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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Side of Anti-wrinkle Injections

19 Jun

According to The Medical Board of Australia anti-wrinkle injections are classed as a minor cosmetic procedure and many patients find great benefit from the procedure.   Unfortunately, not all anti-wrinkle treatments are equal and many patients find out the hard way.    

As president of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Dr Somia was asked to comment on the issue in the following interview.  






How can patients navigate the world of anti-wrinkle injections?  It is important to take 3 factors into account when considering any injectable procedure:

  • Is the person injecting qualified and supervised by a medical doctor?
  • Is the product being used genuine?
  • Do you fully understand the risks involved?

Is the person injecting qualified and supervised by a medical doctor?    Facial anatomy is very complex and each person may have anatomical variations that need to be taken into consideration by a qualified injector with the knowledge on how to treat these variations.   

Just this last weekend,   many injectors attended the Non-Surgical Symposium 2019 (Hosted by The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons at The ICC in Sydney) to be updated on the latest techniques and products in injecting.   Is your injector up-to-date with the latest information?




Is the product being used genuine?   Ask what product is being used.   Be familiar with the names of genuine product.  Unfortunately, due to legislation we are unable to name them in this blog post.   Be aware that some unscrupulous service providers may water down genuine product or use something else entirely.


Do you fully understand the risks involved?    Risks involve headaches, injection site pain, stinging, bruising, swelling, skin tightness, tingling, aching, itching, nausea and flu-like symptoms, nerve damage, dead skin, infection, loss of vision.  The effect can lasts for 3-4 months before wearing off.   Ask lots of questions before you consent to the procedure and make sure you are completely comfortable with the risks described above.


On the upside, when the above information has been taken into consideration anti-wrinkle injections can be beneficial for a number of issues including forehead wrinkles, crows feet, bunny and glabella lines and to achieve facial balance.     


Dr Somia personally consults with each patient, discussing at length (along with high definition photography to discern facial anatomy up close) their goals, skin quality and facial anatomy to see what can be achieved.   Dr Somia favors a considered conservative approach to treatments.   Watch this video to learn more:  





If you would like more information on safe injecting or any other plastic surgery questions please contact us on 02 9387 2110 or via email at info@naveensomia.com.au.  




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Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Written by Dr Naveen Somia MBBS, PhD, FRACS

Dr. Naveen Somia is a Sydney Plastic Surgeon who listens to his patients, understands their problems and works alongside them to help achieve their aesthetic goals by applying his skills and years of experience in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. A published author on Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Naveen’s blog is aimed at helping you make the right choices and stay safe in your quest to look your personal best.