Anti-Wrinkle Injections

How is it done?

An anti-wrinkle product is injected into the target muscle with a very fine needle. This causes the muscle to relax and stops it from contracting, which smooths and prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Most clients find the procedure very easy to tolerate, but sometimes the addition of a topical local anaesthetic can also assist. It is a very quick procedure, taking only a few minutes to complete. The effect comes on with a few days, with most patients reporting full effect after 1-2 weeks

How long does it take?

The procedure may take as little as 10-15 minutes and you’ll be able to return to your daily activities straight away. 

How long does it last?

Anti-wrinkle injections typically last approximately 3-4 months, though this is variable, depending on the area treated, the patient’s skin, the patient’s muscle strength, the dose used and the patient’s age. Some clients do report getting a longer effect from one product versus the other, but that seems to be variable also.

Are there side effects?

Side effects are uncommon but may include temporary pain from injection, temporary redness, temporary swelling, temporary bruising, temporary headache and in rare cases, a temporary eyelid or eyebrow droop can occur. These side effects usually resolve within hours to several weeks, but may also be treatable in some instances

How much do Anti-Wrinkle injections cost?  Why are some brands so much cheaper than the other?

The brand of anti-wrinkle injection will largely determine the cost. The most recognised global brand costs $13 per unit. The other most recognisable brand that we use costs $5 per unit but requires 2.5-3 times as much injected to get the same effect.

Dermal Fillers

How is it done?

Treatment with dermal fillers involve small injections under the skin of a clear gel which is composed of a substance that is naturally found in skin, hyaluronic acid. The needles used are extremely fine and only a small volume is injected.

“I want lip fillers to enhance my lips, but I’ve heard these injections hurt”

This is a common concern for those who have never had lip fillers done before.  Good news is, Dr Ash Gordon can inject some fast acting local anaesthetic just inside your lips, which will effectively block the nerves that supply the lips for around 30 mins and make it a more comfortable experience.

How long does it take?

A Dermal filler treatment will take between 15-30 minutes. You can return to your usual routine immediately. However, it is best if you can stay upright for several hours, drink plenty of fluids in the first 24 hours, and avoid becoming too dehydrated to ensure the product can take in as much water as possible. 

How long does it last?

Results of dermal fillers vary from each client to the next, for multiple reasons, including how the product is metabolised by the patient, the location of the filler etc., but fillers generally last between 6 and 12 months, sometimes longer.

How Can I Avoid Bruising from Dermal Filler Injections?

Unfortunately bruising is very common with fillers. Some areas will bruise more easily than others such as the cheeks, chin and lips but again this does depend on the individual patient and the goal of the treatment being undertaken. Dr Ash Gordon will recommend a cream which you get from your local pharmacy after your treatment that may help bruising to disappear more quickly. Ice can also be used to minimise bruising.

Are there side effects?

Side effects are uncommon but may include temporary pain from injection, temporary redness, temporary swelling, temporary bruising. Blue-ish discolouration can also occur if dermal filler is injected too superficially – known as the ‘Tyndall effect‘. There are some very unlikely risks such as affecting blood vessels in the area of treatment, infection and granuloma formation. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to ask questions and talk to Dr Ash Gordon

How much do fillers cost? Why are some fillers so much cheaper than others?

At Melbourne Institute of Aesthetics, we charge from $600 for 1mL of our thick dermal filler and we use a top dermal fillers made by Allergan that have a local anaeastheic within them. For more specific pricing, see the prices page. The main differences between different fillers are their thickness, and longevity. The thinner ones tend to not last as long and are hence cheaper, whilst the thicker viscous fillers last longer and give a more rich full look.

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