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  • Harmful and unwanted side effects can occur, even when the injections are administered by a registered health practitioner. The risk of side effects may be greater when an unqualified person gives the injections.
  • To minimise risks, cosmetic injections should be given by a registered health practitioner (such as a nurse) under the instruction of a registered medical practitioner. This medical practitioner should have experience in the field and should have personally consulted the patient. 
  • The two main types of injectable substances used are botulinum toxin type A (which relaxes the facial muscles that cause the lines) and dermal fillers (which plump out the wrinkles).
  • The wrinkle-smoothing effects of most cosmetic injectables are temporary and regular treatments are needed to maintain the effect.

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Reviewed on: 07-10-2022