Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat several ageing concerns. Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines.
What are anti-wrinkle injections and how are they used?
Anti-wrinkle injections often referred to by the Allergan brand name and contain tiny amounts of a highly purified neurotoxin protein, which is refined from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. These injections help to temporarily relax certain muscles in the face, smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It is one of the UK’s most popular cosmetic treatments and usually has to be repeated every 3 to 4 months for maintenance. This treatment can also be used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Do anti-wrinkle injections hurt?
The discomfort experienced is minimal as a very fine needle is used. No local anaesthetic is required. Any small bumps at the site of injection usually resolve within 30 minutes, with no significant downtime.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
There will be a noticeable difference in the appearance of wrinkles within 3 to 5 days, with the maximal effect at two weeks. The results with anti-wrinkle injections typically last 3 to 4 months, but they can last longer with ongoing treatment.
What could go wrong if you get anti-wrinkle injections?
Most side effects of anti-wrinkle injections are usually temporary and restricted to the area of injection. Common side effects include redness, bruising, swelling and headache. Rarely there can be drooping (ptosis) of the eyebrow or eyelid, with possible double vision which is very rare.
You will receive a thorough consultation with Dr Wyman Chan who will discuss any questions you might have, as well as put together an appropriate treatment plan. If anti-wrinkle injections are performed you will be given aftercare advice to follow.
How much do anti-wrinkle injections cost?
This depends on how many units are injected. The number of units you'll need will depend on how active your muscles are and the degree of wrinkling. The price for a single area (e.g. crow's feet) is typically around £200 with people having up to three areas treated in one session (i.e. the upper face).