• 3 June 2019
  • Dr Masood Ansari

For years, all cosmetic treatments for reducing moderate to severe facial wrinkling were surgical. Moreover, these procedures were often high in risk, uncomfortable, time-consuming, and ultimately permanent in nature. Now, however, innovative anti-wrinkle injections are capable of releasing dynamic creases, and filling in deep, conspicuous lines resulting from facial volume loss. Better still, when these injectables are used together, they’re capable of producing many of the same results that can be achieved through surgical skin-tightening. They can accomplish this without the need for downtime or complicated aftercare. Surprisingly, the true power of anti-wrinkle injections extends well beyond even these things. If you’ve been searching for a way to look younger, renew your confidence, and slow the facial aging process, below is more information about these injectable products and the very impressive range of benefits that they’re able to provide.

At present, there’s a very large number of injectable cosmetics that can be used to minimize and even eliminate mild to severe facial wrinkling. All of these products can be divided into two basic classes: injectable neurotoxins and dermal fillers. Injectable neurotoxins are designed to relax dynamic or motion-related creases away. They work by temporarily immobilizing the muscles that control specific, expressive movements. Dermal fillers, however, are used to restore lost volume in facial areas that have experienced both significant facial volume loss and a marked breakdown in the general integrity of the skin. While injectable neurotoxins are largely geared for the treatment of dynamic wrinkling, dermal fillers can address the deeper and more severe facial creases known as static wrinkles. Dermal fillers additionally have the ability to fill in hollows in the cheeks, and loose or sagging skin along the patient’s jawline. In fact, these products are even being used in augmentative cosmetic surgeries including lip enhancement procedures and liquid rhinoplasty.

Using Anti-Wrinkle Injections to Erase Motion-Related Creases

Dynamic wrinkles are among the very earliest signs of facial aging. These tiny lines and creases first appear around the eyes, at the middle of the brow, and around the lips. One of the most notable characteristics of dynamic wrinkles is their ability to disappear as soon as the facial muscles are relaxed. These creases are generally only apparent whenever people are smiling, frowning, visibly perplexed, or making other facial movements. They are caused by a gradual build-up of muscle tension, and a number of resulting cracks in the layer of collagen that supports the skin. When the muscles are engaged, these cracks become apparent at the surface layers as wrinkles. When the muscles are relaxed, both the collagen layer and the surface skin lie smooth.

The effects of most injectable treatments last up to four months. During this time, the nerve signals controlling select facial muscles will be blocked so that normal movements cease. Given that only very small amounts of these solutions are inserted during these treatments, patients will still be able to make an impressive number of very natural-looking facial expressions. After several months have passed, the effects of the injectable will wear off, regular nerve and muscle functioning will return, and dynamic wrinkles will likely begin to reappear. Patients who like the improvements gained from these injectables can always have our providers repeat their treatments as needed.

Eliminate Smoker’s Lines with Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Motion-related wrinkles are most likely to occur at the corners of the eyes and the middle of the brow. Between smiling and frowning, these are the facial areas that see the greatest amount of movement throughout the average day. If you smoke cigarettes or drink the majority of your beverages through straws, however, the act of pursing your lips may reveal lines that radiate outward from your mouth. These are known as smoker’s lines or perioral wrinkles, and they can often be relaxed away with anti-wrinkle injections. Once these creases have been minimized, you can maintain a smooth and youthful look, even when puckering up for a kiss. Deeper and more pronounced smoker’s lines can additionally be the result of skin and collagen damage caused by the actual act of smoking. When this is the case, injectable treatments can be paired with cosmetic fillers for optimum benefits.

Prevent Dynamic Wrinkling with Injectables

Injectable treatments aren’t just for correcting dynamic wrinkles after they’ve already appeared. These products are also being used by many young adults as an aggressive and early form of wrinkle prevention. Routinely immobilizing the muscles that are known to cause dynamic wrinkles allows people to stave these developments off for far longer. When used in a preventative fashion and regularly, these treatments may be able to delay the motion-related cracking of the collagen layer that exists just beneath the skin. Qualified candidates for injectable wrinkle prevention, however, are always at least 18 years of age, and these patients are usually in their late 20s to mid-30s.

Discover the Long-Term Benefits of Muscle Conditioning

Although anti-wrinkle injections are designed for use as a temporary solution to dynamic wrinkling, some patients have discovered that this product is capable of producing longer-lasting benefits when used regularly over time. This is due to the muscle conditioning that gradually occurs across the treated areas. The longer that select muscle groups remain dormant, the more likely they are to maintain their relaxed state as the effects of the injectable wear off. As such, patients who have used these products for several years can enjoy their line-free looks for six or more months with just a single treatment session. This type of purposeful muscle conditioning is also being used in non-invasive jaw reduction procedures.

While cosmetic procedures can be used to reverse the visible signs of the aging process, aging and its effects will continue to be an ongoing concern following any treatment. Ultimately, a long as an individual is living, facial aging never really stops. For many people, routine use of injectable treatments to diminish the appearance of dynamic wrinkling is a great way to beat back the ravages of time. Muscle conditioning is not a guaranteed benefit of long-term use, but for those who experience it, this secondary effect of prolonged treatments allows for fewer injections, and a significant extension of the resulting aesthetic improvements.

Address the Signs of Moderate to Severe Facial Aging with Fillers

In light of their tremendous popularity and their impressive track record of success, there is simply no denying the incredible efficacy of injectable neurotoxins in anti-aging treatment. Notwithstanding their reputation, however, there are many common, age-related issues that these neurotoxins cannot fix. That’s because things like loose skin, facial hollows, and static wrinkling cannot be simply relaxed away. Whereas dynamic creases can be thought of as superficial wrinkling, static wrinkles are deeper, more pronounced, and indicative of a general breakdown in the integrity of the skin. As people age, loss of volume in both their bones and their tissues can also contribute to facial hollows and sagging.

Loose and sagging skin can be corrected in a variety of ways. During face lift procedures, small incisions are made to both lift the skin and eliminate excess tissues. Once complete, these surgeries can make the skin look tighter, but they still aren’t capable of restoring lost volume. Dermal fillers can fill in deep creases and wrinkles, while additionally restoring fullness at the mid-face. This in turn addresses facial hollows, jowling or sagging skin at the jawline, and other evidence of advanced facial aging.

Much like injectable neurotoxins, facial fillers are not intended to produce permanent results. This makes them perfect for people who are seeking remarkable improvements, but who aren’t yet ready to commit to high-risk surgical procedures, or long-term aesthetic changes. The typical filler can last between six and nine months or more. After this time, these products are broken down and routed out the body. Due to their largely natural compositions, many of the top fillers are unlikely to cause allergic reactions or even localized irritation.

Nearly all anti-wrinkle injections take mere minutes to complete. In fact, the average treatment with cosmetic injectables lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. Whether receiving filler injections or injections of a purified neurotoxin, you can always look expect minimal inconvenience and little to no discomfort. In fact, many of the most trusted products have anesthesia built right in. For this and other reasons, anti-wrinkle treatments involving cosmetic injectables are often referred to as “lunchtime face lifts”. Few of these products require downtime or aftercare. Best of all, these products provide impressive results that usually start manifesting right away.

Eliminate Marionette Lines and Deep Creases

One common misconception about dermal fillers is that these solutions replace lost volume all by themselves. In truth, it is the hydrating action performed by these products that fills deep lines, creases, and sagging skin back in. Many of the top facial fillers are primarily comprised of a naturally occurring acid called hyaluronic acid (HA). When HA is inserted into the skin, it attracts and retains nearby water molecules to the point of saturation. Not only does this increase facial volume across the treatment area, but it also provides the added benefit of hydrating the skin at each and every level. This is the hydrating secret behind HA-based dermal fillers. It leaves people looking younger, and with skin that’s vibrant, dewy, and more resilient.

What Is a Liquid Face Lift?

Most people eventually find themselves dealing with a combination of both dynamic and static wrinkles. When this is the case, using both of the two primary types of injectables can be the fastest and least invasive way to turn back the hands of time. While injectable neurotoxins can release dynamic wrinkles at the brow, mouth, and eyes, dermal fillers can fill in deep creases, facial hollows, and areas with sagging skin. These combination treatments are known as liquid face lifts. These procedures are minimally-invasive and thus, they entail minimal risk and do not require any downtime or aftercare. Best of all, these are also face lift procedures that won’t require you to commit to permanent results. As the effects of each injectable wear off, the targeted areas will gradually regain their pre-treatment appearance. Just as when standalone products are used for anti-wrinkle injections, liquid face lifts can also be safely repeated for extended benefits, according to the doctor’s recommended schedule.

Pairing Injectable Cosmetics with Skin Resurfacing Procedures

In addition to pairing one injectable cosmetic with another, it is also possible to strategically combine these products with a variety of skin resurfacing procedures. Sometimes the most noticeable signs of aging have less to do with facial wrinkling and more to do with skin texture and tone. The development of melasma, dark spots, sun spots, and other evidence of hyperpigmentation can make a person look far older than he or she truly is. This is also true of enlarged pores and dark-colored scars. As people grow older, their skin becomes not only less resilient, but also a lot slower to heal. Skin resurfacing procedures such as micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels are designed to break down and slough away dead or damaged skin cells. This way, new and healthier skin can be revealed. The controlled damaged that these procedures cause also help expedite the regeneration of new skin cells, and the production of important, skin-supporting substances like collagen and elastin. When paired with injectable cosmetics, these procedures can make people look years younger, and without downtime, risk of scarring, or strict aftercare requirements.

Not only is it important for patients to find the perfect combination of treatments for their circumstances and needs, but it is also vital to time these procedures correctly. This is especially true when pairing anti-wrinkle injections with aggressive skin resurfacing procedures that may require several days or weeks of healing on their own. For this reason, working with a single provider to achieve both smoother and line-free skin is often the most efficient choice.

Schedule a Consultation to Find out How Anti-Wrinkle Injections Can Help You

If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to recognize your reflection in the mirror, you’re far from being alone. Countless consumers are eagerly searching for ways to slow or even reverse the unavoidable process of facial aging. Anti-wrinkle injections can smooth out dynamic wrinkles, restore lost volume, hydrate the skin, and make the visage look far healthier and younger overall. These procedures can also be a part of more comprehensive, anti-aging plans. Get in touch with the team at My Cosmetic Clinic in Newcastle, Baulkham Hills, Botany, Crows Nest, Erina, Frenchs Forest, Newcastle, Nowra, and Wollongong to find out more about our current options in cosmetic injectables, and to determine the best solutions for addressing your specific range of needs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

Dr Masood Ansari
About The Author

Dr Masood Ansari

Dr Ansari has undergone nine years of extensive surgical training around the globe. He received his initial surgical training under the auspices of the National Health Services (NHS) in the United Kingdom and obtained Membership in the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 2006. Due to his particularly keen interest in surgical research, Dr Ansari has been involved in multiple academic research projects and was awarded a Masters (MSc) in Advanced Surgical Practice from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

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