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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Injections to remove frown lines and crows feet. These injections are used in very small doses to immobilise select muscles of the face, the most common being forehead, brow and crows feet. Other areas such as chin or neck may also be suitable. Once the agent has been injected into the muscle, it becomes relaxed and the ‘crinkles’ of the skin lie flat and hence, the wrinkles are softened significantly.

The staff at the Aesthetic Day Surgery will give you a realistic indication of the results you can personally expect from these injections during your initial consultation.

What are Anti Wrinkle injections?
Injections to reduce muscle activity and reduce frown lines and crows feet. It is used in very small doses to immobilise select muscles of the face, the most common being forehead, brow and crows’ feet. Other areas such as chin or neck may also be suitable. Once the injections have been injected into the muscle it becomes relaxed and the ‘crinkles’ of the skin lie flat and hence the wrinkles are softened significantly.

How is the procedure performed?
After a thorough discussion, you may elect to proceed immediately with your treatment. A discussion of your needs, a treatment plan and costing will take place and then treatment can take place.

The skin is numbed with an icy pole to also diminish any potential bruising. The material is injected in several small quantities directly to the muscle with a very fine needle. There is a quick sting, but it is minimal. You will have several small raised blips on the skin. A light amount of makeup without oil may be applied immediately.

Several precautions must be taken on the day of the procedure. No heavy exercise, no lying down for 3-4 hours and no rubbing or massaging the blips in the skin – they will subside within the hour. Muscle movement to the area injected is encouraged as it will cause the muscle to take up the chemical quicker.

What results can I expect?
The injections will relax the furrows of the frown area or the forehead lines or crows feet for up to three and a half to four months on your first treatment. If you repeat the treatment as those muscles start to move in three and a half to four months, your next treatment may last four and a half to five months and the next one, five and a half to six months. Usually by the third treatment you will need injections only twice a year.

How long does the procedure take?
You will receive your treatment in less than thirty minutes, however, unlike cosmetic injections or lip enhancement injections, the results with muscle relaxants may take four to seven days to become fully apparent. Usually patients begin to notice a relaxation of the area with one to two days.

What risks are involved with Anti Wrinkle injections?
As with any procedure, the more skilled the practitioner, the less likely any risks should occur. The primary concern with these injections is the exact placement of the toxin into the appropriate muscle. If incorrect placement rubbing of the area should occur there may be a secondary effect of a heavy brow or droopy lid. This is said to occur in less than 1% of the treatments. If a droop were to occur, it would resolve in less than a couple of weeks. A prescription eye-drop may be appropriate to allow the lid to bounce back up. Minimal bruising may occur particularly to the thin skin the the crows feet area.

Are the Injections suitable for me?
The decision to go ahead with an aesthetic procedure is a very personal one. The first step is a consultation with one of the qualified members of staff at the Aesthetic Day Surgery. Whatever your reasons you should frankly discuss your personal goals and expectations with respect to the outcome of the procedure (both physical and emotional). As with any aesthetic procedure you should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.