Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat a wide range of medical and age-related conditions. Some of the most common include wrinkles, expression lines, excessive sweating (known as hyperhidrosis), migraines and teeth grinding.
While anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly associated with anti-ageing measures, they’ve been used for medical reasons for well over 20 years. Conditions such as double vision, facial muscle spasms, uncontrollable blinking and cross eyes are all examples.
The main cosmetic use for anti-wrinkle treatment injections is to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and across the forehead. Most of these wrinkles occur naturally but can also be caused by decreased skin elasticity and sun exposure. The habitual way facial muscles are used also contributes to the long-term formation of these lines.
How Anti-Wrinkle Injections Help
By using these injections to weaken the facial muscles responsible for lines and creases, the skin appears smoother and firmer. This decrease in muscle movement also stops new lines from forming, provided patients receive ongoing treatments.
The injections work by blocking the signals between facial muscles and their relevant nerves. By softening the appearance of eye and forehead lines, anti-wrinkle injections can reverse a tired, stressed or anxious look, giving you a younger, more relaxed appearance.
Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to lift and reshape the outer eyebrow and reduce the muscle bands in the neck. To rejuvenate the jaw, they are used to lift the jawline and reduce teeth grinding.
If anti-wrinkle treatment injections are used to treat shallow lines, then these often disappear completely. If the lines are deep and permanent, then other treatments such as Dermal Fillers or Fraxel Laser may be required for complete removal.
Anti-Wrinkle Injection Treatments
Anti-wrinkle injections aren’t just for those who already have lines and wrinkles. By starting treatment early on, anti-wrinkle injections can delay and even prevent lines from setting in. Patients who receive ongoing treatments can maintain a more youthful appearance over the long term.
Treatment involves administering a series of localised injections directly into the muscles beneath the wrinkles. Each injection stings for a few seconds and in rare cases, some bruising and swelling will occur.
It is advisable to move the treated muscle for five to ten minutes after the injections have been administered. Patients will also need to remain upright and not touch or rub the treated area for several hours. Touching the area too much could cause the product to spread to surrounding areas.
The results of wrinkle relaxers start to appear after about a week, with the effects lasting up to six months. The results often last longer with further successive treatments*.
Complications are uncommon, however are not impossible. In around 2% of cases, partial eyelid droop can occur, resulting in a slightly uneven appearance. Fortunately, a rare complication such as this won’t last longer than three weeks.
If you are pregnant or lactating, you will not be able to receive these anti-ageing injections.
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* Note results may vary from person to person.
Anti-Wrinkle Injections – Q & A:
Anti-wrinkle injections (or wrinkle relaxers) are made up of a toxin that’s used to relax the muscles that cause expression lines and wrinkles. Crow’s feet, as well as forehead and frown lines, are most commonly treated to create a more refreshed look.
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for many years in millions of treatments. The only time that wrinkle relaxers are potentially dangerous is if they’re administered by an inexperienced injector. Injectors need a thorough understanding of the product as well as the structure of the underlying muscles.
Anti-wrinkle injections start to take effect within three to 14 days and can last for three to four months. The body gradually metabolises the injection ingredients, which happens at a different rate for everyone. It’s possible for the effects to last longer following a series of treatments.
Anti-wrinkle injections are primarily recommended for the treatment of crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines. They are also used to freshen up the brow area by lifting the position of the brow.
To determine the required number of units, you will need to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified injectors. At our Mosman clinic, injectors are available everyday, Monday to Saturday. At our Surry Hills clinic, Dr Jake Sloane is available every Tuesday & every second Saturday. Cosmetic Nurse, Michelle Dodd, is available every Thursday & every other Saturday.
Based on patient feedback, anti-wrinkle injections do create a slight sting but aren’t overly painful. However, keep in mind that everyone’s pain threshold is different. If you are concerned about discomfort, a topical numbing agent can be applied to the treatment area.
After your wrinkle relaxer treatment, you may experience slight redness and swelling. However, most patients are fine to go back to work directly after treatment. To reduce the risk of infection, you should avoid wearing makeup and engaging in any vigorous exercise for the first day following treatment.
Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are used to address different age-related concerns, and are commonly performed at the same time. While anti-wrinkle injections smooth out expression lines, fillers are used to restore volume to key areas. The result is a fuller, more youthful appearance that looks relaxed. Patients can potentially take years off their appearance by combining these cosmetic injections. Depending on your goals, your injector will advise you on the number of units required and the areas to treat.
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