Anti-wrinkle injections are the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. Alongside the ability to remove fine lines and wrinkles, they also treat a range of medical conditions including:
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Facial spasm
- Cervical dystonia (involuntary neck muscle contraction)
- Headaches and migraines
- Bruxism (jaw clenching).
With such a wide variety of applications, it’s important treatments provide great results over the long run. However, our immune systems can become used to the injections.
Developing immunity to anti-wrinkle injections
Your bodies immune system is designed to protect you from viruses and bacteria etc.. By producing antibodies, it fights to rid your body of the foreign invaders and learns how to combat them more effectively. A process we are all becoming accustomed to with Covid-19 vaccines.
What many people don’t know, is anti-wrinkle injections are a bacterial toxin. Our bodies will automatically fight the substance and naturally, build an immunity over time. The frequency and amount of injection used, can slow or speed up the rate at which this occurs. However, its almost impossible for treatments to become ineffective completely, rather they just become slightly less effective over time.
A study on immunity
In Germany, a study was recently done to test for antibodies to anti-wrinkle treatments. The study found “High prevalence of neutralizing antibodies after long-term botulinum neurotoxin therapy“. With results finding out of 596 patients who regularly received injections, 13% of these formed neutralising antibodies against the botulinum toxin.
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