Anti-wrinkle injections are simple, quick, non-surgical procedures that reduce lines and wrinkles in the upper face. The injections can treat crow's feet, forehead lines and the vertical frown ('glabellar') lines between the eyebrows (note that not all brands are indicated in all three areas). Anti-wrinkle injections are different from fillers both in the way they work and in their composition. Most dermal fillers are gels that mimic a naturally occurring sugar compound in our skin that attracts moisture and creates volume. Anti-wrinkle injections, on the other hand, contain a protein that causes the injected facial muscle to relax, smoothing out lines and wrinkles in the area. Dermal fillers will show instant results, while anti-wrinkle injections deliver rapid, noticeable improvements within one to two days. While both products are temporary, dermal fillers can last up to 24 months, while anti-wrinkle injections last between three and four months. Anti-wrinkle injections relax only the muscles beneath the lines where product has been injected and the muscles responsible for other aspects of your facial expression stay active. If you have no further treatments, the muscles return to normal and lines gradually go back to how they looked before treatment.


Before you go ahead and book an appointment for anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers, be sure the clinic’s practitioners are registered healthcare professionals and are using products that are listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). If a product seems too cheap, it may be counterfeit or not listed on the ARTG, which can lead to unpredictable results or side effects.


Dermal fillers are not the only treatment option for smoothing out lines and wrinkles with a natural-looking result. Anti-wrinkle injections are often used to relax the facial muscles that cause wrinkles and deep furrows, in conjunction with fillers to correct volume loss, producing a natural and balanced look overall.