Anti-wrinkle injections are extraordinarily popular because treatment is simple and effective, takes just a few minutes and eliminates frown lines, worry lines and crow’s feet around the eyes with virtually no downtime.
What is an anti-wrinkle injection?
Anti-wrinkle injections are made of a natural, purified protein that’s extracted from a bacteria, in much the same way that penicillin’s extracted from a fungus. This protein blocks signals from nerves to muscles, meaning muscles don’t receive the signal to contract. Muscles that cause wrinkles become dormant and the wrinkles they cause relax and soften, creating a younger, smoother, but still natural-looking appearance. For this reason, anti-wrinkle injections are also know as muscle relaxants.
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How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily block the chemical messengers that activate certain muscles. This effect is limited to the area being treated and works on only targeted muscles. Anti-wrinkle injections therefore only work on wrinkles caused by movement, known as dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, worry lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.
What are anti-wrinkle injections commonly used for?
Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used for treatment of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines, but can also create an eyebrow lift, stop the corners of the mouth from pulling down, reduce gummy smiles by lowering the upper lip and soften scrawny looking tendons in the neck. They also reduce muscle bulk at the corner of the jaw to refine and slim jaw lines, help teeth grinding (bruxism) and are the gold standard for treating underarm sweating.
Prior to their adaptation for cosmetic use, muscle relaxant injections were used for many years to treat conditions such as twitching or spasm of the eyelid, facial spasm, muscle spasticity due to cerebral palsy and eye squints. Their application to additional medical conditions is expanding continually.