These injections are a non-invasive technique and a great alternative to surgical options. They have the ability to achieve desired results in a short space of time, usually 2 weeks.
Rising in popularity over the past 10 years, they have seen a 41% rise in young women alone in the UK, but men too are embracing the non-invasive treatment.
Botulinum Toxin, (Anti wrinkle injections / Botox) is a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum; an organism found in the natural environment. It gained approval for its use in cosmetic applications in 2002 by the FDA. Though this substance can be identified as two different types – type A and type B – it is type A that is used throughout these injections.
The procedure is commonly associated with its use in cosmetics, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Contrary to belief, anti wrinkle injections, do not freeze your muscles, voiding you of any emotional expression (unless requested) they do however, have the ability to stop your facial muscles from moving. They do this by blocking signals (chemical messenger: acetylcholine) from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes no creasing of the skin, wrinkles will then relax and soften.
Anti-wrinkle Injections are most often used on the upper face - forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) your elevens (frown lines.) Also neck cords, mouth, chin and jaw muscles.
Are you thinking of getting Anti-wrinkle Injections?
To prepare yourself beforehand, think hydration. Drink plenty of water as well as avoiding medication like aspirin and ibuprofen.
A full consultation with myself and my Nurse Prescriber is required as it is important to go through the process as everybody is different and with every procedure and treatment undertaken, there are potential side effects and some limitations that can vary from person to person and this will form the basis of the correct treatment path for you, including dosage requirements and returning visits.
The 20-minute treatment entails the solution being injected in extremely small concentrations, into the desired area. We may want to begin with smaller doses before building it up accordingly, particularly if you are new to the treatment.
Injected muscles are exercised for up to 4 hours after treatment so that the solution is absorbed by the muscle tissue and is less likely to spread and cause side-effects.
Resuming normal facial care routines post-procedure is encouraged to maintain the condition of your skin, however, it is recommended that you wait at least 7 days before having facials, microdermabrasion, peels and sunbeds.
This is not a permanent solution, Anti-wrinkle Injections only have a temporary capacity to block the signals from the nerves to the muscles, and repeat treatments must be undertaken to maintain great results. Generally, the treatment will last for 12 weeks. This timescale recommendation is important to avoid excess injections causing a surplus and potentially dangerous build-up of the substance.
Anti wrinkle injections should not be administered to those who are pregnant or lactating, or to those that have had a previous negative reaction to the drug and any of its ingredients.
Generally, the injections are well received and accepted by the body, as the consultation will have determined the right course of action.
However, individuals may find themselves with a genetic predisposition that can have a mild response from the drug. Some potential side effects include; flu-like symptoms, oedema (fluid build-up), erythema (reddening of the skin) at the site of the injection, numbness, headaches, mild nausea, and neck weakness.