Can Anti-Wrinkle Injections Be Used as Medical Treatments?

Can Anti-Wrinkle Injections Be Used as Medical Treatments?

The most common use for anti-wrinkle injections is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles within the facial skin. This works by injecting small amounts of botulinum toxin into specific muscles on the face to atrophy or relax the muscles and, in turn, stop them from contracting as much to cause the effect of creases and wrinkles.

What areas are treated with anti-wrinkle injections?

Popular areas for an anti-wrinkle treatment or two are mainly on the face and can include crow’s feet around the eyes, the forehead, both the glabella and the frontalis, smokers lines around the mouth, the masseter muscle to create a slimming of the jaw and on the neck to reduce the look of ageing creases.

Are anti-wrinkle injections used for anything else?

Botulinum Toxin isn’t only used for cosmetic procedures and does have other uses too. In some cases the same product that is used for anti-wrinkle injections will also be used for medical treatments such as treating migraines with a series of injections strategically inserted into various places on the head, this is believed to reduce tension and prevent migraine sufferers from having to endure such debilitating headaches.

It can also be used to treat excessive sweating and hyperhidrosis by inserting around 20 small injections of botulinum toxin into the targeted area. This is usually used on the underarms, hands and feet.

There has also been some documentation of anti-wrinkle injections being used on the shoulders to help release built-up tension and tight muscles which can cause discomfort, this is sometimes used for cosmetic reasons though too to create a more feminine-looking silhouette of the neck and shoulder area.

Who can perform these treatments?

These treatments should only ever be performed by trained and qualified practitioners who have undergone specific training in Foundation and Advanced Anti-Wrinkle Injections courses. Many medical practitioners, such as doctors and nurses, choose to train in aesthetic procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers alongside professional aesthetics practitioners too who may have come from different backgrounds, including physiotherapy or beauty.

Where can these treatments be done?

Most anti-wrinkle treatments will be performed in a clinic or salon. The treatment room should be clean and sanitary and contain a medical waste bin and sharps bin to dispose of any used equipment properly and safely.

Each local authority or council will have to inspect the premises to make sure it is suitable for use for these kinds of treatments.

If the practitioner performing the treatment is not a prescriber a consultation will be set up before the treatment can go ahead so that a prescriber can check that the client is suitable for the treatment and won’t have any known issues or problems after the treatment is performed. The product can then be ordered with the client’s prescription and their appointment for the treatment can then be booked in.

A review appointment is usually booked for around two weeks after the initial treatment to see how well the botulinum toxin is working and to see if any further “top-up” injections are required.

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