Anti-wrinkle injections are the most popular non-surgical treatment performed at our practice and worldwide. It is a quick, relatively pain free treatment with minimal risks and downtime, however delivers dramatic yet natural looking results which lasts for months. The anti-wrinkle injection treatment is performed by our highly trained cosmetic nurse under the supervision of Dr Turner or by Dr Turner himself personally.
After your anti-wrinkle injections, within days the lines and wrinkles will begin to smooth and the results will continue to improve over the coming months. You should experience little discomfort and will be able to resume normal activities soon after. With ongoing maintenance treatments, you can prevent further wrinkles from developing and reverse existing lines and maintaining a youthful appearance. With ‘millennials’ now seeking treatment in their twenties and thirties to completely avoid the development of permanent deep lines developing to start with.
While these anti-wrinkle injections are widely known for their cosmetic benefits, they have many other benefits in treating numerous medical problems. Among these are excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis and migraines.
How Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Work?
Wrinkles form by the repeated contraction of facial muscles under the skin which are important in our facial expressions. Therefore, dynamic wrinkles appear in the areas of the face that have a lot of daily movement, such as the forehead, between the eyebrows, around the eyes, the chin, and above the lip. Over time with the natural decrease of important elements in the skin like collagen and hyaluronic acid, these dynamic wrinkles become deeper and permanent.
The anti-wrinkle injection treatment works by injecting a small volume of Botulinum Toxin Type A (a naturally derived protein from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria) into specific facial muscles which are causing the dynamic wrinkles. After the treatment, the underlying facial muscle gradually becomes weaker and the overlying skin is allowed to smooth out naturally.
Is It Safe?
Since its approval for cosmetic use in 2002, over 15 million people have been treated. It is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. That said, we understand if you still have concerns, and we are happy to answer all your questions prior to your treatment.
Which Areas Are Treated?
Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used to address:
- Brow – horizontal lines on forehead
- Frown – vertical lines between eyebrows
- Crow’s feet – lines around the eyes
Additional areas that can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections:
- Non Surgical Brow lift – Selective placement around the eye and forehead to get 1-2 mm lift of the lateral eyebrow
- Gummy Smiles – Specific placement to weaken the lip elevators and often combined with dermal fillers to the lips can enhance and balance your smile
- Mouth lines – Very small dose placed close to the lip line can minimise radial lip lines from developing
- Bunny lines – Small dose can minimise lines on the side of the nose occurring with smiling
- Jaw line – Injecting larger doses into the masseter muscle can produce a slimmer, feminine jawline. While injecting small doses to the chin crease can elongate the chin
How Long Do The Anti-Wrinkle Injections Last?
After your treatment, you will start to notice the movement of the treated muscles weakening over the first few days. By 2 weeks the full effect of the anti-wrinkle injection treatment is attained. We review patients at this time to check they are satisfied with the results and don’t require a top up to adjust the result.
The results for anti-wrinkle treatments have full effect for about 3 months. After 4 months you may start to see movement of the underlying muscles again and the reoccurrence of dynamic wrinkles. With ongoing maintenance anti-wrinkle injection treatments, due to the long term weakening of the facial muscles the duration of effect can easily extend up to 6 months before repeat treatment is needed.
The Anti-Wrinkle Injection Procedure?
After your consultation with our cosmetic nurse or Dr Turner, the areas to be treated are carefully marked with an eyeliner pencil. Prior to the treatment we use some ice for a few minutes to numb the skin prior to the injection of the product using a small ultra-fine syringe. In some clients that are sensitive or may be anxious about the procedure we can apply local anaesthetic numbing cream to the area 40 minutes prior to your treatment to make the treatment completely pain free.
The individual injections only take a few moments to complete and the total session is generally only 20-30 minutes. While some redness may be seen at the site of injection, it usually dissipates within one hour. Occasionally a small bruise may develop, especially around the thin eyelid skin. This is easily camouflaged with some concealer makeup.
While you may return to work or social activities immediately after your anti-wrinkle injection treatment, we advise you refrain from exercise for 2 days.