Anti-wrinkle injections are one of our most popular procedures here at J2 Medical. It’s often employed as a method for reducing the effect of wrinkles and giving a patient smoother, younger-looking skin. Despite being so popular, anti-wrinkle injections have gotten a bad rap in mass media and popular culture. Both the treatment and its users have been used as the punchline for jokes in sitcoms and sketch shows, while hysterical headlines would have us believe it’s a dangerous substance, never to be trifled with.
In this article, we’re going to debunk some of those myths and tell you the truth about anti-wrinkle injections. But first, some information:
What’s In Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections contain a neurotoxic protein known as botulinum toxin. This toxin is produced by certain bacteria and affects muscle movement. Specifically, it blocks the release of neurotransmitters carrying instructions from the brain to the muscle and vice versa. The practical outcome of this is a temporary paralysis of the affected area.
Now that we know what’s in them is, let’s crush some of those myths.
Myth #1: Anti-Wrinkle Injections Freeze Your Expression
It’s the classic sitcom gag: a patient gets an Anti-Wrinkle Injection treatment and ends up with an unmoving face that looks like a mannequin. This is nonsense. The only way such a situation can occur is if you overdose on the toxin, which does not happen with trained medical professionals. Our doctor knows exactly how much compound to inject and where to administer it. The only effect it will have on your face is smoother, younger-looking skin.
Myth #2: Getting Anti-Wrinkle injections is painful
If you’ve had a friend or family member complain of a painful procedure, we can only assume it was conducted at a cosmetic salon. Here at J2 Medical, all Anti-Wrinkle injections are performed by a highly-trained and experienced medical professional, using the finest and narrowest of needles. We understand the human body and how your face musculature works, so all our Anti-Wrinkle treatments are guaranteed to be pain-free.
Myth #3: Botulinum Toxin is just an anti-wrinkle treatment
In fact, the use of botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes is more of a useful side effect of the toxin. It was developed to treat strabismus (also known as improper eye alignment) and has since been applied to a range of medical conditions such as twitches, muscle spasms, involuntary muscle contractions, migraines, and more. While we specialise in using the compound as an anti-wrinkle treatment, our medical staff can target other muscle groups that may be causing you problems.
Myth #4: When my treatment wears off, my wrinkles will be worse than ever
The treatment doesn’t affect the skin directly; it affects the musculature beneath the skin’s surface. Once the treatment wears off over the course of 3–4 months, your muscles will begin responding as they did before, leaving your face — wrinkles and all — just as they were prior to your treatment.
Myth #5: Nobody knows the long-term effects of Anti-Wrinkle treatment
Botulinum toxin has been used in the medical field for over forty years. The first clinical trials on humans were conducted as far back as 1977, and research on the toxin’s applications and after-effects has been ongoing ever since. Concerns about any long-term ill effects are entirely unfounded, so long as the treatment takes place in a clean and hygienic clinical setting.
Get in touch
If you’re ready for your first treatment, you can book an appointment online today. If you have concerns about the treatment or want to discuss the process, call J2 Medical today on 01295 577 784.