Wrinkles-relaxing injections have been used commonly for 20 years, made famous by celebrities.
They soften lines that develop with movement. Treatment with the muscle-relaxing injections is most effective after 2 weeks, lasting around 3 months before slowly reducing in effect. Top-up injections every 3-4 months tend to be increasingly effective as the muscle becomes thinner and weaker.
With movement over year (like a sheet of paper that folds), the connective tissue in the skin thins, and the wrinkles persist at rest. Although starting before your early 30s can sometimes prevent persistent wrinkles from developing at all, patients of any age will benefit because of the softening of the movement (dynamic) wrinkles and preventing them from getting worse. Many people feel slightly more relaxed in the face, and the injections are used at higher doses around the head and neck to treat conditions such as migraine.
Clinical studies consistently show a very high level of satisfaction with around 90% of people being very satisfied afterward – at all ages. Patients felt they had more ‘harmony’, ‘self-esteem/confidence’, or ‘youth’. Side effects are usually very mild, including slight redness, a transient headache, and occasionally mild bruising.
Therefore, people of any age can benefit from the treatment which is remarkably safe, effective, and almost painless. Modern approaches are typically to have a softened, natural look (although some people want minimal movement, which is a personal choice). They are prescription-only medicines, which have to be prescribed by a doctor to ensure they are an appropriate choice and to be used carefully. It’s always important to have a practitioner who is highly trained to ensure the best result for you.
For more info, book an appointment or have a free virtual consultation with Owen, who is always happy to provide information and follow up his patients carefully after the procedure.