Around 33,000 anti-wrinkle injections are administered each year in Australia. However, despite their popularity, some women still remain uninformed when it comes to the different brands on offer, the different results they achieve, and what product they have received.

To ensure you’re fully educated about anti-wrinkle injections, we asked Dr Joseph Ajaka, cosmetic surgeon at Cosmos Clinic, seven of the most imperative questions you’ll need answered to guarantee you’re getting the best treatment possible.


bh: Are all anti-wrinkle injections the same?

Dr Ajaka: When it comes to anti-wrinkle injections, each product is different and the risks and benefits vary between brands. People considering treatments should speak to their doctor regarding the possible side effects, the effect of the treatment and how long the results will last. Also, ask your doctor about the benefits and risks associated with the brand they recommend and ensure they are using a brand with a trusted heritage of quality that is supported by clinical data for safety and effectiveness.

bh: Around half of all anti-wrinkle injection patients in Australia do not know there are different types of anti-wrinkle injections available. Why do you think this is?

Dr Ajaka: Women are doing some research ahead of their treatments – such as searching online or talking to friends – but they shouldn’t stop once the appointment is booked. The most important thing a patient can do is come in prepared and ask the right questions before, during and after their treatment. This ensures there’s no mystery to the treatment and increases patient satisfaction.

bh: Why is it important for a patient to know what brand of anti-wrinkle injection is being used on them?

Dr Ajaka: Patients who are the most satisfied with their treatment are the ones who are informed, are asking the right questions and are ensuring the anti-wrinkle injection they’ve requested is indeed what they are receiving.

bh: How can a patient ensure they know what type of anti-wrinkle injection is being injected into their face?

Dr Ajaka: There are five specific questions people should ask their doctors during their consultation:

1. Which brand do you use and why?
2. Has this anti-wrinkle treatment been extensively tested and researched?
3. How quickly will I see the effects of the injection and how long will the results last?
4. Are side effects different between brands?
5. How satisfied are you with the results?

You can download this question checklist from to your phone and take it with you to your next appointment.

bh: What kinds of side effects are commonly associated with anti-wrinkle injections?

Dr Ajaka: When it comes to side effects, each brand is different. Ensure that you discuss the possible side effects with your doctor and understand the variations between the different brands.

bh: When will a patient see the results of the treatment and how long will they last?

Dr Ajaka: Effects of anti-wrinkle treatments can be seen within the first week following the treatment and last up to four months depending on the area being treated. However, results can vary from brand to brand.

bh: How does a patient know if their doctor is using the right product for them?

Dr Ajaka: The best way to decide if the treatment will meet your needs is by looking at real results. Ask your doctor to show you some before and after images, and explain the result you want to achieve. You’ll want to ensure your doctor can provide a product that has a long heritage of achieving results for patients and can do the same for you.

Henry Sapiecha

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