Are You Thinking About Getting Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

The goal of maintaining a youthful composure is nothing new. It’s the basis behind the Fountain of Youth legend from the 16th Century. Through advances in science and medicine, people have a chance at reducing the first signs of wrinkles.

What are wrinkles?

Most people get wrinkles as they age because the skin thins out and becomes drier. Other factors that may contribute to wrinkles include exposure to sunlight/UV rays, stress, smoking, fair skin, facial expressions, and lack of sleep. The most common treatments are fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.

What are the benefits of anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections, commonly known as Botox and Dysport, are usually only a 10-15 minute procedure. There is no recovery period; benefits can be noticed within 2-7 days and last 3-4 months. Injections often give people a sense of feeling younger and higher self-esteem.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

These injections use a very small needle in which the botulinum toxin is injected underneath the skin. (Yes, this is the same bacteria associated with botulism.) It essentially relaxes and numbs the muscles, preventing them from causing wrinkles. It’s often quite effective for erasing troublesome lines on the forehead, around the eyes, and on the neck.

Is there pain involved?

Because the needle used is very small, most people only report a small pinprick, much like a mosquito or flea bite. It only takes a few minutes for the muscles to be affected. In the days following the procedure, there might be some discomfort, bruising, and/or swelling around the injection site, but a wrapped cold compress should help.

Are there any side effects I should know about?

The majority of patients who come in for this procedure report redness, minor swelling, and/or bruising at the injection sites. These will go away within a week of the procedure. These a common botox side effects. If it doesn’t go down, a follow-up appointment may be needed. Some patients experience a headache after the procedure is finished, a common side effect. However, there are some rare occasions where patients have experienced drooping eyelids or eyebrows; some patients have experienced certain limitations of making facial expressions, both which may correct itself in time. Other rare side effects involving trouble swallowing or breathing are more serious and require immediate medical care.

Who administers the anti-wrinkle injections?

This is a medical procedure and should be administered by a licensed medical professional. While there are such instances as Botox Parties where an unlicensed individual will inject multiple people in one sitting, this is not the recommended venue for this type of procedure. It’s best to have this performed in an equipped and insured location under the watchful eye of someone who has been highly trained in administering anti-wrinkle injections.