Wrinkle Blocker injections are the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the US and continue to grow in popularity. Dr. Burroughs has performed thousands of Wrinkle Blocker injections since 1997.
Shown below in our slide show are photos showing deep glabellar “frown lines” and the post-Wrinkle Blocker result. Wrinkle Blocker is a purified protein that relaxes muscles by blocking nerve impulses. Tiny doses are injected under the skin to eliminate wrinkles and expression lines. Areas treated with Wrinkle Blocker include the forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet, lips, chin, and neck bands. Many patients get Wrinkle Blocker injections over the lunch hour and return to work with no sign of having been treated. The combination of topical anesthetic and a tiny needle makes Wrinkle Blocker injections a painless experience that requires no recovery. It takes Wrinkle Blocker 3 days to begin to relax the wrinkles, with maximal effect usually by the 3rd week and a 3-6 month duration.
Wrinkle Blocker is also used to treat patients with spasms of the eyelids, face, and neck. In addition, it has proven very useful in treating excess sweating of the hands, feet, and armpits, as well as an excellent treatment for migraine and stress headaches. Many insurance companies are even beginning to participate in payment for Wrinkle Blocker to treat headaches that are resistant to conventional therapy.
Before & After
- Is Wrinkle Blocker popular?
For the last several years, Wrinkle Blocker has been the most popular medically-administered cosmetic procedure in the US. More than 3 million treatments with Wrinkle Blocker are administered per year.
- Why is Wrinkle Blocker so popular?
A number of factors account for the popularity of Wrinkle Blocker. First of all, Wrinkle Blocker causes a consistent beneficial improvement in appearance that is noticeable, yet subtle, and natural. Wrinkle Blocker has been used in millions of patients and found to be safe. Finally, Wrinkle Blocker does not require time off of work or out of the public view to recover.
- What is Wrinkle Blocker?
What is Wrinkle Blocker? Wrinkle Blocker is a pure protein that is isolated from a microorganism. Many of the most important drugs we use today, such as antibiotics, were first isolated from microorganisms.
- Is Wrinkle Blocker new?
Wrinkle Blocker has been used in humans for more than 35 years but did not gain approval from the FDA for cosmetic indications until 2002. Wrinkle Blocker was purified in the 1940s. The FDA approved testing it on human subjects in the 1970s. In 1989, it was approved for clinical use in patients with spasm of the eyelid, face, or neck muscles, as wells as treatment for some forms of double vision. Most of the initial work leading to FDA approval was done by ophthalmologists. In 2002, the FDA approved Wrinkle Blocker for use in wrinkles between the eyebrows. Wrinkle Blocker is also approved for the treatment of excess sweating termed hyperhidrosis.
- Is Wrinkle Blocker a type of filler?
Unlike fillers, Wrinkle Blocker doesn’t fill in facial lines. Wrinkle Blocker relaxes the muscles underneath the skin that cause undesirable facial area wrinkles. Given the depth of the wrinkles, we may wish to fill those lines to give you a softer appearance as well. Dr. Burroughs will make his recommendations when he sees you. If you want to read more about fillers, click here.
- How does Wrinkle Blocker work?
In order for a muscle to contract, it requires a nerve signal. Wrinkle Blocker blocks this signal at the junction between a nerve and a muscle.
- Does Wrinkle Blocker work on all wrinkles?
No. Wrinkle Blocker works only on wrinkles that are made worse or change with contraction of the muscles of facial expression. Classical examples are the wrinkles between the eyebrows that become deeper with frowning. Other areas where Wrinkle Blocker is commonly used to reduce wrinkles include the forehead and the crow’s feet. Examples of wrinkles that do not respond to Wrinkle Blocker include wrinkles caused by sagging skin in the upper eyelids or neck.
- Who should not use Wrinkle Blocker?
Wrinkle Blocker should not be used in the presence of an infection at the injection site and in individuals known to be allergic to Wrinkle Blocker. Wrinkle Blocker should be used with caution in patients with a few rare neurological conditions including: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and Lambert-Eaton syndrome.
- Is Wrinkle Blocker treatment only for rich and famous?
According to a recent survey, working mothers between the ages of 40-55 who want to look less stressed are the most common users of Wrinkle Blocker. Those with an annual income of less than $150,000 per year account for 2/3rds of Wrinkle Blocker users. Wrinkle Blocker is one of the least expensive, most effective, facial plastic procedures.
- Why is Wrinkle Blocker diluted?
Wrinkle Blocker is shipped from the company as a powder, so it is necessary to add sterile saline in order to inject it. The manufacturers recommend using 1-4 ml of saline per vial of Wrinkle Blocker, and Dr. Burroughs follows these recommendations. The amount of sterile saline is important but not as important as the number of units of medication injected. The doctor will discuss how many units are required to treat you. It is not a good idea to try to spread a low number of units across too many areas of the face. When this is done, the injections are not as effective and do not last long. If your budget is limited, only treat the area that bothers you the most.
- What does a patient need to do to prepare for a Wrinkle Blocker injection?
In most cases, nothing. Some over-the-counter medications and herbals such as fish oil, flax, aspirin, Motrin, vitamin E, Ginkgo, and glucosamine increase the chance that you will bruise. If you are taking these medications because your doctor has recommended you do so, then continue to take the medication. If, however, it is safe for you to stop for two weeks prior to injection, then this will reduce your chance of bruising.
- Do Wrinkle Blocker injections hurt?
Most patients report little or no pain. Some report that they feel a “small bee sting.”
- What recovery is involved after Wrinkle Blocker injections?
One of the great things about Wrinkle Blocker injections is that it requires little or no recovery. Immediately after getting injections, you will have some small bumps where the injections were given. These bumps are typically gone in an hour. Rarely, a patient will get a small bruise. If this occurs and it is bothersome, one of the aestheticians at The Center for Facial Appearances can show you how to cover it with makeup. When it occurs, a bruise takes about two weeks to resolve.
- How long does it take before I notice the effects of Wrinkle Blocker?
About 3 days before you notice anything, and the result becomes stronger for 2-3 weeks.
- How long does Wrinkle Blocker last?
The first time you get injections, they last about 3-4 months. If you get them on a regular basis, the frequency at which you need to get injections actually decreases. In our experience, patient typically require injections 3-4 times the first year, 2-3 times the second year, and twice yearly thereafter.
- How much Wrinkle Blocker is required to treat wrinkles?
For cosmetic purposes, this varies between about 25 and 100 units depending on the number of areas treated and the size of your facial muscles. For instance, treating the wrinkle between your brows requires up to 30 units of Wrinkle Blocker. If the crows feet and forehead are also treated, it will require 2-3 times more units of Wrinkle Blocker. Men often have larger facial muscles and require slightly higher doses.
- Can Wrinkle Blocker cause me to develop botulism?
Safety questions about Wrinkle Blocker Less than one vial (100 units) of Wrinkle Blocker is typically used to treat wrinkles. One vial of Wrinkle Blocker cannot cause botulism. Dr. Burroughs has treated some patients with severe forms of dystonia and debilitating neck spasms that require up to 5 vials (500 units) at a time without any breathing or other complications.
- What are the complications that can be seen with Wrinkle Blocker?
All medications can cause an allergic reaction. Severe allergy to Wrinkle Blocker is very rare. Transient systemic side effects such as dry mouth and flu-like syndromes are also very rare. Bruising occurs in less than 15% of patients and is typically mild and resolves after a minor time period. Problems with the eyelids or mouth are the major concerns. Drooping of the corner of the mouth or problems with speech can occur if injections are given in the area around the mouth. Drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid can occur when injections are given around the eyes. The risk of complications like a drooping eyelid for the forehead can be minimized by having an experienced physician perform the injections. When these side effects occur, they resolve when the Wrinkle Blocker wears off, and some ophthalmic drops can improve eyelid droop if it occurs.
- Does Wrinkle Blocker build up in the body over time?
No. Wrinkle Blocker is broken down by the body.
- Can Wrinkle Blocker be administered by non-medical personal?
No. Wrinkle Blocker should be administered only by experienced medical professionals with special training in cosmetic procedures and understanding of facial/eyelid anatomy and aging changes.
- Are There Other Uses for Wrinkle Blocker?
Wrinkle Blocker for headaches
1. Can Wrinkle Blocker help patients that suffer from headaches?
Yes. Both tension headaches and migraine headaches can benefit from Wrinkle Blocker injections.
In tension headaches, it probably works by relaxing muscles. In migraine headaches, it probably works by preventing the facial muscles from triggering headaches.
3. Will my insurance company pay for Wrinkle Blocker injections for headaches? Some insurance companies have begun to pay for this form of treatment. Many still do not.
4. How often are injections repeated for headaches? Once every 3-4 months.
Wrinkle Blocker for excess sweating (hyperhidrosis)
1. Can Wrinkle Blocker help with excess sweating?
Dr. Burroughs performs injections for sweaty armpits, hands, and feet and has found it to be very effective in most patients. 2. If Wrinkle Blocker relaxes muscles, why does it also reduce sweating?
Wrinkle Blocker blocks the nerve impulse to the sweat gland so that the nerve cannot stimulate sweating. The sweat duct and the nerve lie more superficially than the muscle so the injections for sweating are performed in a more superficial location.
3. How often do the injections need to be repeated for sweating? The injections are typically repeated one to two times yearly.