Guys look good with wrinkles, right? Try asking a close friend – guaranteed they’ll say that a few crinkles around your eyes are becoming – but those heavy lines across your forehead and down by your nose just make you look old!
Wrinkles and facial lines are caused by a few different factors, and the best way to prevent further wrinkles is to limit your exposure to those influences as much as you can .
Obviously many years of sun exposure have damaged the DNA in your skin cells, and your skin is less elastic than it was when you were young. Therefore the skin doesn’t snap back in place when you animate (smile, frown etc). This is the initial reason that lines start.
We can help you to reverse this damage over time with the use of medical grade vitamin A, B and C creams (see the medical skin care pages on this site), but the lines you have now can really only be treated with muscle relaxants/ anti wrinkle injections (now commonly called Bro-tox) or dermal fillers.
Why can’t I find Bro-Tox on your website?
Government regulations prohibit the medical profession from using trade or brand names– and B-tox is a brand name! If you see that name on a doctor’s website, they are breaking the law.
Is there a cheaper version of anti-wrinkle injection?
There are 2 main brands of botulinum toxin injections for wrinkles. As Australian regulations prevents us from using their names, we will call them Bro-Tox and D-Port. Both are the same basic toxin, but they are manufactured differently.
We offer both options and explain the difference at consultation. You can then decide which way you would like to go. If you have never tried anti wrinkle injections / treatments you will more than likely opt for the cheaper version initially and if it works for you, then you’ll stick with this version.
NB Many clinics say tell you they are using B-Tox, when they are in fact using the cheaper version! We give YOU the choice.
Why would anyone choose B-Tox if it is more expensive?
Some men find that B-Tox lasts longer than D-port.
As mentioned we would recommend starting with the cheaper version, and if you are happy with that stick with it. The choice is totally yours.
At consolation with our cosmetic nurse injectors, they will discuss with you what you are hoping to achieve, as well as your budget and they will give you appropriate costs for both products.
What’s the difference between paying “per area” or “per unit” fo anti-wrinkle treatments?
Beware of anyone offering anti-wrinkle injections at a cost “per area”.
It generally means they are not experience and have done a very basic, couple of days training in cosmetic injectable treatments.
In this basic training you are taught a “cookie cutter” approach to anti-wrinkle treatments – i.e if you place the product in these same spots for everyone, you will get it right for most people and you shouldn’t cause any harm!!
An experienced injector will:
- Talk to you about what you want to achieve. Some men want absolutely no movement, whilst most prefer a natural look but don’t want permanent or visible lines.
- Look at how you animate and the muscles that you are using to create these lines.
- Take into consideration how large the muscles are that need to be treated – we are all very different.
- Discuss your budget and what bugs you the most.
After taking all of this into consideration they will use the minimum amount of product to give you the result you want. Which means the very best result for you, at less cost.
How much will injections for wrinkles cost me?
Every man is quite different in their genetic make-up, size and preferences. There are as many answers to this question as there are differences in men!
It is impossible to even guess this until we have talked to you about what you want to achieve and seen you animate – which means watch you talk and see which muscles you are using that are causing the problem you dislike.
Again the cookie cutter approach or “per area” is a total guestimate and generally very wrong.
For instance – a frown – the cookie cutter approach is to give 20 units of B-Tox in the same pattern to everyone. Some guys don’t require that much and others might have a wicked frown and heavy muscles in the area and may require up to 40 units. There is a huge difference in cost.
We offer a complimentary consultation with our cosmetic nurse injectors. Both are the most experienced on the Sunshine Coast – Jan has been doing cosmetic injectable treatments for us since January 2000, and Moira since January 2004!
They will spend time with you to ensure you get the best treatment at the least cost to you. Once they see you, they will be able to tell you exactly what your costs will be and you can then decide to proceed with treatment.
Are cosmetic injectables and anti-wrinkle treatments painful?
- In most people’s hands the answer is “yes”.
At Vie, the answer varies from “not at all”, to “mildly”.
There are a few reasons for this difference:
- Our injectors are nurses who are inherently gentler than doctors – truly!
- We schedule 30 minutes for your treatment which allows plenty of time to be gentle – there is never any rush.
- We use a bacteriostatic saline to mix the product which comes powdered.
- This is more expense to us, but means less pain for you!
- Experience and caring of our injectors! Both of our cosmetic injectors have been doing this for more than 15 years and really care about you. This really makes a difference!
The needles that are used to inject anti-wrinkle treatments are extremely fine and you won’t feel the small amount of fluid at all.
If you are a total needle-phobe you can use a topical anaesthetic cream 20 minutes or so before the treatment and this way you will feel very little if anything at all. You can sit in our rooms and look at our beautiful view while it works.
How do anti-wrinkle treatments work?
The muscle relaxants work by blocking the release of a chemical (acetylcholine) at the neuro-muscular junction (where a nervous impulse crosses from the nerve to the muscle for it to contract). This effectively prevents the muscle from working, so it remains relaxed.
Do many men get anti-wrinkle treatments?
Anti-wrinkle treatments have been used extensively to prevent facial lines since about 1998.
Today an enormous percentage of the population of all ages, both male and female are treating facial lines with anti-wrinkle injections.
Men would make up just under 1/3 of our anti-wrinkle treatments
Anti-wrinkle treatments used to prevent facial jowling and lines
More and more muscle relaxants are used to prevent lines from forming in the first place, rather than just treating lines as they appear.
Personal study of your face will show that where you have strong muscle action, you have either lines forming or in some cases jowling of the overlying skin – in the lower face for instance.
In the neck the use of muscle relaxants can prevent the neck from becoming loose, and from the bands forming in the neck – both are seen as a markers of ageing.
Anti-wrinkle treatments to eliminate migraine headaches
Do you suffer with migraines? Incorrectly this is thought of as a female only problem, but a large proportion of the male population suffer with debilitating headaches.
Not all migraines can be treated with muscle relaxants. Generally if you know what your trigger is eg chocolate etc, then muscle relaxant treatments won’t work for you.
However if you suffer for no known reason, then it may be that you have an over-active procerus muscle. What does all that mean? Well the procerus is one of the 5 basic muscles that you use when you frown. If you have heavy frown lines – then you are definitely using your procerus muscle lots, and this may well be the cause of your headaches.
Bro-tox, or anti-wrinkle treatments can be directly applied to the procerus muscle and within a week you will know if this has worked for your headaches.
If so, you will generally be migraine free for up to 7 months! As an added benefit your heavy frown lines will be reduced (which isn’t a bad thing – no one needs frown lines!)
Call us today on our free-call number 1800 080 001 to find out more about Bro-tox treatments for migraines.