The material used in anti-wrinkle injections is made of a neurotoxin derived from a bacteria. When injected into selected muscles, chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle are blocked, thereby limiting the movement of the muscle. When muscle movement is limited, the ability for lines and wrinkles to appear is reduced. It can also prevent the formation of new wrinkles. This treatment is a prescription medication and may only be prescribed by a doctor.
Before it became popular in the cosmetic industry, anti-wrinkle injections were used as a treatment for neurological disorders and a range of other medical problems, such as relaxing the sweat glands to minimise sweating. These other uses continue to evolve.
There are currently two brands that are approved and available in the Australian marketplace for cosmetic use. The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) prevents anyone in Australia from discussing both brand names and their ingredients in any open forum. Therefore, you will need to seek your doctor’s advice on which is best for you depending on your needs.
Anti-wrinkle injections are the world’s most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment. In 2009 this treatment accounted for almost one third of all non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Nearly 22,000 anti-wrinkle injections were performed on Australians that year, making it the most popular in the country. In the US, the world’s largest market for cosmetic enhancement, they have been the most popular non-surgical procedure since 2000.
Many people want to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles without having surgery. Non-surgical treatments allow patients to return to work and to normal activities immediately. They are also much less expensive than surgery. All of these reasons contribute to the increasingly wide acceptance of non-surgical treatments like anti-wrinkle injections.
Anti-wrinkle injections can remove both static and dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are present even when the muscles are relaxed. Dynamic wrinkles or expression lines appear each time muscles contract with facial expressions, such as when a person frowns, smiles or squints. Dynamic wrinkles can turn static and become deeper over time, as is the case with frown lines and crow’s feet.
Anti-wrinkle injections are mostly popular amongst women between the ages of 35 and 50.
Injectable treatments can be performed immediately following an initial consultation. The needles used to inject anti-wrinkle material are very small and only a tiny amount of the toxin is injected into any one area. As a result, the treatment is relatively painless. If a patient is concerned about pain, however, the practitioner can numb the area to be treated with a special cream.
Depending upon the number of areas being treated, the treatment usually takes about 10 minutes. Over the next 2 – 3 days the muscles will begin to relax. Full results can take up to a week. After a number of treatments, you may notice that the effects of each treatment lasts longer, so you need fewer injections each year. Because the material used in anti-wrinkle injections is eventually eliminated from the body, however, anticipate a need for ongoing treatment, usually every 3 – 4 months.
There are a few things you need to do, to avoid and inform your practitioner of before you have the injections.
As with other surgical or non-surgical procedures, anti-wrinkle injections involve some level of risk. While they are relatively free of complications and have been in use medically for over 20 years and cosmetically for over a decade, material used in the injections may cause side effects.
This list covers most of the known side effects but it should not be considered exhaustive. Generally, people who undergo this treatment have no complications but may experience mild side effects, such as slight bruising to the injected area.
There are two types of anti-wrinkle injection materials available right now. The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) has approved two for aesthetic use in Australia. Once you have decided to have anti-wrinkle injections, you will have to make a choice about your brand of choice.
All these brands differ in how quickly they produce results, how much is needed and how long the results last.
Each brand works differently and requires individual preparation and dosing. To achieve the best results, you need to pick a brand and then stick with it throughout your treatments. It is however possible to be treated with different brands over time. Discuss this choice with your practitioner.
The cost of anti-wrinkle injections depends on a number of factors, including where the injections are needed, the amount of units required and who performs the treatment. As exact units needed may vary from person to person it is best that you consult with your practitioner regarding costs.
This information is correct as of 2017.