Facial expressions cause muscle contractions. Over time, these contractions create creases and lines which become etched into our faces. Muscle relaxant is used to treat specific muscles in order to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles to create a more youthful appearance. Muscle relaxant is widely used across all demographics to prevent the early signs of ageing.
What is Being Injected?
Muscle relaxant or anti-wrinkle injections contain botulinum toxin (BotulinumtoxinA if we're being specific), which is a purified protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum.
When injected into the desired area, the product temporarily disrupts nerve activity, causing muscle paralysis and restricting movement. Without this continuous muscle movement the skin has a chance to rebuild underlying structures which help prevent ageing and results in a fresh and youthful appearance.
Muscle relaxant may be performed on its own or combined with other procedures for complete facial rejuvenation:
Most people notice a difference after several days and the final result visible at 2 weeks. Results typically last for 3 – 4 months but this can vary from patient to patient. Patients with muscular physiques may require more frequent treatments with more product. Regular treatments will help maintain results and people may find they can go longer between touch-up appointments.
What To Expect
Muscle relaxant is a prescribed medication and the treatment can only be performed by a qualified medical practitioner. The product is injected into target area using a very fine needle. The injections may sting for a few seconds, but most patients describe it as quick and painless. The procedure usually takes around 15 – 30 minutes to complete.
Are there any risks or complications?
All cosmetic treatments involve both positive and negative outcomes, and carry certain medical risks which will impact your well-being. The known risks and complications associated with muscle relaxant are listed below:
- Transient headache
- Swelling, bruising, bleeding, pain, twitching, itching, puffiness/oedema around the eyes or numbness or other changes in sensation
- Asymmetry (unevenness)
- Temporary drooping of facial features, including eyebrows, cheeks, and mouth – occurs in 2% of cases and could last 3 weeks
- Dry eyes
- Double or blurred vision
- Allergy including anaphylaxis is possible but very rare
- Occasionally the treatment wears off very quickly or does not work at all
- Muscle relaxant is best at treating dynamic facial lines; those caused by facial muscle activity, lines present at rest may or may not improve and can be unpredictable
How do I prepare for my treatment?
Attend appointment with no makeup, lotions, or SPF
2 weeks prior: avoid excess sun exposure
1 week prior: avoid blood-thinning medication – aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil
3 days prior: no exfoliation, waxing, or hair removal in the treatment area
3 days prior: if prone to cold sores, take prophylactic medication
5 days prior: no products containing AHA’s, Vitamin A products, Retin-A, scrubs, or enzymes
2 days prior: avoid alcohol and stay hydrated
What should I do after my treatment?
Injections can cause small amounts of swelling, a temporary bump, redness, bruising, a mild to moderate headache, and sensations such as tingling or mild itching after the treatments. These effects are so common they can be considered a normal part of the process.
Remain upright and do not touch treatment area for 6 hours
Don’t apply products containing AHA’s, Vitamin A products, Retin-A, scrubs, or enzymes
Cleanse treatment area gently
Avoid wearing tight caps or garments in the treatment area for 12 hours
Avoid strenuous exercise and heat (saunas, LED, hot showers) for 24 hours
No peels, IPL, laser, facial treatments not prescribed by the clinic for 2 weeks
Don’t massage treatment area for 2 weeks
Paracetamol is recommended for any headaches. Avoid Ibuprofen
Who is unsuitable for treatment?
- Myasthenia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome
- Hypersensitivities to product ingredients
- Active or recent viral or bacterial infection (coughs, colds, flu)
- Active skin issue or infection in the treatment area, including cold sores, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, cancer
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
What products do you use?
Australian advertising guidelines prohibit us from mentioning specific brand names. We use a range of different products from various well-known brands. Please contact us for more information.