As we age, the body’s ability to produce collagen decreases and the face starts to lose its youthful look and wrinkles appear. Anti-wrinkle treatments can provide a subtle but effective solution to keep the skin looking younger and smooth.
Anti-wrinkle treatments can revitalise the appearance of the face. Frown lines, crow’s feet and worry lines are the result of various facial expressions or muscular contractions repeated over many years. Young skin is more elastic so these wrinkles disappear as the facial expressions relax. But as we age so our skin loses its elasticity and these wrinkles become more pronounced. Muscle-relaxer injections are designed to effectively treat these types of wrinkles and to give the skin a more supple and youthful appearance.
In the past, we had no choice but to submit to the ageing process. Crow’s feet, discolouration, wrinkles and blotched and sagging skin were all things that could not be avoided; we just had to accept them and let them happen. Not anymore; nowadays we have a choice.
More and more people are turning to anti-wrinkle injections to combat the ageing process; in particular, the ageing of their facial skin. Our skin cells maintain their structure using chains of protein known as collagen. As we age, the body becomes less effective at producing collagen and therefore the skin starts to lose its natural glow, vitality and youthful plumpness.
Combine this with the wear and tear that facial skin endures as part of everyday life, and you have the recipe for skin, which – if left untreated – will start to display the signs of ageing sooner rather than later.
Fortunately, anti-wrinkle injections can help. Read on for more information about this simple, straightforward but remarkably effective treatment.
You’ve probably heard of anti-wrinkle injections as a way to combat the ageing of skin. These injections have been around for approximately 40 years and have a proven track record in providing excellent results to users. But how do they work?
The injections are delivered via a small needle under the skin, which means that the agent is injected directly into the affected area, usually the brow, forehead and around the eyes.
Once injected beneath the skin, the agent restricts muscular contraction, ensuring the muscles contract only at a normal rate and do not contract excessively. This smooths fine to medium wrinkles, and prevents wrinkles from deepening due to smiling, frowning or other contractions of the facial muscles.
Unfortunately, anti-wrinkle injections like these cannot help with deeper creases, more extreme folds and wrinkles in the facial skin. A course of skin resurfacing is usually required to tackle these more intense lines. Click here to learn more about these treatments.
Anti-wrinkle injections are gentle, non-surgical treatments that will take place in a clinic or day centre, so you won’t need to spend any time in hospital post-treatment and instead you can recover at your own pace in your own home.
No anaesthetic is required, as the procedure is a low-intensity one. Some patients may choose to use ice or a very mild, topical anaesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment, but many patients choose to utilise no anaesthetic at all.
The practitioner will administer the injections for a period of around 30 minutes, and will target the relevant areas you discussed during your consultation. After this you will be free to leave the clinic.
Most patients report feeling completely normal again within 24 hours after treatment, and are able to return to work almost immediately. During the recovery time, you may experience some soreness or bruising, and rare cases of some side effects that include drooping skin, allergic reactions and infections occur.
While these are uncommon, you are requested to contact Dr Shahidi immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
The treatment should remain effective for 3 to 4 months, after which time you may need to schedule another appointment. Before you leave the clinic, a member of our team will brief you on what measures you need to take to ensure the best post-treatment results. You may not notice any results immediately, as it usually takes between 4 and 10 days for the injections to really begin to take effect.