As we age, lines and wrinkles appear on the forehead, around the eyes and around the mouth. These lines are a result of muscles contracting to form different facial expressions, resulting in an aged and tired look. Here at Sculpted, anti-wrinkle injections are used to temporarily relax these wrinkle-causing muscles, providing you with a refreshed appearance. We use these in combination with other treatments for skin tone, texture and quality improvements. How is the procedure performed? Anti-wrinkle injections are administered by well-trained staff at the Sculpted Clinic under Dr Sawhney’s supervision. An initial consultation with Dr Sawhney is mandatory for him to assess your needs and desired aesthetic results. Follow-up consults then allow him to fine-tune your regular maintenance treatments to optimise your results. This high standard of care is delivered to each Sculpted patient. Our goal is to slow down and prevent the ageing process from affecting your features permanently. Before the injections are applied, the treatment area will be marked for accuracy. A series of injections are required to relax the muscles in the treatment area. However, treatments are very quick and only last 15 to 20 minutes. Results may be seen as early as 1-2 days later. However, it takes 10-14 days for the full results to be visible. Results typically last for 3-4 months and further treatments will be required to maintain results. How long the results last is different for every patient because the body metabolises the injections at different rates. Since this is a minimally invasive procedure, patients are free to resume their usual routine directly after their injection appointment. However, patients should refrain from exercising for at least 24 hours and shouldn’t lie flat for several hours after their appointment. This prevents the injections from metabolising too quickly and migrating. Along with treating lines and wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), facial muscle spasms and migraines. Are there any side effects associated with anti-wrinkle injections? Side effects are rare, generally temporary and limited to the injection sites. Possible side effects include pain, stinging sensations, bruising, swelling, redness, itching, headaches, nausea and flu-like symptoms. If these occur, they tend to resolve in the first week after the injections. Dr Sawhney will take you through any potential risks and side effects prior to your treatment, ensuring you know exactly what to expect. Wrinkle Relaxers FAQs Do I need anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers? It’s very common to confuse dermal fillers with anti-wrinkle injections – they are similar but not the same thing. Anti-wrinkle injections are designed to relax the muscles that cause lasting expression lines and deep grooves. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are designed to restore volume to specific areas of the face, including the cheeks, eye area and lips. The type of injection you require is dependent on your goals. In some instances, patients choose to receive both. Dr Sawhney will assist you with a tailored treatment plan that meets your specific requirements. How much will anti-wrinkle injections cost me? The cost of cosmetic injections is different for everyone. A series of injections are required to achieve the right outcome. How many units you will require cannot be determined without a consultation. Will my face look fake or frozen after anti-wrinkle injections? Absolutely, not. Anti-wrinkle injections create a very subtle effect. They simply block the nerves that cause certain facial muscles to contract. You will still be able to smile, eat and move your face, certain muscles just won’t contract as strongly as they used to. The only time cosmetic injections will ever create a fake or frozen look is if too much product is used or the treatment is administered by an inexperienced injector. Should I expect these injections to be painful? Everyone has a different pain threshold but generally, anti-wrinkle injections are very manageable. The needles that are used are very fine, which means you will only feel a gentle prick as it enters your skin. There may be some slight stinging as the product is administered but nothing severe. If you really are concerned about discomfort, a numbing agent can be applied 30 minutes before your appointment. Is there anything that would prevent me from getting these injections? Pregnant patients will not be able to receive anti-wrinkle injections. If you have any underlying nerve conditions, you also won’t be a suitable candidate for this treatment. You will also need to be older than 18 to receive these injections. Are wrinkle relaxers safe? Yes, anti-wrinkle injections are safe, provided you are receiving them from a reputable clinic and practitioner. These injections have been used in a number of medical treatments for many years. The ingredients are not absorbed into the bloodstream, they bind with proteins in order to affect the nerve endings. About an hour after your appointment, the ingredients are no longer present in your system. If you have any specific concerns, please feel free to discuss them with Dr Sawhney. To schedule a consultation, contact our friendly team today. Government regulations inhibit us to name any products used for cosmetic injections. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.