All you need to know about cosmetic injectables

Botox®, Dysport®and Xeomin®, and dermal fillers such as lip fillers and cheek fillers, are cosmetic injectables that provide a natural looking way to enhance your appearance.

As well as reducing wrinkles and fine lines, Botox®, Dysport®and Xeomin®and dermal fillers can also be used to enhance lips and other facial features.

You’re in good hands at Rubywaxx as all our cosmetic injectables are administered by a Registered Nurse. We also offer a free consultation at either of our Auckland CBD or West Auckland clinics.

Cosmetic injectables FAQs

What is botulinum toxin, such as Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®?

Although there are different brands of botulinum toxin, they all have the same function: relaxing facial muscles. This smooths away negative facial expressions, and gives you a more rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

Research indicates that the majority of people who undertake cosmetic procedures experience an improvement in self-esteem, though nonetheless it’s important to have realistic expectations before any wrinkle filler treatments.

Which botulinum toxin is used at Rubywaxx?

Xeomin® is the next generation wrinkle treatment, as it is the only purified wrinkle treatment available today and is free from complexing proteins.

Complexing proteins are formed during the fermentation process of every botulinum toxin (Botox®,Dysport® and Xeomin®). However, they are surplus and have no therapeutic benefits – and in some cases they can lead to antibody formation and secondary treatment failure.

What’s more, it has been found that the body can become immune to regular Botox® - but this doesn’t happen with Xeomin®.

During the Xeomin® manufacturing process, an extra step is added to remove these complexing proteins, leaving only purified, naked toxin. For this reason, at Rubywaxx we use and recommend Xeomin®.

Xeomin® was developed in Germany in 2005 by Merz Pharmaceuticals.

What's the difference between Xeomin®/Botox® and dermal fillers?

Xeomin®(Botox®) is used for relaxing the muscles on the face, and for minimising frown lines and forehead wrinkles. Dermal fillers are quite different; they're used when people lose volume in their face and need plumping up to look more youthful. Fillers are also used for lip augmentation treatments (or lip fillers), face fillers, cheek fillers, and under eye fillers. Collectively, Botox®and dermal fillers are known as "cosmetic injectables".

Is there anything you should do (or avoid) prior to a treatment?

Nothing prior to treatment for Xeomin®or Botox®, but it is best if you are having fillers, to stop any fish oils, or flax oils that you are taking at least 1 week before treatment (preferably 2 weeks) because these can cause bruising which in turn can take about 2 weeks to settle.

Is there any downtime after the treatment?

After Xeomin®or Botox®treatments, we don't like you to rub the area or lie down for about 4 hours. Although the relaxing agent leaves your body within 3 hours, we like to be safe and ensure everything stays where we put it.

Will cosmetic injectables make my face look ‘frozen’?

The ‘frozen’ look is a result of the over-injection of fillers, rather than Xeomin®or Botox®injections. At 2 weeks, if you have Xeomin®or Botox®, injected into your forehead, for example, you won't move in that area, but it gradually wears off and you begin to move about 2 weeks after that. No one seems to notice, much like if a man shaves off his beard, people notice he looks different but not quite what has happened. Similarly, with cosmetic injectables, if they are done correctly, you just look fresher and more relaxed.

Are there any benefits to starting treatments while you’re young and don’t have many wrinkles?

Everyone is different, and some people may need to start earlier than others, but by the time you’re in your 30s, most people can benefit from an enhancement with a wrinkle filler. However, it’s entirely up to the individual.

Would you like to find out more about cosmetic injectables?

Book a free appearance medicine consultation at Rubywaxx to discuss your beauty goals. We can also provide you with an obligation-free quote for Xeomin®(Botox®), dermal fillers and lip augmentation.


Meet your Cosmedicine Nurse Deborah, Owner of Rubywaxx

As the owner of two bustling boutique beauty clinics and a mother of three adult children, I understand that when you do have time to get a wax, massage or any other treatment, you want it on time and with the best results.

At Rubywaxx, I’m incredibly lucky to have what I believe are the top beauty therapists available. They’re extraordinary! Together, we strive to deliver the best beauty therapy – no matter the client or the treatment - in the country.

Personally, my passion has always been helping people feel and look their very best. A registered nurse with decades of experience as a healthcare professional, it was a natural fit to move into the world of appearance medicine. Now, as the company’s senior Cosmedicine nurse, I specialise in effective non-surgical enhancements that appear natural and beautiful, using clinically-proven products.

Our customers are so important to us and I truly hope you feel comfortable, relaxed and at home in our clinics. Whether you’ve been popping in since 1998 or you’re a first time client, I hope your Rubywaxx experience is nothing but perfect, every time.

— Deb Barham, Registered Nurse and Owner of Rubywaxx

Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are Prescription Medicines containing 100, 500 and 100 (respectively) units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Arrange a consultation to discuss the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine.
Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular 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 eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to a doctor. A charge applies.
Note: Botox® and Dysport® treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Arrange a consultation to discuss your own situation.
XEOMIN is a registered trademark of Merz Pharma GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Botox® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
Dysport® is a registered trademark of Ipsen Biopharm Limited.