FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Still have questions? Find out more about dermal fillers and
anti-wrinkle injections in our comprehensive FAQ – or contact a clinic for an individual consultation.

WHAT ARE 3 PRIORITY STEPS WHEN CONSIDERING FACIAL INJECTABLES

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When it comes to facial injectables, including dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, Allergan is committed to educating Australians on the aesthetic treatment journey – importantly, who to see, understanding the products that will be used and where to go.

Being well informed can help ensure a clear treatment plan is created and also support quality use of facial injectables – ultimately helping Australians to achieve their aesthetic goals.

THERE ARE 3 PRIORITY STEPS WHEN CONSIDERING FACIAL INJECTABLES:

        1.  Check It (the Product)

In Australia, a wide variety of registered healthcare professionals can administer injectable aesthetic products, so it’s important to do your research and check the experience and qualifications of the healthcare professional (HCP) you choose to undertake the treatment with.  


You should:



  • Check the registration, qualification, experience of your HCP
  • Have a consultation prior to treatment
  • Confirm that you have a personalised treatment plan and it is in line with your expectations

        2.  See It (the Product)

Due to the wide range of aesthetic products in the marketplace, it is important that you understand what product is being recommended by your HCP and that it is registered for use in Australia. 


You should:



  • Check the name of the product you will be receiving
  • Understand when results will be seen and how long they will last

        3.  Find it (the Place)

With so many clinics spread across the country, there are a number of things to consider when it comes to choosing the right clinic for your treatment. Be wary of ‘special offers’ and discounts, especially those that sound too good to be true. Instead, if you are seeking treatment, ask friends for recommendations or conduct your own research via reputable clinic finders.  


You should:



  • Check the clinic is formally registered and licensed
  • Look for a displayed copy of the clinic’s licence
  • Request before and after images of previous patients

 

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dermal fillers FAQs

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are smooth injectable gels used to restore or add volume to the face.

Fillers vary in density (thickness) which determines which area they can be used in and helps achieve the desired result, whether that is to provide lift or contouring, create symmetry, or enhance a particular feature such as the lips.

Many dermal fillers contain a synthetic compound that mimics the properties of a naturally occurring sugar molecule. This particular molecule assists in skin firmness and smoothness, by providing a kind of supporting network for other important structural tissue components, at the same time drawing moisture to the area and holding onto it. Over time, our natural levels of this sugar diminish, which is where fillers can help – literally filling wrinkles and hollow areas from within.

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How long will the results last?

The effects of dermal fillers can last anywhere between 9 and 24 months, depending on what product has been used. Both the brand and the thickness will impact how long the filler lasts.

Are there any side effects?

The type of dermal fillers that contain the synthetic sugar molecule are usually well tolerated, however, as with all medications, side effects can occur.

Your doctor will discuss in detail what to expect from treatment, at your consultation.

Reported side effects from dermal fillers include: injection site redness, pain, swelling, firmness, lumps and bumps, bruising, itching or discolouration. In the vast majority of cases, these effects are temporary and should resolve within a week.

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ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS FAQS

What are anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections contain a natural, purified protein, derived from bacteria under sterile laboratory conditions in much the same way that penicillin is made from mould. This protein relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles in the expressive areas around the eyes and forehead.

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NATURAL RESULTS FAQS

How can I avoid a fake look, like a ‘trout pout’?

Along with following a detailed plan for subtle, balanced enhancement, you should also keep your expectations realistic.

Remember that you still want to look like ‘you’ - just a more refreshed version. Consider as well that there is a ‘wow’ factor that comes into play immediately after your first treatment. After a month or two of looking at your face each day in the mirror, this may wear off. It doesn’t mean that the treatments have worn off – it just means you’ve become used to your new look. Don’t be tempted to go back to your doctor and ask for more at that point. Wait a few more months and follow the plan you have made with your chosen clinic.

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How can I get a natural look with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections?

To achieve a natural-looking result with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, the key is to follow a detailed treatment plan, created for the individual in conjunction with a skilled doctor, which considers the face as a whole.

A personalised treatment plan can be gradual, with subtle improvements unfolding over a planned timeline that takes into account treatment aspirations as well as the normal ageing process.

With natural-looking results, you will simply appear more relaxed, well rested and generally rejuvenated, as the products do their work to restore volume and fill or relax wrinkles and lines.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FAQs

Are injectable treatments expensive?

They don’t have to be. Your practitioner can tailor a treatment plan that fits your budget.

Often, in order to create a subtle, gradual change, your planned treatments will be phased with several months in between anyway, which is a great help with budgeting.

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Will the injections hurt?

With dermal fillers, there will be a slight stinging or discomfort at the site of the injection, but this typically lasts no longer than 30 seconds.

Many commonly used dermal fillers contain an anaesthetic, which helps to alleviate any discomfort associated with the procedure.

With anti-wrinkle injections, the sensation is more like a series of short ‘pin pricks’, and usually no anaesthetic is necessary.

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