What are antiwrinkle injections and what are they used for?
Anti-wrinkle injections are made of a natural, purified protein and neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The discovery of the toxin’s anti-wrinkle effects was first documented by plastic surgeon, Dr Clark in California in 1989.
Anti-wrinkle injections help to relax certain wrinkle-causing muscles to produce a younger and fresher appearance. They inhibit the transmission of neurotransmitters from nerve to muscle and stop the muscle from contracting and forming a wrinkle.
As your skin matures, the effects from frowning, squinting and the movement of our muscles from facial expressions cause folds and creases to form. With age, our skin naturally becomes less elastic causing these lines to stay permanently on our face, whether contracting these muscles or not.
Anti-wrinkle injections are a quick and simple, non-surgical solution to facial wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-wrinkle injections weaken facial muscles causing them to relax, resulting in a smoother, fresher appearance. They are most commonly used to give a fresher appearance to the crow’s feet, forehead and frown, but can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to the lower face, e.g. smokers lines, neck bands and around the mouth. Other uses for anti-wrinkle injections include the treatment of excessive sweating, especially to the palms and underarms, treatment for teeth grinding, slimming of the jaw line and relief from chronic migraines.
Who performs the treatment?
As the product that we use for our anti-wrinkle injections is a Schedule 4 medication, our specially trained Cosmetic Nurses and Doctors perform all cosmetic injectable treatments.
What are the risks?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for a long time with no reports of long term side effects. Sometimes a small bruise may appear at the injection point, or there may be some temporary redness and swelling that usually does not last longer than an hour. Other, less common side effects from anti-wrinkle injections include asymmetrical results, failure to cause significant change (usually due to under treating), puffy eyes and drooping of the corners of the mouth. Patients cannot have anti-wrinkle injections if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is it painful?
Most people describe the sensation of the injection as a ‘bee sting’. The needle that we use is tiny and only enters the skin very superficially.
Will I see the effects immediately after treatment?
It usually takes between 2 and 14 days to see the effects of the anti-wrinkle injection once treated.
What is the alternative treatment to anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkles do not create the same result as a surgical face, eye or brow lift, which may be the best option for some patients. They do however delay the time in which surgical intervention is the best option.
What anti-wrinkle injections don’t do:
Anti-wrinkles do not replace lost volume, in other words, they do not plump or re-volumise the skin. To plump or revolumise the skin, dermal fillers are an effective treatment. Dermal fillers are often confused with anti-wrinkle injections, but best anti-ageing results are achieved when the two are used in conjunction with each other.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
The effects of anti-wrinkle injections vary slightly from patient to patient but generally last between 3 and 6 months. The more frequently a patient has treatment, the longer the patient will benefit from the effects due to progressive weakening of the muscle. If at any time the patient ceases treatment the muscle and wrinkle will return to its previous state, wrinkles will not get worse.
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