Wrinkle relaxing injections is the most popular effective anti-ageing treatment for skin rejuvenation. The treatment acts by temporarily blocking the signals that instruct specific facial muscles to contract which in turn, help to smooth out the layer of skin thereby noticeably reducing the expressive fine lines & wrinkles that may appear to age the facial area.
There are currently three brands of botulinum toxin type A anti wrinkle injections available for treatment in the UK and these are
Another brand known as Jeuveau has received FDA approval, yet in use.
Wrinkle relaxing injections are ideal for the following areas:
- Heavy bows, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows
- Horizontal worry lines of the forehead
- Eyes: Crow’s feet/laughter lines
Wrinkle relaxing injections are also an ideal treatment for excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis.
Ant wrinkle injections can also be useful to slim the jaw line and smooth the neck.
In addition, they are used to smooth the chin known as pebble chin, lift the brows, and smooth the lines on the nose which are often referred to as bunny lines.
Anti wrinkle products can also be incorporated in different doses with other skin loving ingredients for the perfect formula to provide bespoke medical facials.
Frequently asked questions:
What happens during the treatment?
An initial discussion with the practitioner is made to manage expectations. In in-depth medical history is taken to ensure suitability to the treatment. Photographs may be taken to monitor progress of the treatment.
What’s the duration of the wrinkle relaxing treatment session?
The process usually takes up to 10 to 15 minutes.
Is the treatment painful?
Having wrinkle relaxing injections is a fairly comfortable procedure. However, pain is a very individual response and therefore local anaesthetic cream maybe applied to the skin in order to numb it prior to injection.
How many treatments are needed to see results?
After the first treatment results can be seen between 7-10 days. The treatments maybe repeated. A repeat treatment may be necessary up to three to four times a year. Less frequent administration may be possible the following years’.
How long is the recovery time?
The recovery time is immediate.
How long does the treatment last?
The treatment may last 3-6 months.
How quickly will I see results?
It can take up to 10 days for your treatment with wrinkle relaxing injections to take effect and for the results to be fully noticeable.
How safe are the injections?
In the hands of an experienced aesthetic professional with the right knowledge and skill, wrinkle relaxing injections are incredibly safe and backed by years of evidence based clinical research. However, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects which will be covered during the initial in-depth consultation.
The treatments are administered from single-use vial using single-use needles designated to the client to ensure safety and effectiveness every time with no risk of contamination.
What are the side effects if any?
Common side effects of the wrinkle reducing injection are a small amount of temporary bleeding, or mild swelling at the injection area. Bruising maybe possible especially treatments near the eye area, as it is more delicate. However, this bruising is temporary and can be covered with cosmetics. Mild headache maybe experienced post treatment. In rare cases across the world double vision has been reported. Occasionally there have been cases after a forehead treatment drooping of the upper eyelid occurs. Drooping of the eyelids (Ptosis) – This is rare but transient complication occurring in 1-2% of patients. The incidence can be minimized by positioning post injections. In experienced hands, this happens in less than one percent of patients and will usually resolve within 2 – 10 weeks. Infection is unusual. If infection occurs, additional treatment including antibiotics may be necessary. There is a possibility of an unsatisfactory result from the procedure. The procedure may result in unacceptable visible deformities, loss of function and/or loss of sensation. You may be disappointed with the results of the procedure. Allergic reactions – In rare cases, local allergies to topical preparations have been reported. Systemic reactions, which are more serious, may result from drugs used during surgery and prescription medicines. Allergic reactions may require additional treatment.
What are the contraindications of the treatment?
- Those with a known hypersensitivity to Botulinum Toxin Type A or to any of it’s’ excipients e.g. human albumin, and sodium chloride.
- Neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome.
- Pregnancy or breast feeding.
- Co-treatment with Aminoglycoside antibiotics, or medicinal products which interfere with neuromuscular transmission (e.g. tubocurarine – type muscle relaxants).
What are the cautions for Treatment
- Patients with coagulation disorders, or using anticoagulants due to the increased likelihood of bruising. The use of aspirin, non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, high dose vitamin E, and high dose omega 3 oils, may be stopped for at least seven days prior to treatment to minimise bruising.
- Patients with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or with peripheral neuromuscular disorders.
What should be done after the treatment?
Detailed aftercare instructions are provided. It’s important that the instructions are followed in order to benefit fully from the positive outcome of the treatment.
Please note, never stop any prescribed medication without informing your doctor.
Post treatment advice
- Avoid high intensity exercise immediately following the treatment.
- Avoid touching/rubbing the area injected.
- Avoid cosmetic application for three hours after injection.
- Avoid heavy alcohol consumption on the same day.
- Remain upright for at least three hours post injection.
- Exercise injection muscle as advised.
- Full effect can be seen after two weeks
- Duration approximately three months
- Contact immediately if undesirable effects are experienced.
Who can administer wrinkle relaxing injections?
Botulinum toxin is a prescription only medicine (POM) therefore a qualified registered prescriber such as doctors, dentists, independent pharmacist prescribers and independent nurse prescribers prescribe and authorise treatment. Administering requires a qualified aesthetic practitioner, who is fully insured, registered, regulated and qualified the necessary training.