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Why do some people have shiny faces after anti-wrinkle treatment, and can this be avoided?

We’ve all seen celebrities who have overdone their anti-wrinkle treatments and now have shiny faces but how is this caused?

It’s all about the light refraction from their skin – when light hits the skin of your face, it normally bounces off at all angles because the skin isn’t perfectly smooth. When someone is receiving too much treatment with anti-wrinkle injections, the skin can become extremely smooth and the light bounces off in a uniform way. So, the skin appears shiny, which is why it can look ‘frozen’.


What is over treatment?

There are two potential causes of this problem.

  1. Too many injections in the face – When injection sites are not far enough away from one another, the cumulative effect can be one of making the skin appear unnaturally smooth. This can happen when a client insists on treatment and has developed a liking for this look after seeing celebrities with a similar appearance. We have seen several high-profile actors, entertainers, reality TV stars, and musicians “overdoing” cosmetic treatments over the past 15 years.

The serious issue of body dysmorphia could also play a part here. People suffering from this condition spend a great deal of time worrying about ‘flaws’ in their appearance which aren’t noticeable to other people. This is a serious mental health condition which needs the appropriate treatment from a mental health specialist and every ethical aesthetic practitioner should be looking signs of this during the consultation before administering treatments.

Having too many injections can also happen if the practitioner carrying out the injections doesn’t understand the physiology of the facial muscles, so it is hugely important to choose a practitioner who is experienced and has a healthcare background.

  1. Not leaving enough time between treatments – Some clients are so happy with the fresher look anti-wrinkle injections give them, that they want to replicate it as quickly as possible. Some clients may visit a number of different practitioners so they can achieve this. However, having a treatment too soon after injections can be a problem, as these treatments are cumulative and their effects are meant to slowly fade over between three and six months.

Not leaving enough time between treatments can lead to an unnatural look. Not only that, but there is a risk of immunity to the anti-wrinkle treatments if they are done too often.

An ethical, experienced practitioner will guide clients away from repeat treatments which are too soon for them.


How does anti-wrinkle treatment work?

The treatment is made from a botulinum toxin, which is a natural bacterium that in large doses can lead to botulism.

In these anti-ageing treatments, it is used in tiny, safe doses, and mixed with a saline solution. This is injected into the muscle and the effects start to become noticeable between a day and three days after the injections.

The botulinum prevents the release of acetylcholine which stops nerve cell signals from reaching the muscles and enables them to relax. The skin doesn’t tighten over them and this means fine lines don’t develop or they don’t become deeper and permanent wrinkles.


How can you ensure your face isn’t left shiny by anti-wrinkle injections?

The best way is to ensure you go to a qualified, skilled, experienced healthcare practitioner such as Nurse Julie who understands the anatomy of the face and will inject with precision. As a result, you will achieve a natural, matte look.

The aim isn’t for perfectly smooth skin, but to look fresh, rested, and more youthful.

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