Wrinkle relaxing injections are effective nonsurgical treatment to improve facial lines and wrinkles.
The Muscle Relaxant used is a natural purified protein that relaxes those specific facial muscles whose repeated contractions cause specific lines to form – the most typically treated ones being:
'Surprise Lines' (horizontal forehead lines)
'Crow's feet' ( laughter lines)
This treatment is a 10-minute non-surgical procedure that is most popular among adults to prevent age traces from appearing, hence, to look younger. Botulinum toxin is safe to use as an injectable medicine because it is used in such small quantities and injected directly into specific sites.
Botulinum toxin type A (Botox, Dysport) blocks the release of a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) from nerve cells, resulting in a weakened or paralysed muscle. The effect is restricted to the area being treated, and because the nerve fibres usually regenerate after a couple of months, the effect is only temporary.
The improvement in the appearance of your wrinkles usually lasts for 3 to 6 months, and repeated injections are required to maintain the effect. With continued use, the effects may start to last longer.
A small number of people develop neutralising antibodies to botulinum toxin injections after repeated therapy, which results in the treatment no longer being effective.
There are some side effects associated with its use, but most of these are mild and temporary. Slight tenderness, swelling, localised numbness and bruising may be associated with the injection, and some people have reported a slight headache after treatment.
These injections should not be used in women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
It's important to remember that that all medical procedures carry risks as well as benefits, and you need to discuss these with your doctor.