Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. As you grow older, your skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. As a result, wrinkles, lines, and creases form in your skin. Anti-Wrinkle injections use a highly purified protein and it is a non-surgical, doctor-administered injection treatment to temporarily reduce moderate to severe expression lines on the face. It works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the injected muscles. These injections relax the tiny facial muscles that cause expression lines, leaving the overlying skin smooth and unwrinkled. Thus the lines gradually smooth out from disuse, and new creases are prevented from forming. Anti-wrinkle injection is used widely for the elimination of ‘Frown Lines’ between the eyebrows, ‘Worry Lines’ or horizontal forehead wrinkles and ‘Crows feet or Smile Lines’ around the eyes. It is also being used to lift the eyebrow (Chemical Brow lift) and open up the eye for a more youthful appearance (Awake Look). Good results are also seen in ‘Gummy Smile’ (excessive show of upper gums during smiling), perioral lines ("smoker’s lips"), and reducing neckbands and chin dimpling or creasing. Another area where this injection has given excellent results is in Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) especially in the underarms, palms, and soles of feet. It reduces sweating in the targeted area for 6-8 months after the treatment. During treatment, very low doses are administered by tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement in the wrinkles. Lines continue to improve for up to a month, and results can last for 4 -5 months or more. If you discontinue treatment, the wrinkle lines gradually will look like they did before treatment. Your Plastic surgeon can help you decide if this treatment is needed for you. They have practices that focus on facial aesthetics, as well as detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and experience of injecting. Injection at wrong place by an untrained person can produce undesired effects. In the amounts used for wrinkle therapy, the most common side effects are temporary and localized to the area of injection. These include soreness or mild bruising, mild headache, and very rarely, developing a heavy eyelid lasting 1-4 weeks, which your doctor may be able to treat with the eye, drops. This injection should not be used in the presence of infection at the proposed injection site. It is also not given in pregnant or lactating women. Dr. K.M. Kapoor is a leading doctor for Medical Aesthetic treatments especially anti-wrinkle injection, in India. He has been quoted extensively in leading national newspapers and magazines on this topic.
Q: How does an Anti-wrinkle injection treatment work?
A: The anti-wrinkle injection treatments involve multiple tiny injections in the area being treated for wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle medicine is injected directly into the muscles, causing wrinkles, using a small needle, and is given in very tiny amounts.
Q: How effective are the anti-wrinkle injections?
A: The effectiveness of the anti-wrinkle injection treatments may vary from person to person. Hence there is a need for your treatment to be tailored specifically for you. A skilled doctor can assess and adjust the dosage and injection sites for your treatment to produce the desired outcomes. In various clinical trials, more than 95% of clients highly rated the improvement in their frown lines one month after the anti-wrinkle injection treatment.
Q: How do the anti-wrinkle injections work?
A: The anti-wrinkle injection treatments cause relaxation of the injected muscles, reducing the muscle tone and muscle movement in that area. This reduced muscle movement prevents the creasing of the overlying skin, reducing the formation of lines and wrinkles in the skin. The anti-wrinkle injection treatments work on only the specific muscles which have been injected. The surrounding muscles continue to function as before, maintaining the normal facial function and expressions.
The anti-wrinkle injection treatment also has the role of being a preventative treatment. If the skin is not able to crease due to the muscle movement, wrinkles are also not able to appear on the skin. Over multiple sessions, the benefits of the anti-wrinkle injection treatment become more evident and impressive.
Q: How safe are the anti-wrinkle injections?
A: The anti-wrinkle injection treatments are very safe. The anti-wrinkle injection treatments have been used in various medical conditions for over 30 years. Since the late 1980s, the anti-wrinkle injections have been successfully used for cosmetic usages. Some minor risks depend on the technique and improper location/ dosage of treatment, including lid ptosis, brow ptosis, cheek ptosis, etc., and self-limiting within few weeks. The side effects of the anti-wrinkle injection treatments are not permanent, and any undesired effect usually disappears within a few days to a few weeks. Because of the low risk associated with this, the anti-wrinkle injection treatment is the most popular aesthetic treatment. Note: Ensure you find a good, well-qualified practitioner to keep your risks as low as possible.
Q: How long is the recovery time after the anti-wrinkle injections?
A: After the anti-wrinkle injection treatment, there may be minimal redness. Bruising is uncommon, especially if proper precautions during the injection treatment are taken. Most patients continue with their typical day to day activities without anyone noticing. It is important not to massage the treated areas after anti-wrinkle injection treatment. It is essential to avoid a facial or vigorous exercise after anti-wrinkle injection treatment.
Q: Do the Anti-wrinkle injections hurt?
A: The needles used for the anti-wrinkle injection treatment are extremely thin and tiny. The anti-wrinkle injections do not hurt much, and many patients even don’t realize that they have received the injections.
Q: How long does the anti-wrinkle injection treatment take?
A: The actual time taken for the anti-wrinkle injections is only 5-10 minutes. For a patient getting it for the first time, the consultation may take about 30 min. During this time patient is asked about the medical history and desires/ expectations concerning the anti-wrinkle injection treatment.
Q: Which are the facial lines that can be treated with the anti-wrinkle injection treatments?
A: The wrinkle and lines on the upper half of the face are the ones that are most commonly treated with the anti-wrinkle injection treatment. Around 95% of all the anti-wrinkle aesthetic injection treatments are given in this region. Forehead horizontal lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet lines near the outer corner of eyes are the most popular treated areas with the anti-wrinkle injections.