If you want to reverse the most obvious signs of aging and have smoother, natural looking skin no matter what age you are, then anti-wrinkle injections might be the solution you’re looking for. Our experienced staff can help erase years of wrinkles and sun damage, creating softer, younger looking skin.
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used on many areas of the face, though the most common areas for treatment are around the eyes, forehead and mouth. They’re a non-surgical way to brighten and soften your face. Once you’ve had anti-wrinkle injections treatment, if performed by professional and experienced hands, chances are that people won’t realise that you’ve had work done. Instead, you’ll get comments like ‘Have you done something different? You look really great!’
And this is the best result possible. At Taylor Clinic, our team of cosmetic clinicians work on a ‘less is more’ approach, aiming to preserve our patients natural features.
The Basics on Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Anti-wrinkle injections involve a series of gentle injections that block impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that cause expression lines. These muscles bunch and relax in response to emotions and other stimuli. This causes the skin above the muscles to become creased over time and leads to expression lines as well as wrinkles.
Anti-wrinkle injections are made from a purified and diluted protein. Small amounts are injected at key points around your face to relax the muscles. This will help to smooth out existing wrinkles and prevent future ones by softening the expressions that cause them. This treatment can help with the following issues:
- Crow’s feet or lines around the eyes.
- Frown or surprise lines on the forehead.
- Turkey neck or lines on the throat.
- Worry lines between the eyes.
- Lip and mouth lines.
- Bunny lines, or lines on the nose.
- Lines around the chin or jawline.
What Causes Wrinkles?
The answer to this might seem simple, but it’s actually more complex than you might think.
To put it simply, making expressions and otherwise moving your face makes wrinkles. However, there is a point at which dynamic wrinkles, or the wrinkles that occur when you’re making an expression, become static wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that stay in place once you stop making expressions. This occurs around the age of 30, when the body’s collagen production starts to slow. Collagen is the protein in the body that holds everything together. With less collagen in your skin, the natural smoothness breaks down and becomes uneven, resulting in wrinkles.
This usually occurs around the age of thirty, though it can occur earlier in some people. There are several factors which can cause static lines to set in earlier, including: excessive facial expressions, strong facial muscles, poor skin care, sun exposure, poor diet, smoking, genetics, and some chronic diseases. You obviously can’t change some of these factors, but others you do have control of and can reduce or eliminate. And if you’re concerned about your skin, it’s important that you reduce the factors that can damage it even if you intend to have anti-wrinkle injections. This will give you the best, smoothest and most youthful skin possible.
What Anti-Wrinkle Injections Shouldn’t Do
Anti-wrinkle injections aren’t meant to leave your face frozen and unable to make any expression at all. Instead, the best treatments will just smooth your face, not take away your ability to smile or make any other facial expression. So you’ll still look like you, just a little softer and smoother.
This is important because facial expressions are a very important part of your personality. They’re also one of the primary ways you non-verbally communicate with others. This means that your expressions play a big role in helping others understand you and also make you more attractive to the people around you. People are attracted to you because of a combination of your manners, verbal expressions, body language and facial expressions. And messing with this combination too much could seriously impact your relationships. That’s why any worthwhile anti-wrinkle treatment will focus on a natural look that enhances rather than erases your natural beauty.
Anti-wrinkle injections also can’t erase all the signs of aging and leave you looking like you’re sixteen years old again. And to be honest, you shouldn’t want it to. You’re not the same person as you were when you were sixteen. You’ve grown and changed and evolved, and your face and skin is a reflection of that. That’s why anti-wrinkle injections focus on making the best of the skin you have. So that you can look your best at the age you are, rather than trying to pretend that you’re something that you’re not.
The Benefits of Anti-Wrinkle Injections
The old days of cosmetic injections that left people with fake, frozen looking skin are gone. Technology and medical science have made the most of these advancements and today you can get natural looking results fast. Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy from today’s anti-wrinkle injection treatments:
- They’re minimally invasive and non-surgical procedures that actually work.
- There’s no downtime, you can go back to work after the treatment.
- They can naturally reduce expression lines.
- You will notice a reduction in fine lines.
- They can help prevent future wrinkles.
- They can make your face look more balanced.
What to Expect from Anti-Wrinkle Treatments
When you decide to get anti-wrinkle injections, your treatment will need to be personalised to your unique facial structure, muscle strength, and key concerns. This means that you will require a different dosage to get the best results. To help design your treatment plan, you will need to have a consultation with your doctor before any treatment is done. This will allow you to discuss your goals, learn about your options, and understand the results you’ll probably get from the anti-wrinkle injections.
Once you have the treatment done, you’ll start to see results within 2-3 days, with the full effects appearing after 7-10 days. The results are temporary and last on average around 3-4 months, so you’ll need maintenance injections on a regular basis if you want to keep your smoother look.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Cosmetic Practitioner
There are a lot of clinics that offer anti-wrinkle treatments and they all might seem pretty much the same. You might think that you can go to any of them and get good results. However, applying cosmetic injections properly isn’t as easy as it might seem. Muscle relaxant treatments are both a science and an art. That’s why you need to work with someone who has a good understanding of the medical side as well as a strongly developed sense of aesthetics so that the result is visually pleasing.
This means that your doctor needs to be able to find a balance between smoothing your wrinkles and retaining your natural expressions. They need to be able to assess facial muscle anatomy and activity, facial asymmetries, and muscle strength. This will allow them to place the injections in the areas that will have the best effects without severely impacting your expressions or the natural symmetry of your face. And doing this will ensure that you get the best results as well as long lasting ones.
Finally, your doctor needs to communicate openly with you. The only way for you to get the results you want is for you to share and discuss your expectations and concerns and build the trust. Your doctor will be able to manage your expectations and meet them or alter them where necessary. And this will help ensure that you get the best possible treatment and results.
Are Anti-Wrinkle Injection Treatments Safe?
Anti-wrinkle injection treatments have been widely tested and used safely around the world for 20 years for both therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. In all that time, there have been no sign of long term side effects and no known permanent side effects. The only side effects of these treatments are short term bruising and swelling around the injection site.
Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Just for Women?
No. More and more men are getting anti-wrinkle injections because of their own concerns about aging. Most men have different concerns when it comes to wrinkles and expression lines than women do. So usually their anti-wrinkle treatments are done slightly differently. But this doesn’t change the fact that men can also benefit from having smooth and more youthful skin at every age.
Does it Hurt?
The fear of needles is very common and keeps a lot of people away from this type of treatment. However, the needles used for anti-wrinkle treatments aren’t like the needles used in other medical practices. They’re tiny and don’t go too far into the skin. This means that it might still hurt a little, but the pain is probably much less than you would expect. In fact, most people liken it to having their skin squeezed in tweezers for a short time. And if you really can’t handle the pain, there are pain reducing options that you can take advantage of during your treatment.
How Long do the Results Last?
This depends on the type of treatment you get and your own skin. But generally, you can expect the results to last between 3-6 months.
What’s the Difference Between Relaxant Treatments and Dermal Fillers?
Muscle relaxant treatments work by temporarily relaxing the active muscles that cause facial expression lines and wrinkles. In contrast, dermal fillers work by lifting the wrinkle or fold and creating volume. Injectable fillers do not relax muscles like anti-wrinkle injections do. Instead, they are placed beneath the wrinkle or fold and make the depression plumper.
Muscle relaxant treatments and dermal fillers can be used together or in isolation to help treat facial wrinkles. The best treatment for you will depend on the area being treated and the condition of your face. So make sure you talk to your doctor about your options.
When Should I Start Getting Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Taking preventative measures to protect your skin is incredibly important if you want to avoid getting wrinkles. So make sure that you wear sunscreen when you’re outside and avoid things that can speed up wrinkle formation such as drinking or smoking.
That being said, the earlier you start having treatment, the easier it will be for you to avoid getting wrinkles in the first place. In fact, there is no age limit in terms of safety when it comes to muscle relaxant injections. Muscle relaxation injections were originally meant to help children suffering from cerebral palsy and were given to patients as young as 2. The muscle relaxant dosage for these treatments is often 10 times stronger than dosages prescribed for cosmetic use. So the issue is not one of safety. However, there is still the issue of how young is too young.
As ethical and realistic physicians, we sometimes make the decision that a potential patient is too young to start having anti-wrinkle treatment for cosmetic purposes. It is our role and part of our code of ethics as physicians to make this determination. There are a number of factors that will contribute to that decision. That’s why we will perform a physical, anatomical assessment and a mental assessment to determine why you want the treatment before making any decisions.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of your anti-wrinkle treatment will vary on your skin and the number of injections you need to address your concerns. You can discuss that with your doctor during your appointment here with us at Taylor Clinic. To help you out, here’s a rough guide to our costs:
- Anti-wrinkle/Muscle Relaxant injections with Cosmetic Nurse: starting at $13 (incl. GST) per Unit
- Anti-wrinkle/Muscle Relaxant injections with Dr Tobias Pincock: $22.00 (incl. GST) per Unit
If you’re searching for anti-wrinkle injections in Sydney, our clinic in Bella Vista is the place to come. We’re close to Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, and Blacktown, and our doctor-led team is ready to discuss the best treatment options for your concerns today.