What are Anti-Wrinkle Injections and are they safe?
Cosmetic anti-wrinkle injections have been used for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases of the dynamic (moving muscles). It is approved for treatment by the FDA for frown lines, crow’s feet and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
How do Anti-Wrinkle Injections work?
Anit-wrinkle injections block the signal from the nerve to the muscle stopping the muscle from contracting forcefully. This lack of movement will overtime, allow the facial muscles to rebuild thus lessening the severity of facial wrinkles.
Please note: wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity will not respond to anti-wrinkle injection treatments. In this case, we would recommend a dermal filler.
Why would I consider anti-wrinkle injections?
You’re a candidate for an anti-wrinkle injection if you have:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows or on the bridge of the nose
- Smile lines on the side of the nose (also known as bunny lines)
- Crows feet wrinkles
- Forehead creases
- Lifting eyebrows
- Asymmetrical eyebrows
- Thick bands on the neck
- Excessive sweating
Will I still have expression in my face?
Anti-wrinkle treatments are designed to smooth dynamic wrinkles in the forehead and around eyes, they do not affect your facial expression. The final result can be tailored to each patient and can be discussed at the initial free consultation.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
The benefit period for a treatment is generally about 6 months, but can be as much as a year. Sometimes, as the facial muscles relax, the client will lose the habit of the facial gesture that caused the wrinkle which can lengthen the time between treatments.
When should I start anti-wrinkle injections?
Recent studies have indicated that starting a regime at the first appearance of small wrinkles can have a preventative effect and reduce the chances of the wrinkle becoming prominent.
However, it can still be beneficial if your wrinkles are “more established.”
What’s the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers?
Anti wrinkle injections relax the muscle and soften movement. Dermal fillers are gel-like substances that are used to fill or plump lines and add volume to your face.
What’s the procedure?
Before your procedure you should book in for a complementary skin analysis with Anna. At this appointment, you’ll discuss your expectations, side effects, complications, pain control and aftercare. Plus, as its a medical procedure, we’ll need to take a full medical history including a consent form.
On the day of the appointment, the anti-wrinkle serum will be injected into your skin with micro injection of the purified protein. There is very little discomfort, and normal activities can be resumed directly after treatment.
Treatments take about 15-20 minutes (depending on the number of areas being treated).
It generally takes between 3-7 days for the treatment to take its full effect. Asprin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped 2 weeks before treatment (under physician approval) to reduce the risk of bruising.
After your treatment…
- Try to contract the treated muscle areas for up to four hours after treatment, by frowning and lifting eyebrows to allow the toxin to reach all of the treated muscle.
- Avoid rubbing or touching the injected areas and avoid having facials and massage for 48 hours this is to ensure that the treatment remains at the site of injection.
- Avoid vigorous exercise and alcohol for 48 hours.
- If bruising develops the you can apply Arnica cream
- Paracetamol can be taken for mild pain post procedure
When NOT to consider an Anti-Wrinkle Injection
- In any areas where there is infection or swelling
- If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding (it has not been tested and therefore is not advised)
- If you have previously had an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin type A injections.
- People with muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting the muscles, such as Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton Lambert syndrome.
- Children under the age of 18 years.
You should also advise if:
As there is an increased risk of bruising post procedure, you should advise Anna if you:
- have a blood clotting disorders such as Haemophilia,
- are taking treatments with anticoagulant medicines such as Warfarin, Heparin, Aspirin and Anti-Inflammatory medicines. As well as certain herbal remedies such as Gingiko Bilboa, St John’s Wort and Vitamin E.
- have excessive weakness or wasting in the muscle to be injected, such as those patients with history of Stroke or Bell’s palsy.
- have chronic breathing problems.
Anna’s client-focused pricing system means that you only pay for the amount of treatment you require (per unit, rather than per area such as forehead, smile lines or crows feet). This means that we can provide you with an accurate cost based on your specific needs.
Side effects can happen with any treatment, however, side effects from the micro-injection are very rare. The most common side effects can include:
- Localised discomfort of the treatment area
- Flu-like symptoms
- Droopy eyelid (very rare)
All side effects should be reported to and discussed with your Doctor.