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5 Facts About Anti-Wrinkle Treatment

Anti-wrinkle consultation

Wrinkle reduction injections, aka anti-wrinkle treatment, are commonly used in the management of dynamic fine lines and wrinkles in the face. The most common treatment areas are around the frown, the forehead and the crow’s feet, near the eyes. 

Although this treatment is increasing in popularity, there are some misleading myths doing the rounds. We’ve picked five facts about anti-wrinkle treatment to shine a clarifying light on some of the most important aspects of this injectable.

Only Prescribed By Medical Professionals

Botulinum toxin type A is a medically regulated product, only available by prescription. By law, this treatment can only be prescribed in a face-to-face consultation by a qualified medical practitioner who is experienced in aesthetic medicine. We are proud to say that every injector at The Academy Clinic is a medical professional. They work with our experienced aesthetics prescribers who will be present during your appointment. Make sure whoever prescribes your treatment is qualified to do so and sees you in person; don’t be afraid to enquire – your safety comes first!

Consultation Is Key

We will take a detailed medical and cosmetic history that will determine if it is safe and appropriate to treat you. A full consultation with a medical professional ensures that the treatment is safe and likely to be effective for you. This process is required to prescribe you the anti-wrinkle treatment product.

During your consultation we will also ask about your concerns and treatment goals. These are unique to everyone! Some patients only request treatment in specific areas whilst others will want all three (forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet). We will also discuss the range of movement that you would prefer post treatment. This will determine how much product to use.

This consultation helps us to determine how to approach your treatment, should you be deemed medically suitable.

Made From Botulinum Toxin

Anti-wrinkle treatment is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected, this protein interrupts the signal between the nerves which would usually make the muscle move. By using this protein we can temporarily soften the signal between the nerve and the muscle, so that when we make our movements, the lines aren’t so obvious.

Marking the skin during injectable treatment

Only Treats Dynamic Lines

Anti-wrinkle injections can only treat dynamic lines and wrinkles; these are the lines you see when you make facial expressions with your facial muscles, such as frown or forehead lines. Static lines, the lines you can see when your face is at rest, will not see a dramatic benefit from this treatment.

Can Take Up to 14 Days to Maximise

The effect of anti-wrinkle injections is not immediate. The treatment takes a couple of days to start working and is at maximal effect between 14 and 30 days. In fact, you won’t notice significant change for the first 5-10 days after treatment.

If injectables aren’t suitable, we also offer medical grade skin treatments at our London clinic which treat fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels and microneedling are popular advanced skin treatments which help to treat a wide range of age-related skin changes. We never offer a “one treatment suits all” approach – your treatment advice is bespoke to you.

If you have any questions about the treatments we offer, contact our patient coordinators on or 020 3884 3246.

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