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.
Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s Melbourne-based Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic nurses use anti-wrinkle injections to create natural-looking subliminal changes to your face that make you look younger and refreshed without the give-away of frozen-face. These outstanding results are due to our highly-trained practitioners using the right anti-wrinkle treatments per patient, taking advantage of recent developments in product and techniques.
Anti-wrinkle injections have now been around for more than 25 years. Since our clinic’s inception nearly ten years ago, VCI has been at the forefront of the evolution in anti-wrinkle techniques. VCI’s experienced practitioners use anti-wrinkle injections to reduce facial wrinkling while still allowing the face to move naturally. Our latest anti-wrinkle techniques and procedures allow us to lift areas of the face by altering the dynamics of various muscles. We don’t rely on the easier approach of completely freezing facial muscles.
Let VCI introduce you to more natural looking anti-wrinkle results. Treatments that are detectable are not as aesthetically pleasing as those which create an almost subliminal change. Frozen faces are a ‘giveaway’ that anti-wrinkle treatment has been performed; our Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses avoid this. Victorian Cosmetic Institute training means our injectors allow the face to express by reducing, not freezing, excessive muscular contraction.
Consideration to the overall balance of the face is also important. For example, to reduce wrinkling of the upper face, but not the lower face could result in sub-optimal results.
Anti-wrinkle dosage in areas such as the forehead and crows feet need also to be considered carefully. Forehead wrinkles, if over-treated with anti-wrinkle injections, can cause the brows to appear low and heavy. The forehead muscle, frontalis, is the only elevator of the brow, and when over-relaxed with anti-wrinkle injections, it will cause the brow to drop. The crows feet, if over-treated, can result in compensatory muscular contraction under the eyes which leads to increased wrinkling there. Furthermore, as the muscle that causes crows feet also is responsible in part for elevation of the cheek, over-relaxation with anti-wrinkle injections in the crows feet tend to cause an unnatural cheek appearance when smiling.
When using anti-wrinkle injections, it is also important to consider that each muscle has another muscle pulling in the opposite direction. With this knowledge it is possible to lift areas of the face by relaxing certain muscles, for example;
- by relaxing the downward pulling muscles of the mouth corners, the opposing muscle that pulls the mouth corners up is relatively stronger, and therefore a lift is achieved in the mouth corners.
- The forehead and brow position can be shaped by strategically placing anti-wrinkle injections to release the outer brow to give a flared brow or brow lift.
- Relaxing the muscles of the upper neck (platysma muscle), it is possible to reduce it’s pull on the face, and this gives the jawline better definition
Facial shaping is another aspect of treatment with anti-wrinkle injections that is important in facial rejuvenation. Treatment of the masseter muscle, or the muscle of the jaw that is responsible for chewing, can help to reduce bulk in the area and give the facial shape more of an upside down egg or oval appearance.
Anti-wrinkle treatments are based on an inhibitor. In Australia, there are now several brands anti-wrinkle treatment to consider (Therapeutic Goods Administration rules prohibit us from naming the product). They have different properties, including onset time, storage temperatures, and cost. Your practitioner will be able to advise you appropriately on the best anti-wrinkle treatment for your face.
When choosing a cosmetic practitioner for your anti-wrinkle injections, remember to review their experience and reputation. If they have a good track record, it is likely that you will also get a good result. A practitioner’s aesthetic judgement and assessment of your face are critical to achieving natural and pleasing outcomes. The skill of the injector may also determine if you bruise or if you feel pain during the injections. The price of the treatment is a factor to consider, but certainly not the most important factor. Paying less for a treatment that doesn’t give you the best aesthetic outcome or an adverse outcome is not value for money. Also, if you need a top-up or correction of your treatment, is this included in your price? At Victorian Cosmetic Institute, we offer any corrections required at no charge. We do pride ourselves on achieving the best aesthetic outcomes for our patients and to do this, we help you to choose the right product, technique, and practitioners for your needs.