Here, we’re going to look at what you need to know about them, including what they’re commonly used for and what you can expect from them.
What Is an anti-wrinkle injection
Botox is a brand name commonly used to refer to all kinds of anti-wrinkle injections made of purified botulinum toxin type A. Despite the name, this product is completely safe when administered by a professional and has been used for over four decades. When applied, anti-wrinkle injections effectively freeze the nerve muscles that send signals to facial muscles telling them to contract. By relaxing the muscles, they soften and diminish wrinkles. What’s more, the reduced movement prevents more “lines of activity” like smile lines and crow’s feet from appearing in the future, as well. The procedure involves careful placement of a very fine needle, causing no more pain than you would expect from the average injection and taking an average of 15-30 minutes.
What you can expect from your anti-wrinkle injection
Anti-wrinkle injections can help wrinkles soften over the days following the treatment and prevent the appearance of new fine lines. They’re most commonly used in areas where “lines of activity” tend to appear, like the forehead, brow, between the eyes, the sides of the eyes, and around the mouth. Other sagging lines not caused by facial activity are better treated with dermal fillers, instead. Sensitivity usually lasts for an hour after, though it’s recommended you avoid any strenuous activity and exposure to direct sunlight for some time after the treatment.
Anti-wrinkle injection types
There are different kinds of anti-wrinkle injections available, each of which might be recommended depending on your needs or any known allergies to certain ingredients in common botulinum toxin products. There three most common types are as follows:
Botox: The most widely known variety, this procedure typically takes 15 minutes and lasts for 3-4 months with no downtime after the treatment and results that can be seen in 3-5 days.
Dysport: A Botox alternative that’s safe and effective in the treatment of frown lines and forehead wrinkles, takes an average of 15 minutes per session, and while effects usually last around 4 months, some last as long as 6-12 months.
Xeomin: A newer treatment, lacking the protein additives found in other anti-wrinkle injections. It works primarily the same as others, but may be effective if the alternatives have lost their effectiveness or you are allergic to the aforementioned additives.
Finding the best anti-wrinkle injection type for you is done during the consultation process, where we discuss your goals, expectations, and your plan of treatment.
How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?
The longevity of the results of treatment can vary depending on which areas are treated, skin condition, lifestyle and more. However, they tend to last an average of four months or so, after which you can arrange another appointment to keep the effects for even longer. The results take effect almost immediately, with the full benefits normally seen after 4-10 days after the initial injections.