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Your guide to muscle-relaxing injections

October 12,2020 | Posted by: CMC

Muscle relaxing injections, also known as wrinkle relaxers or anti-wrinkle injections, remain the most commonly performed cosmetic medical procedure in the world. At the Cosmetic Medicine Centre here in Brisbane, they are one of our most popular treatments.

Muscle relaxing injections are the go-to treatment to smooth away forehead and frown lines and crow’s feet wrinkles radiating from the outside corners of the eyes, offering a noticeably more relaxed, fresh and younger looking appearance with a quick, walk-in, walk-out procedure.

In recent years, wrinkle relaxers have also been used to help slim down the jawline and achieve a subtle brow lift effect.

Like any cosmetic medical procedure, the success of treatment is dependent on the skill and experience of the practitioner as well as the quality of the product being injected. All our muscle-relaxing injection procedures at CMC are performed by a qualified doctor, using best-in-class products, technology and techniques.

Let’s talk about wrinkles

A wrinkle is a furrow or fold that forms in the outer layers of the skin and can be either dynamic (formed when making facial expressions) or static (present at rest).

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial muscle movement. While making facial expressions such as smiling and frowning, the muscles contract, causing the overlying skin to crease. Dynamic wrinkles include horizontal forehead lines, glabellar or frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes, bunny lines on the nose and smokers’ lines on the upper lip.

As we age, these wrinkles can become permanent due to changes in the structure and integrity of the skin and loss of collagen and elastin. This means that the skin is less able to return to its initial position – even when the muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles stay in place.

How do muscle relaxers prevent wrinkles from forming?

Wrinkle relaxing injections are used to weaken wrinkle-causing muscles and prevent the muscle from contracting, stopping dynamic wrinkles from forming and smoothing away entrenched lines.

The muscle relaxing product is injected in tiny quantities to specific areas of the face. It is most most commonly used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines and worry lines across the forehead.

The procedure typically takes about 10 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated. There is normally no downtime and minimal discomfort. Common side effects include some temporary redness, swelling or occasionally bruising at the injection site.

You should start to see the effects after 3-4 days, with peak results seen at around 2 weeks post treatment. On average, anti-wrinkle injections last three to four months but sometimes up to six months or longer with repeated treatments.

What can muscle-relaxing injections be used for?

• Crow’s feet / smile lines around the eyes

• Frown lines between the eyebrows

• Horizontal forehead lines

• Bunny lines on the nose

• Chin creases or dimpling

• Lip lines or smokers’ lines

• ‘Gummy’ smile reduction

• Downturned mouth

• Non-surgical brow lift

• Jawline contouring / facial slimming

• Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Ready for a refresher?

Wrinkle relaxing injections offer a relatively simple, non-surgical solution to relaxing away the lines and wrinkles that can make us look angry, sad or older than our years. For many of our patients, it’s their first line of treatment, helping to create a younger-looking and refreshed appearance.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact us today.