Anti-wrinkle injections are a quick and simple, non-surgical solution to facial wrinkles and fine lines. The injections weaken facial muscles causing them to relax, resulting in a smoother, fresher appearance. They are most commonly used to give a fresher appearance to the crows feet, forehead and frown, but can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to the lower face, e.g. smokers lines, neck bands and around the mouth. Other uses for anti-wrinkle injections include the treatment of excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis), especially to the palms and underarms, treatment for teeth grinding, slimming of the jaw line and relief from chronic migraines.
Upper face wrinkles
Anti-wrinkle injections do not replace lost volume, in other words, they do not plump or re-volumise the skin. To plump or revolumise the skin, dermal fillers are an effective treatment. Dermal fillers are often confused with anti-wrinkle injections, but best anti-ageing results are achieved when the two treatments are used in conjunction with each other.
Anti-wrinkle injections are made of a natural, purified protein and neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The injections work by relaxing certain wrinkle-causing muscles to produce a younger and fresher appearance. They inhibit the transmission of neurotransmitters from nerve to muscle and stop the muscle from contracting and forming a wrinkle.
As your skin matures, the effects from frowning, squinting and the movement of our muscles from facial expressions cause folds and creases to form. With age, our skin naturally becomes less elastic, causing these lines to stay permanently on our face, whether contracting these muscles or not.