Gone are the days where anti-wrinkle injections are exclusively being used by Hollywood Celebrities.
With anti-wrinkle injections becoming more mainstream, chances are that some of the people you interact with daily have had the treatment.
Most of the time, if it’s been done correctly, you wouldn’t even notice.
I have had a lot of new clients interested in taking the first step but are apprehensive and don’t know where to start. So I thought I would answer the most commonly asked questions in this month’s article.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are a simple, non-surgical cosmetic treatment that should only be administered by a qualified doctor or nurse who has substantial knowledge in facial anatomy.
They are considered prescription medication, and the law in Australia does not allow brand names for prescription medication to be advertised.
But what I can say is that there are 2 major brands of anti-wrinkle injections out there, and one rhymes with “snow fox.” They essentially contain the same active substance and work the same way.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Our face uses over 40 different muscles when we smile, frown, and squint. It’s these repeated contractions of the muscles that cause the often unwanted lines, folds, and wrinkles on our skin.
There are 2 types of wrinkles: “static lines” and “movement lines.”
Movement lines are the wrinkles that appear or worsen overtime when the underlying muscle contract. Anti-wrinkle injections work by preventing the signal between the nerve and muscle, essentially stopping the muscle from working. When the muscle stops working less stress is placed on the skin, and this helps stop the wrinkle from forming.
Over time though, the movement lines eventually turn into static lines. These are the lines that are always there, movement, or no movement. Anti-wrinkle injections won’t get rid of these but can greatly reduce the appearance.
This is why anti-wrinkle injections are most effective when used as a preventative measure.
Am I a good candidate for anti-wrinkle injections?
The most common areas for anti-wrinkle injections include “crow’s feet” (wrinkles at the outside edges of the eyes), “worry lines” (wrinkles on the forehead), “frown lines,” or “eleven lines” (wrinkles between the eyebrows), “bunny lines” (wrinkles at the top of your nose) and “smile lines.”
Anti-wrinkle injections are also used for medical reasons. For instance, to treat the symptoms of Bruxism, which is caused by jaw clenching and grinding of the teeth. It can also be used to prevent migraines, excess sweating, and in some cases, to slim down the jawline.
If you’re nervous but interested, it may be better to start in one area and see how you like it. I always recommend a low dose to begin with.
What are the side effects?
Anti-wrinkle injections are considered a low-risk treatment.
Possible side effects are usually temporary and restricted to the area of injection. Some common ones are redness, swelling at the injection site, bruising, and skin tightness.
But in some rare cases, and if injected incorrectly, the toxins can spread from the injection site and cause more serious side effects.
I always encourage people before starting their treatments to;
- Do their research.
- Don’t be afraid to get a few opinions.
- Find someone who you trust and with whom you feel comfortable with.
The most important thing to consider is the experience and knowledge of the person performing your injections. Don’t just go for the bargain prices.
Choosing someone with a substantial understanding of facial anatomy to perform the treatment is the difference between reaching your desired results or a botched job.
Ensure you get a thorough consultation where you are able to discuss your goals and where the risks are explained and honestly discussed with you.
Don’t feel pressured into doing more than what you are comfortable with. I create a customised treatment plan for each client, from which we can then increase or decrease the dosage over time to achieve the desired effect.
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