Temporary wrinkles form naturally on your forehead and around your eyes when you move your facial muscles.
Over time and as a result of other environmental factors, these wrinkles may become permanent, giving you a tired, stern or even an angry appearance even when the muscles are still.
Anti-wrinkle treatments relax the muscles under those wrinkles which allows for smoothing of the skin and a more youthful fresh appearance.
There are two major types of cosmetic injection used for wrinkle treatment to improve cosmetic appearance - injectable muscle relaxants and injectable dermal fillers. These can be used together or in isolation in the treatment of facial wrinkles. The best treatment for you will depend on the area being treated and the severity of the wrinkle, both of which vary from individual to individual.
Injectable muscle relaxants work by relaxing the wrinkle-causing muscles that cause people to frown or squint, creating an improved appearance. Once the muscle is relaxed, you cannot contract it and continue to make the undesirable facial expression. As a result, the cosmetic injections gradually smooth wrinkles and prevent wrinkles from forming again. After a facial injection it takes 2 to 3 days for the treatment to begin taking effect and around 7 days to see the full effect. Treatment effects can last up to 4 months.
Injectable dermal fillers are placed beneath the wrinkle to fill in the depression. The areas most commonly treated with dermal fillers include Nasolabial Folds, Marionette Lines and Vertical Lip Lines. Dermal fillers are administered through a few injections by a trained medical professional. Treatments usually last for at least 6 months and normal activities can generally be resumed immediately following facial injections.
Usually the side effects of these wrinkle treatments are temporary and localised to the area of injection. The different types of cosmetic injection have different side effects, however in general possible side effects include swelling, pain, burning, bruising or redness at the injection site.
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