At a Glance
Do you want to reverse the signs of ageing, but aren’t quite interested in a surgical procedure? Don’t worry – you don’t have to go under the knife to enhance your looks. You just need anti-wrinkle injections.
The use of anti-wrinkle injections to treat facial wrinkles has revolutionised the facial rejuvenation field and now complements the full range of facial surgical procedures.
Treating facial wrinkles with botulinum toxin is the most common application. Botulinum toxin is a muscle relaxant which helps to remove wrinkles. Patients with sad or tired eyes and angry facial expressions can now be treated which creates a more youthful and revitalised look. It is a neuromodulator, which works by blocking the normal flow of nerve impulses to muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting, which smoothes out facial wrinkles.
Patients who are considering this procedure include those who have:
- Mild wrinkling of the face
- Wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including the forehead, between and around the eyes
- Realistic expectations as to what anti-wrinkle injections can do
In addition, you should be physically healthy with no pre-existing medical conditions. Anti-wrinkle injections can be injected into a variety of facial areas to treat many different types of wrinkles. These include:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Periocular wrinkles
- Lines around the mouth
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
No formal preparation is needed for anti-ageing injections, but you will have to stop any medications that prolong bleeding, including aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You will also be required to quit smoking at least four weeks prior to the anti-ageing injections in order to get the best possible outcome.
During anti-wrinkle injections, patients sit in an elevated position and the area to be treated is cleansed with Hibiscrub. It is then injected into the desired sites. Usually, the surgeon will inject four or five sites on each side of the forehead and two or three sites around each eye. Ultimately, the number of injections will depend on the type of wrinkles and the desired effect.
When bleeding occurs after treatment, your doctor will put pressure or ice on the area to slow or stop the bleeding.
While you will have minimal downtime after your facial filler injections, you may experience redness, itching and swelling. To minimise these symptoms, in the first 24 hour period you should avoid:
- Strenuous exercise and activity
- Excessive sun
- Exposure to heat
- Alcohol consumption
Most patients will experience no symptoms after the anti-wrinkle injections. If you do experience swelling, placing an ice pack on the affected area can help.
How long will the anti wrinkle injections last?The injections can last for up to one year.
Do the injections hurt?There is very slight pinch during the injection with little or no discomfort.
Are anti wrinkle injectables safe?When administered by a qualified surgeon in an accredited facility is very safe.
How do anti wrinkle injections work?The injection blocks nerve impulses causing muscle relaxation. This reduces wrinkles and makes the skin look more youthful and healthier.
What will the recovery period be like?There is minimal recovery time associated with this procedure, as it is non-surgical. However, it is normal to experience some redness, swelling and itching.
Within the first 24 hours, it is important to avoid excess sun and heat exposure, strenuous physical activity and alcohol consumption.
How long will the treatment last?It differs from person to person. It is dependent on how many units are injected (more units = longer effect), the strength of the muscles, and each person’s own unique chemical makeup. The muscle-relaxing effects should be expected to last anywhere from three to five months.
How soon will I notice the results?It does not work immediately. It can take a few days for you to start noticing the relaxation effect. The muscles then continue to relax for several more days after that. You won’t see the full effect for two weeks.
Are there any side effects?Side effects are very rare. Very minor bruising and swelling and sometimes a headache is experienced.