How to find an anti-wrinkle injection expert

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

Dr. Gavin Chan

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.
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With the rise in popularity of anti-wrinkle injections as a good way to prevent and improve fine lines and wrinkles without surgery, there are more Cosmetic Practitioners offering this treatment. As a patient, it can be challenging to work out which anti-wrinkle injection expert is the right fit. In a recent YouTube video, Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, Cosmetic Physician, Liposuctionist) revealed why price alone shouldn’t be the chief consideration. He also suggests other useful criteria on how to choose a Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse for your anti-wrinkle injections.

Dr. Gavin Chan explains, “because anti-wrinkle injections are a highly effective non-surgical procedure, it can make even the novice look like a magician. When anti-wrinkle injections are injected into a muscle, it works 100% of the time. Over a 7 to 10 day period the wrinkles will disappear.” According to Dr. Gavin Chan, “many patients will probably not consider these criteria, instead they’ll look for the cheapest Cosmetic Practitioner.”

Why you shouldn’t choose an anti-wrinkle injection expert on price alone

As with many things in life, price is often a major concern. The first question most people ask about anti-wrinkle injections is “How much do you charge per unit?” Dr. Gavin Chan explains that while this is understandable, a high price per unit won’t guarantee you have an anti-wrinkle injection expert. While a very cheap price will usually mean there’s going to be a compromise in the service or the quality of the medical practice.

With the cost price of anti-wrinkle injections being fairly similar around the world, if you see a price reduction of anti-wrinkle injections, it almost always means there’s a reduction in labour costs. Dr. Gavin Chan notes, “as a patient, you have to weigh up whether a low price per unit with a less skilled Cosmetic Practitioner is worth it. Unlike dermal filler treatment, anti-wrinkle injections cannot be reversed. If you don’t like the results, you’ll have to walk around like this for months and months.”

Another thing to consider with low price anti-wrinkle injections is that lower labour costs come at the expense of less time being spent with each patient. If you’re being charged half price, the Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse will only be able to spend half the amount of time with you. A reduction in time per appointment can impact on their analysis of your face to decide where the anti-wrinkle injections should be injected. This could result in a fake or frozen appearance instead of a fresher, more youthful look.

Dr. Gavin Chan notes there are two reasons why some Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurses offer half price anti-wrinkle injections. Number 1 because they’re not as busy as they’d like because they’re just starting out. Or number 2, they’re unable to retain their patients. These reasons should send a red flag warning to patients. An expert anti-wrinkle injection Cosmetic Practitioner is unlikely to be charging rock-bottom prices.

Main criteria to use for choosing an anti-wrinkle injection expert

Dr. Gavin Chan suggests you use 2 main criteria for choosing a Cosmetic Doctor of Cosmetic Nurse for your anti-wrinkle injections. Firstly, your anti-wrinkle injection treatments need to consistent. If they’re not your face could change dramatically from one treatment to the next.

An expert Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse will plan:

  • The exact dose they want to inject
  • The number of injection sites
  • The location of the injection sites, and
  • The dose per injection site.

They should also mark your face before anti-wrinkle injections are injected. A big benefit of marking your face up is they can take a photo of it and save it on your patient file. This can then be referred back to during subsequent treatments. According to Dr. Gavin Chan, “if your Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse isn’t marking your face then they’re taking a very casual approach to your anti-wrinkle injection treatment.

Dr. Gavin Chan’s second criteria for choosing an anti-wrinkle injection expert is whether they review your face 7 to 14 days after your treatment. At this appointment, you should also have photos and videos taken to assess how your face is looking. The Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse will not only review your but make adjustments.

Dr. Gavin Chan explains, “expert Cosmetic Practitioners will adjust one variable each time during the review appointment including the dose, location of injections, the number of injections and the depth of the injections. By making fine adjustments and understanding what results they’ll achieve, their patient gets the best result.” By only making one change at a time, your Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse can better control the outcome of your anti-wrinkle injections.

An expert Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse should:

  • Plan the dosages and injection sites
  • Document what treatment you’ve had and where
  • Mark up your face prior to treatment and take a photo
  • Take photos and videos prior to any treatment commencing and take subsequent photos and videos each time you see them
  • Review your anti-wrinkle treatment 1 to 2 weeks after you’ve had it
  • Make adjustments changing one variable only

Where to find an anti-wrinkle injection expert in Melbourne

Since 2005, Dr. Gavin Chan and his team of highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses have been treating patients with anti-wrinkle injections. In the surrounds of the modern medical clinic, you’ll be greeted by a friendly team member who will take before photos and a video of your face. This is done in a professional photographic room. Your Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse will then take the time to consult with you before assessing and analysing your face. They’ll then discuss treatment solutions and the amount of anti-wrinkle injection doses required. Before injecting anti-wrinkle injections into your face, they’ll mark up the injection areas. They’ll also use an Accuvein Vein Finder to mark where your veins are. This reduces the likelihood of any bruising occurring during your anti-wrinkle injection treatment.

After your procedure, a review appointment 7 to 14 days later will be booked in. During this appointment, more photos will be taken for your patient record. Call our helpful and friendly customer service team today to book an expert anti-wrinkle injection treatment 1300 863 824.

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