Life is meant for living – and with all this living comes smiling, laughing, frowning, crying and every other emotion and expression in between. With all these emotions and expressions of course comes the natural occurrence of creases, lines, and wrinkles throughout time.
Some of us, love these lines of time and like to embrace all the living these represent. Others, not so much! If you’re one of the ‘others’ and are looking for a way to reduce or prevent those wrinkles and fine lines on your face, anti-wrinkle injections are the solution.
If you’ve never had anti-wrinkle injections before, it’s a good idea to understand what they are, how they work, how long they last, and what to expect, before deciding whether they’re right for you.
Continue reading for your guide to anti-wrinkle injections from the cosmetic team at Dr Salon.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections or wrinkle relaxers are the most effective treatment option for treating lines and wrinkles, making them the go-to cosmetic treatment for many around the world. The protein is derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which blocks the transmitting signals from the nerves to the muscle cells and prevents skin from contracting and creating wrinkles
Which areas can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections?
The following areas of concern can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Nose lines (bunny lines)
- Lines crowning the nose
- Lipstick or smoker’s lines
- Widened or square jawline
- Gummy smile
- Dimpled chin
- Droopy eyebrows
- Masseters (jaw muscles)
- Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
This treatment involves injecting a natural protein into muscles of the face, targeting a specific muscle group and working to temporarily reduce movement in the area, resulting in less visible wrinkles.
Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily weaken facial muscles, giving the lines in that area a chance to smooth out. This reduces the appearance of existing wrinkles and decreases the formation of new wrinkles.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
As much as we’d probably love these results to last forever – like most things, they’re only temporary. There is no way to permanently remove wrinkles (if we find one, we’ll let you know).
Whilst results may vary, most people find the benefits last between 3-4 months, with the first signs of changes beginning 5-10 days post treatment.
As anti-wrinkle injections are considered a preventative treatment, repeated injections are recommended to maintain muscle relaxation and prevention of new wrinkle formation.
What can I expect during treatment?
During your treatment, you can expect a small volume of fluid to be injected into the targeted muscles using a very fine needle. The treatment is usually painless, with minimal discomfort and most clients only reporting a slight stinging sensation.
Depending on the number of chosen target areas, the treatment usually only takes 10-15 minutes.
What is the difference between dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are used to relax the muscles and tend to focus on the upper face, while dermal fillers are used to restore volume and treat the mid to lower areas of the face.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?
Anti-wrinkle injections are entirely safe, having been extensively researched for over 20 years, but can’t be administered if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have underlying neurological conditions.
As with any treatment, there are risks and possible side effects. Your cosmetic doctor will discuss these with you prior to performing any procedure.
Talk to the Dr Salon team
At Dr Salon in Bicton, we have many years of experience and training in anti-wrinkle injections and during a consultation with our cosmetic doctor, will discuss which one might be right for you. We’ll also be able to determine the type of anti-wrinkle injections and volume required for your concerns and give you an idea of the cost.
Contact us today to book your complimentary consultation.