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Anti-wrinkle injections (AWIs) are one of the main advances in the treatment of the ageing face and are considered the wonder treatment of the 21st century, used for a broad range of aesthetic and medical conditions. We always aim to achieve a natural, refreshed look and not only reduce the appearance of current lines and wrinkles but also work to prevent them in the future. AWIs can also be used to alleviate medical conditions, including excessive sweating, teeth grinding and migraines.
The effects of the treatment will last for up to six months, depending on the site. There is little pain and minimal bruising. The more often you undergo anti-wrinkle injections the less often you will need them. Over time, the wrinkles will dissipate and the interval between treatments will lengthen.
AWIs were approved for cosmetic use in the USA in 2002 and are safe and effective. Many people are concerned about the use of the word “toxin” when describing anti-wrinkle injections; however, this medication has a well-established safety record.
AWIs work by blocking communication between nerve fibres and muscles, thereby interfering with the signal sent through the nerve that causes the muscle to contract. Because it effectively paralyses the muscles, it has proven useful in conditions where muscles are overactive or in spasm.
It takes at least three to five days for the effects of the injections to occur and the maximal effect is often not achieved for 10 to 14 days. The procedure takes no more than 15 minutes.
It is advisable that you do not lie flat for eight hours post-injections. The treated area should not be massaged or exposed to heat and you should not bend over to pick up heavy objects for 48 hours after the procedure.
The areas most responsive to treatment are the frown lines between the eyes, the crow’s feet around the eyes, and forehead lines.
AWIs can also be used to treat:
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