Whether it's anti-wrinkle injections or filler, there's no question that appearance medicine is a hot topic in the beauty industry.

With a recent study* showing that 70% of women say we should be able to talk openly about cosmetic procedures, and 64% believing that facial fillers have become more socially acceptable in the past 5 years, it's clear women are feeling empowered to make their own choices about the ageing process.

At Caci, we pride ourselves on being the experts in appearance medicine and have treated over 20,000 Kiwis with anti-wrinkle injections, and over 10,000 clients with dermal filler.

As leaders in the industry, we've come across several common questions that our clients ask time and time again. Here are our answers to those frequently asked questions about appearance medicine at Caci.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the treatments varies slightly from person to person, depending on the treatment area as well as a variety of other factors.

As a rough estimate, for example, the price for getting Botox in the forehead starts from around $155, or from around $389 to target the crow's feet area. For lip filler, the cost tends to be around $750.

At Caci, we do offer payment plans that can be tailored to your needs, whether that involves weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. These options are available as part of our specially designed treatment plan, which makes it easy to manage a regular schedule of treatments.

How long do the effects last?

Fillers can last up to a year and the results are visible instantly, while the effects of Botox last between 3-4 months, with results usually showing after 1-2 weeks.

For that reason, we recommend regular treatments to ensure that those stubborn lines and wrinkles can continue to be softened over time.

How does it work?

Botox works by temporarily immobilising the targeted muscle, which can help to reduce visible lines and wrinkles in the overlying skin.

Juvederm filler, on the other hand, is a gel made up of hyaluronic acid which adds volume to the face and helps plump fine lines.

What does the treatment involve?

After having your complimentary consultation to talk through your treatment and what you are wanting to achieve, you will be booked in for your appointment to be treated.

At Caci, we only allow registered cosmetic nurses to administer the treatments. The appearance medicine is eased into the skin using a fine needle, in a process that usually takes around 10-15 minutes in total.

Does it hurt? How long will I need to recover?

The needles used are small and fine, and the injection process is quick – so the treatment hardly hurts at all. You'll likely feel a pinprick, but most clients describe the treatment as being a bit uncomfortable rather than painful.

After the treatment, you can return to normal activities immediately. You may experience some minor side effects such as slight redness, but this goes away on its own within 15-20 minutes. Some clients also experience bruising or a minor headache, but these can be alleviated with Panadol.

Considering appearance medicine treatments? We recommend booking in for your free consultation with the experts at your local clinic, so they can talk you through the treatment and give you a more accurate quote.

 

Botox® is a Prescription Medicine containing 50,100 or 200 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection.  It is used for the treatment of frown lines, crows feet and horizontal forehead lines.  It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation.
Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea.
Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure or if you have concerns or side effects. Note: Botox® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary.  Speak to your specialist about your own situation.
A charge applies. You will need to pay for treatment
Allergan, Auckland
 
Juvederm® injectable gels are Medical Devices containing 24mg/ml cross linked hyaluronic acid.  They are used for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. 
Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler.  People with autoimmune disease; or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, age under 18 or have increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertophic scarring. 
Possible side effects: Injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling/itching/pain on pressure). Induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect.
These procedures should be administered only by trained medical professionals.  Talk to your specialist about your own situation and about the benefits/risk of these procedures in appearance medicine or if you have concerns or side effects.
Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland.
*Allergan Medical Aesthetics: The Changing Faces of Beauty: A Global Report