Antiwrinkle Injections

Antiwrinkle injections can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (those wrinkles that form from facial expression).

Once the muscles are relaxed, you cannot contract them and make the undesirable facial expressions. The lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming. With immediate and noticeable results, no surgery and no recovery time, it has been chosen by millions of women as their wrinkle reduction method of choice.

  • Results are immediate and can last up to 4 months
  • No “downtime” no pre-treatment or anaesthetic
  • It is performed in a sterile environment for your safety
  • It is more affordable than cosmetic surgery

What is in Antiwrinkle injections?

Antiwrinkle injections are made from a toxin produced by a specific type of bacteria. It's the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called Botulism. These injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles by blocking the nerve endings. It is very effective for treatment of wrinkles, especially those on the forehead, brows, and around the eyes. Its effects last for about three to four months. Repeated injection in prescribed intervals for a long period may result in atrophy of the nerve endings and muscle itself, resulting in a longer-lasting effect.
Apart from cosmetic use, it is also used to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Severe underarm sweating
  • Cervical dystonia - a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
  • Blepharospasm - uncontrollable blinking
  • Strabismus - misaligned eyes
  • Spasticity – contractures associated with certain neurological disorders such as strokes and cerebral palsy
  • Drooling and excessive salivary production in children and elderly

What do I have to consider before Antiwrinkle injections?

Wrinkles on the face are caused by repeated contraction of facial muscles during facial expression. In essence, injection to treat facial wrinkles results in paralysis of facial muscles, thus loss of specific facial expressions.

Take, for instance, the facial expression in smiling. Smiling has two components – lower face smile with curving of the mouth and deepening of its grooves; the upper face smile consists of the ‘crinkling’ of the lines around the eyes. By paralysing the muscles around the eyes completely, the smile loses half of its effect. If one smiles with the lower face only without movement of the wrinkling of the eyes, the smile will appear insincere and unnatural - ‘a smile which does not reach the eyes’.

Dr Vrtik is a strong advocate of rejuvenation with Antiwrinkle injections without sacrificing your natural appearance. Selective injection allows her to smooth out the wrinkles which age your face, whilst preserving facial movement which enhances your natural features. Her aim is to achieve a rejuvenated, youthful and naturally elegant look without the mask-like-smooth-but-lifeless face which does not move.

Who should not have Antiwrinkle injections?

Injections are not suitable for:

  • Pregnant or breast feeding women
  • Those who suffer from autoimmune disease and some neurological disorders
  • Those with known allergic reactions to the toxin

What are the possible side effects?

Side effects and complications are usually minimal. Occasionally, headache, flu-like symptoms, upset stomach may occur. Slight swelling and or bruising may appear at injection side. Adjacent muscles may be weakened for several weeks, resulting in temporary drooping of the eyelid or the brow, lasting for 2-3 weeks. Sometimes, you may have tingling sensations, itching/aching in the forehead or feeling of skin tightening.

What does the treatment involve?

It is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount is administered in to selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. The treatment takes around 15-30 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief, and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can resume soon after.

After the injection, it takes 2-3 days for the treatment to begin taking effect and up to 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended will vary depending on your situation and severity of your lines.

How long does the treatment last?

The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat treatments, the effect tends to last longer with each accumulative injection.

Any recovery involved?

The only precaution after treatment is to stay upright for 4 hours and refrain from rubbing or massaging injected site and surrounding areas. Most people can resume usual activities after their treatment.

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