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Are continuous anti-wrinkle injections safe over the long-term?

Are continuous anti-wrinkle injections safe over the long-term?
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long term anti wrinkle injections safteyA study has just revealed that using muscle-relaxant anti-wrinkle injections over many years as an anti-ageing strategy appears to be safe. Patient satisfaction with the anti-wrinkle treatments are high, particularly when combined with other treatments. 


Long-term Anti-Wrinkle Injections are Safe

Dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are often used together for maximum effect, but cosmetic treatments run the full gamut between laser skin resurfacing to radiofrequency treatment for skin tightening.

Patients in the study had a combined over 5,000 treatments, averaging two or more per year for an average of nine years each. Some patients had been receiving treatments for up to 16 years. The treatments were reviewed in this retrospective study to determine overall safety, while patients also self-reported their perceptions of themselves. The longer patients were treated, the younger they perceived themselves to look.

The research found that patients are generally very satisfied with the treatments, which is good news, with other key findings of the study being:

  • Dosages of some anti-wrinkle injection sites (forehead in particular) have reduced over time for a more natural result (practitioner-driven)
  • Adverse effects from combining anti-wrinkle injections with other treatments were infrequent and mild, reducing markedly in frequency after the first year of treatment
  • Anti-wrinkle injections are now being used for many other medical uses besides wrinkles

How anti-wrinkle injections work

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to fully or partially relax the muscles that pull skin together in certain areas of the face to prevent the development of new wrinkles and stop further development of wrinkles that already exist. These treatments are effective and considered to be very safe, with this latest study confirming this.

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