Anti-wrinkle injections are non-surgical, anti-ageing procedures that can assist in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used for treatment of frowns, forehead lines and crows feet.
Anti-wrinkle treatments involve the injection of a very small amount of a specific purified protein into a muscle, usually in the face. This protein is produced in nature by a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. It was first studied for cosmetic use in the 1980’s in America, and has been approved by the American FDA since 2002. It is now used widely across the world by millions of people every year.
The protein blocks the nerve signal to the muscle and stops that muscle from contracting. When administered in small amounts, the protein reduces the strength of the muscle contraction and by allowing the muscle to relax, the appearance of skin creases and wrinkles on the surface are reduced.
Anti-wrinkle treatments are used to treat facial wrinkles which develop over time as a result of muscles used in normal facial expressions such as a smile or frown. These facial expressions are often subconscious – for example, squinting in bright light. Treatments are commonly used for the upper face: frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines and lines around the nose. They can also be used for other issues including excessive sweating in the armpits, or tooth grinding.
Although it is not immediate, people generally notice the effect of treatment within 5 to 10 days.
The body’s immune system naturally breaks down the protein over time, so the effect of treatment is not permanent. Typically people notice the effect of their treatment lasts for 3-4 months.
Yes they can and many people now undertake regular injections to maintain a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.
The protein is measured in ‘units’, and treatment involves giving a particular number of those units by injection. More units are used to treat stronger muscles, and more units are also generally used for men rather than women. Broadly speaking, women would require approximately 20 units for frown lines, 10 units for forehead lines, and 5-10 units for crow’s feet on each side.
We provide high quality anti-wrinkle treatments for $12 per unit.