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ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS

The face of ageing is changing. With the rapid rise of injectables, many more patients are searching for ways to look younger without the risks and downtime associated with plastic surgery. Although we can’t stop the clock on ageing, we have the power to slow it down and achieve a fresh, well-rested look that is subtle yet incredibly effective.

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to treat unwanted lines in the upper face. Besides their benefits as an anti-ageing treatment, these injections are also utilised to reshape and recontour the face. They are particularly popular among Asian patients for their ability to reduce the bulk of the masseter muscles to thin the face and create a narrower, more feminine jawline.

What Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

When you look into a mirror and smile, you may see lines forming around your eyes. You might also notice lines when you furrow your brows in thought or raise your eyebrows in surprise. Now what happens when you stop making that expression?

We call those creases ‘dynamic’ lines because they appear when the face is in motion. In our younger years, dynamic lines disappear when we stop making an expression, leaving our face smooth and creaseless at rest. But as we grow older, making the same expressions year after year, our dynamic lines may stop their disappearing act. They become ‘static’ lines, which means we can see them even when our facial muscles are relaxed.

Anti-wrinkle injections inhibit the movement of overactive muscles, which minimises the appearance of dynamic wrinkles while reducing the development of permanent static lines.

How Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Work?

Anti-wrinkle injections contain a powerful neurotoxin derived from a bacterium. All brands of anti-wrinkle injections use a version of this neurotoxin, and although they each have a slightly different formulation, they work in essentially the same way.

When injected, the neurotoxin blocks the nerve impulses that tell the treated muscle to move. Without these signals, the muscle stays in a resting state and cannot create creases in the skin. The relaxation lasts until the signals recover and are once again able to communicate with the muscle.

What Can Be Treated With Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

As the name suggests, anti-wrinkle injections are frequently used to minimise the appearance of wrinkles, primarily in the following areas:

  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Vertical glabella lines between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet

But that’s not all these versatile injectables can do. The same neurotoxin can also be used to:

  • Elevate the brows
  • ‘Flip’ the upper lip
  • Reduce dimpling of the chin
  • Slim the jawline
  • Lift the mouth corners
  • Reduce bunny lines on the nose
  • Correct a gummy smile
  • Treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Reduce vertical neck bands

Who Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections For?

Anti-wrinkle injections can be effective for any skin type or colour, provided the patient is in good health generally and has realistic expectations of the aesthetic outcome. Many patients start in their 30s or 40s, when they’re noticing more pronounced wrinkles and want to stop them from becoming deep-set. Patients in their 20s may choose to have ‘preventative’ injections if they are at an elevated risk of developing premature wrinkles due to genetics or lifestyle.

There is no upper age limit for anti-wrinkle injections. Women and men in their 60s and beyond enjoy the refreshed and rested look they can get from combining anti-wrinkle injections with complementary nonsurgical treatments or a surgical procedure like a facelift or brow lift.

How Are Anti-Wrinkle Injection Treatments Performed?

Our clinic is led by four experienced medical professionals, including two specialist plastic surgeons, one aesthetic physician and one dermatopathologist. Together, the AF Aesthetics team has more than 50 years of experience in the industry. Their advanced understanding of facial anatomy and aesthetics in both women and men means they can achieve a look that is youthful and rejuvenated yet natural.

Your Sydney anti-wrinkle injections treatment will begin with a private consultation. This part of the appointment will include a full facial assessment as well as a discussion of your concerns and goals and the creation of a custom treatment plan. The treatment can commence after the consultation.

The injections themselves are a relatively quick process. Your doctor will use a cannula or fine needle to inject the neurotoxin into the targeted facial muscles. While the treatment time depends on the size and location of the treatment area, a typical injection session takes approximately 15 minutes.

What Is the Expected Recovery After Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Before you leave the AF Aesthetics clinic, we will provide you with comprehensive post-treatment care advice and the option to schedule a follow-up appointment to assess the results of your treatment. You will not be required to take time off work or school and may resume most daily activities immediately. However, we do recommend that you do not rub the treated area, perform vigorous exercise, drink alcohol or expose yourself to extreme temperatures for 24 hours post-treatment.

How Long Does It Take for Anti-Wrinkle Injections to Work?

Anti-wrinkle injections can be effective for any skin type or colour, provided the patient is in good health generally and has realistic expectations of the aesthetic outcome. Many patients start in their 30s or 40s, when they’re noticing more pronounced wrinkles and want to stop them from becoming deep-set. Patients in their 20s may choose to have ‘preventative’ injections if they are at an elevated risk of developing premature wrinkles due to genetics or lifestyle.

There is no upper age limit for anti-wrinkle injections. Women and men in their 60s and beyond enjoy the refreshed and rested look they can get from combining anti-wrinkle injections with complementary nonsurgical treatments or a surgical procedure like a facelift or brow lift.

How Long Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Last?

The results from an anti-wrinkle treatment are long-lasting but not permanent. As the toxin wears off, normal muscle movement will gradually return, as will your wrinkles. Touch-up treatments are required every three to four months to maintain your improvements.

More Laughter, Fewer Lines — the Beauty of Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Anti-wrinkle injections are on the frontline of nonsurgical anti-ageing treatments. Our experienced doctors aim to create a natural-looking reduction in lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a softer and refreshed appearance that doesn’t inhibit expression.

Going far beyond what’s available in a standard beauty or spa environment, the medical rejuvenation and anti-ageing treatments available at AF Aesthetics allow your skin to look its best at every stage of life. The first step is requesting your initial anti-wrinkle injection consultation, where we will discuss the goals you hope to achieve and create a personalised treatment plan. Please contact us via our website or phone us directly on 8004 3323.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Do anti-wrinkle injections hurt?

Generally speaking, this treatment is not very painful and can be well-tolerated with no anaesthetic. The ‘pinch’ sensation of the needle is only felt temporarily, particularly when a skilled doctor is administering the injections. Ice or a topical anaesthetic can be used to minimise discomfort.

Are anti-wrinkle injections safe?

Although the word ‘toxin’ might sound intimidating, anti-wrinkle injections have a strong safety track record. They have undergone many years of clinical testing and research, and serious adverse events are uncommon. According to a 2005 study, only 36 serious adverse effects associated with the cosmetic use of anti-wrinkle injections were reported to the US FDA in a period of 14 years.

Anti-wrinkle injections vs. fillers — what is the difference?

Anti-wrinkle injections treat dynamic lines by relaxing the muscles that cause them. Injectable dermal fillers treat static lines by ‘filling in’ the creases and folds. Both treatments achieve a more youthful facial profile, but they do so using different ingredients and methods. A treatment plan that combines fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can yield a dramatically refreshed expression.