A Brief Guide to Anti-Wrinkle Injectables

Wrinkles are part of the natural ageing process, but occasionally they can make us look older than we are. They can also make us look tired, worried or angry, even when we’re not! Restoring a youthful appearance to the face is something that many people want, and there are now many very effective ways to combat the signs of ageing. Here, we explore some of the factors that cause wrinkles, why you might want to get anti-wrinkle injections, how they work, as well as the procedure and results.

Why we get wrinkles…

Facial expressions are caused by the movement of our facial muscles. Whether we laugh, smile, wink or frown, the muscles in our face contract, causing folds in the skin, also known as dynamic wrinkles. When we relax our face, these wrinkles also relax. However, as we age, the protein collagen levels that provide structure to the skin decrease. This causes the folds in our skin to be visible even when our facial muscles are relaxed, resulting in static wrinkles. Over time, repeated contraction of these muscles can cause the lines to become even more pronounced.

Environmental factors that can also contribute to wrinkles and signs of ageing include: smoking, sun exposure, stress, excess alcohol consumption and an unhealthy diet.

Ways to avoid wrinkles…

You can prevent premature signs of aging by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, to prevent dehydration of the skin, as well as reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy diet, full of fruit and vegetables. Wearing SPF every day, regular exercise and keeping your skin cleansed and moisturised will also be beneficial to a more youthful appearance. Alternatively, a cosmetic option to consider is anti-wrinkle injectables.

Why you might want to get anti-wrinkle injectables…

Many of us have lines that we wish were less prominent, especially those that insist on making us look tired, even after a good night’s rest, or cross when we really don’t feel that way at all!

Anti-wrinkle injectables can target these specific areas of concern, for example, pesky forehead or frown lines, without giving a “frozen” look to the face or stopping us from being able to make facial expressions. The injectables can eradicate wrinkles, making us look fresher, brighter and more youthful. They can also delay further deepening of wrinkles and signs of ageing.

How anti-wrinkle injectables work…

Anti-wrinkle injectables are introduced using a very fine needle, directly into the muscle that causes facial contractions in a specific area. They temporarily stop the facial nerves from sending a message to the muscle to contract when we make a facial expression. This allows the muscle to relax and the skin to release its wrinkle. This causes the skin to look smoother and rejuvenated.

Anti-wrinkle injectables are one of the fastest growing cosmetic treatments in Ireland. They are non-surgical and non-invasive. Areas that can be treated include; crow’s feet, under the eyes, smile and frown lines, forehead lines and fine lines caused by smoking.

Can anti-wrinkle injectables prevent more wrinkles from forming?

After the anti-wrinkle injections, the muscle and overlying skin is relaxed and cannot contract in the same way as before, preventing a wrinkle from forming. Regular treatments allow the muscle to stay relaxed and therefore prevent further lines from forming in the treated area. With the use of anti-wrinkle injectables, dynamic wrinkles don’t progress to static wrinkles.

How quickly will you see results?

Everyone’s skin is different, but typically results can be seen within 2-5 days of the treatment, which is why anti-wrinkle injectables are so popular. As we each know our own face so well, we generally notice the natural and subtle differences first. As the muscle and wrinkle relax, the skin will look refreshed, renewed and more youthful in appearance.

How long will the anti-wrinkle injections last?

Again, results vary from person to person but they tend to last between 3 to 4 months before the relaxing effect on the muscle wears off.

Other treatments to prevent signs of ageing…

Another anti-ageing treatment option to consider may be dermal fillers. Dermal fillers treat fine lines and wrinkles by replacing lost volume in the skin. Find more information on dermal fillers here.

If you would like to speak to an experienced Consultants about anti-wrinkle injectables, or any other treatment, consultations are available at Thérapie Clinic. Call us now on 1890 650 750 or click below.