Do you know that feeling of horror when you notice a line on your face that you’re sure wasn’t there the last time you looked? Anti-wrinkle injections are a great way to revitalise your complexion and smooth out lines, but they can do a lot more than just that.
We call them anti-wrinkle injections because they are mostly used to treat those sneaky wrinkles around the eyes, brows and forehead caused by repeated facial expressions over time. Anti-wrinkle creams can be effective, but anti-wrinkle injections can smooth out those unwelcome lines better than even the best anti-ageing creams and basically give you a non-surgical brow lift.
Anti-wrinkle injections are actually muscle relaxers and can be used for other tricks too.
But first, how do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Basically, the active protein injected into the skin temporarily blocks the chemical messengers to the muscles that cause wrinkles as they contract. The muscles are relaxed along with the skin and this results in a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles.
1. Calf contouring
If you have big calves and that’s not the look you’re going for, then anti-wrinkle injections could be your answer. If your extra-large calves are due to muscle bulk, then muscles relaxers can help to reduce their size.
Related: Find out more about calf-contouring.
2. Contour your jawline
If your jaw muscles (aka the masseter muscles) are too strong it can give your face a square shape, a square-shaped jaw can also develop as a person ages. It’s mostly women who look to treat this issue. Muscle relaxers are used to relax these jaw muscles and give the face a more youthful triangular shape.
Related: See our page on jawline contouring.
3. Treat excessive sweating
Sweating has a purpose; to regulate the temperature of the body. But, if you find yourself regularly wishing you brought an extra shirt with you because your armpits are drenched for no apparent reason, you might have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). This condition is caused by overactive sweat glands and can be very awkward, but there is hope; anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking excess nerve signals to the sweat glands, reducing the production of sweat.
Related: Find out more about treating excessive sweating.
4. Stop grinding your teeth
If you wake with an achy feeling in your jaw, or if you’ve discovered worn down bits or chips on your teeth, you may be ruining your smile as you sleep. Many of our patients have come in for anti-wrinkle injections to shape their jaw then find that the injections also help them stop grinding their teeth.
Results of these injectables show in two weeks and usually last between 3-6 months.
As an anti-wrinkle treatment, this non-invasive treatment is great because you don’t have to worry about bruising or swelling and you can use makeup immediately after treatment.
Another perk is that studies indicate that anti-wrinkle injections have a cumulative effect meaning that, whatever you’re using them for, you’ll need injections less frequently as time goes on.
Anti-wrinkle injections are often combined with dermal fillers (such as lip fillers and cheek fillers) to achieve optimal results for the face. Also, see our blog post on the benefits of anti-wrinkle injections.
Check out this cute video showing before and after anti-wrinkle injections: