Anti-wrinkle injections are the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the world.
They are the go-to skin treatment for fine lines that are made worse by movement (also known as dynamic lines) and that appear in the skin as a natural sign of ageing.
Anti-wrinkle injections help to soften dynamic lines on the forehead and around the eyes, leaving your skin looking brighter, smoother, and less tired.
The procedure is safe and effective with no down time, allowing you to go about your day with little interruption. The results of anti-wrinkle injections generally last three to four months.
If you’re wondering whether anti-wrinkle injections might be right for you, here’s everything you need to know.
What areas can be treated with anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat several facial areas.
They are effective for targeting frown lines, forehead lines, and smile lines (also known as ‘crow’s feet’).
They can also be used in a lateral brow lift, a non-invasive procedure that improves the droopiness of skin in the upper eye area.
Other areas that anti-wrinkle injections can treat are:
- Nose lines (‘bunny lines’)
- Upper and lower lip lines
- Eversion of the upper lip
- Gummy smiles
- Crinkled or dimpling chins
- Masseters (jaw muscles/jaw lines)
- Some facial asymmetries, such as Bell’s palsy.
Are anti-wrinkle injections suitable for everyone?
If you are pregnant, breast feeding, allergic to the injection or infected at the site of injection, the procedure will not be suitable for you.
Any other contraindications are rare.
Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?
Anti-wrinkle injections are very safe.
The procedure has been performed by medical experts since the 1960s. They were first used by ophthalmologists to correct eye lid spasms, who subsequently noticed that the treatment also reduced frown lines.
Since then, anti-wrinkle injections have been used to treat various medical conditions, including muscle spasms in children with cerebral palsy, as well as in cosmetic applications.
Are anti-wrinkle injections painful?
Anti-wrinkle injections are performed with a very fine needle. You will feel a tiny sting, but the sensation is minimal compared to a blood test or vaccination.
Are there any complications with anti-wrinkle injections?
In the hands of an experienced professional, complications are rare.
Poor facial assessment, poor injection technique or aberrant facial anatomy are the most common reasons for complications.
Even in these cases, the complications are short-lived and will usually resolve as the injections wear off.
At Bass Coast Skin Doctors, anti-wrinkle injections are always performed by an experienced skin doctor, so complications are very rare.
What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers?
Anti-wrinkle injections partially paralyse muscles, which results in the smoothing of dynamic lines (lines created by movement).
Dermal fillers volumise a hollow, softening static lines (lines with no movement) or facial depressions. Fixing a facial depression may also result in the lifting of skin around or below the area filled, such as jowls.
Will anti-wrinkle injections make me look frozen or unnatural?
It depends on the effect you’re looking for.
At Bass Coast Skin Doctors, we generally recommend leaving a small amount of movement in the skin as this creates a more natural look.
Whether you prefer more or less movement, however, our skilled doctors can cater to your needs.
Discover if anti-wrinkle injections are right for you
If you’re considering anti-wrinkle injections, our friendly and experienced team can provide more information on the treatment, or answer any questions or concerns you may have.
If anti-wrinkle injections are not the best option for your skin, which is sometimes the case, our expert skin doctors can perform a facial assessment and discuss beneficial and realistic skin treatment options with you.
Keen to find out more? Book a cosmetic consultation at our clinic.