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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

We pride ourselves in being one of the leading clinic in Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment in the UK. Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi is a leading facial plastic and laser surgeon and he is an internationally recognized expert in the procedure.

Anti-wrinkle injections are a prescription medicine that are used to improve the look of moderate to severe dynamic wrinkles and lines on a temporary basis. Also not all facial wrinkles benefit from anti-wrinkle injections.

Anti-Wrinkle treatments involve muscle relaxing injections that help smooth facial lines with results lasting up to 6-8 months.


Anti-Wrinkle Injections Use

The main dynamic facial wrinkles that can be treated with Anti-Wrinkle treatments are:

  • Frown lines ‘glabellar lines’ between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s-feet  ‘laughter lines’ at the corners of the eyes
  • Forehead creases
  • The bridge of the nose

Static wrinkles are lines that appear at rest; these do not usually improve with Anti-Wrinkle treatments and may be best treated with Dermal Fillers or Collagen Stimulation.

Any muscle activity on the body can be targeted with Anti-Wrinkle treatments, however, it is most commonly performed in the upper face.Whilst it does work around the mouth, chin and neck area, the benefits must always outweigh any possible weakness of the mouth muscles. Smile lines are usually best dealt with either by injectable dermal fillers or CO2 Laser Resurfacing.

In addition to cosmetic use, Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment is used to treat  migraine headaches, cervical dystonia, cramp, excessive sweating, Achalasia, chronic pain and Neuropathy. It is also a possible treatment for some cases of depression.


Before and After photo gallery

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

The before and after photos above are just an example. The results are various from one patient to another and there is no guarantee that all patients who will have this procedure will have similar results.

 


How do Anti-wrinkle Injections work?

Anti-wrinkle injection is a naturally occurring substance, it works by blocking the signals from the nerves to the injected muscles. The muscles can no longer contract strongly, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, laughter lines and frown lines.

Typically anti-wrinkle injections start to take effect from about the third day after the injections. It may or may not be associated with some very minor tingling, which disappears within a day or so, however, patients must understand that it may take up to ten days for the full effects of your treatment to be seen.

The appearance of frown lines and other treated areas will be dramatically improved within two to ten days of treatment. The skin will appear smoother and unlined. Whilst untreated facial muscles work as usual to allow normal facial expression to be unaffected by the treatment.

It usually takes two to ten days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. The skin type, skin thickness and degree of wrinkling, all play a role in determining how long the results will last.

As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles might need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles usually appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.

The full effects of am anti-wrinkle injections are not apparent for three to ten days. As mentioned the effects are temporary. The product is naturally and slowly metabolized in approximately four to six months. Even if most patients are happy with the effects of anti-wrinkle treatment, a top up injection will be required after this period of time to maintain the skin smoothing effects.


Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment

The procedure itself is very simple and safe. The facial movements and expressions will be assessed prior to treatment. Depending on the areas, Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi will endeavor to explain how effective the treatment will be.

No sedation or local anesthesia is required, only a topical ice pad should be applied to the skin to decrease the sensation of the injection and the Anti-wrinkle treatment is injected with a very tiny needle into specific muscles in the desired areas with only minor discomfort.

Depending on the areas treated, between two to six 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 feel slight sensitivity in the area for the next twelve to twenty four hours, which settles on its own. No down time or recovery is required, patients can resume normal activities immediately and can even drive home or back to work.

Very rarely, some patients experience slight temporary bruising or redness at the injection site. This can be covered with makeup, if necessary.

It generally takes between 2-14 days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol and exposure to excessive sunlight, at least two days prior to treatment. Aspirin should be stopped five days 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
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen, Naproxen)
Fish oil supplements
Vitamin E
Red wine

Patients should only get anti-wrinkle injections in a clinic by a plastic surgeon or cosmetic doctor. A typical clinical 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 explains the procedure, its benefits, limitations and possible side effects.

Post treatment care

We advise not to drink alcohol or exercise within twenty four hours of the procedure. It is also advisable not to lie down for a few hours after the treatment.  Some patients may have headaches for a few hours after the treatment. They should take care not to rub or massage the treated areas, as this can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area of the face. If this occurs, temporary facial weakness or drooping is possible.

It is recommended 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.

Very deep ingrained lines sometimes require an injectable Dermal fillers after a couple of weeks. In order to get the skin completely smooth he will advise accordingly.


The Results

Depending on how deep the line is, Anti-Wrinkle Injections will undoubtedly help and most times smooth it away, however, if the line is very deep, sometimes further treatment with an injectable dermal filler is required in order to get total smoothing of the skin.

The clinical studies indicate that the duration of the treatment benefits, increased over time, so that you should require fewer injections in the future. The duration of the effect varies from patient to patient and may be less effective for those over 65 years of age.


Anti-Wrinkle Injections Safety

Anti-wrinkle injections have been used in medicine for almost 50 years. There are approximately 1800 published studies about it, making it one of the best-researched medicines ever.

The FDA has approved anti-wrinkle Injections treatment as a temporary treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, frown wrinkles, forehead wrinkles and eye wrinkles (Crow’s Feet). After formal trials, on April 2002, the FDA announced regulatory approval of Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).

It is important to understand that whilst Anti-wrinkle Injections treatment is well tolerated by most people, patients who are pregnant, breast feeding or have neurological or muscle disease should not be treated.

There are very few and rare side effects to the anti-wrinkle Injections treatment, such as:

  • Temporary, slight bruising that can sometimes occur, however, this can usually be covered with make-up.
  • Headaches, which get much better within twenty four to forty eight hours, can occur, but these are rare.
  • Inappropriate facial expression, such as drooping eyelid and a very small amount of brow drooping can occur when injected in this area.
  • Uneven smile or loss of the ability to close the eyes, this will wear off in around two- three 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.

Despite precautions in exceptionally rare circumstances this can still occur, however, due to the non-permanent nature of anti-wrinkle treatment this is always temporary.

Individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have egg allergies or a neuro-muscular disorder are advised not to to have Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment at all.

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


Other Medical Indications

Anti-Wrinkle Injections treatment is the World’s most popular cosmetic procedure. It is also effectively used for:

Migraine Treatment – Up to 90% of migraine sufferers will have no or markedly reduced attacks for 5-6 months after injections with anti-wrinkle treatments in the trigger points that start the attack.

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis) – Too much sweating from the armpits can actually be embarrassing. Anti-wrinkle injections can teat the excessive sweating under armpits, with results lasting for up to 4-9 months.

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


Advanced Anti-Wrinkle Injections By Dr Ayoubi

Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi has developed his own advanced techniques in non-surgical facial aesthetic treatments including combining Anti-Wrinkle Injections, Dermal Fillers and Collagen Stimulation treatments to treat facial asymmetry, deep acne scars, traumatic scarring technique which has now been adopted by numerous plastic surgeons and cosmetic doctors worldwide.

Patients travel from all over the UK and from around the world to have Mr Ayham Al-Ayoubi perform his unique advanced techniques in facial aesthetic treatments at our clinic, which is one of the leading training centers for Anti-wrinkle Injections and Collagen Stimulation treatment in the UK and Europe.

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