Preparing For Your Anti-Wrinkle Injection

Before your appointment, it is vital you read this page to ensure you get the most out of your anti-wrinkle injections.

Anti-wrinkle injections are contraindicated in patients who:
  • Have neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton-Lambert Syndrome
  • Are allergic to anti-wrinkle injections
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have glaucoma (precaution advised)

Before your appointment:
  • Do not wax, bleach, pull hairs or use hair removal creams for 24h prior to treatment.
  • Do not get sun burnt.
  • If you have active coldsores, cellulitis, or infection in the treatment area 24h prior, please reschedule your appointment.
  • If you require topical anaesthetic cream, you should apply the cream 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Topical anaesthesia can be bought over the counter, though you may need a script for stronger strengths. Numit or Emla cream is recommended.

During your appointment:
  • The doctor will take your medical history and assess your facial muscles. 
  • A consent form will be given to you - outlining the risks, benefits and costs of the procedure.
  • If you have a history of HSV-1 (coldsores) and the treatment area is around your lips, you will be given a private script for an anti-viral medication. This should be taken directly after your treatment.
  • Baseline photos will be taken of the front and sides of your face. You can use your own phone, or our DSLR camera. If you wish to use our camera, your photos will be a part of your medical record, for which there are strict privacy laws. 
  • Your face will be cleaned and marked for injection. 
  • The injections are done by the doctor.

After your appointment:
  • You are free to gently apply make-up directly after your treatment.
  • After that, do not touch your face for the next 4 hours. Rubbing your face can spread the injectables to nearby muscles, causing unwanted effects.
  • You may notice localised areas of swelling where the injections were done. These will disappear in 5 to 10 minutes.
  • You are able to drive and return to work straight away, if it is not a physically demanding role.
  • Avoid exercise for the rest of the day. Do not go to the gym and do not go jogging.
  • If you require pain killers, take paracetamol only. 
  • Avoid any type of facial, micro-dermabrasion or massage on the face for a few days.

Anti-wrinkle injections will take approximately 3 to 5 days to take effect. The full effects are noticed from 14 days. The effects of anti-wrinkle injections are temporary, lasting 3 to 5 months. Remember not to keep checking yourself in the mirror and activating the treated muscles, as this will strengthen those muscles.

Top up appointment:
  • A complimentary consult is offered at around 14 days. This allows your doctor to get a better understanding of how you, as an individual, reacted to the doses that were given, resulting in a more tailored plan for your next appointment. 
  • Top up injections may be needed if you want more paralysis than you currently have at the 2 week mark. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this guide. Now that you are prepared for your treatment, feel free to book online or call us on 07 55388811.

Anti-wrinkle injections