Anti-wrinkle injections are the most common wrinkle treatment procedure available at this time. They work by blocking the nerve impulses that make the muscles contract and form wrinkles. There are three FDA approved products: Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport.
The pros of anti-wrinkle injections
Injections to stop wrinkles include a substantial number of benefits. For example, they are regarded by the medical establishment as reliable and safe. Smoothing wrinkles, including frown lines and crow’s feet, is done within three to seven days, which is far quicker than other forms of treatment such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, which have several months of downtime.
This hugely popular anti-wrinkle treatment can be done during a lunch break, as it does not take longer than 15 minutes. No anesthetic is needed, and as very fine needles are used for making tiny injection, there are often no visible, or only slightly visible, marks. Another plus is that the result can last between three and six months.
Furthermore, in certain areas, a combination of this type of injectable and a filler can make both products last longer than each one would if applied on its own. In addition to this, anti-wrinkle injections are far more effective than rejuvenating skin products, which only improve the quality of the skin, and are unable to stop the muscles from repeatedly causing wrinkles.
Moreover, as these anti-wrinkle injections are just temporary, if the client does not like the effect in a certain area, then they can rest assured that it will eventually disperse.
The cons of anti-wrinkle injections
There are some drawbacks with anti-wrinkle injections, including having to avoid laying down or carrying out strenuous physical exercise for a minimum of four hours after treatment, as well as the possibility of needing a touch up 10 to 14 days after the initial treatment, and minor bruising, which could last for a week or so. This can, however, be treated with arnica cream to boost recovery time.
Another disadvantage is that treatment may need to be carried out three or even four times a year. On rare occasions, the clinician may inadvertently place the needle into a blood vessel, generating swollen red bumps on the skin’s surface.
Another con is that, depending on where the anti-wrinkle solution has been injected and how much is used, some facial muscles may become totally paralysed and create an unnatural look, such as making the client appear permanently surprised due to raised eyebrows.
If this happens, the medic will adjust the amount or inject a different area on the next occasion. Other complications might also include drooping eyelids, muscle weakness, facial pain, nausea, bleeding at the points that are injected, indigestion and/or heartburn, high blood pressure, a dry mouth, teeth problems and a sore throat.
Finally, another negative is that an allergic reaction is possible, especially in the case of clients who are on antibiotics. Side effects from anti-wrinkle injections, such as hives or a rash, trouble breathing, or swelling, could be signs of an allergic reaction.