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Despite the popular perception of Anti-Wrinkle Injections, as a form of medical cosmetic treatment, there are many practical applications for this medicine.

These include reducing pain, keeping children with cerebral palsy walking and allowing stroke patients to use their hands. While cosmetics help many people feel better about themselves, the benefits of reduced muscle spasms may allow patients to live fuller lives.

Facial Spasms

Frequent involuntary contractions of the facial muscles characterize a disorder known as hemifacial spasm. This disorder typically affects the muscles on one side of the face. Anti-Wrinkle Injections for these types of muscle spasms are, on average, 95 percent successful in providing relief.

Eye Disorders

Botulinum Toxin treatment is indicated for some eye disorders, specifically strabismus and blepharospasm. Symptoms of these conditions include poorly coordinated eye movements and eyelid tremor.

Blepharospasm is a term describing any abnormal, involuntary muscle contraction of the muscles controlling the eyelids. Typically, blepharospasm affects both eyelids and can escalate to functional blindness if left untreated.
Since blepharospasm concerns the contraction of muscles around the eye, Anti-Wrinkle Injections functions to impede nerve impulses that control the contraction, relaxing the muscle as a result.

Neck Spasms

Anti-Wrinkle Injections for neck spasms (or cervical dystonia) are highly successful in relieving pain and returning normal neck movement and range.

Cervical dystonia is characterized my abnormal, sustained posturing of the head and neck caused by involuntary contraction of the muscles. The cause of cervical dystonia is unknown, but the condition can be aggravated by walking or during periods of stress.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections blocks neuromuscular transmission (electrical conduction from nerve to muscle) through a three-step process. This is believed to be followed by the sprouting of new axon (nerve) terminals, which results in the re-establishment of neuromuscular transmission.
Voicebox

Botulinum Toxin treatment is indicated for several voicebox disorders, specifically spasmodic dysphonia. Symptoms of this condition are: speech difficulty.

Diseases of muscle spasms are surprisingly common and can be tremendously painful and debilitating. Relaxation of the muscles in spasms can be performed mechanically, chemically or surgically.
Botulinum Toxin is one of these treatments, however, before chemical or surgical interventions are used, physical therapy is often employed to see if the muscles can be stretched into relaxation.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections is a formulation of Botulinum Toxin type A. It is derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. This bacterium produces a protein that blocks the release of acetylcholine and relaxes muscles. Type A is just one of seven different types of Botulinum Toxin (A, B, C1, D, E, F, G) and each has different properties and actions. No two of these Botulinum Toxins are alike.

More than 100 years of research has expanded our knowledge of Botulinum Toxin type A from the identification of the bacterium clostridium botulinum to the commercialization of Botulinum Toxin type A as Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

In the 1960s, the muscle-relaxing properties of Botulinum Toxin type A were tapped for investigational use in realigning crossed eyes. These early studies paved the way for treating other conditions caused by overactive muscles with Botulinum Toxin type A.

Today, Anti-Wrinkle Injections is produced in controlled laboratory conditions and given in extremely small therapeutic doses. It has helped over one million patients worldwide with conditions caused by overactive muscles.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Anti-Wrinkle Injections to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Neck pain and abnormal head position associated with severe muscle spasms of the neck (cervical dystonia)
  • Lazy eye (strabismus)
  • Twitching of the eyelids (blepharospasm)
  • Muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist and finger muscles due to increased muscle tightness in the upper arms (upper limb spasticity)
  • Excessive underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis), where the Anti-Wrinkle Injections weakens the action of the sweat glands rather than muscles
  • A chronic migraine – a condition that causes headaches on more than fourteen days a month, including a migraine on at least eight of those days

There are several different types of Botulinum Toxins (A, B, C, E, F).The Botulinum Toxin used for cosmetic purposes is the Type A Botulinum or BTX-A.

Botulinum Toxin of type A is marketed under the names of Anti-Wrinkle Injections, Anti-Wrinkle Injections-Cosmetic (USA) and Vistabel® (Europe), by Allergan Laboratories and under the name of Dysport®, by the Ipsen-Biotech Laboratory.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Dysport® are the specialities used in medical indications (ophthalmology, neurology, and otorhinolaryngology). Vistabel® and Anti-Wrinkle Injections-Cosmetic are the specialities of the Allergan laboratory, which obtained the marketing authorization (A.M.M and FDA approvals) for wrinkle correction, but their action is exactly identical to that of Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections is one of the many trade names for the neurotoxic protein called Botulinum Toxin that is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. In large doses, the protein causes botulism, a rare paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning.

The protein is used in cosmetic medicine to treat moderate to severe brow frowning (glabellar lines), uncontrolled blinking, lazy eye, wrinkles, and upper facial creases. These procedures use a small amount of diluted Botulinum Toxin that enables controlled weakening of muscles.

Botulinum Toxin is sold commercially under the brand names Anti-Wrinkle Injections, BTXA, Dysport, Myobloc, Neurobloc, Xeomin, Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cosmetic, and Vistabel.
Anti-Wrinkle Injections widely used for non-cosmetic medical procedures.

In addition to cosmetic use, Anti-Wrinkle Injections is used to treat cervical dystonia, writer’s cramp, excessive sweating, achalasia (an esophagus problem), chronic pain, neuropathy, and migraine headaches.

For people with overactive bladders, Anti-Wrinkle Injections can improve their quality of life, say researchers from King’s College London School of Medicine, London, England. Anti-Wrinkle Injections administered to the bladder is as good as prescribed medications for tackling urinary urgency and twice as effective in eliminating symptoms completely.

Men with enlarged prostates benefit from Anti-Wrinkle Injections directly into the prostate, a study at University Medical College, Taiwan found.

It is also a possible treatment for some cases of depression.

Some studies have indicated that Anti-Wrinkle Injections used for aesthetic purposes can help people with mental illness. A study published in Dermatologic Surgery found that treating clinically depressed patients with Anti-Wrinkle Injections on the frown lines of their faces actually got rid of their depression.

Anti-wrinkle injection – Anti-Wrinkle Injections works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the injected muscles. The muscles can no longer contract strongly, causing the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, laughter lines and frown lines.

Anti-wrinkle injection- Botulinum Toxin is a naturally occurring substance, it can be used as an effective and powerful medication.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax. It usually takes two to ten days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months.

Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return less and they are not as severe, as the muscles are trained to relax.

Researchers discovered in the 1950s that injecting overactive muscles with minute quantities of Botulinum Toxin type A would result in decreased muscle activity by blocking the release of acetylcholine from the neuron, by preventing the vesicle where the acetylcholine is stored from binding to the membrane where the neurotransmitter can be released. This will effectively weaken the muscle for a period of three to six months.

Anti-wrinkle injection treatment areas may include:

Frown lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose
Squint lines (Crow’s-feet ) at the corners of the eyes
Forehead creases
Not all facial wrinkles benefit from anti-wrinkle injections. Anti-wrinkle injection won’t reverse wrinkles caused by sun damage. It is also less desirable to treat the lines around your mouth because muscles in this area are needed for eating and talking.

The skin type, skin thickness and degree of wrinkling all play a role in determining whether these injections are effective or not.

Patients should only get anti-wrinkle injections in a clinic by a doctor. They should never share a tube of anti-wrinkle injection. Anti-wrinkle injections should be performed by doctors who are experts in skin care and facial anatomy

Since anti-wrinkle injections don’t work for all wrinkles, a consultation with Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi is essential.

Those below should not have Anti-Wrinkle Injections:

Clients who are pregnant or trying for pregnancy, breastfeeding
Patients with certain neuromuscular conditions (e.g. myasthenia gravis)
Those with infections at the treatment site
Patients taking aminoglycoside antibiotics or captopri preparation/typical procedure
The anti-wrinkle injection is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. A topical ice pad should be applied to the skin to decrease the sensation of the injection. It generally takes between two to fourteen days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol and exposure to excessive sunlight at least five days prior to treatment. Aspirin should be stopped two weeks before treatment in order to reduce bruising.

A few simple measures may optimize the safety and improve the results of treatment. To minimize the risk of later bruising, it is recommended that patients discontinue any non-essential medications or dietary supplements that can cause thinning of the blood:

Aspirin (2 weeks prior)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc)
Fish oil supplements
Vitamin E
Gingko and ginseng
Red wine
A typical visit usually takes thirty minutes, with a slightly longer visit in the case of a first-time patient, as a lengthier discussion is needed to explain the procedure and its possible side effects.

Anti-wrinkle injections require no downtime, however, at the London Medical and Aesthetic Clinic we advise not to drink alcohol or exercise within twenty-four hours of the procedure. It is also advisable to not lie down for a few hours after the treatment.

You may have headaches for a few hours after the treatment. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area of your face. If this occurs, temporary facial weakness or drooping is possible.

It is reccomended to schedule treatments around every six months to help maintain a consistent appearance in the first year, from then on treatment can be delayed by a few months each time, as wrinkles have become less apparent.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections has been used in medicine for almost 30 years. There are approximately 1800 published studies about it, making it one of the best-researched medicines ever. Dosages used to treat children with cerebral palsy may range from 100 to 400 units, whilst typical dosage for cosmetic use is 20-50 units.

The cosmetic effect of Anti-Wrinkle Injections on wrinkles was originally documented by a Plastic Surgeon from Sacramento, California, Dr. Richard Clark, and published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989.

Canadian husband and wife Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist Physicians, JD and JA Carruthers, were the first to publish a study on Anti-Wrinkle Injections for the treatment of glabellar frown lines in 1992. Similar effects had reportedly been observed by a number of independent groups (Brin, and the Columbia University group).

After formal trials, on April 12, 2002, the FDA announced regulatory approval of Botulinum Toxin type A (Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cosmetic) to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). Subsequently, cosmetic use of Botulinum Toxin type A has become widespread, with many people viewing it as less intrusive and/or artificial than other types of plastic surgery.

Who can benefit from Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment?

Despite the popular perception of Anti-Wrinkle Injections, as a form of medical cosmetic treatment, there are many practical applications for this medicine.

These include reducing pain, keeping children with cerebral palsy walking and allowing stroke patients to use their hands. While cosmetics help many people feel better about themselves, the benefits of reduced muscle spasms may allow patients to live fuller lives.

Facial Spasms

Frequent involuntary contractions of the facial muscles characterize a disorder known as hemifacial spasm. This disorder typically affects the muscles on one side of the face. Anti-Wrinkle Injections for these types of muscle spasms are, on average, 95 percent successful in providing relief.

Eye Disorders

Botulinum Toxin treatment is indicated for some eye disorders, specifically strabismus and blepharospasm. Symptoms of these conditions include: poorly coordinated eye movements and eyelid tremor.

Blepharospasm is a term describing any abnormal, involuntary muscle contraction of the muscles controlling the eyelids.Typically, blepharospasm affects both eyelids and can escalate to functional blindness if left untreated.

Since blepharospasm concerns the contraction of muscles around the eye, Anti-Wrinkle Injections functions to impede nerve impulses that control the contraction, relaxing the muscle as a result.

Neck Spasms

Anti-Wrinkle Injections for neck spasms (or cervical dystonia) are highly successful in relieving pain and returning normal neck movement and range.

Cervical dystonia is characterized my abnormal, sustained posturing of the head and neck caused by involuntary contraction of the muscles. The cause of cervical dystonia is unknown, but the condition can be aggravated by walking or during periods of stress.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections blocks neuromuscular transmission (electrical conduction from nerve to muscle) through a three-step process. This is believed to be followed by the sprouting of new axon (nerve) terminals, which results in the re-establishment of neuromuscular transmission.

Voicebox

Botulinum Toxin treatment is indicated for several voicebox disorders, specifically spasmodic dysphonia. A symptoms of this condition is: speech difficulty.

Diseases of muscle spasms are surprisingly common and can be tremendously painful and debilitating. Relaxation of the muscles in spasms can be performed mechanically, chemically or surgically.

Botulinum Toxin is one of these treatments, however, before chemical or surgical interventions are used, physical therapy is often employed to see if the muscles can be stretched into relaxation.

How does Anti-Wrinkle Injections work for muscle spasms?

Chronic muscle contractions can occur in just one part of the body or in multiple muscle groups. Anti-Wrinkle Injections is injected only in the spastic muscle, it can be very effective in relieving dystonia patients’ localized symptoms.

Normally, your brain sends electrochemical messages to your muscles to make them contract and move. These messages are transmitted from a nerve to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. When too much acetylcholine is released, muscles become overly active and spasm or tense up.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections blocks the nerve from releasing acetylcholine. As a result, the muscle spasms stop or are greatly reduced, providing relief from symptoms.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections differs from oral therapies in that it is a non-systemic, focal therapy. When drugs are taken orally, they are distributed throughout the body by the blood system. The drugs reach not only their desired site of action but also many additional sites. In contrast, Anti-Wrinkle Injections is administered directly into the desired site of action. Anti-Wrinkle Injections is not expected to be present in the blood stream at measurable levels following the injection in the recommended doses.

Some people report minor, temporary discomfort from the injection. Anti-Wrinkle Injections is reconstituted with sterile, preservative-free, normal saline for injection. The neutral pH of the injected solution, in combination with the fine-gauge needle your doctor will use, can help to minimize any injection-related pain. The use of painkillers before the treatment can also help.

Patients rarley suffer from side effects of Anti-Wrinkle Injections, but the most common ones include: pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising.

Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction; other allergy symptoms are itching, wheezing, dizziness and faintness.

Pre – assessment at the London Medical and Aestehtic Clinic will be able to determine your suitability for the treatment.

How is Anti-Wrinkle Injections administered?

The procedure itself is simple and safe. The facial movements and expressions will be assessed prior to treatment. Depending on the areas, Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi will endeavour to explain how effective the treatment will be. Very deep ingrained lines sometimes require an injectable skin filler after a couple of weeks, in order to get the skin completely smooth, he will advise accordingly.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections is injected with a very tiny needle into the desired area. Depending on the areas treated, between six to twelve injections are necessary. The needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, so the pain is usually very minor, like a sting for a few seconds.

Once the injection is complete there is usually no discomfort, patients might perceive a slight sensitivity in the area for the next twelve to twenty four hours, which settles on its own.

No sedation or local anaesthesia is required and as no recovery is required, patients can resume normal activities immediately and can even drive home or back to the office.

Very occasionally some patients experience a slight temporary bruising or redness at the injection site. This can be covered with makeup as necessary.

Anti-wrinkle injections are injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. A topical ice pad should be applied to the skin to decrease the sensation of the injection.

It generally takes between two to fourteen days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol and exposure to excessive sunlight at least five days prior to treatment. Aspirin should be stopped two weeks before treatment in order to reduce bruising.

A few simple measures may optimize the safety and improve the results of treatment. To minimize the risk of later bruising, it is recommended that patients discontinue any non-essential medications or dietary supplements that can cause thinning of the blood:

  • Aspirin (2 weeks prior)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc)
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Vitamin E
  • Gingko and ginseng
  • Red wine

Patients should only get anti-wrinkle injections in a clinic by a doctor. They should never share a tube of anti-wrinkle injection. Anti-wrinkle injections should be performed by doctors who are experts in skin care and facial anatomy.

A typical visit usually takes thirty minutes, with a slightly longer visit in the case of a first-time patient, as a  lengthier discussion is needed to explain the procedure and its possible side effects.

Anti-wrinkle injections require no downtime, however, at the London Medical and Aesthetic Clinic we advise not to drink alcohol or exercise within 24 hours of the procedure. it is also advisable to not lie down for a few hours after the treatment.

You may have headaches for a few hours after the treatment. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area of your face. If this occurs, temporary facial weakness or drooping is possible.

It is recommended to schedule treatments about every six months to help maintain a consistent appearance in the first year. From then on treatment can be delayed by a few months each time as wrinkles have become less apparent.

Possible side effects

There are very few side effects to the Anti-Wrinkle Injections procedure. While allergy to any medicine is possible, it is rare indeed with Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Safety of Anti-Wrinkle Injections is clear, however, some patients may experience side effects.

The most common side effect of Anti-Wrinkle Injections is temporary, slight bruising, which can sometimes occur, however, this can usually be covered with make-up.

Headaches, which resolve in twenty four to fourty eight hours, can occur, but these are rare.

Inappropriate facial expression, such as drooping eyelid and very small amount of brow drooping can occur when injected in this area, this can usually be avoided by not treating the 1-cm area just above the eyebrows. Despite precautions in exceptionally rare circumstances this can still occur, however, due to the non-permanent nature of Anti-Wrinkle Injections this is always temporary.

Uneven smile, or loss of the ability to close the eyes. This will wear off in around two to six weeks.

Other adverse events from cosmetic use include headaches, dysphagia, flu-like syndromes, blurred vision, double vision, dry mouth, fatigue, allergic reactions and swelling or redness at the injection site.

Individuals who are pregnant,breastfeeding or have egg allergies or a neuromuscular disorder are advised to to have Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment at all.

Rarely, patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually resolves in three to four weeks. This development is usually caused by migration of the anti-wrinkle injection and for this reason, you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours.

Patients can reduce the risk of bruising by avoiding aspirin or ibuprofen-type drugs in the week prior to treatment (as these drugs thin the blood and are best avoided prior to any injectable treatment).

Also Botulinum toxin type A ( Anti-Wrinkle Injections) is approved for the treatment of excessive sweating in the United Kingdom in July 2001.

The drug has been used in medicine for almost 30 years. There are approximately 1800 published studies about it, making it one of the best-researched medicines ever. Dosages used to treat children with cerebral palsy may range from 100 to 400 units, whilst typical dosage for cosmetic use is 20-50 units.

The cosmetic effect of Anti-Wrinkle Injections on wrinkles was originally documented by a Plastic Surgeon from Sacramento, California, Dr. Richard Clark, and published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989.

Canadian husband and wife Ophthalmologist and Dermatologist Physicians, JD and JA Carruthers, were the first to publish a study on Anti-Wrinkle Injections for the treatment of glabellar frown lines in 1992. Similar effects had reportedly been observed by a number of independent groups (Brin, and the Columbia University group).

After formal trials, on April 12, 2002, the FDA announced regulatory approval of Botulinum Toxin type A (Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cosmetic) to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). Subsequently, cosmetic use of Botulinum Toxin type A has become widespread, with many people viewing it as less intrusive and/or artificial than other types of plastic surgery

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