Anti-wrinkle Injections used to temporally relax upper facial muscles to reduce dynamic lines and wrinkles. As we age, the lines on the forehead and around eyes start to appear deeper and longer. Anti-wrinkle injections are a popular facial rejuvenation treatment and are an effective procedure that helps to refresh your facial appearance and to reduce forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines.
Anti-wrinkle injections contain a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The protein produced by bacteria in the same way as many antibiotics are made. You cannot catch a disease from the injection – there is no bacterium present. The manufacturing process kills and illuminates the bacteria leaving only the purified protein that is safe to inject. This type of therapy has been originally used safely and effectively in clinical practice to treat hemifacial spasms also known as facial spasms. Currently, botulinum toxin also has been safely used to treat many ophthalmological and neurological disorders.
A few microinjections are administered into the targeted area. The treatment usually takes 10 minutes. Due to the fine needle size and a tiny amount of product injected, the procedure is commonly associated with only mild discomfort and anesthetic is usually not required. You can resume normal activities immediately.
Common side effects are generally restricted to a minor bruising or redness at the injection site that can be covered with makeup. Occasionally some patients may experience a mild headache or nausea. There is a small risk that injected product can migrate in nearby muscles and cause temporary weakness to those muscles. These may result in a slight drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow, or asymmetry of facial expression. Any side effects are temporary and may last between one to six weeks.
Anti-wrinkle injections are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
An initial consultation is necessary to discuss the best treatment options and to see whether it is the anti-wrinkle treatment is a right choice for you.