How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections are a cosmetic injectable designed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. They do this 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 work to relax the relevant muscle.
When injected into the desired area, the product temporarily disrupts nerve activity, causing muscle paralysis and restricting movement. Without this continuous muscle movement, the skin can rebuild underlying structures that help prevent ageing and result in a fresh and youthful appearance.
Benefits of anti-wrinkle injections
In addition to reducing wrinkles and reversing signs of age, anti-wrinkle injections offer patients a number of other benefits, including:
- Prevent the formation of wrinkles: With anti-wrinkle injections, you can stop signs of age before they even appear.
- Achieve a rested appearance: Repetitive facial movements lead to static lines that make a face look tired and weary. Wrinkle relaxers soften these lines to create a more restful look.
- No downtime required: Anti-wrinkle injections can be administered in as little as 15 minutes, after which you can immediately resume your normal activities.
- Temporary results: If you’re new to the world of cosmetic injections, rest assured that wrinkle relaxer results don’t last forever, so if you are unhappy with your results, they will fade in time.
- Look younger in just a few days: Wrinkle relaxers take just a few days to kick in, so you can enjoy a more youthful appearance in a matter of days.
What to expect
As wrinkle relaxer is 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 cosmetic physician will assess your natural facial expressions and movements to determine which cosmetic injections are best for you.
Before injecting your wrinkle relaxers, your physician 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. Anti-wrinkle injections may sting for a few seconds, but most patients describe it as quick and painless. You can expect the treatment to take around 15 to 30 minutes to complete, after which you are free to resume your daily activities.
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 around two to three days after treatment, with final results visible at around two weeks. Keep in mind that wrinkle relaxant results are only temporary: you can expect the effects to last for 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. Regardless, regular treatments will help maintain your results and, over time, many patients find that they can go longer between touch-up appointments.
Risks and Complications
All cosmetic treatments involve both positive and negative outcomes and carry certain medical risks which will impact your 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 relaxant is best at treating dynamic facial lines; those caused by facial muscle activity, lines present at rest may or may not improve and can be unpredictable
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you are concerned by the appearance of facial wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections offer an effective solution. Most healthy individuals are suitable candidates for wrinkle relaxers, provided that you have realistic expectations of what the treatment can achieve.
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:
2 weeks before treatment
- Avoid excess sun exposure in the treatment area
1 week before treatment
- Avoid any medications or supplements that thin the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, omega fatty acids and vitamin E
5 days before treatment
- Do not use any skincare products that contain AHA’s, vitamin A (retinol), enzymes or scrubs
3 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
2 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, bumping, 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
- 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. Most patients compare the feeling of anti-wrinkle injections to a quick prick. You may feel a slight pinching sensation; however, this only lasts for a few seconds. Ultimately, whether or not 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; for example, if you are unhappy with your results, know that they will eventually go away. After your initial treatment, you can expect to return to Inigo Cosmetic for top-up treatments every three to four months.
If injected correctly, anti-wrinkle injections should never lead to a frozen appearance. Wrinkle relaxers are not designed to remove facial expressions and instead aim to soften those lines caused by excessive facial expressions from smiling, frowning, or squinting. While the treatment does paralyse your muscles, it will not make you feel numb. Wrinkle relaxers will only ever lead to a frozen appearance if your injector uses far too much product. This is why you should only ever be treated by an experienced cosmetic injector who can accurately judge the size of your muscles to determine how many units of anti-wrinkle are needed.
The right amount of wrinkle relaxer is different for everyone and will depend on the area treated and the specific product used. We recommend booking a consultation at Inigo Cosmetic so that we can examine 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, a rising number of patients are choosing to undergo anti-wrinkle treatments as a preventative measure, meaning that some patients are as young as their early 20s. Other patients choose to wait until they are bothered by the appearance of wrinkles. If you’d like to learn more about whether anti-wrinkle treatments are a suitable option for you, we’d love to see you at Inigo Cosmetic for a consultation.
While anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler are both highly popular cosmetic injectable treatments designed to reduce signs of age, they work in completely different ways to achieve very different results. Wrinkle relaxers work to minimise the appearance of wrinkles by blocking muscle movement and are best suited to lines on the upper half of the face. However, keep in mind that anti-wrinkle results may take up to 14 days to appear. On the other hand, dermal fillers aim to add structure and volume, usually to the lower half of the face, and offer immediate results.
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 different anti-wrinkle products from various well-known brands. If you’d like more information, we can talk freely about your options during a consultation.