Anti Wrinkle Injection Overview

Aesthetic practitioners use anti-wrinkle injections, also known as muscle relaxing injections, for both the prevention and correction of lines and wrinkles on the face.

ANAESTHETIC : None Required
DURATION : 5-10 Minutes
RECOVERY : Immediate
RESULTS LAST : 12 Weeks

Anti-wrinkle injections work by temporarily relaxing the muscle it is injected in. By doing so, the overlying skin breaks free of tension caused by muscle contraction, causing wrinkles to soften and fade.

Through normal everyday facial expression, the muscles of the face contract and create 'dynamic' lines. Over time this can lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles that are present at rest, known as ‘static’ lines.

Muscle relaxing injections block the message from the brain instructing the targeting muscle to contract - leading to a temporary relaxation of the muscle. This results in the elimination or softening of dynamic lines, which can over time reduce or prevent static lines that form at rest. The injections can also be used to treat overactive muscles- with the ‘gummy smile’ treatment for instance, the injections can help drop the lip line to produce a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Anti-wrinkle injections can thus be used to smoothen the appearance of dynamic lines and prevent/reduce the appearance of static lines in the forehead, frown, crows feet, chin crease and under-eye area. They can also be used to create a 'brow' lift as well as be used to relax overactive muscles such as those that contribute to excessive upper lip lifting known as a 'gummy smile'.

It is important to note that anti-wrinkle injections are prescription medications, and often selection of brand is determined by the practitioner depending on the determined suitability for the individual.

What does the procedure involve?

Once a treatment plan has been determined, the practitioner will mark out specific injection points on to cleansed skin in the desired treatment areas. Discomfort from treatment is typically described as minimal and numbing cream is rarely required before treatment but may be offered on request. Treatment is delivered via a series of injections which, immediately after treatment, may cause slight redness and a 'mosquito bite' like appearance that last around an hour. Injection time is typically 5-10 minutes.

The treatment takes 72 hours to start working with full results typically seen after two weeks from the treatment. Often a follow up or review appointment is arranged for two weeks after treatment for the practitioner to review the results and assess the need for any top ups that might be required for your desired result. Of note, you should not be charged extra for the two-week review and potential further injections.

Typically, the visual results from muscle relaxing injections last around 3-4 months. After your last injection, it is advised that no further treatment is repeated for 12 weeks as having the treatment too frequently can reduce its effect due to development of a ‘tolerance’.

Anti-Wrinkle Areas

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Forehead Lines

As we age, horizontal creases become more prominent. Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat lines as well as prevent them from forming.

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Frown Lines

Also known as the ‘11s’, these vertical lines appear in the centre of the forehead.

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Brow Lift

Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to tweak the tension in the brow & help give them a gentle lift.

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Crows Feet

Skin folds that reside in the outer corner of our eyes, made most apparent when we smile.

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Bunny Lines

These are lines which appear over the ridge of the nose, made more noticeable during laughter.

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Under Eye Wrinkles

Fine wrinkles can appear just below the eyes, giving a more tired appearance.

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Gummy Smile

Muscle relaxing injections can help lower the upper lip when laughing, hiding any gums that are made visible.

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Mental Crease

This is a prominent fold that appears in our chin as we age. Anti-wrinkle injections can help soften this fold by relaxing the muscle underneath.

Before & After



Aftercare

Recovery after treatment is immediate. Muscle relaxing injections can be seen as 'the perfect crime'. After injections, mosquito bite like red marks are visible for around an hour. As results are not immediate, nobody needs to know how you spend your lunch hour!

After the treatment you might experience the following and if present here are some tips on how to manage them:

  • Bruising - though rare, bruising can occur after muscle relaxing injections. Arnica ® cream and tablets work as an excellent herbal remedy to reduce bruising. Eating fresh pineapple before and following treatment is also said to reduce bruising.
  • Swelling - small mosquito bite like bumps may present at injections sites and typically resolve spontaneously after one hour
  • Stinging or mild pain - though rare, may present in the first 30 minutes following treatment and does not usually require painkillers

Following the treatment, the practitioner will discuss the appropriate aftercare instruction to care for your skin following treatment. Avoidance of alcohol and exercise is typically advised for the first 24 hours after treatment. Makeup or skin treatments should also be avoided for the first 24 hours to keep the treatment areas clean. Rubbing or massing the treatment area should also be avoided after the treatment.

General Risks

It is important to note that muscle relaxing injections should only be performed by trained medical professionals, & when done so, mishaps are very low.

Minor discomfort, swelling, bleeding or bruising may occur after treatment. Risk of infection is very low with appropriate skin cleansing prior to treatment and avoidance of touching/application of makeup to the treatment area after treatment. In the initial two weeks after treatment, patients commonly report headaches which can be treated with normal pain killers such as Paracetamol.

"Spock" brow can occur when treating the forehead results in a unaesthetically pleasing raise of one or both brows - this can easily be reviewed and corrected at a follow-up appointment and prevented by seeing an experienced medical practitioner.

All practitioners will come to every appointment with the necessary safety equipment to deal with any complications. If any queries regarding your treatment do arise, you can contact your practitioner using the e-consultation service or directly as they will leave their contact details with you.

Contraindications

Anti-wrinkle injections are a safe and effective treatment. However, there are some contraindications which if present, would mean it is simply unsafe for you to have the procedure.

At Fvce, we never compromise on safety, and so if you meet any of the following criteria, we would not allow you to book through us:

  • Pregnancy/breastfeeding/currently trying to become pregnant
  • Children under the age of 18 years.
  • Local infection or broken skin at the proposed injection site
  • Known allergy to anti wrinkle treatments
  • Known allergy to egg/albumin
  • Muscle weakening disorders e.g. Myasthenia Gravis, Lambert-Eaton Syndrome, Motor neuron disease.

If you need any advice or have any queries, our dedicated doctor-led medical team is here to answer any queries. Simply email medical.team@fvce.co.uk and we will be more than happy to help.


Written by Dr Elle Claire Reid
Dentist & Advanced Aesthetic
Practitioner
Paragon Aesthetics


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