Why Anti-wrinkle Injections?
Lines and wrinkles are a key sign of ageing and unfortunately, they occur in all of us. The good news is that anti-wrinkle injections can create a natural-looking reduction in these lines and wrinkles for a softer and brighter appearance with minimal side effects.
Muscle movement (frowning, smiling and squinting) causes dynamic lines that can be significantly reduced with anti-wrinkle injections injections into specific muscles to give the appearance of skin restoration.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to soften the lines around the forehead, frown lines, and crows feet. Also can achieve a brow lift, reduce bunny lines (around nose), give a lip flip and relax the jawline.
Targeting these areas with anti-wrinkle injections can help you wake up each day with that fresh and youthful look without having to spend time covering up lines with expensive makeups or sticking to endless skincare routines. Our bespoke treatment will achieve your desired results all with minimal side effects and recovery time.
What are Anti-wrinkle Injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are often used to relax muscles of the face, helping to reduce or completely eliminate wrinkles, particularly those that occur due to facial expressions.
It is the treatment of choice for forehead lines, crow’s feet (around the eyes) and lines between the eyebrows. It can also be used to treat lines in the lower face, such as smokers’ lines, and a gummy smile.
Anti-wrinkle injections are neurotoxins that is highly potent. Tiny amounts are injected into the muscles identified as those causing the wrinkles. The injections are just beneath the skin, making anti-wrinkle injections the most popular aesthetic treatment due to the lack of downtime needed and proven results.
How do Anti-wrinkle injections work?
During an anti-wrinkle injection treatment, a neurotoxin is safely injected into specific muscles, in extremely small therapeutic doses.
It works by blocking signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, therefore paralysing them. It does this by preventing the release of a chemical transmitter called acetylcholine from nerve endings onto muscle cells, reducing the contraction of these muscles.
The muscle becomes temporarily paralysed and remains relaxed until the toxin has been broken down by your body. This reduces the movement of the skin above the treated muscle, causing a reduction in the formation and appearance of wrinkles.
The effects of anti-wrinkle injections lasts between 3 and 4 months. How often you need anti-wrinkle injections can depend on the dose administered but more often it’s about individual responses to treatment and the rate at which your body breaks down the toxin. Repeat treatments are required to maintain the desired effect of any anti-wrinkle injections.
What are Anti-wrinkle injections used for?
- Forehead lines
- Frown Lines/11s
- Crow’s feet (around your eyes)
- Eyebrow lift
- Bunny lines
- Gummy Smile
- Lip Flip
- Masseter (Jawline)
Ideal candidates for anti-wrinkle injections are those who have dynamic wrinkles that are visible when their face is moving. If you have deeper, static wrinkles (which are present even when your face isn’t moving), anti-wrinkle injections will help to soften these but not erase them
How should I prepare for Anti-wrinkle injections?
A week before your anti-wrinkle treatment, avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and fish oil supplements. These may increase bleeding and bruising.
If you are taking any prescribed medication, including aspirin, do not stop taking it – consult your treating doctor or your GP first.
Avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your treatment, as this also increases the risk of bruising. On the day on treatment, remove all makeup before attending.
What happens after an Anti-wrinkle injection?
After your anti-wrinkle injections, you can go about your normal day. It is important, however, that you follow the advice of your practitioner carefully. This will help you gain maximum effect from the procedure and reduce the risk of complications.
You may experience localised redness and pin-prick marks around the injection sites. These are usually gone in 15 – 60 minutes.
To help get the best out of your anti-wrinkle treatment, you need to:
- Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area and avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment. Failure to do so may result in the toxin moving into muscles it shouldn’t.
- The treatment takes 1 – 3 days to begin working and 2 weeks for the effects to be fully visible, although you may feel most of the effect after 7 to 10 days.
- You will have a review 2 weeks after treatment to ensure you are happy with the results and that there are no complications.
What are the risks of anti-wrinkle injections?
Most clients find anti-wrinkle injections to be relatively painless and straightforward.
Some anti-wrinkle injection side effects include:
- Mild swelling
- Post-treatment headache
- Drooping eyelids/eyebrows
More serious side effects can occur for treatment of other areas (e.g. double vision, drooping lip, difficulty swallowing or breathing, change of voice or difficulty pronouncing some words.
This list is not exhaustive and you should consult your practitioner during your consultation if you are concerned in any way.
You should NOT have anti-wrinkle injections if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are trying to get pregnant
You also may not be able to get treatment if:
- You have a muscular disease (e.g. Bell’s Palsy)
- You have any blood or nervous system disorders
- You are taking any medications which affect blood clotting
- You are taking any medicines
- You have any psychological concerns