FAQs

ANTI WRINKLE MUSCLE RELAXANTS
DERMAL FILLERS
SKIN BOOSTERS

Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants

How do Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants work?

Injectable Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants treat facial lines that become visible as your face moves. Relaxing these muscles delivers an appearance that is fresh and smooth. Existing lines will soften and new lines will be avoided with regular treatment. Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants can even be used to shape and lift the face.

What do Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants treat?

Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants commonly treat facial lines including: Above Lip Lines; Bunny Lines around the nose; Chin Lines and dimpling; Crow’s Feet around the eyes; Forehead Lines; Frown Lines; and Marionette Lines, between the lips and the chin. They can also be used: For a Brow Lift; to lift a Downturned Mouth; to reduce Neck Bands and lift a sagging lower face and neck; for Jawline Slimming; and to reduce Sweating.

What is involved in treatment?

Dr. Jodie will assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants. Ice will be used to numb the area prior to treatment, but the procedure is relatively comfortable, involving only a few tiny injections with a very fine needle.

How long does the procedure take?

You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 30-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment time itself is over rather quickly, usually within 10-15 minutes.

How will I look immediately after the treatment?

Following treatment, you may appear ‘mossie’ bitten in the affected area, but this will usually settle over the course of 5-20 minutes. Occasionally, a few small needle marks are visible, which are easily concealable.

How long before the treatment takes effect?

Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants will start working within 2-7 days and the results will be seen maximally at 2-3 weeks.

How long does the treatment result last?

Depending on the area of the face treated, the strength of the muscles involved, the dose of the product used, and your individual make-up, results last generally 3-4 months. Sometimes results may last as long as 6 months, other times, only 2 months. Some clients will opt for more regular treatments using a lower dose of product to maintain some facial movement and a more natural look.

Are Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxant treatments safe?

Injectable Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants are supported by 20 years of safety data. Prior to use in Cosmetic Medicine, Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants were involved in treatment of squints, eyelid spasm, facial nerve disorders, overactive neck muscles, incontinence and vaginal spasm, among other things. Children with cerebral palsy are frequently treated with much larger doses than those used for cosmetic treatments to relax tight muscles and stiff postures. In fact, this was Dr. Jodie’s first exposure to the use of Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants way back in 2006 at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane!

Can Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxants be used in pregnancy or breast feeding?

No. Injectable muscle relaxants are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.

Will I look younger after treatment?

A number of factors determine how old your face appears. Your genetic make-up, cumulative exposure to UV light, your smoking status, face shape and your skin quality all play a role. For younger clients, regular treatments will almost stop the clock and can slow the ageing process. For mature people, treatments aim to refresh the face and soften signs of ageing.

Will I look worse if I stop treatment?

No you won’t look worse. While wrinkles and lines will eventually return, your face will age with the benefit of previous treatment.

When should I plan my treatment?

Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans. If you are particularly concerned about bruising with Anti Wrinkle Muscle Relaxant treatments stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves). 

Dermal Fillers

How do Dermal Fillers work?

Injectable Dermal Fillers treat static lines and age-related sagging. They can lift and define your natural contours and enhance your signature features. The results of a skilled treatment can be a refreshed and natural face.

What do Dermal Fillers treat?

Dermal Fillers treat various lines and folds of the face including: Above Lip Lines; Chin Lines or dimpling; Crow’s Feet around the eyes; Forehead Lines; Frown Lines; Marionette Lines, between the lips and the chin; and Nasolabial Folds, between the nose and the lips. They can also be used: for a Brow Lift; Cheek Filler enhancement; Chin Reshaping; to refresh Dull Skin; for Jawline Straightening; to reduce Jowls; for Lip Filler enhancement; for a Liquid Nose Job; for Smile Lines; and to treat Temple Hollows and Tired Eyes.

What is involved in treatment?

Dr. Jodie will assess your face to see if you are a good candidate for Dermal Fillers. Ice, numbing cream, or local anaesthetic injections can be used to numb the area prior to treatment, but the procedure is relatively comfortable, even without this additional help. In fact, the Dermal Fillers come prepackaged already containing local anaesthetic. Dr. Jodie will then use a small needle or cannula (a fine blunt-ended instrument to bypass bloods vessels and nerves) to administer the product.

How long does the procedure take?

You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 60-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment time itself is closer to 30-45 minutes.

How will I look immediately after the treatment?

Many clients leave the surgery looking refreshed and amazing with very little ‘evidence’ of treatment! Some will have immediate swelling and others minimal bruising or barely visible needle marks. Swelling tends to settle over 48 hours and bruising within 5-7 days. For these reasons it is important to time your Dermal Filler treatment carefully.

How long before the treatment takes effect?

Dermal Fillers have a quick effect so you will see subtle facial enhancements immediately and the full result 2-4 weeks following treatment.

How long does the treatment result last?

Depending on the area of the face treated, the amount of facial volume loss, the extent of facial movement, the type of Dermal Filler used, and your individual make-up, results may last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. With repeated treatments, results may last as long as 18 months.

Does Dr. Jodie ever use permanent fillers?

The Dermal Fillers used by Dr. Jodie are made from a sugar that is naturally found in your skin known as hyaluronic acid. They are non-permanent and broken down by the body over time, just like your own natural hyaluronic acid.
Dr. Jodie has worked closely with a specialist cosmetic dermatologist for a decade and witnessed the disastrous effects of permanent fillers. Unlike permanent fillers, the Dermal Fillers used by Dr. Jodie can be dissolved. Dr. Jodie is not willing to risk your health or safety for a permanent result that may not even suit you in 5 or 10 year’s time.

Can Dermal Fillers be used in pregnancy or breast feeding?

No. Injectable Dermal Fillers are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.

Will I still look like me after treatment?

Dr. Jodie will tailor a treatment plan just for you to optimise your facial balance and enhance your signature features without you looking ‘done’. Fake outcomes are the result of poor aesthetic assessment and overzealous use of Dermal Fillers, which Dr. Jodie does not ascribe to.
Dr. Jodie is an experienced cosmetic physician and a National Clinical Trainer for one of the largest pharmaceutical suppliers of Dermal Fillers – she regularly teaches other doctors the nuances of how to inject well.

Will I look worse if I stop treatment?

No. Both hyaluronic acid and needling will stimulate your own natural collagen network. Dermal Fillers do not stretch your face. Conversely, they improve skin texture and elasticity by thickening the skin and supporting the tissue underneath. Wrinkles, lines and facial hollows will eventually return to your face if you stop treatment, but your face will age with the benefit of earlier treatments.

When should I plan my treatment?

Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans. If you are particularly concerned about bruising with Dermal Filler treatments, stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves).

Skin Boosters

How do Skin Boosters work?

Skin Boosters treat dull, dehydrated, and rough skin to improve skin brightness, hydration and texture. Like Dermal Fillers, they are made from a sugar that is naturally occurring in your own skin called hyaluronic acid. They work by drawing water to the dermis of the skin to restore the hydrobalance. They also stimulate your own collagen network to combat age-related thinning of skin. The end result is smoother, softer surface that glows.

What do Skin Boosters treat?

Skin boosters are essentially a form of injectable skin care. They are suitable for all skin types, but are particularly effective at transforming dull, dehydrated, and rough skin. They are otherwise known as skin glow treatments. All areas of the face can be treated, from the forehead to the chin, even the neck, although more commonly the lower face is targeted where skin tends to sag more with laxity. The backs of hands can also be rejuvenated using Skin Boosters to minimise the appearance of sinuous tendons and other age-related changes.

What is involved in treatment?

Dr. Jodie will assess your face or hands to see if you are a good candidate for Skin Boosters. Local anaesthetic injections can be used at the entry site to numb the area prior to treatment and Skin Boosters come prepackaged already containing local anaesthetic, so overall the procedure is relatively comfortable. Dr. Jodie will use a cannula (a fine blunt-ended instrument to bypass bloods vessels and nerves) to administer the product. Most clients will undergo treatment with 2-3mls of product in a single appointment.

How long does the procedure take?

You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 45-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment time itself is closer to 15-30 minutes.

How will I look immediately after the treatment?

Almost all clients will leave the clinic looking refreshed with very little ‘evidence’ of treatment. Some will have immediate swelling and others minimal bruising. Skin Boosters tend to be quite hydrating and will draw water to the treatment area, so swelling may persist for 5-7 days, although generally it is quite minimal and not noticeable to others. Bruising is rare but also settles within 5-7 days. It is always important to time your Skin Booster treatment carefully.

How long before the treatment takes effect?

Skin Boosters have an immediate effect so you will see subtle skin improvements immediately following treatment, but best result are seen 4 weeks later.

How long does the treatment result last?

The treatment results tend to last 6 to 12 months, but the duration of individual results may vary. Top-up treatments are generally recommended on a 6 monthly basis.

Can Skin Boosters be used in pregnancy or breast feeding?

No. Injectable Skin Boosters are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.

Will I still look like me after treatment?

Yes. Skin Boosters are designed to improve the quality of the skin, without adding unnecessary volume or contours, so you will leave the clinic looking just like you, only fresher.

Will I look worse if I stop treatment?

No. You will, however, continue to age with the benefits of prior treatment. Hyaluronic acid will stimulate your own collagen network and improve texture, hydration, and glow. Over time, like the hyaluronic acid naturally found in your skin, it will be broken down by your body.

When should I plan my treatment?

Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans. If you are particularly concerned about bruising with Skin Booster treatments, stop fish oil, aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and blood thinners for one week prior to your treatment (if your specialist approves).

Skin Peels

What Skin Peel Formulations are prefered by Dr. Jodie?

Dr. Jodie prefers the Professional Skin Peel Range from The Skin Care Company.

The range includes 3 unique and specialised peel formulations that treat a wide range of skin concerns. Each utilises AHAs, BHAs and a rich array of clinically proven anti-oxidants and moisturising agents.

COMPLEXION PERFECTION

Clarifies and refines oily and acne prone skin – with a Jessner Base (Resorcinol, Lactic and Salicylic acids) with Vitamin A, Rosemary and Chamomile botanicals. It is considered a deep peel.

DEEP AND MEANINGFUL

Illuminates and brightens aged and photodamaged skin – with Kojic, Glycolic, and Lactic acids with Vitamin A, and Mulberry, Arbutin and Niacinamide. It is considered a medium depth peel.

PLUMP AND RESTORE

Replenishes hydration levels and protects from environmental damage – with Mandelic and Lactic acids, Pomegranate, Mulberry, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide. It is considered a superficial peel.

What happens at my first Skin Peel appointment?

Dr. Jodie will personally spend an hour with you to:

  • Carefully assess your skin to identify areas for improvement in skin quality
  • Select and apply the best peel formulation for your skin health and design your maintenance peel program
  • Create a skin care program for at-home use tailored to your needs and designed to maintain in-clinic results

Skin care and maintenance is just as important as cosmetic injectable treatments to keep a refreshed, natural look. With so many options on the market, you can rely on Dr. Jodie to guide your choices for clearer, softer, and smoother skin.

What happens during a Skin Peel?

Your face will be thoroughly cleansed and any dirt, makeup or oil removed with a cleanser and a special pre-peel preparatory solution. Sensitive areas will be protected with Vaseline.

The peel will be applied with brush and left on your skin for 3-5 minutes, while your skin is carefully monitored. During this process you may experience a tingling sensation and flushing. Frosting (a temporary white discolouration) may be apparent with the COMPLEXION PERFECTION formulation, but rarely with the other two preparations.

The peel will then be neutralised using a special solution. At this stage, no further tingling should be apparent. A B5 nourishing and anti-ageing serum will be applied to your skin followed by a moisturiser with SPF.

What happens after a Skin Peel?

You may still feel flushed or appear red immediately after the peel, which can persist for 24 hours. Frosting (a temporary white discoloration) too may be apparent for 24 hours.

Depending on the type of peel applied, you may experience some mild flaking of the skin over the next 2-7 days. Generally PLUMP AND RESTORE and DEEP AND MEANINGFUL formulations involve only minor flaking (as these are superficial or medium depth peels), whilst COMPLEXION PERFECTION (which is a deeper peel) will typically involve more skin shedding.  Treatment planning is important to avoid unnecessary interruptions to your daily life.

What should I do before having a Skin Peel?

At least one week prior to treatment you should start preparing your skin using an AHA/ BHA serum every second night. You should stop using Vitamin A products 24 hours before a Skin Peel.

What should I do after a Skin Peel?

You should stop all active skin care for a week. Vitamin B5 serum should be applied twice a day for 3-7 days, depending on the strength of the peel undertaken. Daily moisturiser with SPF is a must.

Never pick or peel flaking skin as this may lead to scaring.

How often should I have a Skin Peel?

Skin Peels may be undertaken once or twice a month.

Is it safe to have a Skin Peel during pregnancy?

COMPLEXION PERFECTION and DEEP AND MEANINGFUL formulations are NOT safe in pregnancy due to Vitamin A derivatives.

Is it safe to have a Skin Peel if I have a food allergy?

PLUMP AND RESTORE formulation is not safe with NUT allergy due to the presence of Mandelic acid.

Notify Dr. Jodie if you are allergic to Rosemary, Chamomile, Mulberry, or Pomegranate.

Fat Dissolving Injections

What Are Fat Dissolving Injections?

Fat Dissolving Injections are used to improve the appearance of a double chin – they are a non-surgical alternative to liposuction and laser ‘fat freezing’. Sometimes treatment can be extended to include your jowls, as well as various other body parts like the abdomen and flanks, but in the Dr. Jodie clinic treatment primarily targets elimination of your double chin.

How Do Fat Dissolving Treatments Work?

The active ingredient in Fat Dissolving Injections is the same agent that naturally occurs in the body, called deoxycholic acid, which normally breaks down dietary fat. When injected below the chin, this agent reduces fatty tissue and results in a more contoured neck profile and jawline.

What is involved in treatment?

Dr Jodie will assess your lower face to see if you are a suitable candidate for fat dissolving. Local anaesthetic injections will be used to numb the area under the chin to ensure your procedure is comfortable. Dr. Jodie will identify important anatomical structures and assess the extent of your fatty tissue to customise treatment to your individual needs. A grid like pattern will be marked out on your skin to guide treatment injections for optimal results and tiny needles will be used to administer the product to minimise any discomfort.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

You will be booked with Dr. Jodie for a 45-minute appointment to allow enough time for thorough assessment prior to treatment and to address any questions you may have. However, the treatment itself is closer to 15-20 minutes.

How Will I Look Immediately After Treatment?

Most clients will leave with some redness, swelling and bruising. Redness will usually settle within 24 hours. Swelling is maximal after 2 to 3 days and will improve significantly by 7 days, but clearly it is important to time your treatment to fit with your social calendar. A scarf is recommended! Bruising tends to be minimal. In the first 24 hours, most client report a burning sensation under their chin.

When Will Treatment Results Be Visible?

Treatment results may take up to 4 weeks for a reduction in chin fat to be seen.

How Many Treatments Are Required?

Most clients experience a visible improvement in the appearance of their chin profile after 2 to 4 treatments. Some people require up to 6 treatments in order to achieve their best result. Treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart.

How Long Will Treatment Results Last?

Once your desired result is achieved, results are generally maintained for at least 4 years, but individual results may vary.

Can Fat Dissolving Injections Be Used In Pregnancy Or Breast Feeding?

No. Fat Dissolving Injections are not tested for safety in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use for 6 months prior to planning pregnancy.

Why Should I Consider Fat Dissolving Injections?

Sometimes, even with diet and exercise, a double chin may not disappear. Clients with double chins often report feeling like they look heavier and older than they actually are. Spot treatment with Fat Dissolving Injections is a great way to eliminate a double chin and restore confidence. Best of all, the procedure is quick and easy and minimally invasive.

Will I Still Look Like Me After Treatment?

Yes. The end result is simply improvement of the appearance of your double chin. A more contoured neck profile and jawline will ensure you appear refreshed, but you will still look just like you.

Will I Look Worse If I Stop Treatment?

No. You will continue to age with the benefits of prior treatment. In addition to dissolving fat, there is skin retraction (or shrinkage) over time so saggy skin is not generally an issue following treatment.

When Should I Plan My Treatment?

Try to avoid any cosmetic treatments within 4 weeks of any significant social events or travel plans.