Muscle Relaxing Injections

Take a fresh look at wrinkle treatment muscle relaxing injections.

More and more people are turning to clinics for rejuvenation techniques, to help their face reflect the way they feel inside.

How and why do wrinkles form?

Many facial wrinkles occur when we use our muscles to form facial expressions. The wrinkles formed during these expressions are called dynamic wrinkles. For example, when we smile our eye wrinkles become prominent and when we frown the vertical lines between our eyebrows become noticeable.

Forehead lines

When we are young our skin springs back to its initial position after facial expression but as we get older dynamic wrinkles remain on the skin to form static wrinkles; these are the wrinkles and folds that are present at rest. This process occurs because natural substances such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid decreases with age. This together with environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress all contribute to the creation of wrinkles and folds.

What is this treatment?

It is a natural, purified protein that relaxes wrinkle causing muscles creating a rejuvenated appearance. The active ingredient in the treatment is derived from bacteria in much the same way penicillin is derived from mould. It is manufactured in sterile laboratory conditions.

This is a prescription only medicine and treatment is only available from qualified medical professionals. It is registered for the treatment of crow's feet forehead lines, and glabellar frown lines.

How does treatment work?

It can be used to relax specific facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles. Once the muscles are relaxed you cannot contract them in and continue to make the undesirable facial expressions. Thus the lines gradually smooth and new lines are prevented from forming.



What does treatment involve?

Treatment is a non-surgical procedure whereby a small amount of the product is administered into selected facial muscles by a trained medical professional using a very fine needle. Generally treatment takes 10 minutes. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief and no anaesthetic is usually required. The injection may sting for a few seconds but normal activities can be resumed soon after.

After the injection, it takes 2 – 3 days for the treatment to begin taking effect and about 7 days to see the full effect. The dose recommended for the treatment will vary depending on your individual situation and the severity of your lines.

How long does treatment last?

The effect can last up to 4 months before lines slowly begin to return. If you have repeat treatments the effect tends to last longer.

Does treatment cause more wrinkles to form?

It will relax the facial muscles that cause expression lines. It does not cause more wrinkles to form. If you choose not to have further treatments your muscles will eventually return to normal activity and your wrinkles will graduaaly revert to their pre-treatment levels.

Will facial expressions be affected by treatment?

Treatment works specifically on the muscles treated. This means that any muscle left untreated, including untreated facial muscles, should not be affected.

Your doctor will determine the best dose for you and which muscles to inject to give you the best results and also which product is best for you as we have a choice of two.

Are there any side effects?

In addition to its use for cosmetic reasons, the treatment is also used to treat patients in a variety of therapeutic indications including cerebral palsy in children, movement disorders and axilary hyperhidrosis. In the amounts used for the treatment of upper facial lines, the side effects include headaches pain burning/stinging, bruising swelling or redness at the injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eye lids/brows , swollen eye lids skin tightness tingling, itching aching forehead, nausea and flu like symptoms.

Very rare to experience these side effects but they have been documented.

How long has this treatment been used?

The treatment has been used in Australia and New Zealand in therapeutic treatments for over 10 years. It was first approved for use in Australia for movement disorders (eye face) in 1993 and for eye spasms and crossed eyes in New Zealand in 1991.

Can treatment be combined with other products and procedures?

Many people use a combination of cosmetic products and / or procedures with this treatment. You will be advised as to whether or not you will receive better results if your treatment is combined with other products or procedures. These treatments cannot be used if you are pregnant or planning, breastfeeding or have a medical condition that may prohibit its use.


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