Skin 101: Wrinkle Relaxers v Dermal Fillers

At Caci, we know that for many people Cosmetic Injectables can be new and seem a bit unknown. You may have tons of questions leaving you overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. That’s why for you, we’ve answered the questions most of our customers are curious to know.

What is the difference between Dermal Filler and Botox®/ Xeomin®?
Dermal filler is an injectable gel that provides volume and contouring. Botox® is not a filler, Botox® relaxes muscle activity and is used to treat moderate to severe lines caused by repeated facial expressions.

How does Botox®/ Xeomin® work?
Botox® and Xeomin® is a purified protein that is injected into the muscle, temporarily reducing the action of those targeted muscles and preventing them from moving. As a result, lines and wrinkles in the skin are softened, giving you a younger, fresher-looking appearance. Customers at Caci often treat the frown, forehead lines and crows feet with Botox® or Xeomin®.

How does Dermal Filler work?
Dermal filler is an injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in your body. Once injected, the filler instantly plumps up the skin, smoothing away deep lines, folds and wrinkles in the face and adding volume to the cheeks and lips. Dermal filler can be used to contour the face and the most popular treatment areas at Caci are the cheeks, lips, lines between the nose and outer corners of the mouth (Nasolabial folds), the jawline and those lines from the corners of the mouth to either side of your chin (Marionette lines).

How long do Cosmetic Injectables last for?
For Botox® and Xeomin®, results can take a few days to visibly take affect, and the effects of the anti-wrinkle treatment generally last up to three or four months.

For Dermal Filler, results vary from person to person, but typically last between 12-24 months and are noticeable immediately after the treatment.

We'll check in with you after treatment with a follow-up appointment to review the treatment and ensure you're still satisfied with the results.

Does it hurt?
The injection process is quick and the needles are small and fine, so the treatment hardly hurts at all. You'll likely feel a pinprick, but most customers describe the treatment as being a bit uncomfortable rather than painful. The dermal filler we use at Caci; Juvederm® also contains Lidocaine; a local anaesthetic that provides more comfort both during and after injection. 

Will it look natural?
At Caci we are aiming to enhance your natural look. Each individual customer has a consultation to discuss their concerns, how the treatments will work and the results.

Each treatment is personalised because we understand that you don’t want to look frozen or overdone and want to simply look and feel your best.

Who performs the treatments?
Our cosmetic medicine treatments are only performed by qualified and highly trained Registered Nurses, so you can rest assured you're in safe hands.

How much does it cost?
Costs vary depending on the area being treated and these will be discussed at a free consultation.

We aim to make Cosmetic Injectables affordable, so we’ve developed a treatment plan called Amerase, with affordable payment plan options to suit your budget, so you can pay off your treatments weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Find out if Cosmetic Injectables are right for you. Book your free consultation by calling us on 0800 438 438 or online.

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
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Results may vary from person to person and are not guaranteed.


 XEOMIN® Incobotulinumtoxin A) 50, 100 Units is a Prescription Medicine. Indications: In adults, for the treatment of cervical dystonia; blepharospasm; spasticity of the upper limb; upper facial lines: glabellar frown lines, lateral periorbital lines (crow’s feet), horizontal forehead lines. XEOMIN®has both risks and benefits, consult your doctor if XEOMIN® is right for you. Further information on the risks and benefits of XEOMIN® can be found in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from or or by calling 0800 822 310. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional. Common side effects include: Headaches; nausea; tenderness, swelling, redness, numbness or bruising of the skin; dry eye; heavy feeling of eyelid/eyebrow/forehead; face/brow not symmetrical, dropping eyelids/eyebrows. Serious side effects are rare and include allergic reactions. XEOMIN® is an unfunded medicine, prescription charge will apply. Normal doctor charges will still apply.For further information, consult your doctor or refer to the Consumer Medicine Information available at: www.medsafe.govt.nzPharmacy Retailing NZ Limited t/a Healthcare Logistics (HCL), 58 Richard Pearse Drive, Mangere, Auckland

JUVEDERM ULTRATM & JUVEDERM ULTRA PLUSTM injectable gels are Prescription Medicines containing 24 mg/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. They should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. 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 an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. Possible Side Effects: Injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling /itching/pain on pressure); induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor.
Note: Juvederm treatment lasts from about 12-24 months.

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