Anti-wrinkle injections are used to reverse different signs of ageing by relaxing the muscles that cause the formation of some types of wrinkles. Whether you are trying out this treatment for the first time or have been receiving anti-wrinkle injections for years, you may have some concerns about the safety of the procedure. Fortunately, My Cosmetic Clinic has plenty of facts about these treatments that can put your mind at rest, as well as advice on how to be sure your anti-wrinkle injections are as safe and effective as possible.
EVERY MEDICINE HAS SOME SIDE EFFECTS, FORTUNATELY THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTION ARE UNCOMMON AND SELF-LIMITING AND USUALLY LOCALIZED TO THE TREATED AREA.
The Science Behind the Procedure
The active ingredient in anti-wrinkle injections is a purified protein that relaxes the muscles it targets. When used in the cosmetic realm, this treatment addresses wrinkles and lines on the face that appear when you consistently make certain facial expressions. These creases are known as dynamic wrinkles, which first appear only when the expressions are made. However, over time the lines can become permanent additions, making you look much older than you feel.
The medication in the injection affects the way nerve impulses are delivered to the muscles, which prevents the muscle from contracting. By easing the muscle activity that causes these wrinkles, we can smooth them away completely without compromising your ability to smile, frown or squint quite naturally. The results are only temporary, which means you will need to repeat your treatments regularly to maintain your more youthful look.
Medical Treatment First
Anti-wrinkle injections were first approved in Australia in July 1999 for medical reasons, rather than cosmetic purposes. They were not used as aesthetic treatments until 2002. Currently, anti-wrinkle injections are approved in Australia as a treatment for the following:
- Chronic migraine headaches in adults
- Blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching) in patients age 12 and over
- Primary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet (fine lines in the outer corners of the eyes).
Because this medication is used for a wide range of concerns, patients seeking it for cosmetic reasons can be confident that it has been thoroughly assessed and tested for both safety and efficacy.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is the branch of the Australian Government Department of Health responsible for approving and regulating medical devices and medications. The agency makes decisions to approve these medical products after extensive testing and clinical research, providing Australians with peace-of-mind in knowing the products they use are as safe and effective as possible. While no medical treatment is without any risk, consumers can rest assured that the benefits will outweigh the risks in most cases when products are used properly and according to a physician’s direction.
TGA has approved anti-wrinkle injections for the purposes listed above and continues to monitor the substances for additional concerns. Currently, TGA notes, “The post marketing experience with (anti-wrinkle injections) has been extensive, and it is unlikely that there are unsuspected toxicities associated with its use.”
One reason anti-wrinkle injections are considered relatively safe is that when delivered, they target the muscles involved in causing the wrinkles without migrating to other areas of skin and tissue. While there is some danger the formulation will diffuse once it is injected, the risk is rare when the treatments are performed by an experienced injector. Considering that the medication is often used to address even the most delicate eye conditions, you can rest assured your cosmetic injections will remain in the targeted location without causing unwanted side effects.
While anti-wrinkle injections do have a long track record of safety, their popularity has opened the door to more physicians and other providers offering the treatment. The increase in availability makes it that much more critical that you choose your injector wisely to ensure experience and expertise are present to minimise your risks and ensure the safest treatment possible. Never settle for injections offered by a less experienced provider simply for convenience or cost-savings. The value you receive with an experienced injector will far outweigh any other benefits offered by these less qualified offices.
Anti-wrinkle injections have been around for decades and boast an excellent safety record in both the medical and cosmetic realms. To learn more about these treatments, contact My Cosmetic Clinic today on 1300 85 49 89.