Anti-Wrinkle Injections & Botox in Glasgow

We offer Botox treatments from our clinic in Glasgow.

Botox injections, commonly known as anti-wrinkle injections, are a type of wrinkle reduction treatment that has revolutionised our approach to facial ageing, particularly in the upper face. This anti-ageing treatment works by injecting tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into specific muscles in the face, which causes the muscles to relax. This reduces the appearance of the overlying wrinkles.

Contrary to popular belief, Botox does not paralyse muscles, but rather, it relaxes them.

Often done in conjunction with dermal fillers (injectable facial fillers), the art of injecting Botox lies in altering the delicate balance between the muscles of facial expression to reduce lines and wrinkles. These muscles can broadly be divided into two main groups: those which lift the face up and those which pull the face down. The goal of using Botox injections is to weaken the muscles which pull the face down, enhancing the effect of the muscles which lift the face up – hence their other name as anti-wrinkle injections.


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Areas for Treatment

Frown Lines

The frown lines are one of the most commonly treated areas using anti-wrinkle injections.

Unlike with crow’s feet, the muscles that we use to frown also depress the brow. By relaxing them and preventing that effect, we can simultaneously lift the brow, making the eyes look more open and awake. Contrary to popular belief, anti-wrinkle injections for frown lines and bunny lines do not paralyse muscles but rather relaxes them. Talk about turning frown lines upside down!


The forehead is another area that is commonly treated with anti-wrinkle injections.

It is important to only treat a section of the forehead muscle with these anti-wrinkle injections. This leaves behind enough muscle movement to support the brow. In some cases, where there is significant excess skin and heavy, hooded upper eyelids, it is best not to perform anti-wrinkle treatments on the forehead at all. Wrinkle fillers can still be considered elsewhere though.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet can also be very effectively treated with anti-wrinkle injections.

This works especially well for women in their 30s and 40s. When we get into our 50s, however, the muscles around the eyes become very hyper-expressive. Here, the anti-ageing options for these fine lines are twofold: increasing the dose of Botox (botulinum toxin) used, which can sometimes look unnatural, or combining the toxin with some dermal filler. Filler around the eyes helps to make the result look more natural, but it can also help to extend the length of time between Botox injections when treating crow’s feet. A non-surgical eye lift is another option for rejuvenating tired-looking eyes.

Mouth Corners

The depressor anguli ori (or DAO for short) is a muscle that goes from the corner of the mouth down towards the jaw.

When it contracts, it pulls the corners of the mouth downward, so relaxing it with anti-wrinkle Botox injections has the opposite effect – it elevates the corner of the mouth. This can be quite a difficult effect to achieve and is best suited to younger patients treating fine lines. For others, lip fillers and the treatment of lipstick lines are another way to focus on the mouth area.


The superficial muscle of the neck, the platysma, usually contracts to pull the neck and lower face downwards.

Treating the neck with anti-wrinkle injections can help to relax these thick bands, as well as relieve the negative pull on the lower face and neck. Again, this is not an anti-wrinkle treatment that is suitable for everyone. It is best suited to younger patients who have a thin neck. Other options to consider are CoolSculpting and a non-surgical facelift.

How Often Should I Have Anti-Wrinkle Treatments?

Most people will find the muscle relaxation begins to wear off at around 3 months. However…

When the muscle movement begins to increase, there is often a lag period of another month or so before the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear. It is when the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear that you should think about having further anti-wrinkle injections.

In the first year of a Botox treatment program, you will most likely find that you need to have the treatment done approximately 3 times (i.e. not much longer than 4 months per treatment). In the long term, however, you should aim to have the treatment no more than twice per year. This allows muscle recovery in between anti-wrinkle treatments, which minimises long term muscle atrophy.

In the very long term, after you have been using dermal fillers for a number of years, you may find you only need to have the anti-ageing treatment carried out once per year. 

Within the anti-wrinkle process, there are a number of fillers: dermal fillers serve the purpose of plumping the skin and restoring volume. Dr. Darren McKeown uses award-winning dermal fillers which present a more ‘natural’ way to reduce fine lines and restore a more youthful look to your face and skin. We offer both permanent and temporary dermal fillers, depending on each unique situation.

The brand of hyaluronic acid we use is Juvederm from Allergan.

Side Effects and Complications

There are very few side effects when it comes to anti-wrinkle injections and anti-ageing treatments, and even fewer serious complications.

Anti-wrinkle injections in the upper face are, usually, an almost pain-free procedure. The needles used are very small and, with good technique, it is almost always possible to avoid causing bruising.

One of the most common side effects from anti-wrinkle filler injections is headaches. These can affect up to 1 in 10 people. For most people it settles down within a day or two, however, in some people it can take up to a couple of weeks. I have seen one or two patients who have found the headaches lasted the whole three month duration of the treatment. For most people, however, the headaches are very mild and self-limiting, so it is unusual to require any type of painkiller for them.

Complications from these anti-wrinkle injections can occur by the botulinum toxin spreading to nearby muscles that were not intended to be targeted by the treatment. In the upper face, this can cause temporary drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow. Because this usually happens as a result of a small amount of the botulinum toxin from the anti-wrinkle injections spreading to the wrong area, rather than a direct injection into the wrong area, it tends to wear off quite quickly – usually within a couple of weeks. In the lower face and neck, it is possible for the toxin to diffuse into muscles which help to move the mouth, resulting in a lopsided smile. Rarely, Botox treatment in the neck can affect speech and ability to swallow.

As the Glasgow Botox specialists, we perform a number of non-surgical anti-wrinkle treatments, including lip fillers, wrinkle fillers, and dermal fillers.

When it comes to anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, and Botox in Glasgow, we have the solutions for you. From non-surgical treatments like Botox, lip fillers, dermal fillers, and IPL Photorejuvenation, to surgical treatments like face and neck lifts, Dr. Darren McKeown is fighting lines and wrinkles and prescribing the power to be confident.

To find out more about the journey for you, watch the Facelifts & Fillers BBC Documentary, featuring Dr Darren McKeown.

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