HOW DOES ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS WORK
Anti-wrinkle injections is injected into the desired area around the eyes or forehead. This treatment works by temporarily weakening or paralysing overactive muscles causing the lines on the face to relax. Only muscles are targeted, not the actual skin, so results are evident on facial lines and creases caused by squinting, laughing and frowning, as opposed to those resulting from aging or sun-damage.
These injections are also used to improve the results of eyebrow lifting procedures.
IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Results are noticeable from day 2 or 3 with the full effect evident by the seventh day. Results will vary depending on the severity of the facial lines - if lines are shallow, they should disappear completely, whereas deep lines will be considerably improved.
The outcome from the injections will always vary slightly from patient to patient, but a single procedure should last for at least 3-4 months. In order to maintain satisfactory results, however, repeat treatments are required every 3-6 months.
IS IT PAINFUL?
A sedative or local anaesthetic is not used because the pain associated with the procedure is minimal. The procedure takes approximately 5-10 minutes and a small amount of discomfort is felt when the needle is inserted and the liquid injected. The sensation has been described as anything from minimally uncomfortable to temporarily numbing, to feeling like a pinprick or a bee sting. You can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE-EFFECTS?
The most common side-effects reported with anti-wrinkle injections are:
• Tenderness or bruising
• A pinkish discolouration around the site of injection
• Irritation or tearing
• Dry eye
• Not being able to close the eye
• Sensitivity to light
• Dizziness and tiredness
The liquid injections can also migrate to adjacent facial muscles causing temporary weakness, or to the eyelid or eyebrow causing drooping which can last up to 5 weeks. To help prevent this, you are advised to avoid lying down or applying pressure on treated areas for up to 4 hours afterwards.