Line and wrinkle treatments ‘still a popular anti-ageing solution’

11 July 2013

Woman having face injectedA few years ago, stories about line and wrinkle treatments were a near-permanent feature in newspapers and beauty magazines. Dr Stefanie S Christian of North Olmsted, Ohio, has been talking about its popularity. “Women, and men, are definitely still getting [line and wrinkle treatment]. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 6.1 million Botox injections performed in 2012, an 8 per cent increase over 2011,” she said.She added that one of the reasons people may not be hearing as much about the treatment is because so many people are getting injections – it is not the hot new topic it was 10 years ago. According to Dr Christian there are few better treatments for getting rid of dynamic wrinkles that appear when the muscle underneath contracts and causes the skin to form a crease – such as when you frown, squint, or raise your eyebrows. The injections temporarily relax the muscles responsible for these lines. She said: “For many people, repeatedly making certain dynamic facial expressions can result in permanent wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet, which remain once the underlying muscle is relaxed. We have seen a dramatic rise in patients in their 30s and 40s getting [injections] to prevent these permanent wrinkles from developing.”