What is anti-wrinkle treatment?
Anti-wrinkle treatment focuses on reducing or eliminating wrinkles on the face. There are three types of facial wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles, static wrinkles and wrinkle folds. Dynamic wrinkles occur in areas of repetitive muscle movement such as the forehead and around the eyes. Muscle contraction causes the skin that overlies the muscle to fold, resulting in the formation of lines between the bulk of the muscle. Examples of dynamic wrinkles are crow’s feet and frown lines. Static wrinkles are caused either by prolonged dynamic wrinkles or by environmental factors such as sun exposure and smoking. These are commonly found in the areas surrounding the upper lip, cheeks and base of our necks. Compared to dynamic and static wrinkles, wrinkle folds occur naturally as we age due to loss of skin structure, causing sagging of the skin. Wrinkle folds commonly occur in the area between the nose and mouth, also known as the naso-labial groove.
How do anti-wrinkle treatments work?
There are different types of anti-wrinkle treatments used depending on the type of wrinkles treated. The most commonly used treatment is Botulinium Toxin A (also known as Botox); a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is commercially produced for medical and cosmetic use and was approved in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services). Botox works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles and therefore stops them from contracting. Without muscle contraction, the skin is relaxed and does not bunch together, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. As such, Botox produces excellent results for treating dynamic wrinkles. Dysport and Xeomin are two newer anti-wrinkling treatments, which are also safe and effective and have FDA approval. These also contain botulinium toxin A and work in a similar way to Botox. Anti-wrinkle agents differ according to how quickly results are seen and the longevity of results.
Alternatively, injectable fillers are sometimes used to treat wrinkles by replacing volume loss. Make sure to discuss with your provider to help you choose the best agent for your desired results.
What areas can be treated?
How long is the procedure?
While the treatment time depends on the size and location of the injection site, on average this will usually take between 10-15minutes.
How long does treatment last?
Results typically last for between 3-4 months, although some can last for up to 6months depending on the type of anti-wrinkle agent used.
What are the side of anti-wrinkle treatment?
There are minimal side effects associated with using anti-wrinkle agents. These can include allergic reactions, minor bruising, temporary redness, tenderness and swelling around the site of injection.