17th Aug, 2017

Cosmetic Injectables – the nitty gritty

Cosmetic Injectables refer to anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler products that are primarily used for facial rejuvenation.

Cosmetic InjectablesThe specific products used are unable to be identified by product name (ingredient or trade name) in adherence with guidelines of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.  Under the Act, therapeutic goods containing prescription only substances cannot be advertised to consumers.

So let’s break this down:

  1. What do I mean by prescription only medication?

Medicines and poisons are classified into Schedules according to the level of regulatory control over the availability of the medicine or poison, required to protect public health and safety.  Cosmetic injectables are classified as Schedule 4 medications, which can only be supplied by authorised health practitioners.  References to the active ingredients in such products, is also unacceptable on social media and advertising material.

  1. Does this mean nurses cannot administer cosmetic injectables

No, qualified and experienced nurse injectors are extremely competent in administering cosmetic injectables BUT prior to receiving any treatment/injections, the patient (you) should be seen by a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or dental practitioner for assessment.  Once they have assessed you, they will prescribe the appropriate medication and dosage, and only then can a registered nurse administer the prescribed medication.

  1. How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. The acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Anti-wrinkle injections are placed directly into the neuromuscular tissue preventing the release of acetylcholine, thereby inhibiting the contraction of the muscle cells.  Wrinkles then relax and soften as the injected muscles can no longer contract.

  1. Do anti-wrinkle injections last forever?

No.  Unfortunately, anti-wrinkle injections only last 3-4 months and following injection, results take 7-10 days for maximum effect.

  1. So what are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a naturally-derived or synthetic material that is directly injected into skin with the purpose of plumping that area to the point where the wrinkle, depression, or fold is gone. Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years.

  1. Are there risks with receiving anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers?

Definitely. There are with all non-surgical procedures/treatments.  Prior to receiving any injection, the risks and possible complications will be explained to you and you should sign a consent form that stipulates you understand the potential risks.

Contact Dr. Richardson Contact my rooms on 07 3268 3774 to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation with one of my highly experienced nurse injectors or for further information regarding the non-surgical procedures we offer.

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