Media and influencers were treated to an intimate three-course meal at Aqua Dining for an inside look into the advancing Dysport (clostridium botulinum type A toxin) treatment for emerging trends.

At the lunch, hosted by Galderma, international dermatologist in aesthetic medicine, Dr Juliana Sarubi, spoke about popular aesthetic procedures in Australia, specifically anti-wrinkle injections.

She spoke predominantly about WiF-Eye, a term used to describe the development of lateral canthal lines, known commonly as crow’s feet, because of the repetitive squinting of the eye that occurs when people use devices and smart phones.

“Emerging concepts like WiF-Eye help us to investigate environmental factors that may contribute to premature ageing”, Dr Sarubi said.

Dr Sarubi explained the delicate nature of the skin around the eyes and how it was prone to showing signs of ageing.

“The skin around the eye is ten times thinner than the skin on the face,” she said.

“While the formation of dynamic lines is inevitable, it’s important for people to realise that an increase in daily movements, such as squinting, may result in the development of fine lines around the eyes sooner.”

She said environmental factors including increased digital screen use and exposure to high energy visible light, or blue light, contributed to the development of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.

Dr Sarubi peppered her presentation with facts and figures, mentioning that in Australia, people spent more than nine hours per day looking at a computer, smartphone or television screen and that one in five Australians spent more than three hours in front of their smartphones every day.

She also stressed that 87 percent of Australians were ‘double screening’, or using their devices while they watched television.

“The eye contour is constantly moving and blinking alone produces 10,000 movements per day,” she said.

“In addition to this, facial movements, such as laughing, crying and squinting can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, including smile lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.”

Dr Sarubi said it was for these reasons that she was so pleased that Dysport was now available for the treatment of crow’s feet in Australia.

Previously Dysport was approved only to treat glabellar lines, or frown lines, in Australia.

However, doctors and nurses frequently used it “off-label” for the treatment of crows’ feet.

– Dysport contains a purified botulinum toxin type A complex that has been widely used for more than 25 years across a range of therapeutic and aesthetic indications.
– It works by relaxing the muscles involved in the formation of dynamic wrinkles, including crow’s feet, in adults.
– The effects of botulinum toxin therapies are temporary and muscle function usually returns within a few months.
– The onset of action of toxin therapies can vary between three to seven days.