Non-surgical Procedures

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation using anti-wrinkle injections

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More



Have you ever looked in the rear view mirror as you’re at the traffic lights and been taken aback at how many fine lines and deep wrinkles you have? From the furrows between your eyebrows that make you look angry (even when you’re not) to deep crow’s feet and the lines around your mouth. The effects of ageing on the face include sagging skin, a loss of facial volume and deep lines and wrinkles. All of which can make you look and feel older than you are.

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation is a cosmetic treatment that addresses all of the aspects of the ageing process without surgical methods by using dermal fillers, carbon dioxide lasers and anti-wrinkle injections.

Dr Terri Labberton (MBBS, FRACGP, Cosmetic Doctor) explains that wrinkles and expression lines can be effectively treated and reduced using anti-wrinkle injections. Since the 1990’s wrinkle injections have become a successful and popular anti-ageing treatment.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

Anti-wrinkle injections are the best non-surgical choice for smoothing out upper, middle and lower face wrinkles and fine lines. Based on an inhibitor they work by blocking the nerves that cause your facial muscles to contract. This relaxes the muscles, resulting in a softening of lines and wrinkles to make your face look smoother and more youthful looking.

It is important to note that before you have anti-wrinkle injections, the overall balance of your face must be considered. Visiting a reputable medical clinic that specialises in non-surgical facial rejuvenation ensures highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses will administer your anti-wrinkle injection treatment. Reducing wrinkling in your lower face without addressing your upper face may lead to sub-optimal results. The dosage amount of your treatment also must be carefully considered.

Over-treating forehead wrinkles can result in your brow appearing heavy and lower than you would like while over-treating crow’s feet can result in compensatory muscle contractions under your eyes, leading to increased wrinkles.

The injection process and principles behind the anti-wrinkle treatment

Dr Terri Labberton discusses the use of anti-wrinkle injections for facial rejuvenation by explaining the injection process and principles behind the wrinkle treatment.

Starting at the forehead, the frontalis muscle is the only muscle that elevates the eyebrows. When wrinkle injections are used here, your eyebrows won’t be able to lift as high. It’s important to note that over treating this area can result in the patient feeling like their brow is heavy. While some patients prefer to have no movement in their forehead, some natural movement is preferable.

The next muscles treated are involved in the frowning action; the procerus and the two thin muscles that run along this area called the corrugators. Treating these muscles with anti-wrinkle injections will smooth out and reduce the intensity of your frown.

The muscles that cause your crow’s feet are the orbicularis oculi; a circular muscle that contracts inward when you smile or squint. When softening the movement of these muscles with anti-wrinkle treatment, it’s important to consider the dosage used. Having no expression lines when you laugh or smile can make your face appear frozen.

Dr Terri Labberton also highlights the use of anti-wrinkle injections for preventative anti-ageing treatments, in particular the area around the mouth. The zygomaticus major muscle draws the angle of the mouth backwards and downwards. Using cosmetic injections to relax this muscle ensures there will be less folds forming at the corners of the mouth. The broad surface of the mentalis muscle basically forms the chin. Using wrinkle treatment in this area helps prevent dimpling from occurring.

Facial rejuvenation before and after

Anti-wrinkle injection suggested aftercare

Dr Terri Labberton suggests that you avoid rigorous exercise and having a facial treatment for at least 24 hours after your treatment. She also recommends staying upright and avoiding going to bed for at least 4 hours after the procedure. You will be able to see the results of the anti-wrinkle injections between 5 to 10 days after the treatment, with the full effect evident 2 weeks after the treatment.

The best skincare to use after your anti-wrinkle treatment procedure

After your cosmetic procedure, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated, protected and nourished. Dermaceutic K Ceutic is a hydrating and highly nourishing cream that is ideal to use after wrinkle treatment. Free from fragrances and parabens, this cream combines Vitamin K complex, Aloe vera, Vitamin C and Vitamin E with SPF 50 sunscreen. Synergie Vitamin B Serum uses the power of Niacinimide (Vitamin B3) to reduce skin pigmentation, increase hydration and reduce oil production.

Not sure about what skincare to use? A consultation with one of highly trained and qualified Skin Therapists will ensure your personalised skin care regime achieves the best results. To book your skin consultation call us on 1300 863 824.

Get the best wrinkle treatments in Melbourne

Since 2005, we have helped thousands of people rejuvenate their face with anti-wrinkle treatments. Led by Dr Gavin Chan, our highly trained Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses are experts in creating fresh and natural-looking changes to your face.

We believe that your face needs to move naturally and that a subtle approach is always the best. Find out more about our non-surgical facial rejuvenation using wrinkle treatments call us on 1300 863 824 or fill in the form below.