Anti Wrinkle Injections (Wrinkle Relaxers)
Anti-wrinkle injections are used for the cosmetic treatment of facial lines. The same products can also be used to control excessive sweating and to sculpt the face. They do so by reducing muscle bulk over the jaws.
These injections work by stopping the transmission of nerve impulses to the facial muscles. This causes the wrinkles to contract. Areas treated include frown-lines, forehead lines and crows’ feet around the eyes. The injections take a few days to start working and reach full effect at about a week. The paralysis of the muscles, the facial wrinkles smooth out, resulting in a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
how long do wrinkle relaxers last?
The effect of wrinkle relaxers begins to wear off after around three months. At this point the facial muscles start to work again. Generally patients come back for re-injection every three to four months but after a year or two of regular injections, the effect may last longer. Some patients only need to have the injections twice a year to maintain their appearance.
Dr Hanikeri has over ten years experience of injecting wrinkle relaxing preparations for facial lines. The injections are usually performed by Dr Hanikeri himself, though sometimes his nurse will perform the injections under his supervision. The patient is asked to contract the muscles in the area being treated so that the proper location for injection can be determined. There are usually around 4 injections into each area being treated and steps are taken to minimise the pain from the injections so the procedure is usually well tolerated.
What are the benefits of wrinkle relaxers?
Improves the appearance of people who show early signs of ageing and who may not be suitable for facial surgery.
After treatment people can immediately resume normal activities.
The injections are safe. No systemic complications associated with anti-wrinkle injections have been documented.
Treatment is reversible within a few months.
May also be beneficial for treatment of migraine headaches.
What you should know before undergoing wrinkle relaxer treatment
The results are temporary for the treatment of wrinkles.
People having these injections should avoid blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Warfarin, Plavix, Fishoil, Ginko, Garlic, Glucosamine, Chia seeds and Krill oil for at least a week before the injections are planned. Always check with your doctor before stopping any prescribed medications.
Side effects include swelling, bruising or a burning sensation during injection. Some patients have reported temporary headache and nausea. Most complications are of short duration and can be avoided with proper injection techniques. If the injected fluid drifts into areas that it is not supposed to be, inadvertent paralysis of other muscles may occur. This is rare but if it happens, it may result in a temporary droopy eyelid on one or both sides, or an asymmetric smile. All precautions are taken to avoid complications.
After injection, people should avoid lying flat for around 4 hours and also avoid vigorous activity and sport for around 8-12 hours to reduce the risk of the wrinkle relaxers affecting muscles they were not supposed to affect.
A small percentage of patients are reported to experience no improvement at all.
Whilst it is not known whether anti-wrinkle injections have any effect on a foetus or whether it is found in breast milk, pregnant and nursing women should postpone wrinkle relaxers.