Over the past few decades, it seems like anti-wrinkle injections are everywhere. From your favourite celebs to the couple next door, people are popping into cosmetic clinics to refresh their appearance, emerging looking fresher, younger, and more rested.
Here’s the low down on anti-wrinkle injections (Botulinum toxin) – what they are, how they work, why people get them, what areas can be treated, and how long they last. Read ahead to decide if anti-wrinkle injections are right for you.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are often referred to by their most popular commercial name, Botox. They contain small amounts of the Botulinum toxin, which results in a smooth, even look. The treatment is administered via a small gauge needle and usually requires a few small injections around the preferred area. Most people describe it as a slight stinging sensation, but any pain is minimal. Some minor swelling or bruising is normal and resolves quickly.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Simply put, anti-wrinkle injections contain naturally occurring proteins that work to relax the facial muscles. They block the signals from your nerves to your facial muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting, which makes them soften. The result is a smoother appearance that makes most people look younger and more refreshed.
Why do people get anti-wrinkle injections?
Of course, ageing is a natural part of life. But some people find it distressing to look in the mirror and see their facial appearance starting to change over time. Wrinkles can prevent you from applying make-up evenly and can make you appear older than your age, diminishing your self-confidence.
Of course, anti-wrinkle injections are not only for women – plenty of men also appreciate the chance to turn back the clock. By taking control of their appearance, people of all ages feel better about how they look.
What areas can be treated?
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used on many areas of the face, including deep wrinkles between the eyebrows (known as the ‘11s’), forehead lines and Crow’s feet around the eyes. Your results will depend on the dosage and how often you go for repeat treatment.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
Most anti-wrinkle injections last around three to four months, with most people going for treatment around three times per year. If you don’t like the results, they’ll slowly dissipate over time. However, most people love how they look, and can’t wait to return for their top-up appointments.
Many people find that anti-wrinkle injections also have a preventative effect. The younger you start and the more frequently you top up your injections, your wrinkles have less chance to settle in and deepen. Over time, anti-wrinkle injections can prevent wrinkles rather than just reduce their appearance.
If you’ve been thinking about getting anti-wrinkle injections, now is the time to ask all of your burning questions. Reach out today – I’m happy to give you more information and book you in for a consultation.