Dr Natalie on:
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Buckinghamshire men and women are now seeing the benefits of anti-wrinkle injections. These are commonly referred to as “Botox” which is a brand name for botulinum toxin. There are other brands of botulinum toxin which are used to provide anti-wrinkle treatments but they all work in the same way. Anti-wrinkle injections are prescription only medicines and therefore it is extremely important to have a consultation with a qualified injector before deciding if it is the right thing for you.
How do they work?
When muscles contract, the overlying skin can crease, causing fine lines to appear. If you think about how much we move our faces through smiling, talking, frowning, laughing etc, our muscles are contracting thousands of times a day and the overlying skin is being subjected to wrinkling in the same way. Over time, these wrinkles start to persist even at rest when the muscles aren’t moving. Anti wrinkle injections aim to prevent this from happening.
Botulinum toxin works by blocking the nerve signals which cause muscles to contract and therefore stop the overlying skin from wrinkling. It can help to balance out the pull of certain muscles and therefore help faces to appear less angry and more youthful.
How long do the effects last for?
The longevity of the effects vary from individual to individual depending on a number of factors such as the dose, muscle strength and bulk and use of muscles. In general, the effects last approximately 4 months.
There is no right age to have anti-wrinkle injections! We have seen a number of Marlow patients looking for this treatment for lines that have not yet developed or that are only just appearing at rest so it is a particularly popular treatment in people approaching or in their 30s and beyond. As wrinkles become deeper and become visible at rest, they are certainly more difficult to treat with anti-wrinkle injections alone but can be used in combination with other treatments.
Let’s not forget that ageing is a natural process. If you are under the age of 25, I would personally wait before trialling this treatment. I am a doctor as well as an aesthetician and I do firmly believe that looking after your skin through good skincare, sun protection and a healthy lifestyle can be enough for anyone. You should always have a consultation with a doctor before having anti-wrinkle treatments to ensure that it is suitable for you.