Botulinum toxin is- without a doubt, one of the most popular treatments available. It is the most effective anti-wrinkle treatment at hand. In fact, in recent years, this injectable treatment has flourished in popularity in the UK due to its phenomenal results. Are you considering taking the next step in your skincare journey? Here is everything you need to know about the wrinkle relaxing toxin!
Anti-wrinkle injections are a non-surgical, injectable treatment that uses a toxin called Botulinum Toxin A. This temporarily blocks nerve impulses, preventing muscle movement. In doing so, the overlying skin that is tethered to the muscle, relaxes. In doing so, they reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.
This injectable treatment is versatile as it can treat various conditions. It is well known to treat age-related issues like dynamic wrinkles, sagging and fine lines. More specifically- crows feet, frown/scowl lines, laugh/smile lines, forehead lines, marionette lines and bunny lines. But it can also treat other conditions such as neck spasms, excessive sweating, muscle contracture, an overactive bladder, twitching/lazy eyes. Anti-wrinkle injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.
What does the procedure entail?
Before starting the treatment, a consultation must be taken with your board-certified doctor or practitioner. During this consultation, you will both discuss everything from medical health to final results. A treatment plan will be placed to ensure you are happy and understand the procedure and outcomes. Your doctor will also tell you how to prepare for your treatment 2 weeks before treatment.
Once you and your doctor are happy with the discussions, you will visit the clinic to start your treatment. On the day of the procedure, you may want your skin numbed beforehand. Your doctor might use one or more of the various methods available to numb the area, such as topical anesthesia. However, as the needle is so tiny, numbing is rarely needed. A thin needle is then used to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on the extent of the area being treated.
Straight after the procedure, do not rub or massage the treated areas for 24 hours. This will make sure the toxin does not migrate into a different area!
The final result can differ from person to person, depending on where the toxin is placed and the skin’s metabolism.
In terms of facial Botulinum toxin, in general, you can see the effects as early as 3 to 4 days after injection. But most people will see optimal results within 10 to 14 days.
Once those muscles begin to freeze, there is an instant improvement in the appearance of the skin. Wrinkles are nearly non-existent, the face looks more lifted and it reveals a youthful appearance.
Results also depend on how seriously you practice the aftercare instructions given by your doctor.
Why do the effects of Botulinum toxin only last 3 months?
The effects of anti-wrinkle injections can last longer, but normally a minimum of 3-months of desired effects is expected. Over time, your body fights against the blockade of neurons and also generates new nerve endings. Together, these reverse the effect of the toxin.
Aftercare following a botulinum toxin injection
The goal of aftercare is to encourage optimal treatment results. It can minimize the risk of bruising and spreading to other areas of the face. On the day of your treatment, it’s a good idea to:
- Relax for the rest of the day
- Refrain from exercising on the day of treatment
- Leave the treated area alone for atleast 24 hours
- Avoid physical pressure, rubbing or touching on the treated area for at least 24 hours.
The great thing about anti-wrinkle injections is that there is no recovery time – so you can resume your usual activities right after. However, it is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before certain activities.
Other important aftercare tips
- Exercise: increased blood flow can spread the toxin to a different area. Muscle contraction could decrease toxin effectiveness.
- Makeup: take a break as rubbing the skin could disperse the toxin.
- Posture: sit up for the first 4 hours after recieving treatment to reduce spreading and bruising
- Alcohol: wait 24 hours before consuming alcohol to prevent bruising.
- Treatments: avoid other facial treatments to allow the toxin to settle in the muscles.
- Sleep: try your best to avoid sleeping on the injected area to allow the toxin to settle in the muscles. Sleeping on your back for one night is important.
- Sun: avoid sun exposure for at least 4 hours. Heat can promote flushing and increase blood flow to the area injected, which may encourage bruising.
The Bottom Line
Botulinum toxin may be the most popular non-surgical injectable, but it is most definitely the best at treating wrinkles! From frown lines to crows feet-you name it- anti-wrinkle injections are the solution you’ve been looking for. At the hands of board-certified doctors and medical practitioners, you can receive the best experience and results.