Without any doubt anti-wrinkle injections are the most popular minimal invasive cosmetic treatments in the aesthetic industry! The growing popularity trend is proven by the numbers: in UK over 39% of non-surgical treatments performed are botulinum toxin injections and over 7 million botulinum toxin treatments performed solely in US last year.
Anti-wrinkle injectables and dermal fillers are two of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments worldwide owing their success to their immediate and obvious results.
Despite the widespread publicity about their miraculous effects, we would call it miracle of science, the difference between the two gets blurred especially for a first user. Under each procedure a substance is injected in the facial area, the main difference between the two being the condition that they are targeting.
In botulinum toxin case the treatment is used to eliminate the wrinkles on the forehead and smooth out frown lines and crow’s feet. More experienced practitioners, use botulinum toxin injections to treat bruxism (the wear and tear of teeth due to clenching or grinding) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Dermal fillers are procedures used to add volume, plump and improve symmetry among facial features. With age our facial tissues thin out causing a facial volume loss. Dermal fillers are an excellent choice in restoring the natural youthful look by replacing the lost volume. They are usually used in areas such as cheeks, lips and chin crease. Though advances in the industry have resulted in a number of substances used in fillers, the majority of procedures use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance.
In a nutshell, injectables are the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure because of the fast and noticeable results, with no surgery or recovery time.
For all of these reasons and their high safety, doctors all around the world recommend wrinkle relaxing injections and fillers.
Botulinum toxin has grown hugely in popularity since the 90’s when this treatment was associated with physical insecurity and medical related appearance, to present when the treatment has become a beauty must have norm. This is in part the result of widespread social media coverage, celebrity’s promotion and partly due to the greater affordability of an anti-wrinkle injection procedure, which is now easily accessible by anyone, including younger adults. A contributing factor to its popularity is the fact that men are a part of the growing trend, the immediate effects convincing them to undertake a treatment that was not long ago perceived as specific to women.
Botulinum toxin is a substance that is injected in the facial muscles causing them to relax and soften, by blocking the signals from nerves to the muscles. This causes you skin to tighten therefore causing the fading of the fine lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles. It is used both as a preventive treatment, stopping the wrinkles to form and appear and also as a restorative, smoothing out the existing ones.
Though popular for its amazing results in wrinkle disappearance, it is also being used by healthcare professionals to treat medical conditions that affect the neuromuscular system such as upper limb spasticity, strabism, migraine headaches, blepharospasm, hyperhidrosis and bruxism.
Is it safe?
The anti-wrinkle injections have been used as a treatment for over 30 years now and currently there are no safety concerns in regards to the procedure or the adverse reactions that the product might trigger. The toxin injected represents a very small quantity and is administered with special micro needles designed to eliminate any pain or discomfort while the procedure is performed.
While the procedure itself is considered and approved by FDA and CE as a safe one, there are a number of important aspects you have to consider once you decide to have your treatment.
First and most important is the practitioner you trust to perform the procedure for you. A general consensus between the authorized practitioners is that 90% of the success and safety of your treatment is determined by the practitioner administering the treatment. So, make sure you check the qualifications, training and experience of your practitioner before you decide to go ahead. At Skinglow Clinic, we always recommend to have the treatment performed by a MD, fully trained and qualified.
The clinic/premises, always make sure the treatments are performed in a fully licensed or medical facility, that is safe, clean and suitable for having the treatment done. Do not accept any compromise, after all this is an injectable treatment.
Inquire about safety, risks and possible side effects. A prior consultation and a fully informed decision are a prerequisite to your treatment.
Product and cost. Ask about the product used, make sure the product used is licensed and authorized to be used in UK. We always recommend using an established brand and we don’t compromise on the quality and safety of our treatments. Avoid deciding hastingly for a time limited promotion or discounts. Have your research done before you decide.
SkinGlow our injectables offering
All our injectables treatments are performed by an experienced qualified MD. The procedure includes a free consultation to assess the needs of our clients and decide the most appropriate treatment plan.
We only use branded, licensed and UK authorized products for our procedures.
Our injectable treatments are administered by a qualified, and registered MD, with many years of experience in providing injectable treatments.
Following a thorough consultation and patient informed consent your treatment plan is agreed. The injections are administered directly into the relevant muscles and areas agreed to be treated. Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles, which relaxes the muscles that cause moderate to severe lines, softening the features to deliver a younger and fresher appearance.
The entire procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes so yes, you can say is a lunch break treatment. Following your treatment will take around 14 days to show full results, and it usually lasts for about 3 to 4 months, depending on each individual.
There are few considerations to take into account before booking your treatment. You’ll have to avoid intense physical exercise, sauna or sunbathing for 2 days after your procedure.
Anti-wrinkle injections represent a fantastic preventative treatment, especially designed to diminish dynamic wrinkles and subsequently erase fine lines, wrinkles and loose skin for a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
As time passes by, repeated facial muscle contraction will create static lines on our faces such as expression lines and wrinkles. In order to prevent the appearance of static lines, anti-wrinkle injections use botulinum toxin to block the signals from the nerves to the muscles for a set amount of time. This results in muscle relaxation which will help smooth out wrinkles and tighten your skin for an overall refined and natural look. Using a precise injection technique, our doctors will deliver an excellent result best tailored for each individuals’ needs.