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 gold standard is neuromodulator such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport. However, skin boosters, Rejuran skin heaer, lasers, radiofrequency and HIFU devices can be used as well depending on doctor’s assessment.
Types of wrinkles
1. Dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles happened when a person moves their muscles, example like smiling, frowning, looking upwards. These types of wrinkles work well with neurotoxins.
2. Static wrinkles. Static wrinkles present even when a person at neutral state ie. not smiling, not frowning and not looking upwards. These wrinkles happened due to loss of volumes, reduction in collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These wrinkles need to be treated with fillers, skin boosters, Rejuran and other treatments that restore collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
It is a protein derived from bacteria called clostridium botulinum. It is purified and manufactured into aesthetics and medical purposes. It acts by inhibiting the release of a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, by the nerve cells hence, reducing muscle movements and hence reducing dynamic wrinkles.
All neuromodulators in Singapore are HSA approved. Neuromodulators regardless of brands are safe to be used. It is fast and effective lunchtime procedure. Patients can go back to their usual routine make-up and no precautions are needed. Common side effects are temporary such as redness, swelling at injection site and pain. Skills of doctor are important. Choosing a highly trained and skilled doctor is paramount in reducing side effects.
It helps to reduce wrinkles. With regular use it will help to prevent shallow static wrinkles from growing deeper. Neuromodulator can be used for face slimming as well.
You will be able to continue to smile, frown and looking upwards after neuromodulator injections. Doctor only targets certain specific muscle that responsible for wrinkles. That is why it is important to discuss with your doctor before the treatment to achieve the desired outcome.
Common areas are crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines. We also use neuromodulators to reduce the size of the chewing muscles to give patients a ‘V’ shaped face.
Usually it will take 3-5 days for the neuromodulators to work. It will last for 3-4months. For more effective treatment, we recommend botox and fotona laser together.
There is no antidote for neuromodulators unlike fillers. However, neuromodulators will lose its effect as the time passed.
The treatment area will be cleaned and antiseptic applied. Doctors will assess and mark out the injections points. Whole process is fast. For upper face treatment may only take 10-20minutes.
Doctor will review after 1-2 weeks to see whether top up injections are needed.
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.