Also known as fillers or injectables, anti wrinkle injections have revolutionised anti-ageing and skincare, enabling patients to have a minimally invasive procedure with natural results when professionally done. But, if you’re considering fillers, the question you’ll probably be asking next is ‘how long do anti-wrinkle injections last’?
What Are Anti Wrinkle Injections?
There are different categories of anti-wrinkle injections available, and Botulinum toxin is just one example. Anti-wrinkle injections are used as an alternative to plastic surgery because they are minimally invasive and offer a relatively quick way to address the signs of premature ageing. Specialists say that the best time to start with anti-wrinkle injections is usually between the ages of 27 and 30. Having them before this age is generally not necessary because the dermis is thick before then, and unlikely to show creases and fine lines.
What Is Botulinum toxin?
Botulinum toxin, when injected, relaxes the muscles of the face and prevents wrinkles from forming because it doesn’t allow the skin to crease. Botulinum toxin is used often for lines and wrinkles in the upper part of the face, including the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, and to address lines and wrinkles on the throat.
How Long Does Botulinum Toxin Last?
On average a Botulinum toxin treatment will last between three and four months, but if you have ongoing treatment, the effects could last for longer.
What Are Fillers?
Injectables are gel-like substances that are placed underneath the skin and used as an anti-wrinkle treatment by patients of all ages.
They are used to plump up contours like lips and fill cheek volume. They can also be used to smooth out wrinkles, fine lines and creases.the ultimate goal of a filler is to create a younger facial profile.
Initially collagen was used for dermal fillers but hyaluronic acid has become increasingly popular. Some patients opt to have fat taken from other parts of their body and used as dermal fillers.
How Long Do Anti Wrinkle Injections Last?
Fillers and injectables are improving all the time, but in order to be as natural as possible, they can’t last forever. Substances like collagen and hyaluronic acid are naturally occurring in the body so the body tends to reabsorb them over time.
Each patient has a different experience but anti-wrinkle injections can be expected to last between six and twelve months, depending on the person and the area being worked on. The amount of time the filler lasts for also depends on the substance being used. Hyaluronic acid tends to last 6 to 12 months at a time but if you are having fat transferred from a different part of your body, it could even last for several years as the fat from your own body may be tolerated better. There is also the chance that, because it is fat from your own body, it is reabsorbed faster.
You should do your research, based on the filler being used and the area it will be injected into before committing to a standard period of time. You should also ask your plastic surgeon what you can reasonably expect from the procedure, based on his or her own professional experience with other patients.
Not lasting forever also has its benefits because, if you decide to stop for any reason, at any point, the effects will wear off gradually. Also, if you aren’t satisfied with the result, it is possible for your surgeon to dissolve your anti-wrinkle treatment.
What Complications Could Occur As A Result Of Anti Wrinkle Treatment?
Even though the procedure is minimally invasive it is possible for things to go wrong, and for complications to occur working with a suitably qualified, registered and experienced plastic surgeon will mitigate your chances of something going with an anti-wrinkle treatment, however. It is worth noting that dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin are prescription-only and should only be administered in the correct environment, by medical professionals. Injectables should not be administered in salons.
It is also very important to make sure your surgeon does a full medical history with you. The most common complications to arise when the procedure is managed by a medical professional are those that occur as a result of allergies.
Are Anti Wrinkle Injections Painful?
Everyone has a different pain threshold so it is difficult to pass comment on this universally. It also depends on the type of filler you are injecting, as well as the region of your face being worked on. The lips, for example, are generally more sensitive, and you may experience more discomfort in that area.
For that reason, most practitioners will make use of a local anaesthetic to numb the area and make the anti-wrinkle treatment as comfortable as possible. You might still experience some discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off, however, the sensation should improve in the days following the procedure.
Once you have had your procedure you must follow the instructions given by your surgeon, to ensure a complete recovery and to minimise your chances of side effects and complications. You must avoid touching the site, keep your skin clean and make sure you don’t expose your skin to extreme temperature fluctuations.
To get a more specific answer to how long do anti-wrinkle injections last you’ll need to discuss your individual risk factors.
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