‘How long do anti-wrinkle injections last’ is an almost daily question posed by our patients at Shields Dental & Implant Clinic. In this post, we will clarify the factors affecting how long the results of anti-wrinkle injections will last.

What are Anti-wrinkle Injections?

In short, anti-wrinkle injections are substances used to reduce wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.

Anti-wrinkle injections are a form of Botulinum toxin and the trade name for the substance when used for cosmetic purposes. When injected into certain areas of the face, anti-wrinkle injections block nerve signals to which muscles respond. The action of anti-wrinkle injections cause the muscles to relax and prevents skin from creasing. When the skin does not crease, old wrinkles start to fade and new ones may not form.

What happens during Anti-wrinkle Injections treatments?

Anti-wrinkle injections are most often used to treat wrinkles such as frown-lines, ‘11’ lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. During the procedure, the anti-wrinkle injections are inserted into muscles to help them relax and prevent the formation of wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections need to be administered by a qualified professional. The right dosage has to be injected into the right place in muscles to avoid complications, so it is crucial to go to a qualified, experienced practitioner for the procedure. Everyone’s face is slightly different, so a knowledge of muscle attachments, where the main body of the muscle lies and where to inject in the muscle is vital. In addition, people have slightly different facial expressions and movement. It means that the desired effect is an interpretation and understanding of the above to achieve the effect you want. This is why an experienced, knowledgeable and appropriately qualified medical professional is the best choice. You will be advised not to consume alcohol, take Aspirin or any anti-inflammatory drugs for a whole week before the procedure.

The procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, although you do use some topical anaesthetic cream to minimise discomfort. When you receive the injections, you might feel some minor discomfort but that passes quickly. You should start to notice the effects of the anti-wrinkle injections treatment taking hold anytime from the second day up to one or two weeks after treatment.

middle aged lady with anti-wrinkle injections

If you are undergoing the procedure for the first time, you should be given a lower dose of anti-wrinkle injection to observe how your muscles react to it. The dose can be adjusted during subsequent treatments.

How long do anti-wrinkle injections last?

The effects of anti-wrinkle injections last approximately four to six months. Anti-wrinkle injections will eventually be broken down by the body and its effects lost. You will need to repeat the treatment once it has worn off.

What Factors affect how long Anti-wrinkle Injections will Last?

The following factors affect how long anti-wrinkle injections will last:

  1. The location of the injection
  2. The amount of anti-wrinkle injection administered
  3. Your age and the elasticity of your skin – elasticity decreases with age and the effects may wear off more quickly
  4. Wrinkle depth – The effects may wear off more quickly when treating deep wrinkles
  5. The power of the muscle involved and how much the patient uses those muscles

Are there any Side Effects to Anti-wrinkle Injections?

Infrequently, a bruise may develop at one of the administration points, though this is uncommon. Some people might develop a headache as a reaction to the injection but this too passes within 24 to 48 hours. Though infrequent, this is more likely the first time.

Sometimes, when a person reacts very well to the anti-wrinkle injection, it can be over effective and might cause a droop or an asymmetry. The only cure for this is to wait for the effects to wear off. Therefore, it is important to receive your treatment at a clinic with qualified, experienced practitioners to avoid complications to minimise the risk. The use of anti-wrinkle injections is not advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding women or for anyone who suffers from a neurological disorder.

How can Shields Dental & Implant Clinic Help you?

Shields Dental & Implant Clinic in Limerick are experts in the provision of anti-wrinkle injections, lip filler treatments and dermal filler treatments and have practitioners with many years of experience in the field. Anti-wrinkle injections are provided using only the best materials and in a completely safe, professional and suitable environment.

Call us today at 061-480070 and to ensure you achieve your desired result. Remember that your first consultation is completely free.