Wrinkle-Relaxing Injections

What is used and how does it work?

Anti wrinkle injections use Botulinum Toxin A which is a prescription muscle relaxant medicine that is distributed under many brand names.  It works by partially blocking nerve impulses and the effect depends upon where it is injected. If injected into a muscle it will reduce excessive contractions of that muscle. 

It can commonly be used for temporary improvement in the appearance of forehead horizontal lines, vertical lines between the eyebrows (glabella) seen at maximum frown and fan-shaped lines from the corner of the eyes (crows-feet) at maximum smile.

This product can also be used to slim and lift the jaw, reduce or soften the wrinkles on the side of the nose, arch the eyebrow, reduce over elevation of the top lip during smiling, treat a 'pebbled' chin and elevate downturned corners of the mouth.

Depending on the area treated, dose used, and how you respond, repeat treatments will be required every 3 to 6 months.


Possible Risks, Complications and Side Effects

  • Hypersensitivity, Allergic response, Anaphylactic reaction (rare but can occur)
  • Asymmetry of facial expressions
  • Muscle weakness, twitching
  • Bruising/ swelling/ skin redness
  • Stinging/ burning
  • Headaches
  • Drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow (ptosis)/ local muscle weakness, double vision, dry/ teary eyes
  • Hives, feeling faint, nausea or flu like symptoms, tiredness
  • Swelling of the face or throat, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing
  • Infection at treatment site
  • Further treatment may be needed to treat unwanted remaining muscle movement

After Treatment with Anti Wrinkle Injections

  • Avoid touching and rubbing and applying make-up to the treated areas for 4 hours
  • Avoid extreme heat/ cold for up to 1 week post treatment
  • Abstain from alcohol, heavy exercise for 24 hours
  • Stay out of sunlight/ UV radiation until redness and swelling has resolved
  • You may find it helpful to apply iced gauze to the treated area
  • This treatment normally takes 2-4 days to start to take effect and 10-14 days to reach full effect
  • You will be invited back for a follow up consultation 2 weeks later and if any of the areas require additional treatment this will be provided free of charge