Anti-Wrinkle Injections Explained
Otherwise referred to as Botox, anti-wrinkle injections are a non-surgical way of treating unwanted frown lines, forehead wrinkles and age lines around the eyes and other parts of the face. They are quick, simple and effective and help you achieve a refreshed and revitalised look. The aim is to make you look healthy and rested without anyone knowing that you have had anything done.
Our approach To anti-wrinkle injections
Education, planning, careful patient assessment and follow-up is the key to achieving your goals with anti-wrinkle injections.
Why do we get facial wrinkles?
The muscles which move our face allow us to open our eyes and mouth, help us breathe and express our emotions to those around us. The by product of repeated facial animation or movement is wrinkle lines. If you frown a lot, the frown lines become embedded in your forehead and between your eyes. The underlying frontalis, corrugator and procerus muscles are responsible for this and are the muscles most commonly targeted by anti-wrinkle injections. Facial wrinkles are normal and give a persons face natural character. They can also give the false impression of fatigue, anger and sadness and for this reason, people choose to modify them with anti-wrinkle injections.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections act by partially blocking the signal from nerves to muscles to weaken the muscle and stop it from repeatedly accentuating overlying wrinkle lines. The effect lasts for at least 3 months and results in a smooth contour to the overlying skin.
Which wrinkle lines are suitable for treatment?
Frown lines on the forehead and glabella (between the eyes) are the areas create the most concern for people and are readily treated with anti-wrinkle injections. Crows feet (lines at the corners of the eyes, drooping eyebrows, gummy smiles and muscle banding in the neck are also areas known to respond well to anti-wrinkle injections. commonly treated.
How is the treatment done?
When you present for anti-wrinkle injections, our experienced injecting nurse will sit down with you to help you understand how the injections work and how to achieve your goals in the safest and most cost effective manner. Targeted muscles are identified and a suitable number of units of anti-wrinkle injection recommended.
Special extra fine needles are used to inject the anti-wrinkle medication. Mild discomfort or prickling is often felt, however, the procedure is easily tolerated. Ice or numbing cream can be used to help with any discomfort.
The effect of the injections occurs over a period of a few days and can take up to 2 weeks to have its full effect.
What is the recovery time?
Mild redness or swelling is experienced by some people, however, this is generally short lived. It is a normal response to the injections.
You can continue to do all normal activities after your treatment, however, avoiding heavy exercise and excessively warm environments for 24 hours is recommended. This will prevent excess swelling and
Is there anything I can do to maximise the results of anti-wrinkle injections?
The simple answer is yes. Here are some tips to help with your results;
- Have a clear idea of the key areas you would like treated. This will help direct placement of injections.
- Consider looks you like and dislike.
- Allow time away from heavy exercise.
- Look after your skin: avoid smoking, use sunscreen and eat healthy, unprocessed foods.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for many purposes in many people for many years and are very safe.
They should, however, be avoided in pregnant women, women who are breast feeding and in people who have some rare neurological conditions like myasthenia gravis.