Wrinkle reduction injections are actually a chemical toxin. It is well known by the brand names that cannot be mentioned and is used as a Cosmetic medical treatment for wrinkles, frown lines and facial rejuvenation.
Wrinkle reduction injections have been used for many years to treat certain medical conditions. In fact, its use as a cosmetic treatment was only discovered when people using it to treat facial muscle spasms noticed an improvement in the facial wrinkles of their patients.
How does the treatment work?
Wrinkle reduction injections block the release of a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) known as acetylcholine from nerve cells as it’s purpose is to transmit pulses from the nerves to the muscle cells. This causes the muscles to work or contract. Without acetylcholine, the nerve is unable to transmit a message to the muscle so the muscle is temporarily weakened and non-reactive. The nerve regenerates usually within 2-4 months.
The effect of these injections is restricted to the area being treated, and because the nerve fibres usually regenerate after a couple of months, the effect is only temporary.
What are these injections used for?
Injections are traditionally used to treat medical conditions such as:
- blepharospasm (twitching or spasm of the eyelid);
- cervical dystonia, or spasmodic torticollis (a type of muscle spasm in the neck);
- facial or other localised muscle spasms;
- muscle spasticity due to cerebral palsy; and
- strabismus (a condition where the eyes are not properly aligned).
These injections can be directed into the skin to block the action of the nerves that control your sweat glands especially for your underarms or palms of hands or feet.
It can also be used to help prevent migraines in those suffering from a chronic migraine.
Wrinkle reduction injections are now approved for the cosmetic treatment of vertical frown lines between your eyebrows, (also called glabellar lines) — and horizontal forehead lines, and smile lines, or crows feet on the corners of your eyes.
How are these injections used to treat wrinkles?
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to weaken or paralyse some of the facial muscles that pull on your skin and cause wrinkles, allowing the skin to flatten out. About 2 to 7 days after the injections, the lines and wrinkles that are normally caused by certain facial expressions start to disappear. Because anti-wrinkle therapy targets specific, individual muscles, the ability to form most facial expressions should not be affected.
How long do the effects last?
The improvement in the appearance of your wrinkles usually lasts for about 3 months. Repeated injections are required to maintain the effect. With continued use, the effects may start to last longer.
A small number of people develop neutralising antibodies to injections after repeated therapy, which results in the treatment no longer being effective.
Are wrinkle reduction injections safe?
They are relatively safe when administered by a medical professional who is trained in its use.
As with all treatments, there are some side effects associated with its use, but most of these are mild and temporary. Pain, tenderness and bruising may be associated with the injection. Some people have reported a slight headache after treatment. Nausea and a flu-like syndrome are also rarely reported. There is only a small risk of significant side effects from this treatment, such as a drooping eyelid (which usually only lasts a few days, but can last longer).
Anti-wrinkle injections should not be used in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It’s important to remember that all medical procedures carry risks as well as benefits. You need to discuss these with your doctor.
Where can I get wrinkle reduction injections treatment?
Wrinkle reduction injections are only available on prescription from a doctor. They should always be given by a trained medical professional who is familiar with the correct technique. Your Aesthetica doctor will be able to let you know whether these injections are suitable for you.
If you require further advice regarding wrinkle reduction injections, contact our experienced staff via email for a complimentary consultation today. Or call us on 03 9824 6134.