Zest Medical has a range of services that it provides to the Ashburton community, from general family practice to mental health & cosmetic services.
What is it?
The active ingredient is a toxin produced by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum.
The active ingredient is a toxin produced by clostridium botulinum . When it is injected into a muscle it reversibly stops the muscle from working.
• The commonly treated areas include the frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet (or smile creases), lip creases and chin.
• It can also be used to treat a range of different medical conditions such as excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), teeth grinding and jaw clenching (causing TMJ dysfunction and headaches) and migraines.
• By injecting the muscles that we use to chew our food (the masseters) facial slimming can be achieved (creating a more feminine jawline).
How much does it cost?
The price reflects the amount of product required to achieve the desired result.
• Factors such as the size of the muscle and how actively it is used help to determine this
• Lower doses are used to create ‘softer’ more natural results at shorter treatment intervals.
• Higher doses results in less or no movement and longer duration of effect
|Facial muscles||Price range:|
|Frown||$240 - $360|
|Forehead||$120 - $200|
|Crows feet||$180 - $600|
|Masseters (for teeth grinding/jaw clenching/TMJ dysfunction)||$600 - $900|
|Lip creases/lip flip||$48-72|
How long does it take to work?
• The onset of action is generally 3-5 days. Peak effect is achieved by 2 weeks (which is the ideal time to attend for a review to check the results).
• The average interval between treatments is 3-6 months (depending on the dose and the individual’s response to treatment).
What are the side effects?
The procedure is well tolerated and most patients report minimal discomfort. Ice can be used to reduce pain and bruising. Bruising is usually minimal.
• Serious side effects are rare and mostly result from the product entering the surrounding muscles (non intentionally). This can cause a droopy or heavy eyelid or eyebrow or an asymmetrical smile.
• It is important to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours after treatment (to avoid spreading the product to surrounding muscles). Your doctor will also advise that you do not go to sleep for 4 hours following a treatment. Vigorous exercise is also best avoided.
What to Expect?
A first consultation for a new patient takes 30 minutes. This involves taking a detailed medical history and coming up with a tailored plan to address your particular concerns. You will be provided with a quote and consent form to sign so that you can confidently proceed with treatment. This will be charged at the normal consultation rate. If treatment is performed on the day the consultation fee will be waived.
Dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid which is cross linked to form a gel that is injected into various areas on the face to create contours, enhance or replace volume loss and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
• They last on average 12 to 18 months although recent studies suggest that they can last longer than this.
• As we age we lose volume from our face due to bone and fat loss and the effects of gravity. This often results in hollowing in areas such as our temples, tear troughs, cheeks and around the mouth.
• Fillers can be used to replace the volume loss from aging and enhance certain features such as cheek bones and lips.
• Commonly treated areas include temples, cheeks, tear troughs, chin (to correct a recessed or shortened chin), mouth corners (to correct a “sad” face/expression) and lip creases aswell as lips.
• Dermal fillers are temporary meaning they disappear naturally over time. They can also be dissolved by a product called hyaluronidase which will reverse the effect of fillers.
What are the side effects?
Fillers treatments are usually well tolerated and result in few side effects.
• There can be a small amount of discomfort from the needle or cannula (which is a blunt tube used to distribute the filler under the skin) however ice and numbing agents can be used to minimise any discomfort.
• Common side effects include redness and sometimes bruising at the treated sites. Occassionally too much filler can result in a lumpy appearance or puffiness. This can be corrected by dissolving some or all of the filler with hyaluronidase. As a general rule it is best to ‘undertreat’ resulting in a more natural look and avoiding these complications.
• Some very rare side effects of filler treatments include infection, allergy and blocking or occluding a blood vessel which can result in ischaemia (lack of blood flow causing tissue death) or even more rarely causing blindness. By taking the necessary precautions these side effects are extremely unlikely to occur.
How much do dermal fillers cost?
The amount of dermal filler required varies from one person to the next depending on factors such as age (resulting in more volume loss) and where the treatment is needed.
• However the average amount of filler used for the majority of treatments is 1ml. This is usually enough to give a subtle yet noticeable result in any given area.
• The cost of 1ml of filler is $650 (a $50 discount is offered on the second ml used on the same day and a $100 discount is offered for 3 or more mls used on the same day).
• This cost includes a follow up consultation at 2 weeks and any necessary corrections (provided the client returns for these at the 2 week review. Corrections will not be covered outside of this time frame and additional costs may apply if more filler is required).
• If treatment is requested for multiple areas or if there is significant volume loss then 2 or 3 mls (or more) may be required. I will do my best to advise you honestly from the outset regarding what to expect and how much it will cost because at the end of the day my main objective is to achieve excellent results and happy customers.
Our clinic is located at 228 High Street, Ashburton.
We are open Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm & Saturday 9am – 12pm .