What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Of the lines and wrinkles that occur naturally with age, facial expressions can have the most noticeable effect on your appearance. Deep lines and wrinkles can make you appear older than you really are or give you a lasting tired or stern appearance.
Anti-wrinkle injections help reduce the appearance of these deeper lines by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating them. These cosmetic injections are a safe and effective way to reverse this process, with the results lasting several months.
At Skin Confidence Clinic, we use our experience and personalised approach to cosmetic medicine to help our patients achieve a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
What to expect
Before your treatment begins, the skin is cleansed, and a numbing agent is applied to ensure your session is comfortable.
From there, a series of injections will be administered into the muscles that are placing strain on the skin. As the muscles gradually relax, the skin can no longer form new lines and wrinkles. The treatment can also help improve the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles.
The entire procedure usually lasts about 30 minutes, and patients are free to return to work and daily activities after.
The effects of the injections will become noticeable about a week after your appointment and can last up to six months. This will differ for everyone, though. Top-up treatments will also be required to maintain the effects.
Patients should refrain from lying down or touching the treated area for several hours after their appointment. Vigorous exercise should also be avoided for a day or two.
As time goes on, patients will find that they require fewer units less often, making it easier to retain a youthful appearance. Your face will never look frozen following an anti-wrinkle injection session at Skin Confidence Clinic.
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The average anti-wrinkle injection session
lasts about 30 minutes and patients are
free to return to work and daily activities after.
About the treatment
What can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections?
Some of the most common concerns and areas that can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections include:
- Frown and surprise lines that appear on the forehead
- Crow’s feet that form around the eyes
- Vertical banding across the neck
- Excessive sweating
- A turned-down mouth
- Gummy or snarled smiles
- Flared nostrils
- A square jawline caused by teeth grinding
As time goes on, patients will find that they require fewer units less often, making it easier to retain a youthful appearance.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
When the substance in the anti-wrinkle injections is administered to your skin, it travels to the underlying muscle. The substance then blocks the activity of a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, which prevents muscular contractions in the area. As a result, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is significantly reduced. The substance can also block the nerve signals going to the sweat glands, which prevent the production of excess sweat. It also helps relax the muscles of the jaw to reduce the appearance of a square jawline.
With time, new nerve cells form in the treated area. This gradually restores the activity of the chemical messenger and the muscle. Once the muscular contractions are restored, signs of ageing may reappear, after which you will require maintenance treatments.
Ideal candidates for anti-wrinkle injections
To determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for anti-wrinkle injections, your medical history and skin will need to be evaluated. The severity of the lines, wrinkles or concerns you want to address will then be taken into account to create a personalised treatment plan.
In general, you are an ideal candidate for wrinkle relaxers if:
- You are at least 18 years old
- You are not pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are physically and mentally healthy
- You have no history of nerve diseases or bleeding disorders
- You have no skin disorders
- You have realistic expectations
Anti-wrinkle injection results
Your anti-wrinkle injection results won’t be immediate but will gradually become more noticeable after a week. Lines and wrinkles will be less visible, as will any other concerns. The most noticeable difference occurs about two weeks after your treatment.
The results of your treatment can last up to six months but this depends on how quickly your body metabolises the injection ingredients. As soon as your lines and wrinkles start becoming visible again, another treatment needs to be scheduled. Over time, patients will require fewer treatments as lines and wrinkles appear less frequently.
Anti-wrinkle injections side effects
Any side effects associated with anti-wrinkle injections are temporary and mild. You may experience minor discomforts such as redness, bruising, heat, and swelling at the site of injection. In some cases, you may feel small lumps in the area. These symptoms are normal and will disappear within a few days. If you need to resume your work or daily routine, you can easily conceal them with makeup.
What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers?
Anti-wrinkle injections work to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by preventing muscular contractions. On the other hand, dermal fillers add volume and fullness by filling the treatment area with a naturally-occurring substance in your body. The result is younger-looking and voluminous skin. To achieve your ideal results, you may choose to combine your anti-wrinkle injections with dermal fillers.
Are cosmetic injectables painful?
The level of pain and discomfort experienced will vary from patient to patient. To ensure a high level of comfort during the treatment, we may apply an anaesthetic cream to the target area. In addition, anti-wrinkle injections are administered using tiny needles, so you should not feel significant pain during the injection process. Any discomfort that you may feel after the treatment is usually tolerable and can be managed with ice packs and pain medications.
Caring for the skin following treatment
Before you go home, we will give you specific instructions that will help prevent complications and achieve optimal results. This may include the following:
- Avoid exposing your skin to excessive heat or cold
- Avoid irritating skincare products
- Avoid strenuous exercises for 24 hours
- Do not rub or massage the treated area
If you notice any unusual symptoms, please contact the clinic immediately.
How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost in Brisbane?
At Skin Confidence, we treat every patient as the individual they are. Depending on the lines you are looking to address and the severity of those wrinkles, you may require more or less units of anti-wrinkle injections.
During your initial consultation at Skin Confidence, we will examine your skin and recommend a treatment plan. At this time, we will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs involved.