Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily relax the muscles in your face and body, smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing the formation of more.
What are Anti-wrinkle Injections?
Often referred to as ‘botox injections’, anti-wrinkle injections are a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a purified protein called botulinum toxin into the muscles of your preferred treatment area to temporarily relax them. This prevents and reduces wrinkles for a smoother treatment area.
The most commonly used types of botulinum toxin in anti-wrinkle injection treatments are Botox, Azzalure, Dysport and Xeomin.
Typically, anti-wrinkle injection treatments are used to smooth areas of the face that are most expressive: forehead lines, frown lines, lip lines, ‘bunny’ lines (around the nose) and crow’s feet (around the eyes) are all popular treatment areas.
Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to treat medical conditions such as cervical dystonia (neck spasms), hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chronic migraines and more.
How do Anti-wrinkle Injections Work?
Anti-wrinkle injections (known as a botox injection) block certain signals from the nerves to the muscles where they are injected. This relaxes these muscles and prevents them from moving, leading to anti-ageing results on both a preventative and restorative level.
Not only do anti-wrinkle injections reduce and smooth the appearances of existing ‘expressive’ wrinkles but they can also prevent the formation of them in the first place. As a result, the treatment is often favoured by younger patients in their late twenties and early thirties looking to prevent fine lines from settling into deep wrinkles.
Results of anti-wrinkle injections can be seen fully 10-14 days after the procedure and last for around 3-6 months.
Who Can Benefit from Anti-wrinkle Injections?
As we age, our natural collagen and elastin levels drop and the dynamic wrinkles (those that appear in more expressive areas such as the forehead, around the eyes or between the eyebrows) can begin to deepen and settle.
Therefore, anti-wrinkle injections are suited for any patients looking to reduce and smooth the appearance of these dynamic wrinkles, or for younger patients (mid-to-late 20’s and early 30s) looking to prevent their formation.
Botox injections also have medical uses, such as treating chronic migraines, excessive sweating, neck spasms and more.