Anti-wrinkle injections

What is anti-wrinkle treatment by injection?

Our faces can be wonderfully expressive, our numerous different facial muscles allowing us to demonstrate a wide array of emotions. In our youth, the skin folds created by our facial muscles disappear almost instantly. Unfortunately, as the years pass by our skin loses some of its elasticity, meaning that the skin folds don’t disappear, but instead present themselves as unwanted lines and wrinkles. Muscle relaxing injections use nerve inhibitor, and when injected into a muscle it blocks the nerve impulses which cause the muscle to contract. When injected into specific facial muscles (namely those which cause the skin folds to develop) those muscles contract far less, and so the wrinkling effect is diminished. This leads to a smoother, more youthful appearance. 

Anti-wrinkle injections are one of three non surgical cosmetic surgery options that we feature in our blog post Avoid The Chop: 3 Non Surgical Cosmetic Procedures To Boost Your Confidence. 

There are several cosmetic surgery treatments that can make your eyes look more youthful. Read all about them in our blog entry: The Eyes Have It: How Cosmetic Surgery Can Perk Up Your Baby Blues. 

Why have anti-wrinkle injections?

For many patients, the desire to reduce and prevent the appearance of lines and wrinkles (which can often have an ageing effect) is the main motivation for undergoing anti-wrinkle treatment. It is particularly effective for wrinkles in the upper part of the face, such as in the forehead, or the area between the eyebrows (the glabella), or the areas to the side of the eyes (”crows’ feet”). However, many people, especially men, find that they frown significantly whilst concentrating, and over time very deep furrows can develop in the glabella, creating an almost permanent scowl. By relaxing the muscles which cause the frown, these lines can be softened significantly.

Your anti-wrinkle injection treatment

Your specialist aesthetic practitioner would undertake a full assessment of suitability prior to treatment, discuss any potential side effects and then discuss the areas you would like to be treated. An appropriate dose of the treatment would then be drawn up into small syringes, and then injected into the appropriate facial muscles using extremely fine needles. The number of injections needed would vary according to the areas to be treated, although by way of example the forehead might typically need four to six separate injections. Because the needles used are very fine, the injections cause minimal discomfort, although if required local anaesthetic to the skin can be applied prior to treatment.


There may be a very small amount of initial swelling or redness, arising from the use of the needle, but this would be expected to settle within a matter of hours. Often, you can expect the treatment to begin to have a notable effect within three to five days post-procedure and usually, to be fully effective within ten to fourteen days. The effects of treatment would typically last between three to six months before retreatment was required.

Cost and finance options

There’s nothing worse than unexpected charges that you don’t find out about until after the event, and that’s why we make sure you know the full cost of your surgery before you make the decision to proceed. Our inclusive packages cover all the hospital charges for your stay, your consultant’s fees for the operation and one-follow-up consultation. You can pay for your treatment by credit or debit card or with the BMI card – a flexible finance option to help spread the cost of your treatment. Find out more about our BMI card.

What to do next

Speak to us today about how to get referred for this treatment. Meet with a consultant of your choice, with appointments usually available within 48 hours.

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