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Anti wrinkle injections

Antiwrinkle injections can help give you the appearance of being refreshed and relaxed, and delay the onset of permanent wrinkles.

Muscle relaxing injections

Muscle relaxing injections target fine wrinkles caused by repeated muscle movement – “dynamic lines”. The lines are apparent when you frown or smile, but fade when you are relaxed. These line can make you feel aged, and appear angry or upset when you are not. Typical areas that respond well to these injections include the forehead, in between the eyebrows (glabella) and around the eyes (crow’s feet).

The chemical used in muscle relaxing injections works by binding to nerve endings to stop the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that stimulates muscle to contract. The medication used in muscle relaxing injections has been used to safely treat muscle spasms in adults and children since the late 1960s. For twenty years, muscle relaxing injections have been used to reversibly relax the muscles of the face to improve the appearance of prominent wrinkles.

While this medication has been safely used for many years, it is not recommended in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

What does the procedure involve?

The dose and areas to be targeted will be determined in a consultation with one of our surgeons. The aim is to provide a subtle, pleasant result, not a “frozen face”. You should have natural facial movements and expressions.

The area to be injected will be cleaned and then numbed with ice or a local anaesthetic cream. The muscle relaxant is given using tiny 0.3mL sized syringes, in a series of small injections. The effect of the injection will become apparent after 3-5 days, and will persist for 3-6 months.

What are the risks of muscle relaxing injections?

Slight tenderness and bruising can occur at the sight of injection. This usually fades quickly and can be easily covered by makeup. A headache is experienced by some people. While other side effects are reported, they are extremely rare, but can be discussed during your consultation.

How long do the results last?

The results vary between individuals, but most experience 3-5 months of effect. The aim is to make patients appear relaxed and refreshed, with less of a concerned or angry appearance. Some patients are concerned that there may be a rebound worsening once the injection wears off. This is not the case. Wrinkles do return, but they are usually softer initially. There is some evidence that repeated use of these injections can slow ageing in the upper face.