We all know that ageing, sun exposure, stress and loss of sleep (also called life), can negatively affect our skin. As we get older, our skin loses its natural elasticity and collagen, and those dynamic facial creases become permanent lines or wrinkles.
Anti-wrinkle injections work by inhibiting the signal from nerve to muscle. By reducing the muscle tone, we prevent the skin creasing in the exact same area which gives the skin a chance to smooth.
We invite you to browse through our client before and after photo page to see how anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers may be able to enhance your look.
We use both types of anti wrinkle currently on the market in Australia.
** A consultation fee of $50 is charged to see both Dr Paul and Dr Tina. This amount is credited to a treatment should you proceed on the day of your consultation.
$15 per unit of anti wrinkle
Typical frown between $240-300
Typical forehead between $120-160
Typical Crows feet between $120-240
Nefertiti neck lift typically $450-650
Teeth grinding/Masseter $700
Excessive underarm sweating $1200
Initial appointment may be up to 40 mins. Repeat appointments can take as little as 15 mins depending on the areas treated.
Repeat every 3 - 6 months
Results will be noticeable after a few days but allow 2 weeks for the product to take full effect.
Downtime / aftercare
There is no downtime. Tiny needle marks may be visible after the injections but these will fade usually within an hour or two.
Volume loss, along with wrinkle formation, is the other clear sign of ageing. Reduced volume can significantly change the shape of the face and contributes to the classic sagging that is associated with old age.
Dermal filler injections are composed of a naturally occurring sugar found in skin and soft tissues (hyaluronic acid). The injections work by adding volume and creating support, giving structure and lift, as well as filling in creases and folds.
We invite you to browse through our before and after photo page to see the many applications of dermal fillers - which include anti-ageing, facial contouring and lip enhancement.
** A consultation fee of $50 is charged to see both Dr Paul and Dr Tina. This amount is credited to a treatment should you proceed on the day of your consultation. 9
1ml thick filler: $650
1ml lip filler: $600
We package dermal filler treatments, especially for "liquid face lifts"
30-60 mins , includes application of topical anaesthetic, if required
Every 6 - 12 months
Results visible immediately, however allow up to 2 weeks for the product to settle properly and attract water to plump up.
Downtime / aftercare
Very mild bruising, swelling, redness. Occasionally some early lumpiness which settles after 1-2 weeks
In line with advertising regulations, no clinic or medical practice within Australia is allowed to mention the names of any of the products used for cosmetic injections. We refer to them as 'anti wrinkle' and 'dermal filler' compounds. We can discuss the product options with you during a consultation, we just cannot advertise these options on our website or in print media.
1. What are anti wrinkle products?
Anti wrinkle products inhibit muscle movements that cause skin lines. At the doses we use, it's nowhere near "toxic". The toxin inhibits nerves sending messages to muscles.
Anti wrinkle treatments are mostly for frowns, foreheads and crows feet, but we can do jowl treatments too (The Nefertiti Lift). They can be used for facial shaping for wider faces/teeth grinding - called a masseter muscle treatment. We can also put anti wrinkle in to armpits and hands for excessive sweating - a condition called hyperhydrosis.
There are very few side effects from anti wrinkle treatments, with slight redness or occasionally small bruises easily covered with concealer.
We use a variety of products, all of which are obtained from manufacturers which are highly reputable and approved for use in Australia.
2. When will an anti wrinkle treatment start working and how long will it last?
Most anti wrinkle treatments start to kick in around 2-3 days, but we need to give it 1-2 weeks to fully settle and then review in clinic, usually at the 2 week mark.
Face: lasts 3-4 months
Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating): lasts 6 - 10 months
Masseter muscle /teeth grinding: lasts 6 months, with shrinkage of the muscle size over 12-18 months. With shrinkage of the muscle, we can often reduce the anti wrinkle dose.
3. How long does an anti wrinkle treatment take and does it hurt much?
The consultation takes the longest for a first-time client. The treatment itself takes around 5 minutes. The procedure isn't very painful and since it's very quick, it's over with before you know it.
4. How much does an average anti wrinkle treatment cost?
Everyone is different and so pricing can vary, but please see our pricing guide above for some example treatment prices.
5. What about men, do they need more product than women?
Typically, yes. Men have bigger muscle mass and to get the same longevity of 3-4 months out of a treatment, we often need to put more product in. This isn't always the case, but it's best to prepare clients for this possibility.
6. What happens if I get to 2 weeks and I need a touch up or top up?
We usually will ask to review you at 2 weeks if you're a first time client. It can be necessary to touch up, or top up, your dose at this review. We often try and use a lower dose on your first time, working on the principal that we can always add more if you need it. Any top/touch ups are at the client's expense. Once we know your dose from this first treatment, it's usually smooth sailing for subsequent ones and we don't need to review you at 2 weeks unless you request it.
1. What are dermal fillers?
Whereas anti wrinkle stops lines on the skin by affecting muscle movement, dermal fillers replace lost volume and also provide a degree of lift. Dermal fillers are made of a gel comprised of the major connective tissue component in our own bodies. Pharmaceutical companies synthesise this component in the laboratory and then cross link it to make it thicker and last longer.
We can place filler almost anywhere in the face, neck, décolletage and even the hands. There are some danger areas of the face when placing filler, and so it's important to have an injector who knows their facial anatomy very well. A clinic with strict and robust protocols in place should complications occur is vital. At Phenotype we take these treatments very seriously.
2. When will a dermal filler treatment start to work and how long will it last?
Dermal fillers are very satisfying, as the results happen right before your eyes. They continue to attract water in the tissues and provide more lift over days following a treatment. Dermal fillers usually will last 12-14 months, but more robust fillers can last 18-24 months. The only exception is lip filler. Lips are very mobile and we use softer fillers here, so lip treatments will usually only last an average of 6 months.
3. How long does a dermal filler treatment take to perform and does it hurt?
It depends how much filler you get. A typical lip treatment will take 15-20mins. A typical cheek treatment will take 20-30mins. It is necessary to go slow when using filler.
Dermal fillers can be a bit more uncomfortable than anti wrinkle. We use a few techniques to distract, and also to numb the areas we are treating, especially for lips which can be tender.
4. How much does a dermal filler treatment cost?
Filler is usually sold in 1 ml volumes and therefore the cost of a treatment depends on how many mls you purchase. We usually will do a full face assessment and tell you the various areas we'd treat. Filler goes a long way, but also has its limitations. We are very honest with you about the volumes we feel will give you the best result and we offer discounts as clients purchase increasing volumes.
Please see our pricing guide above for dermal fillers.
5. What should I expect after a dermal filler treatment?
This all depends on the areas treated. Bruising, redness, swelling and tenderness are all potential side effects of dermal filler treatments.
Lips can swell and bruise more, so there is some down time. Recovery is not usually much more than 2-3 days. Cheeks and other areas are generally more forgiving and have less down time. Many treatments often have no down time at all.
We like to review our clients 3-4 weeks post a dermal filler treatment. It can take this long for all the swelling to diminish, and only then can we truly judge how the filler is sitting.
Most filler treatments go very smoothly, occasionally we need to touch them up a bit, but this is very easy to do on follow up. Any dermal filler top/touch ups are generally at the client's expense.
We advise clients to get more invasive treatments when they have some time off, or on a Friday.