“One of the most effective ways to treat and prevent the hallmark signs of ageing; fine lines and wrinkles”
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Fine lines and wrinkles, excessive sweating, to slim the lower face
Back to work immediately after the procedure
Topical anaesthetic if requested
3 to 5 months
Approximately 10 to 30 minutes
Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face, particularly in areas such as the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) and around the eyes (crow's feet). They can also be used to relax the masseter muscle to treat teeth grinding and slim the lower face, and to treat sweating (see treatments for hyperhidosis).
Anti-wrinkle injections typically involve the use of botulinum toxin type A, which is the active ingredient in brand names like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. These injections are used to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the face and other areas of the body.
The way anti-wrinkle injections work is by temporarily paralysing or weakening the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. They do this by blocking nerve signals that trigger muscle contractions. As a result, the overlying skin appears smoother and more youthful.
The procedure itself involves injecting small amounts directly into the targeted muscles using very fine needles. The effects of anti-wrinkle usually become noticeable within a few days to a week after the injection and can last for several months. However, the results are temporary, so repeat injections are needed to maintain the desired appearance.
Before starting treatment, the area to be treated is cleaned thoroughly with an antiseptic to minimise the risk of infection and a topical numbing cream is applied, if needed. A very fine needle is then used to inject small amounts of the nerve-blocking agent into specific muscles responsible for causing wrinkles. The number of injections will depend on the treatment areas and your individual needs.
The effects of anti-wrinkle injections are not permanent, with effects typically lasted around 3 to 5 months. Over time, the muscle-relaxing effects wear off, and the treated muscles regain their normal function. To maintain the desired results, patients usually need repeat treatments. Many individuals find that anti-wrinkle treatments become more effective with regular maintenance, as muscle memory is gradually disrupted over time.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be administered to various different parts of the face, including: the forehead, around the eyes, mouth and nose, the chin and jawline, and the neck.
The effects of anti-wrinkle injections are not immediate. It takes a few days to start seeing the effects, with full results becoming noticeable within about a week. The treated muscles gradually relax, leading to a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
Re-injection is suggested every 3-5 months to keep the muscles weakened and allow the furrows to completely smooth out. Once an area is smooth, you can return for therapy when you notice a return of muscle movement.
The procedure is very quick and the needle used to administer the treatment is very fine so most patients do not feel any discomfort. Some individuals may prefer to have a topical numbing agent applied to minimise any discomfort from the injections.
After the injections, there is typically no downtime, and you can resume your daily activities. It's recommended to avoid rubbing or massaging the treated areas for a few hours to prevent the substance from spreading to unintended areas. As with other injectables, bruising and swelling may occur, but this should disappear within a few days.
Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly sought by individuals who are looking to address signs of ageing, such as forehead lines, frown lines, and crow's fee, to achieve a more youthful appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used as a preventative measure. By targeting early signs of ageing, you can delay the development of more significant wrinkles in the future.
Dr. Ophelia Veraitch is an award-winning and highly respected Consultant Dermatologist. Specialising in a wide variety of hair and skin conditions, Dr. Veraitch works with every patient individually, working to truly understand the issue at hand, the products and regime a client utilises plus the mental and physical impact this condition has on their daily life. Following a detailed assessment, Dr. Veraitch expertly develops a personalised treatment plan which will help produce results, and ultimately change every one of her patient’s lives for the better.
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