How Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Work?

What Are The Benefits Of Anti-Wrinkle Injections And How Do They Work?

Anti-wrinkle injections are becoming increasingly popular within Australia for treating a variety of cosmetic and medical issues as it becomes safer and more affordable. Anti-wrinkle injections are even sought-after by those in their 20s – 30s as a preventative measure to slow the effects of ageing. 

As you age, you are at an increased risk for skin injury. The skin loses integrity with the ageing process, it can become thinner, fragile and susceptible to injury taking longer to heal. If you’ve ever noticed lines around your eyes or wrinkles across your forehead, you may have thought about how to treat them. 

We can’t stop aging, but we can slow down its appearance. Anti-wrinkle injections are a safe and popular procedure that helps improve our skin and keeps us looking younger. When done well, they can revitalise your skin’s appearance so that you’ll look healthier and appear well-rested.

Anti-wrinkle injections provide benefits to your skin health:

Rested appearance 

Assist with asymmetrical facial features 

Reduced excessive sweating (e.g. underarms)

Reduces visible signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles

Results aren’t permanent, so treatment plans can be customised and adapted over time

Personal confidence boost for patients

What Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are made of natural, purified protein. They work by blocking communication between the muscle and the nerves connected to it. This prevents the muscle from receiving signals that trigger movement and so it can’t contract.

The skin around the muscle relaxes, and the appearance of wrinkles can be reduced with the use of anti-wrinkle injections. This results in a smoother complexion and refreshed appearance. 

Anti-wrinkle injections are used to treat dynamic wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement. Some common treatment areas include:





Laugh Lines

Jaw Slimming

Chin Dimpling

Downturned Mouth

Neck Bands

Gummy Smile

Lip Flip 

Underarms or palms (reducing excessive sweating) 

How Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Work?

Anti-wrinkle injections in Australia use Botulinum toxin type A, a naturally purified protein. Brands approved for use include Botox and Dysport. 

Anti-wrinkle injections are effective because they target a specific area directly. The injections work by temporarily blocking the chemical signal the brain sends to the muscle telling it to contract. This causes wrinkles to smooth and spasms to stop.

When injected into the targeted areas in small doses, the purified protein relaxes the muscle, softening the visible lines on the face. The protein injected only affects the movement of muscles beneath where it is injected. Surrounding muscles of the face will continue to move as normal.

How Long Do Anti-Wrinkle Injection Treatments Take?

This will depend on how many units are being injected. Each injection takes a few minutes. A typical treatment is 30 – 60 minutes, including a medical assessment. Returning patients will likely be quicker. 

How Long Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Last?

Anti-wrinkle injections will generally last anywhere between 3 – 4 months. The results will vary, depending on the dose and area injected. 

For best results, it is a good idea to stop taking anti-inflammatory medication and aspirin two weeks before cosmetic injections.

After 3 – 4 months, the muscles in the injected area will slowly begin to regain their function. Repeat treatment will be required to continue to maintain results. Over time you should be able to go longer between treatments.

 How Long Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Take To Work? 

Anti-wrinkle injections work to block signals from the nerves to the muscles and as a result, injected muscles can no longer contract. Following treatment, you may notice results from 2 – 3 days. However, it will take up to 14 days to take full effect. 

Factors that can affect the duration of anti-wrinkle injections include:

Metabolic rate
Administered dose
Skin integrity
Degree of muscular use in the treatment area

What Are The Benefits Of Anti-Wrinkle Injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections have many benefits, which may vary for different age groups. For those in their 20s, the purpose of getting anti-wrinkle injections is a preventative measure to slow down the aging process. The long-term benefits of injections include that the muscles are trained to move less, preventing wrinkles from forming.

For those in their 30s, worry lines on the forehead often begin to form. Having regular anti-wrinkle injections can help slow their development by softening them and preventing them from getting deeper.

For those in their 40s, many have cosmetic injections to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet around their eyes. The aim of treatment is to soften the lines on the face whilst keeping the results natural. For many, the goal is to appear refreshed and rested rather than getting rid of all lines.

For those in their 50s, the skin loses volume in the face, contributing to lines around the lips and eyes. Crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines begin to deepen. The aim of treatment in your 50s is to restore the shape of the face and to soften the lines and shadows that have formed.

Other benefits of anti-wrinkle injections include:

Quick recovery time
No major bruising or swelling
The effects are semi-permanent
A painless and comfortable procedure
Non-surgical solution

Are you a Nurse Practitioner, a Registered Nurse or an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse looking to diversify your skills? CPD offers a range of Foundation and Advanced-Level Cosmetic Injectables courses, including practical experience to learn the skills required to safely and ethically perform Cosmetic Injectables. 


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