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How Long Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Last

March 1, 2021

Anti-wrinkle injections are an investment in yourself, and like any investment, you want to understand the returns. Results from anti-wrinkle injections can last 2-4 months (depending on several factors discussed below), but they come in and wear off gradually. Here is a breakdown of how they work, how long they last and what you can expect after treatment.

How do Anti-Wrinkle Injections work?

Wrinkles form when your skin is repeatedly creased from certain facial movements, such as raising or furrowing your eyebrows. Anti-Wrinkle Injections are administered to the muscles responsible for these movements.

The product injected is technically a type of toxin, and it only goes into the muscle. It’s not absorbed into the body, so it doesn’t interact with anything you eat or anything you take orally. It simply inhibits the movement of select muscles.

Anti-Wrinkle injections are only administered into muscles that produce unnecessary or less desirable expressions, to prevent lines that make you look tired, worried or stressed.

How long does it take for anti-wrinkle injections to work?

You’ll see some results in just a few days, but it can take 7-14 days to get the full result. Though it takes time for the result to show, the injectable product is gone long before this.

Almost immediately after it is injected, the anti-wrinkle injectable product binds to the SNAP 25 nerve proteins in the muscles and deactivates them. This is how anti-wrinkle injections prevent movement in the muscles that cause your skin to crease when you raise or furrow your eyebrows.

Almost as soon as the product binds to the SNAP 25 proteins, the toxin is drawn in and neutralised. About an hour after your treatment, there is no injectable product left in the muscle or the nerve. The toxin is gone and your results come in gradually over the next 7-14 days.

How long do the results last?

Your body starts rebuilding the SNAP 25 proteins almost immediately after the product is neutralised (about an hour after your treatment), but the nerve proteins can take up to 3 months to rebuild.

This means that the effects normally wear off after 2-4 months, but it depends on the size of the muscle, the number of units injected, the number of consecutive treatments you’ve had, and the amount of time between treatments.

How often should you get anti-wrinkle injections?

Our Clinical Director Dr Garry Cussell normally recommends getting anti-wrinkle injections every 12-14 weeks. If you follow a regular treatment schedule, it ensures more consistent, reliable results, and you can save on cost as, over time, you may require fewer units of anti-wrinkle injectables to get the same result.

According to Dr Cussell, it’s better not to wait until your lines reappear before having your next treatment. With more regular treatment, he says, you are training yourself not to overuse certain muscles, almost as if you’re re-training your muscle memory.

Although 12-14 weeks is the sweet spot for most patients, it will depend on a number of factors such as the size of the muscle and the number of units used. Your doctor or nurse can assess your muscles and recommend the right number of units for you, as well as the optimal interval between your treatments.

We recommend coming in for a free consultation with one of our highly trained doctors to discuss how anti-wrinkle treatments can benefit you.

Are you considering anti-wrinkle injections?

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