What are anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are a purified protein which is injected into the muscle. This allows the muscle to temporarily relax, which can help to soften facial expressions and can improve the signs of ageing.


Forehead lines

Crows feet

Glabella (lines between the eyes

Eye brow lift and shape

Marionette lines

Smokers lines around the lip


The product usually takes 2-3 days to start working but will take 7-10 days to reach the full effect and the effects can last up to 4 months depending on the strength of your muscles and your individual response to the product.


Like all medicines anti-wrinkle injections can cause side effects, although any reactions are generally minimal and temporary. You may find that there can be some slight discomfort as the needle enters the skin and you may have some bruising or bleeding where the needle has been placed. Very rarely anti wrinkle injections may result in muscle weakness. All other rare, although possible side effects can be found within the patient information leaflet which comes with the product. Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to give this to you. If you are concerned or feel you are having a reaction please do not hesitate to contact us or your GP.


Before the treatment, any make up will be removed and the area will be cleansed. The product is placed into the muscle with a fine needle. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort. However, if you are sensitive we can use a topical anesthetic cream, although in most cases this is not necessary. The treatment itself will take 30 minutes and you can return to your usual activities immediately afterward.


After having treatment with anti-wrinkle injections you are advised to avoid any rubbing of the area and to avoid any beauty treatments e.g. facial massage, saunas and extreme temperatures for up to 2 weeks. You will be required to attend a review appointment three weeks post treatment which is when any slight adjustments can be made, if necessary.

Is there any downtime?

While there is no real downtime or side effects associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. Some mild discomfort may be felt during treatment, but we use ultra-fine needles at The Face Clinic and the treatment is complete relatively quickly. There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment. For best results, avoid massaging the area that has been treated and avoid exercising the area 2-4 hours after treatment. This will ensure that the product works to the best of its advantage, for the individual. ,It is important to disclose any medical history – whether you suffer from illness or disease directly, or a family member does – during consultation.