The many uses of anti-wrinkle injections

uses of anti-wrinkle injections

Anti-wrinkle injections have become synonymous with eradicating wrinkles and continues to be the most requested anti-ageing treatment around the world.

Anti-wrinkle injections use a neurotoxic protein that prevents the release of neurotransmitters that cause the muscles to relax and contract. Put simply, when injected it results in temporary paralysis of the muscles below the surface, which then gives a firmer, smoother effect to the appearance of the skin.

Although it is widely used within the cosmetic industry as it is effective and low risk for patients, there are many other uses for anti-wrinkle injections, some of which might surprise you…

Anti-wrinkle injections can help scars to heal

This is an interesting one, as when formed scars can be challenging to treat and can greatly affect people’s self-confidence. The body is very good at healing itself, but as a scar forms, it is often put under pressure from the body’s natural movements, particularly in areas such as the face. Anti-wrinkle injections have the ability to cause temporary paralysis of the target area makes it ideal for helping scars to heal. By creating a paralysed area around the area of trauma, anti-wrinkle injections give the tissue some uninterrupted time to heal, which can speed up the healing process and result in a ‘better’ scar.

New research published in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery evaluated the effectiveness of this use of anti-wrinkle injections. In a clinical trial carried out at a Shanghai University, use of anti-wrinkle injections during the healing of a facial scar was compared to a placebo and the treated scars were lower and narrower than the placebo ones.

Anti-wrinkle injections can help treat hyperhidrosis – overactive sweat glands

Over time, surgeons noticed that patients who were having facial anti-wrinkle injections as an anti-wrinkle treatment were noticing a welcome side effect, they were no longer sweating as much in the areas where the anti-wrinkle injections were administered. The short-term paralysis was affecting the sweat glands as well, which prompted a wave of medical testing to see just how effective anti-wrinkle injections could be as a treatment for hyperhidrosis. Tests provided effective and safe for patients, so anti-wrinkle injections are now used as a treatment for problem areas such as under the arms, on the palms of hands and soles of feet.

It can help prevent teeth grinding

This last one is still in its infancy in terms of research and a clear understanding of how anti-wrinkle injections really help here, but a recent study has shown that injecting this product into the jaws of patients who suffer from the involuntary grinding of their teeth, can reduce the problem.

Teeth grinding often happens overnight and patients regularly don’t realise that they are doing it until a partner becomes aware of the sound or they experience the side effects of nightly grinding. It can be really painful – headaches, jaw ache and damaged teeth can all result from grinding our teeth in our sleep, and the causes of it are usually psychological – often caused by underlying stress.

The ability of anti-wrinkle injections to smooth away lines and wrinkles was originally discovered as a side effect to its initial application to treat muscle spasms and it seems that the applications for this product continue to evolve.