For decades now, anti-wrinkle injections have been used to remove skin wrinkles that occur due to ageing. Anti-wrinkle injections are also known as Injectables or Dysport. Nowadays, it is popularly known as Botox.
Injectables are usually advised for deep lines using dermal fillers and botulinum toxin Type A. Injectables are commonly known in Australia as “Dysport and Botox.” In 1977, botulinum toxin Type A was discovered. It was first used to treat strabismus, a problem in the eye muscles. Botulinum toxin Type A is also known as “Clostridium botulinum” which is a toxin bacteria that was approved in the late 1980s as an anti-spasmodic agent and is effective in treating strabismus. In 1996, doctors started to use the botulinum toxin Type A to remove wrinkles. Those who used the botulinum toxin Type A had reduced wrinkles, and since then this has been recognised as one of the best solutions for wrinkles and for those with unrestrained muscle spasms of the face. Because of its positive results on wrinkle removal, the FDA approved it as an anti-wrinkle solution in 2002.
Not only is botulinum toxin Type A is effective in removing wrinkles, it has also been used to treat problems related to excessive sweating especially in the underarms. Aside from treating wrinkles and excessive sweating, botulinum toxin Type A is also used to treat other problems such as cross-eyes and overactive bladders. However, its main use which is what it is well known for is for cosmetic, for its temporary anti-wrinkle effect. Good candidates to undergo the anti-wrinkle injections are those having early signs of ageing, those with frown lines, and those who do not want to undertake an invasive cosmetic facial procedure.
- Before undergoing an injectable procedure, consult with your doctor first and tell your practitioner if you are taking any medications in order to prevent any possible reactions.
- Take a skin sensitivity test to check for any reactions to Botox.
- Do not use during pregnancy, lactation, if you have a neuromuscular disorder, or if you have an egg allergy.
- Stop the use of medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories, etc. 2 weeks before the procedure.
Anti-wrinkle injections does not require anaesthesia because there is not much pain in this procedure. The Botulinum toxin Type A solution is injected using a fine needle in the area to be treated for wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, and bunny lines.
Risks and Complications:
- Flu-like symptoms and headache
- Pain at the site of injection
- Eyelid drooping
- Allergic reactions
- Neck pain
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Double vision
- Decreased eyesight
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Blurred vision