As you age, the dermis which is found between the skin surface can evaporate causing wrinkles to appear. Anti-wrinkle injections help to resolve this issue.
What Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
The dermis is a thick layer of tissue that you can find between the skin surface and the underlying fat and muscle. It’s here where wrinkles and creases occur in the skin over time as the volume decreases of this tissue. Anti-wrinkle injections are used to help improve the volume in this tissue, targeting the deeper layer of the skin and improve the contours of the face. They can also be used in combination with other skin rejuvenating procedures.
What Are They Made Of?
The fillers can be treated via an autologous or non-autologous method. Non-autologous fillers are extremely popular treatment on the market considering their availability but it is advised that if you were to be treated in this method, you do so if they are FDA approved. These would contain the following:
- Hyaluronic Acid: A natural substance that’s generated within the body
- Collagen: Another natural substance that forms protein in the human skin
- Poly-L-Lactic Acid: This is a synthetic material that helps to stimulate collagen production
- Hydroxylapatite: This is found in human bones as a calcium-based microsphere.
- Polymethylmethacrylate: Shortened down as PMMA, these fillers contain microspheres of the substance that is purified in collagen gel
Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Have A Permanent Result?
This would be dependent on the type of surgical procedure used as not all autologous fillers have a permanent effect. It is understood between around 25-75% will have a permanent result.
Out of the non-autologous fillers, the polymethylmethacrylate fillers are classed as the only semi-permanent fillers whilst the rest are considered as temporary fillers. This means that treatments would be required every 2-3 years or so depending on the type of anti-wrinkle injections. The most common types of fillers, hyaluronic acid and collagen fillers, tend to last around 12-24 months.
How Is The Treatment Given?
A consultation will be given before the treatment is completed and this will help to determine how much of the area needs to be covered. As some of the fillers have local anaesthetic combined with it, it wouldn’t require this treatment separately.
Once the area to be treated has been agreed, the chosen anti-wrinkle injection is injected and can take up to 15 minutes depending on the area that needs to be treated and which type of substance is being injected.
Are There Any Risks Involved With The Treatment?
There can be some minor complications that arise after the surgery has been completed. This can include the following:
- Bleeding and swelling where the substances have been injected (Lasts around 24-48 hours)
- Damage to nerves and blood vessels (although this is uncommon)
- Rare cases of a reaction
- Some form of irregularities
As always, if you have any concerns feel free to contact us for more details.