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How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
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‘Anti-wrinkle injection’ is a term used in Australia to describe a neuromodulator used to partially relax some of the tiny muscles in the face, as a cosmetic procedure. Australian medical practices, including cosmetic dermatologists, must abide by legal guidelines and cannot name prescription medications online or in brochures. This means we’ve developed more nuanced ways of discussing these cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatments, whereby ‘anti-wrinkle injection’ means neuromodulator injections used for a very specific muscle-relaxing anti-wrinkle purpose.

Anti-wrinkle injections do:

  • Prevent wrinkles from forming
  • Reduce worsening of wrinkles that already exist

Anti-wrinkle injections do not:

  • Improve the quality of your skin (we use dermal fillers, chemical peels, light and energy treatments, for that)
  • Boost collagen (we use lasers, chemical peels, light and energy treatments for that)
  • Increase volume (we use dermal fillers for that)
  • Soften wrinkles (we use dermal fillers for that)
  • Erase fine lines and wrinkles (we use microdermabrasion or dermal fillers for that)

Anti-wrinkle injections are very specifically named because they prevent the mechanical muscle action that directly causes wrinkles – the contraction of certain muscles that draw your skin together forming a crease, as part of our facial expressions. Over time, these creases become engrained in your skin, forming a permanent fine line or wrinkle.

As skin ages, it loses collagen and elasticity, which causes sagging. This sagging then also results in creases, until eventually our face becomes the criss-cross pattern we see in our grandparents and great grandparents.

The process of ageing skin can’t be stopped, but it can be slowed with anti-wrinkle injections and other cosmetic treatments that boost collagen and improve skin texture. Anti-wrinkle injections are not designed to do anything else except stop the repetitive movement of your face that causes wrinkles, thereby halting or preventing wrinkles.

How anti-wrinkle injections affect your facial expressions and how we manage that at our Melbourne clinic

The rise of anti-wrinkle injections over the last decade has meant that some of us start a little later than others when it comes to wrinkle prevention, though it is now considered very normal to start getting anti-wrinkle injections in your 20s.

Preventing wrinkles is not about keeping your face frozen or having no lines on your face – lines create character in a face, and are to be celebrated – but to keep the lines in proportion to our age and nature. A classic example of a rogue line might be a genetically inherited deep groove between the eyebrows when you frown, which can be lessened with a few carefully placed anti-wrinkle injections. We don’t stop the frown, but we lessen its impact on your skin. Don’t worry – everyone will still know when you’re mad!

The idea is to keep a natural-looking face and facial expressions since these are such an important part of who we are and how others understand us. Importantly, micro expressions are also how we interpret others’ emotions, so it would be counterproductive to completely immobilise muscles in our face.

Being emotionally connected is important, and your facial expressions are meaningful. We treasure those facial expressions when we are making an anti-ageing plan for you that involves anti-wrinkle injections.

We take care of your self-expression and your wrinkles.
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