Muscle Relaxants / Neuromodulators
As we reach our mid 30’s, the majority of us will develop lines on the upper half of the face commonly known as “worry lines”, “frown lines” or “crow’s feet”. This undoubtedly makes one appear older and also can give a mean or tired look to the face. Some individuals also get tension headaches from constant usage of the forehead muscles.
Smiling, frowning, squinting, and even chewing – basically any facial movement – can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. They can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not.
How do Muscle Relaxant Injectables Work?
Injectable muscle relaxants are botulinum toxin A toxins derived from a bacterium. The toxin blocks impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles that are responsible for the deep muscle pull creases. Consequently, the muscles relax so that the undesirable creases gradually fade away. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing desirable facial expression to be unaffected.
Three muscle relaxants have been approved in Canada: Botox® Cosmetic, Dysport® and Xeomin®.
What areas can be treated with Muscle Relaxants Injectables?
Muscle relaxant injectables are most commonly used to erase forehead wrinkles, the glabellar lines (the lines between the eyes), and crows’ feet. They may also be used on chin creases, the neck line, nose or “bunny” lines and to provide a lift to the eyebrows and smile.
Should you start at a certain age?
It really depends on the client. We have seen 50-year-olds who don’t need it and 20-year-olds who are overdue. Many people make negative gestures like frowning or pursing their lips for every expression they have, without even realizing they are doing it. It often starts at childhood and that’s when your mom would tell you, “Don’t keep making that face or one day it’ll stick!” – she was right! More women in their 20s are starting to use facial muscle relaxants as an anti-aging treatment. The less frown lines you make, the less pronounced, or etched in, your wrinkles will be as you age.
Who should administer my Muscle Relaxants Injectables?
Injections of botulinum toxin may seem like a simple procedure to you, since it’s just a few shots. But it’s actually both an art and science that only an experienced clinician (Healthcare Professional) should do. There are 43 muscles in your face and it’s vital that the person who performs botulinum toxin injections understands and pinpoints the correct spots to optimize your treatment.
Your clinician weakens only the wrinkle-producing muscles, preserving your natural facial expressions.
Does it hurt?
Some people may feel pinching or stinging, but only for a few seconds while the needle is injected into the skin. We use one of the smallest needles you can get!
Will my face look like I’ve had plastic surgery?
For people who’ve never had facial muscle relaxants, sometimes the preconceived notion is that you’ll end up with a frozen, expressionless face. That’s not the case. A properly administered treatment by a qualified clinician should never leave you expressionless. We always aim for a very natural look and prefer to adopt the less is more approach to injectable muscle relaxants. You can always come back and add more if you need it.
How much Muscle Relaxant will I need?
The number of injections you need will depend on your facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. Crow’s feet, for example, usually demand two to three injections. Furrows above your brow could take five or more.
What can I expect after Muscle Relaxant treatment?
Some small red dots may be visible on the skin after treatment, as well as some minor bruising. However, both the red dots and bruising from your muscle relaxant treatment will fade after a few hours.
There is no downtime with these treatments. It is considered a “lunch-hour” procedure, meaning you may resume your normal day immediately. However, patients are advised to wait 24 hours before taking part in any strenuous activity. Also, you should avoid lying down for 2-3 hours following the treatment and avoid massaging the treated area (see Muscle Relaxant Post Treatment Instructions).