Frequently Asked Questions
How do cosmetic anti-wrinkle injections work?
Administered by a series of tiny superficial injections, anti-wrinkle injections travel to the underlying muscle, blocking the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine (chemical messenger) responsible for muscular contraction. This relieves the expression lines at the skin surface, creating a smooth and refreshed appearance. After a period of time, new axons are formed, which gradually enable transmission of the chemical messenger to the muscle, thereby slowly reactivating muscular contraction.
How long do cosmetic anti-ageing injections last?
Once injected, you may begin to notice results within 2-3 days, however it will take up to 2 weeks to observe best results. The expected duration of results of anti-wrinkle injections can vary from individual, and this is dependent on a number of factors including the dose administered, the skin’s condition, hydration, metabolic rate and degree of muscular use in the treatment area. For most patients, anti-wrinkle injections are best scheduled between 3-4 monthly intervals to maintain results. By maintaining results, we can help to slow the progression of wrinkles and continue to improve those stubborn creases.
Do anti-wrinkle injectable treatments have any side effects?
Minor side effects post anti-wrinkle injection treatments include temporary localised inflammation, including redness, swelling, heat and small lumps at the treatment site. These symptoms are very normal and will usually subside within a couple of days. There is also the potential for minor bruising at the treatment site, which is usually easily concealed with makeup.
Will anti-wrinkle injections work on my skin?
Effectiveness of anti-wrinkle injection treatment will depend on two main factors.
- How profound the lines are.
- The overall condition of your skin. Definitely your age is to be considered, however it is not the most important factor. It is rather an unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking, excessive drinking and unprotected sun exposure which will affect the efficacy of anti-wrinkle treatment results.
Will my face look frozen after the treatment?
At DermaCare, we aim to treat our patients conservatively with anti-wrinkle injections, hence we endeavour to provide a refreshed and natural result. Consultations are essential to determine our patient’s requirements, discuss expected treatment results as well as to educate pre and post anti-wrinkle treatment care.
Is it safe to combine anti-wrinkle treatment with other cosmetic products or procedures?
Yes. Dermal fillers and cosmeceuticals are regularly used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injection treatments, so as to help improve and restore skin quality, smoothness and volume. Combination treatment is beneficial to obtain an overall refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. The medical professionals at DermaCare will work with you to structure a personalised treatment plan with the aim of providing optimum results for each individual.
How long have cosmetic injections like this been used?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used to successfully treat an extensive range of medical conditions dating back to the 1960`s. For the past 15 years anti-wrinkle injections have been used for cosmetic purposes and there have been no reported adverse long term side effects of the treatment.
Will I bruise after an anti-wrinkle injection treatment?
There is the potential for some minor bruising at the site of the treatment, this is usually easily concealed with a little make-up. Please note that, unless medically required, the use of anti-inflammatory and blood thinning medication should be avoided for at least 2 weeks prior to your anti-wrinkle treatment. (please obtain the consent of your prescribing doctor prior to discontinuing medication).
Can women who are pregnant or breastfeeding have anti-wrinkle injections?”
DermaCare does not perform anti-wrinkle treatments on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Is it safe to have anti-wrinkle injections if I have a cold?
Yes. It is safe to have anti-wrinkle injections if you are suffering a cold, and the treatment will not worsen your condition, however, at DermaCare we recommend our patients wait to have treatment when in better health.
Anti-wrinkle injection treatment – Comfort
Anti-wrinkle injections only take a few minutes and for most patients it is a very comfortable procedure. If required, we can offer a topical anaesthetic to ensure the treatment is as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Anti-wrinkle injections – Post-treatment care
It will generally take between 2-3 days for the anti-wrinkle injections to settle into the target muscles. Therefore it is important during this time to refrain from massaging, rubbing or applying heavy pressure to the treatment area/s. It is best to remain upright for the first 4 hours and to abstain from exercise for 48 hours post anti-wrinkle treatment. At DermaCare you will be scheduled a follow-up appointment 2 weeks post treatment to assess the results. We endeavour to ensure your absolute satisfaction with the treatment outcome.
Contra-indications – When shouldn’t I have anti-wrinkle treatments?
Anti-wrinkle injection treatment is not suitable for those suffering a neuromuscular disorder, nor if you are pregnant, potentially pregnant or breast feeding. It is very important to disclose all medical conditions/medications during the consultation so that we can ascertain your suitability for anti-wrinkle treatment.