As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, and wrinkles and lines can form on our face. While this is a natural part of the ageing process, many people are interested in finding ways to minimise the appearance of these wrinkles and maintain a more youthful look. One of the most popular and effective ways to do this is through anti-wrinkle injections.
In this blog, we dive into everything you need to know about anti-wrinkle injections, so be sure to stick around to find out more.
What are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections, also known as neuromodulators or muscle relaxers, are a type of injectable treatment that work by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and lines. They are made from a purified form of the botulinum toxin (botox), which is a naturally occurring protein that blocks nerve signals to the muscles, preventing them from contracting and causing wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle injections are a non-invasive and relatively painless way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face, and the effects typically last for several months. Best results are achieved when anti-wrinkle injections are used in combination with dermal fillers in a comprehensive and personalised treatment plan.
How Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Work?
When we make facial expressions, our muscles contract, causing our skin to crease and wrinkle. Over time, these creases and wrinkles can become permanent, even when our facial muscles are at rest. Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking the nerve signals that cause our facial muscles to contract, which in turn, smooths out the wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Once inserted into the muscle, the product is quickly absorbed. It then begins to inhibit the transmission of signals between nerves and muscles, which ultimately stops the muscles from contracting and forming wrinkles, eventually leading to a younger, fresher look.
Which Areas Can Be Treated With Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
The most common areas treated with anti-wrinkle injections include:
- Forehead Lines: These are the horizontal lines that form across the forehead when you raise your eyebrows.
- Frown Lines: These are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows when you frown or concentrate.
- Crow’s Feet: These are the lines that form at the outer corners of the eyes when you smile or squint.
- Bunny Lines: These are the small wrinkles that appear on the nose when you scrunch it up.
- Chin Dimpling: These are the wrinkles that appear on the chin when you pout or tense your facial muscles.
- Vertical Lip Lines: These are the lines that appear on the upper lip when you purse your lips.
- Marionette Lines: These are the lines that appear from the corners of the mouth to the chin, giving a sad or unhappy appearance.
Benefits Of Anti-Wrinkle Injections
More Youthful Appearance: Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance, regardless of your age.
Non-Invasive, No Downtime & Painless: Anti-wrinkle injections are a non-invasive and relatively painless way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. The procedure is quick, with most treatments taking less than 30 minutes to complete, and there is no downtime required. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately following the procedure.
Customisable: Anti-wrinkle injections can be tailored to meet the specific needs and concerns of each patient. At Medical Aesthetic, our experienced clinicians can assess your skin and help determine the best areas to target for optimal results. We can also recommend complementary treatments such as dermal filler for the best results.
Improved Self Confidence: Everyone wants to look and feel their best.Many patients report feeling more confident and happier with their appearance after receiving anti-wrinkle injections, which can improve their overall quality of life.
Temporary Results: The effects of anti-wrinkle injections typically last for several months, which allows patients to try out the treatment and see how they like the results before committing to a more permanent solution.
Anti-wrinkle injections are not only for women. While it is true that the majority of patients who receive anti-wrinkle injections are women, men can also benefit from this treatment. In fact, the number of men seeking anti-wrinkle injections has been steadily increasing in recent years at Medical Aesthetic.
Men often seek anti-wrinkle injections for similar reasons as women, such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes, and between the eyebrows. In addition, men may also use anti-wrinkle injections to address other concerns, such as reducing excessive sweating or softening the appearance of a prominent jawline.
Is There A Minimum Age For Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Contrary to popular belief, anti-wrinkle injections are not only for people aged 50 and above. While it is true that wrinkles and fine lines tend to become more noticeable as we age, anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines can benefit from anti-wrinkle injections. In fact, some people start getting anti-wrinkle injections in their late 20s or early 30s as a preventative measure to keep their skin looking youthful and smooth, and for reversing some of the wrinkle-causing ageing effects of certain lifestyle habits (sun exposure, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc.).
The decision to get anti-wrinkle injections should be based on individual preferences and concerns about one’s appearance, rather than age alone. At Medical Aesthetic, our qualified nurses and skin therapists can assess your skin and help you determine if anti-wrinkle injections are a good option for you, regardless of your age.
While anti-wrinkle injections are generally safe, like any medical procedure, there are potential side effects. These may include temporary redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. In rare cases, patients may experience more serious side effects such as the product affecting the wrong muscle causing heaviness or drooping. It’s important to work with a qualified provider who can assess your risk for side effects and help you understand the potential risks and benefits of the treatment.
Book Your Consultation Today
At Medical Aesthetic we take a personalised approach that considers your issues, your experience and expectations with injections and your goals. We do not take a one size fits all approach, and strongly believe no client should ever feel anything but wholly comfortable with their injectable experience. You are in the best hands with our Medical Aesthetic team, who go to great lengths to ensure you leave feeling like the best version of yourself, every time.
To book your anti-wrinkle injection consultation, contact us today.