Wrinkles often appear in our forehead and around our eyes when we smile or frown. These lines appear because our muscles contract to form different facial expressions. These are called “dynamic lines” or “lines of expression” Over time, these expression lines begin to linger a little longer or become a little deeper, even when the face is at rest.
How wrinkle relaxant treatment works?
Wrinkle relaxant treatments work by relaxing facial muscles that cause wrinkles and lines when you show certain expressions such as smiling or frowning. The treatment relaxes only the muscles beneath the lines where the anti-wrinkle product has been injected. The muscles responsible for other facial expressions stay active. If you have no further treatments, the muscle return to normal and lines gradually go back to how they looked before treatment. As it is a prescription-only medicine, wrinkle relaxant treatment is only available from qualified medical professionals. It’s important to know that “wrinkle relaxant” is a general term that describes all botulinum toxins.
What are anti-wrinkle treatments?
Anti-wrinkle treatments are used to reduce lines and wrinkles that form in the upper face. They contain a protein that causes the injected facial muscle to relax, smoothing out lines and wrinkles in the area.
What do treatments involve?
Anti-wrinkle treatments are quick and simple. A small amount of wrinkle relaxant is injected into specific facials muscles with a very fine needle. Treatments generally take around 10 minutes. Typically, any pain is minimal and brief and no anaesthetic is required. You can resume normal activities immediately. It is important to follow any post-treatment instructions your clinicians gives you.
How quickly will I see results?
With anti-wrinkle injections, expect to see initial results 1-2 days following treatment, with the full effect visible at between 7-14 days.
How long will the results last?
The effects of treatment last up to approximately 4 months, gradually decreasing over time. Regular treatments may help the effects to last longer and may help to reduce static wrinkles (lines visible at rest).
Are the any side effects?
For the majority of patients, side effects are minimal and temporary.If you have any concerns about side effects, talk to your clinician.
Is there any downtime?
There is very little downtime with anti-wrinkle injections. The average treatment session lasts about 10 minutes and you can return to your day-to-day activities straight away.
Can these treatments be combined with other products and procedures?
Wrinkle relaxant treatments can be combined with other cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers (which replace or enhance volume under the skin) and skin treatments that help improve skin texture, tone and quality.