- Forehead wrinkles
Anti-wrinkle injections for forehead lines is of the most common procedures carried out. Horizontal forehead lines can be treated by performing injections into the forehead muscles to decrease activity of the muscle and therefore treat wrinkles. This can be tailored to the individual so that lines are only softened allowing for natural movement can be maintained. However some patients would prefer no movement.
Over time these wrinkles that are only present with movement will become permanent. These are known as static wrinkles. Once they are present they are more difficult to treat, but can often be addressed with a combination of anti-wrinkle injections, dermal filler, skin boosters or laser.
This treatment of forehead wrinkles is generally combined with that of frown lines so that the shape & position of the brow is not adversely affected.
- Frown lines
Anti-wrinkle injections are performed to make the patient look less angry. Frown lines can be treated by performing injections into the frown muscles to decrease activity of the muscle and therefore treat wrinkles. This can be tailored to the individual so that lines are only softened allowing for natural movement can be maintained. However some patients would prefer no movement, and this can also be achieved.
Initially these will only occur with facial expression (known as dynamic wrinkle), however if left untreated these will develop into lines that are present even at rest (known as static wrinkles). We often use a combination of muscle relaxing injections and dermal filler to bring about a natural result for patients.
This treatment is generally combined with treatment of forehead wrinkles so that the shape & position of the brow is not adversely affected.
- Crows feet wrinkles
Crows feet wrinkles are formed by over activity of the ring muscle that surround the eye known as orbicularis oculi. Over time & with excessive squinting these muscles become hyperactive and cause crows feet lines. Anti-wrinkle injections to soften these lines creates a natural and more youthful appearance to the eyes.
These injections are performed into the ring-like muscle around the eyes to soften these lines. It is most desirable when treating the crows feet to leave some movement so that natural expression (in particular smiling) is maintained.
This procedure is often combined with filler of the cheek & lateral tear trough to produce an enhanced aesthetic outcome.
- ‘Lip flip’
A common procedure to relax the muscle on the upper lip and create more eversion (outward show) of the upper lip. Commonly combined with lip filler to produce a fuller upper lip.
- Chin dimpling & mental crease
As we age the muscle of the chin (known as mentalis) becomes hyperactive. This is due to a combination of loss of bony support and overuse. The end result if an up-turning and dimpling of the chin, both of which contribute to shortening of the lower third of the face and looking ‘aged’.
This muscle is treated with muscle relaxing injections to soften its action. These reduces the dimpling and crease of the chin and allows it to naturally lengthen. This is considered a more youthful and balanced appearance.