Anti wrinkle injections are now used all over the world both for facial aesthetic enhancement and also reconstructive purposes.
How does it work?
- Anti-wrinkle injections contain a purified protein which binds to parts of the muscle that normally receive signals from nerve endings.
- This allows the muscle to relax, reducing the skin creases or wrinkles that is normally produced by the persistent contraction of these muscles.
- The effect should be noticeable within a few days, giving a fresh and rejuvenated appearance.
Where is it most commonly used?
For many years, anti-wrinkle injections have been used for many medical problems such as uncontrolled muscle contraction in cerebral palsy and blepharospasm.
It is now commonly used around the world for cosmetic enhancement of the face. These include:
- Forehead to reduce forehead frown lines.
- Around the eyes to reduce crows feet and glabellar frown lines between the eyebrows.
- Around the lips to reduce fine wrinkles.
- The chin to reduce wrinkling over the chin.
- In Asian countries, it is commonly used to reduce the bulk of the jaw muscles to create a more aesthetically pleasing facial contour.
How long does it last?
- The duration of the effect depends on the amount used, the number of courses of treatment applied and also previous treatments.
- In general, we would expect the effect to last between 3-6 months, although there is significant individual variation.
How is the injection given?
- Mr Lin provides each patient with a complete analysis of facial aesthetics. Areas of treatment are identified and an individual treatment plan is formulated.
- Injections are given to the planned areas with a very fine needle in the relaxed environment of our skin treatment room.
- There is a slight sting with each treatment however the vast majority of patients find anti-wrinkle injection treatment very comfortable.
Are there any side effects?
- Anti-wrinkle injections have been used for several decades for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes.
- Like any medication there is a risk of reactions but in general side effects are uncommon.
- Occasionally, there may be very small areas of bruising or swelling but generally there is very minimal “downtime” associated with treatment.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.