Anti-wrinkle injectables work for dynamic wrinkles, not static wrinkles. Normally, when we make facial expressions like scrunching your brow or smiling, the muscles in our face contract, thus forming wrinkles around the forehead or eyes. However, with anti-wrinkle injections, they interrupt the process by weakening the surrounding muscles, making them unable to move and crease the skin.
Static wrinkles are wrinkles you have when your face is at neutral state. These are the lines that are present when we are not forming facial expressions. Because as we get older, natural substances that provide the skin with volume, like collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, decrease. If the anti-wrinkle injectable disables the muscles around a static wrinkle, it would not make much difference as the static wrinkle will still be there without any muscle contraction.
Therefore, anti-wrinkle injectables are more commonly used for dynamic wrinkles in the upper area of the face (i.e. forehead, glabellar, eyes). However with proper and regular use, they can also help to prevent shallow static wrinkles from growing deeper.
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles
- Delaying signs of ageing
- Non-surgical, no downtime
The procedure typically requires about 10 minutes.
First, our doctor will mark strategic points on your face as guides to the appropriate injection sites for the botulinum toxin as part of your treatment.
Your injection sites will be mildly cleansed and right before the injections, a cold compress will be used to further numb the treated area. The actual injections will take just a few minutes in total.
After the injection, the marks will be wiped away and an ice compress on the injected area to reduce any temporary discomfort that you might have. At this point, you may apply makeup, but be careful not to apply pressure to the treated areas, as doing so may result in movement of the toxins.
Q: When will I see results?
Improvements will start to show after 3-5 days, and full wrinkle reduction effect is seen at any time between 2 to 8 weeks.
Q: Will I be able to move my face?
Of course! The ‘frozen’ look many of us associate with anti-wrinkle injectables is only caused when too much toxin is administered into one area. Our doctor targets small specific muscles that are responsible for unwanted lines and wrinkles only. This means normal facial expressions such as smiling, frowning or looking surprised will be unaffected. During your consultation, our doctor will talk you through how the treatment can be used for subtle effects so you can stay discreet.
Q: Is this treatment safe?
Anti-wrinkle injectables are made from natural and purified proteins which has been FDA approved and used for both medical and cosmetic purposes for over 20 years with no known adverse effects. Like most cosmetic treatments, side effects can occur, some clients report mild bruising whilst very occasionally- approximately 1-3% – experience a ‘droopy eyelid’. However both can be corrected or will fade in time. To reduce the risk of complications it is important that anti-wrinkle injectables are administered by highly qualified practitioners in a safe and medical environment.