The ageing process makes itself known in our skin far earlier than we’d like to believe. During our 20s, we stop producing a protein in our skin called collagen which is essential to skin laxity, firmness, and plumpness. During our 30s, our collagen levels begin a slow and unrelenting decline, sapping volume and bounce from our skin. This causes it to thin and lose its structure so that wrinkles develop in particularly expressive areas. If you’ve been seeking answers to your questions, look no further than our guide to anti-wrinkle injections!
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are a line softening treatment that use a medically regulated toxin to target expressive areas. They are approved for clinical use in 78 countries, with over 6 million treatments being administered every year. Their medical use continues to grow, as well as their aesthetic uses, so their potential is limitless.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Fine lines and wrinkles appear in expressive areas of the face during periods of expression and movement. Because the skin has thinned with age, certain expression and muscles contract to crease the surface, prematurely ageing us. Injecting this medical toxin into the over-expressive muscles relaxes them and stops them from moving as aggressively beneath the surface of the skin. In turn, the skin is creased less, and these fine lines are smoothed. Injections too liberally applied results in a ‘frozen’ appearance, though a skilled practitioner will still allow for natural expression to shine through with visible wrinkles diminished.
Which areas of the face do anti-wrinkle injections treat?
Typically, over-expressive muscles that cause wrinkles are found in the upper-face. Anti-wrinkle injections, therefore, are used to treat primarily the eyes and forehead. Frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet are common areas of concern for clients that are seeking facial rejuvenation, and anti-wrinkle injections are exceptionally effective here. Even a diminished brow arc or drooping eyebrow can be uplifted with a targeted injection.
Can they treat hyperhidrosis and excessive sweating?
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a prime example of how anti-wrinkle injections have breached the gap between aesthetics and medical sciences. While they treat the signs of ageing in the face, they also help lessen localised excessive sweating in targeted areas. For example, the under-arms and hair line can sweat profusely and often make those affected feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Multiple targeted injections of the toxin stop the overactive sweat glands and muscles from producing too much sweat, achieving a greater quality of life and comfort for those seeking relief.
What about treating teeth clenching and bruxism?
Teeth clenching, or bruxism, occurs sometimes subconsciously in periods of stress, sleep, or just force of habit. The muscles in the jaw work over-time, pushing your teeth together and often causing knock-on effects such as jaw pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. Not only clenching, but sometimes these muscles spasm and could lock, threatening your jaw health. Precise injections of the medical toxin stop these muscles from contracting as aggressively and are best effective when used in conjunction with a dental splint and other treatments.
Are there side effects to anti-wrinkle injections?
There are some side effects that are entirely common and natural. For example, temporary bruising at the injection sites where the needle was inserted is entirely normal and should subside with 2 days or so. Some clients do experience headaches and flu-like symptoms post-treatment, too. These side effects tend to only last between 1-2 days and are a little rarer than bruising, though they are still widely recognised and natural.
Anti-wrinkle injections are versatile, always evolving, and available right here in Devon with Falmouth Facial Aesthetics. If you’re considering this treatment, get in touch today on 07377 674848 or enquire online to book your initial consultation.