What is an injectable muscle relaxant and how does it work?
It is a natural purified protein that relaxes the specific facial muscles that cause the wrinkle, formed during facial expressions. Once the muscle is relaxed you can no longer contract it, the lines become softened and new ones are prevented from forming. It is ideal for, but not limited to, the treatment of frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines.
Injectable muscle relaxants can also be used for improving the jaw-line without surgery. Say goodbye to an undefined ageing jaw-line and sagging neck. Your jaw-line can be lifted and defined with the aptly named Nefertiti lift.
Square jaw-lines can also be refined and contoured, softening the edges.
Muscle relaxants are also used in the successful treatment of excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis.
What is involved?
Treatment is simple and highly effective. Using a very fine needle a small amount of the muscle relaxant is injected into the wrinkle causing muscle. Discomfort is minimal, however, topical anesthetic cream is available for those who prefer and ice is used to further minimize discomfort. There is no down time and you can return to normal activities immediately. It takes 3-4 days for the treatment to begin to take effect and up to 10 days to see the full effect.
How long do muscle relaxants last?
The treatment lasts approximately 4 months with a gradual wearing off as expressions lines return to their original appearance. You can return for further treatment when you feel you need to be retreated to maintain your smoother look. If you choose not to return your lines and wrinkles will return to their pre-injection state.
Are there any side effects with muscle relaxants?
The muscle relaxant used for anti-wrinkle treatment has been used in Australia therapeutically for over 20 years and there have been no permanent side effects reported. Possible temporary side effects are stinging, bruising or redness at the injection site. Very rarely partial eyelid or eyebrow droop or double vision can occur but these are temporary and resolve themselves.