There are two types of lines or wrinkles that occur on the skin. The first to occur are called dynamic lines. These are wrinkles formed as a result of movement of a muscle. When we are young and our skins have a sufficient amount of collagen and hyaluronic acid, this muscle movement only creates a temporary wrinkle on the skin and as soon as the muscle movement stops the wrinkle disappears.
Unfortunately, as we get older our skins begin to naturally lack collagen and hyaluronic acid as any stores are broken down and new production of these substances stops. As a result, the muscle movement starts to form a visible wrinkle on the skin even after the muscle movement stops and this is then called a ‘static’ wrinkle.
The areas that can be treated:
There are also muscles on the face, neck and chest that can be injected to change the shape of the face to create a ‘lifting effect’ on the lower face, jawline and corners of the mouth as well as raising the outer portion of the eyebrows. These treatments are covered in the section NON SURGICAL FACIAL RESHAPING.
Anti-Wrinkle treatments involve the use of Botulinum Toxin A. This is a natural protein that is released by a bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum and we all know the potential nasty effects of this protein when it is released in large quantities after the bacteria is ingested – a condition known as ‘Botulism’. Botulism is a serious condition because the protein is what they call a ‘neurotoxin’ i.e. it affects the nerves and can at its worst cause paralysis of the body where excessive quantities have affected the body’s nervous system.
Botulinum Toxin A was isolated by scientists over 5 decades ago and since then it has been a recognised method of treating many conditions including migraines, muscle spasms in cerebral palsy and strokes, jaw clenching (known as Bruxism), excessive sweating (known as Hyperhidrosis), involuntary muscle contractions and just recently irritable bladder syndrome. Its effects as a neurotoxin, ultimately led to its effective use in many recognised medical conditions. When injected in specific diluted doses its effects are predictable and easily controlled.
When injected into a muscle it works as a temporary block to the transfer of impulses from the brain to the muscle via nerves. This stops the muscle from contracting so strongly and acts as a muscle relaxant to prevent a wrinkle, crease, groove or bulge on the skin.
Anti-Wrinkle injections reduce or stop the muscle movement that causes a dynamic wrinkle and can therefore, when started early enough, prevent the formation of static wrinkles on the skin.
Some early signs of static wrinkles can be eliminated by using Anti-Wrinkle injections but even if a wrinkle persists it can be treated further and improved if not eliminated by the additional use of Dermal Fillers, Hydrating Textural Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Skin Dermal Needling, Laser Genesis and Microdermabrasion.
Yes, this treatment does involve the use of tiny little needles and there is a very small amount of discomfort involved with the injection. But trust me, it is worth it and the minimal discomfort is over in an instant!
It is extremely rare to get any bruising from the injection but try not to take any medications or natural supplements for a day or so before the treatment that might encourage bruising e.g. Nurofen, Aspirin and Fish Oils. You can put makeup on immediately after and no one would even know that you are one of the millions of people enjoying the benefits of this treatment right now all over the world! You can go right back to what you were doing be it work or play!
The Anti-Wrinkle effect from Botulinum Toxin A injections occurs 2-3 days after the injection and reaches its peak effect after about 10-14 days. The effect lasts a few months gradually wearing off from around 2 months onwards. It is advisable to repeat the anti-wrinkle injections every 3 months to achieve the best results otherwise the full effects will usually wear off after 4-6 months depending on the dose used and the area injected.
Anti-Wrinkle Treatments are performed by Cosmetic Doctors and Cosmetic Nurses.
Note that each Standard unit injected contains 1 x B unit OR 1 x X unit OR 2.5 x D units. Unfortunately, due to government restrictions on advertising, we cannot mention the specific names of these products.