Anti Wrinkle Injections

The Basics

Anti-Wrinkle Injections are used to treat frown lines, smile lines and forehead lines. Anti-wrinkle treatments are designed to relax the various facial muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles. These Injections have been used for over 20 years, and are safe and effective.

Expert Treatment

At Cosmos Clinic, all our injectors are specially trained in performing injectable treatments; and one of our medical professionals has been appointed as an Allergan National Trainer (a prestigious title held by less than 20 doctors nationwide).

The Treatment

Anti wrinkle injections are injected using a tiny needle with approximately five injections per treated area. There is no downtime and the treatment kicks in at 3-5 days and lasts 3-4 months.

Commonly, Dermal Fillers are used in combination with Anti Wrinkle Injections to achieve optimal results.

The Results

Results usually start to kick in after 3-5 days, lasting 3 – 4 months in most cases*. However, this can vary from patient to patient. There is no downtime and there is minimal discomfort with these injections.

*Disclaimer - Results may vary from patient to patient.

Other Facts

Anti Wrinkle Injections work by blocking the impulses from the nerves that control muscle movement. When injected into muscle tissue, muscle relaxation results after about three days; such that the muscles can not contract. This creates a smooth rejuvenated appearance of the overlying skin that can last anywhere from three to eight months.

Up To 30 Minutes
Costs From $165
Full Results Seen In 2 Weeks

*Results may vary from patient to patient.
**All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.

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Anti Wrinkle Costs

Anti Wrinkle Injection prices vary depending on the number of units required. This is predominantly impacted by muscle strength. For more information on the cost of Anti Wrinkle injections, read here.

  • Forehead wrinkles prices start from $165 – $200
  • Frown lines prices start from $200 – $400
  • Around the eyes prices start from $200 – $400
  • Brow lift prices start from $165 – $200
  • Initial consultation is between $120 – $150, redeemable upon treatment

Top Anti Wrinkle Injections Questions

What are Anti Wrinkle Injections?

Anti Wrinkle Injections are a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles – creating a smoothed and improved appearance. Anti Wrinkle Injections are produced by a bacterium, and it was first used in humans for the treatment of strabismus (“crossed-eyes”) in 1978. It is now used to treat a number of medical conditions including cerebral palsy, migraine, excessive sweating, wry neck, back and facial muscle spasms as well as the treatment of facial wrinkles. Anti Wrinkle Injections are the only medical product of its type with more than thirty years of safe usage involving millions of patients worldwide, comprehensive clinical trials, published studies and extensive clinical practice. Anti Wrinkle Injections are one of the most widely researched medicines in the world with twenty approved indications in more than seventy-five countries. Anti Wrinkle Injections are a simple, quick and minimally invasive treatment that delivers fast, visible results.

Why do wrinkles and lines appear?

Frown lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows), crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes) and forehead lines (wrinkles on the forehead) appear because of persistent small muscle contractions. Wrinkles that are caused by persistent small muscle contractions can be treated with Injectable Muscle Relaxants

How do Anti Wrinkle Injections work?

Anti Wrinkle Injections work by blocking the impulses from the nerves that control muscle movement. When injected into muscle tissue, muscle relaxation results after about three days; such that the muscles can not contract. This creates a smooth rejuvenated appearance of the overlying skin that can last anywhere from three to eight months. When used for the treatment of dynamic facial lines, the effect typically last for about three months.

Which part of the face can be treated with Anti Wrinkle Injections?

The most commonly treated areas include:

  • Frown lines or worry lines between the eyebrows;
  • “Surprise” or forehead lines (expression lines);
  • Bunny lines (lines along the side of the nose);
  • Crows feet or “laugh lines”; and
  • Eyebrow lift

  In these areas, excessive contraction of the muscles below the skin cause it to wrinkle and eventually “crease”. The facial expressions caused by these particular muscle actions are generally undesirable. “Crease” lines on the skin that do not disappear when stretched out will be improved, but not completely removed by Anti Wrinkle Injections and may need treatment by other methods such as Dermal Fillers and/or Collagen Stimulators.

Where else can anti wrinkle injections be used?

Anti Wrinkle Injections can be alternatively used for:

The procedure. What does it involve?

Anti Wrinkle Injections require five to ten tiny injections per area with a very fine needle. No local anaesthetic cream is needed, although a very mild discomfort may be experienced. Unlike Anti-wrinkle Injections given at skin clinics, our medical professionals use cold packs and preserved saline to reduce the mild discomfort. You are encouraged to move the muscles in the treated area in the first few hours after the treatment. This will increase the action and onset of the Anti Wrinkle Injections. You may develop some bruising which will subside. Other side effects are rare. As there is no downtime, patients can resume normal activities the same day. Vigorous rubbing of the injected areas should be avoided for at least eight hours. Contrary to what was formerly thought, the position of the patient during or after properly performed preparation or injection of Anti Wrinkle Injections does not influence the area or intensity of the effect.

Results. What and when can I expect them?

Anti Wrinkle Injections usually cause muscle relaxation of the injected area three to five days after the injection. The full effects may not be seen for two weeks, however this may vary from patient to patient. Cosmos Clinic encourage all patients to return for their complimentary follow-up appointment after two weeks.

How long do Anti Wrinkle Injections last?

Anti Wrinkle Injections causes muscle relaxation of the injected muscles, which can last from 3 – 6 months. Patients need to keep in mind that the goal is to minimise the appearance of lines caused by movement to creare natural looking results; not to have a “frozen face” or to keep the injected muscles paralysed. Experience with thousands of patients has shown that the vast majority using Anti Wrinkle Injections on a regular basis will need treatments two or three times a year to maintain the improvement.

How do Anti-Wrinkle Injections help lines from getting worse?

Anti Wrinkle injections prevent lines from getting worse over time. Treating the muscle with anti wrinkle injections will weaken the muscle over time. This means that the lines will not be as bad when the anti-wrinkle injection wears off. Also when the lines are relaxed, collagen remodelling repairs the damaged collagen beneath the wrinkle line and “fills in” those lines. This effect becomes more apparent with repeated injections and in many cases causes the lines to disappear over time.

Are there any possible complications?

Anti Wrinkle Injections are safe and effective; with the vast majority of patients experiencing no complications. It is not absorbed by the blood stream and only affects the muscles injected. Anti Wrinkle Injections are eliminated from the body in a few days but the machinery required for the nerve impulse to travel to the muscle is disabled for three to four months. No serious or long-term health hazards have been attributed to the use of Anti Wrinkle Injections, even after years of use and millions of injections. However, some mild transient side effects can occur. These include:

  • Mild swelling or redness at the injection site, which will settle within a few hours
  • Bruising at the injection site can occur but is not common. This can be avoided by the application of ice packs prior to the injection and by carefully inspecting the area to be injected for blood vessels. The bruising settles in two to six days and can be covered with makeup. Smile lines are an area typically affected by bruising
  • Occasionally, the injected muscles will not be weakened enough and touch up injections will be needed for correction after two weeks
  • Drooping of the upper eyelid, which can last up to three weeks, is rare. This may be treated with eye drops until it resolves by itself, typically after a few days
  • Drooping of the forehead can occur if too much of the Anti Wrinkle Injection is put in this area

Who should NOT have Anti Wrinkle Injections?

True allergic reactions to Anti Wrinkle Injections have not been observed. Patients with neuromuscular disorders such as myesthenia gravis should not be treated with Anti Wrinkle Injections. No side effects from Anti Wrinkle Injections have been reported when pregnant or nursing women have been inadvertently treated, although safety during pregnancy or lactation (breastfeeding) has not been firmly established.

What is the future for Anti Wrinkle injections?

Recent clinical trials show promising results in the next generation of anti wrinkle injections lasting at least 6 months in duration.

At which clinic can I undertake Anti Wrinkle Injections?

Your initial Anti Wrinkle Injections consultation and subsequent procedure can be undertaken at one of our cosmetic clinics in Australia. Our practices are in NSW (Sydney), ACT (Canberra), SA (Adelaide) and QLD (Gold Coast).

Clinic Locations

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10 Henrietta Street

Double Bay NSW 2028

Monday to Saturday

8:30am - 5:30pm


163 Archer Street

North Adelaide, SA, 5006


9am - 5pm


10am - 6pm

Wednesday to Friday

9am - 5pm


Suite 1, Ground Floor, Equinox 2

70 Kent Street, Deakin ACT 2600

Monday to Friday

9am - 5:30pm


By Appointment

Gold Coast

220 Ashmore Road

Benowa QLD 4217

Monday to Friday

9am - 5pm