With the popularity of anti-wrinkle injections growing every year, perhaps you're considering taking the plunge yourself and seeing what all the fuss is about. Maybe you've noticed a few new lines around your eyes, mouth, neck or forehead and want to understand your options for reducing their appearance. Or perhaps you're considering anti-wrinkle injections as a preventative measure to reduce wrinkle and line formation in the future.
But, how do you decide whether anti-wrinkle injections are for you? And what should you look for in a specialised dermatology clinic to ensure the very best results? We have all your questions answered with this handy guide on anti-wrinkle injections at any age. So let's dive in!
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Let's get the basics out of the way. Anti-wrinkle injections utilise the power of a substance known as botulinum toxin type A to gently relax specific muscles. The botulinum toxin is a protein sourced from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and sold under several different brand names. It works by blocking the chemical signals of certain nerves and in doing so prevents the skin from creasing and producing wrinkles.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat:
- Expression lines - frown and surprise lines on foreheads
- "Crow's feet" around the eyes
- Lines on the throat
- Lines on the top of the nose
- Lipstick lines or smoker's lines
- Dimples on the chin
- Gummy smile
- Square jawlines
What can be achieved with anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkles injections were first made available in the late 1980s. Largely the domain of the uber-rich, anti-wrinkle injection devotees sought this remedy with hopes of freezing time and retaining a youthful appearance. But the results were grossly unnatural and the media had a field day with shocking before and after photos. Results showed well-known stars that were suddenly unrecognisable, faces that were frozen and completely emotionless. The public responded with equal measures of pity and mocking and eschewed any thought of using the procedure themselves.
Thankfully, a great deal has changed over the last few decades. If you've been concerned about the "frozen face" look, rest assured that our anti-wrinkle injections soften fine lines and wrinkles but will retain your beautiful, natural expression lines. Injections revitalise the appearance of your skin so you also look more refreshed, healthy and well-rested.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?
When treated by qualified professionals, most patients will have minimal to no side effects. Side effects may include:
- A localised pain in the injection site
- Reddening and discolouration of the skin
- Ptosis or drooping of the eyelid and brow. (Extremely rare)
These relatively minor side-effects occur in some patients but resolve quickly, without risk of permanent damage.
How long do they last?
The effect of your anti-wrinkle injections will last 3-4 months and in some cases as long as 6-12 months. To find out more about how to extend the effects of your anti-wrinkle injections, please speak with one of our friendly, qualified team members today.
Who can benefit from anti-wrinkle injections?
Offering natural-looking results that have people asking, "Have they or haven't they?" anti-wrinkle injections have never been so popular. This fast, safe and relatively painless procedure has seen demand increase across every age group.
Treatments are available from the very first signs of ageing:
- In your 20s, the first signs of ageing often occur with faint lines across your foreheads. You may also notice sagging skin around the eyes and chin.
- Then, in your 30s, you may notice your face starting to look more tired and less radiant. You may have noticed "crow's feet" around the eyes, especially if you have experienced sun damage in your younger years. The two lines between your eyebrows, sometimes referred to as the "11s", can start to develop and become more prominent.
- Once you hit your 40s, you'll often see deepening smile lines around lips, more noticeable forehead wrinkles and crow's feet.
- Moving into your 50s and 60s, deep wrinkle formation may start to set in. At this age, a combination of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers and/or chemical peels may be recommended to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of age spots.
Anti-wrinkle injections are increasingly considered to be an effective way to ward off the more noticeable, deeper lines that come later in life. Treatment at younger ages also requires fewer injections and can produce spectacular results. Patients in their 30s and 40s remain the most popular age group for anti-wrinkle injections producing fantastic results in relatively few sessions. Clients in their 50s and 60s may be recommended other treatments such as dermal fillers and chemical peels to achieve the smooth, refreshed looks they're seeking.
Can I get anti-wrinkle injections when I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Anti-wrinkle injections are considered extremely safe, however as clinical studies cannot be ethically performed on this cohort, we advise against these procedures until after the baby is born and breastfeeding has ceased.
What questions should I ask a clinic in regards to anti-wrinkle injections?
- Firstly, ensure your practitioner is a certified, qualified professional medical practitioner.
- Arrange a consultation before committing to having anti-wrinkle injectables.
- Request a treatment plan to discuss how much work you might need, costs and how often you'll need to return.
- Give yourself a few days to think about your consultation before booking your appointment.