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What are Anti Wrinkle Injections?
Anti Wrinkle Injections are well known prescription muscle relaxers containing Botulinum toxin. Proprietary names for the wrinkle reducing injections cannot currently be used in promotional materials such as this but they are well known and work effectively to reduce the activity of muscles in the face and neck, easing lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is a toxin produced by the Bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This neurotoxin has the property of preventing nerves from being able to communicate with muscles temporarily.
How do Anti Wrinkle Injections work?
When purified Botulinum toxin A is injected into muscle, the nerve is no longer able to communicate with the muscle so the muscle effectively can’t ‘hear’ instructions from the nerve to contract or squeeze.
The degree of this effect is dependant on the amount of toxin injected, because the muscle has lots of receptors for nerve ‘instructions’. A small amount of toxin will block a small amount of receptors and decrease the muscles ability to move by only a small amount, whereas a large amount of toxin blocks many more receptors and decreases the muscles ability to move by a large amount.
Muscles in the face (and anywhere in the body for that matter) can be partially and temporarily weakened by this effect. When this is done strategically to relax the muscles that are responsible for particular groups of wrinkles, we can dramatically improve the perceived youthfulness of a person’s face.
How long does it last?
The human immune system is able to recognise foreign material or material that is not part of your own body. Once recognised, your body will attempt to remove that material. Anti Wrinkle Injections last approximately 3-4 months. The time can vary so widely mainly because people’s immune systems vary so widely, but most people would expect 4-6 months from a treatment and would need treatment two to three times per year.
Is there any reason I couldn’t have Anti Wrinkle Injections?
Anti Wrinkle Injection procedures are considered medical techniques that should be carried out in a controlled medical environment and administered by a qualified and experienced medical professional. Our doctor will ask you to answer a series of questions to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Anti Wrinkle Injections. There are several situations where one should not have Anti Wrinkle Injections and several situations where the treatment would need to be modified. These situations include: Pregnancy, Breast-feeding, taking Acne medications and certain rarely used antibiotics.
What are the side effects?
Over 2.6 million women and 333,000 men underwent Anti Wrinkle Injection procedures worldwide in 2003 alone and since 2006 botox has become a billion dollar industry. Side effects are rare, but can happen. These can include redness, swelling and bruising. Redness and swelling tend to happen to a small degree with all patients and for minutes to an hour in most cases. However, bruising is more rare and happens to a small number of clients(approximately 1 in 50 in our experience). If they happen, bruises are usually very small (1-2 millimeters) and can be easily covered up with a little makeup.
More rare side effects include temporary eyebrow or eyelid droop, temporary double vision, or even rarer still allergic reaction. These side effects are extremely rare with good technique as our doctor will discuss with you.
Does it hurt?
Most people describe the needles as feeling like a pinch or not sore at all.
How many muscles does it take to smile?
Newspapers around the globe assure us, “Frowning takes more muscles than smiling,”
- 13 to smile, 33 to frown – The Washington Post
- 10 to smile, 100 to frown – The New York Times
- 4 to smile, 64 to frown – The Hindu
The muscle that is most responsible for causing ‘smile lines’ is known as the orbicularis oculi, a circular muscle that sits around your eye and is also used to shut your eyes tight.
When this muscle is treated with Anti Wrinkle Injections we can achieve quite remarkable results in some cases. This area when treated well can be quite difficult to spot as having been treated, even to a trained eye (for those clients who prefer to keep their treatment a secret!).
Treatment involves a few tiny injections on each side of the face and literally takes less than a minute. In terms of pain, most people describe the injections as ‘not sore at all’ or ‘just a pinch’. Usually treatments are repeated twice or three times per year.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes all major credit/ debit cards are accepted.