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines and crow's feet;
  • Dermal fillers: under eyes, cheeks, smile lines and lips.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Ninorta_BEFORE
After Ninorta_AFTER
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  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown and smile lines; 
  • Dermal fillers: cheeks and smile lines.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Christina_BEFORE
After Christina_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown and smile lines; 
  • Dermal fillers: cheeks, smile lines and lips. 
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Marta_BEFORE
After Marta_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines and crow's feet.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before David_BEFORE
After David_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines and crow's feet.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Salimah_BEFORE
After Salimah_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Kathy_Chan_BEFORE
After Kathy_Chan_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines; 
  • Dermal fillers: under eyes, cheekbones, cheeks and smile lines.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Maria_BEFORE
After Maria_AFTER
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  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines and crow's feet; 
  • Dermal fillers: cheeks, smile lines, lips and chin.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Sofia_BEFORE
After Sofia_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines and crow's feet; 
  • Dermal fillers: cheeks, smile lines, lips and chin.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Yohan_Vandemberg_BEFORE
After Yohan_Vandemberg_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines and crow’s feet; 
  • Dermal fillers: cheeks and smile lines.
  • Individual results may vary.
Before Muhammed_BEFORE
After Muhammed_AFTER
Caption
  • Anti-wrinkle treatments: frown lines.
  • Individual results may vary.
FAQs 
Anti-wrinkle treatments are a prescription-only medicine and you will always have a consultation with a healthcare practitioner prior to your first treatment. Think through what you want to achieve and any questions you may have. Your healthcare practitioner will inform you how anti-wrinkle treatments can be used to best meet your needs. You will also be asked about your medical history. When you leave your consultation, you should feel well informed about anti-wrinkle treatments and you should know what results to expect.
In Australia, only registered health practitioners may administer anti-wrinkle treatments. Your treatment should be performed in a registered clinic that provides privacy and is spotlessly clean. You can always request to see training certificates and insurance certificates to ensure that your healthcare practitioner has received the appropriate training and is insured for the treatment.

Only registered health practitioners may perform procedures with anti-wrinkle treatments. You can also check if a practitioner is registered in Australia by visiting the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.

As well as discussing your treatment goals and expectations, your healthcare practitioner should provide you with comprehensive information and give you a detailed explanation regarding your treatment. You should be informed of the possibilities and limitations of the treatment. You should receive information about possible side effects and precautions for treatment. You should be informed of the cost of the treatment and possible follow-up treatments.
Anti-wrinkle treatments have not been adequately tested in pregnant or breastfeeding women and are therefore not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You may notice the results after two to three days.
Other treatment options
Aesthetic science provides a range of potential treatments to help individuals address concerns such as skin ageing and facial imbalances, and to create unique looks. A wide selection of dermal fillers allow aesthetic practitioners to refine facial features and to fill lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile anti-wrinkle injections, skin hydration boosters and collagen stimulators may be used to address the signs of skin and facial ageing. The decision to use any aesthetic treatment should be made in consultation with a registered healthcare practitioner.
Close-up of woman in relation to dermal fillers

REFINE

Dermal fillers may be used to refine facial features by lifting and shaping contours, filling lines and wrinkles, and creating volume
Close-up of woman in relation to skin hydration boosters

REFRESH

Skin hydration boosters may be used to refresh the skin from within, increasing skin hydration, improving elasticity, and reducing fine lines.
Close-up of woman in relation to collagen stimulators

RENEW

Collagen stimulators may be used to renew skin thickness and firmness and correct shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.