How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections are a cosmetic injectable designed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by blocking chemical signals between the nerve and the target muscle. Due to Australian guidelines, we cannot specify the brand names of products used in our clinic. What we can tell you is that wrinkle relaxers are made up of proteins that are designed to relax the relevant muscle.
When injected into the desired area, the product aims to temporarily disrupt nerve activity, to cause muscle paralysis and restrict movement. Without this continuous muscle movement, the skin can usually rebuild underlying structures that help to limit the signs of ageing.
Objectives of ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS
- Help minimise the formation of wrinkles
- Appearing ‘rested’.
- No downtime required: Anti-wrinkle injections can usually be administered in as little as 15 minutes, after which you can usually resume your normal activities.
- Temporary results: Wrinkle relaxer results don’t last forever; they will fade
- Results in several days: Wrinkle relaxers may take a few days to kick in.
What to expect
As wrinkle relaxer are a prescribed medication, only a qualified medical practitioner can administer your injections. As such, you will need to come in for a consultation before any cosmetic injectable treatment. Your consultation at Inigo Cosmetic Brisbane provides an opportunity for you to discuss your aesthetic concerns, and your treating nurse or doctor will assess your natural facial expressions and movements, to determine which cosmetic injections are best for you.
Before injecting your wrinkle relaxers, the treating nurse or doctor may apply a topical anaesthetic to your treatment areas, to keep you comfortable during the procedure. They will then inject the muscle relaxant just below the surface of the skin and into the target muscle, using a very fine needle. You can expect the treatment to take around 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
Your anti-wrinkle results
Keep in mind that you will not notice the results of your anti-wrinkle injections immediately after treatment. You can expect results to kick in sometime after two-to three-days, with results visible at around two weeks. Keep in mind that wrinkle relaxant results are only temporary; you can expect the effects to last up to three-to-four months, although this can vary from patient to patient. Patients with muscular physiques may require more frequent treatments, with more units of anti-wrinkle relaxer. Regardless, regular treatments may help maintain your results and over time, many patients find that they can go longer between touch-up appointments.
Risks and Complications of anti-wrinkle injections
All cosmetic treatments involve both positive and negative outcomes and carry certain medical risks, which may impact your health & well-being. The known risks and complications associated with muscle relaxants are listed below:
- Transient headache
- Swelling, bruising, bleeding, pain, twitching, itching, puffiness/oedema around the eyes, or numbness or other changes in sensation
- Asymmetry (unevenness)
- Temporary drooping of facial features, including eyebrows, cheeks, and mouth; – occurs in two percent of cases and could last three weeks
- Dry eyes
- Double or blurred vision
- Allergy including anaphylaxis is possible, but very rare
- Occasionally the treatment wears off very quickly, or does not work at all
- Muscle relaxants are best at treating dynamic facial lines; those caused by facial muscle activity, or lines present at rest, may or may not improve.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you are concerned by the appearance of facial wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections may offer an effective solution. Generally, most healthy individuals are suitable candidates for wrinkle relaxers, provided that you have realistic expectations of what the treatment can achieve and that you are in good mental and physical health.
Of course, there are some exceptions to this. Anti-wrinkle injections may not be suitable for those with allergies to product ingredients, an active skin infection, or a recent viral or bacterial infection. If you have Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome, wrinkle relaxers also may not be a suitable treatment. In addition, cosmetic injectables are not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please also let your physician know if you have had a COVID-19 vaccination in the last two weeks.
Before your anti-wrinkle injections, there are a few things you should do to prepare your skin. This may include:
Two weeks before treatment
- Avoid excess sun exposure in the treatment area
One week before treatment
- Avoid any medications or supplements that thin the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, omega fatty acids and vitamin E
Five days before treatment
- Do not use any skincare products that contain AHA’s, vitamin A (retinol), enzymes or scrubs
Three days before treatment
- Do not exfoliate, wax, or remove hair in the treatment area
- If you are prone to cold sores, speak to your doctor about taking prophylactic medication
Two days before treatment
- Stay as hydrated as possible
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- We also ask that you arrive at your appointment wearing no makeup, skincare lotions or SPF.
Following your anti-wrinkle treatment, you may experience some swelling, bumps, redness, bruising and itching. You may also develop a mild-to-moderate headache after treatment. These side effects are usually mild and should resolve within a few days.
To ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible, we advise that you follow the below aftercare instructions:
- Remain upright and avoid touching the treatment area for six hours after treatment
- Do not wear a tight cap or garment in the treatment area for 12 hours after treatment
- Avoid strenuous exercise and heat (such as from saunas, hot showers, and LED light) for 24 hours after treatment
- Do not use any skincare product containing AHA’s, vitamin A (retinol), enzymes or scrubs for 48 hours after treatment
- Do not massage the treatment area for a minimum of two weeks
- Unless prescribed by the clinic, do not undergo any peels, IPL, laser, or other facial treatments for two weeks after treatment
- Aim to be gentle when cleansing the treatment area
- If pain relief is required, use paracetamol instead of aspirin or ibuprofen
Pain is subjective – everyone feels things differently. You may feel a slight stinging sensation; however, this should only last for a few seconds. Ultimately, whether you find wrinkle relaxer injections painful will depend on your own personal pain tolerance and the specific area treated.
No, anti-wrinkle injections are not permanent. The product will eventually wear off and the nerves will be able to send chemical signals to the muscles once more. This can be a good thing, as you know from the start that the results will eventually diminish, then disappear.
Anti-wrinkle injections should not usually lead to a frozen appearance. Wrinkle relaxers are not designed to remove facial expressions and instead aim to minimise lines caused by facial expressions such as smiling, frowning or squinting. You should only ever be treated by an experienced cosmetic injector, who can determine the optimal units of anti-wrinkle product for your unique requirements.
The right amount of wrinkle relaxer is different for everyone and will depend on the area being treated and the specific product used. We recommend booking a consultation at Inigo Cosmetic so that one of registered nurses or doctors can access your face and discuss in detail how many units of product may be needed to meet your aesthetic goals.
There is no right or wrong age to start getting anti-wrinkle injections. While you do not need wrinkle relaxers if you don’t have any wrinkles, some patients are choosing to undergo anti-wrinkle treatments as a preventative measure. Other patients choose to wait until they are concerned by the appearance of wrinkles. If you’d like to learn more about whether anti-wrinkle treatments are a suitable option for you, we recommend booking a consultation in with one of our registered nurses or doctors here at Inigo Cosmetic.
Whilst both anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler are popular cosmetic injectable treatments, designed to reduce signs of age, they work in completely different ways to achieve very different results. Wrinkle relaxers aim to minimise the appearance of wrinkles by blocking muscle movement and are best suited to lines on the upper-half of the face.
Due to Australian advertising guidelines, we are prohibited from publishing the brand names of anti-wrinkle injections. At Inigo Cosmetic Brisbane, we use a range of anti-wrinkle products from various well-known brands. If you’d like more information, we can talk freely about your options during a consultation.