Wrinkles and facial lines are caused by the repeated use of facial muscles especially when smiling or frowning and over time the skin becomes creased in the areas of greatest use. Combined with the ageing process where the production of collagen and elastin in the skin slows down, it means that as we get older the these lines become permanent.
Wrinkle relaxant injections is far and away the most popular non-surgical facial treatment performed throughout the UK. Offering positive therapeutic benefits it has been in use for over 20 years to simply, safely and effectively improve frown lines, forehead creases and “crows feet” and can improve the jaw line.
A chemical derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, when injected through a very fine needle, acts to soften hyperactive facial muscles by stopping the impulse between nerves into the muscle. Basically, the muscle never gets the message to contract which therefore inhibits the movement.
This can have a dramatic effect on reducing the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. It is not a permanent effect and requires maintenance treatments to prolong the result.
Common treatment areas for the Wrinkle Relaxant injection include;
Most lines and wrinkles that are caused through overuse of muscles through expression and laughter lines could be considered for treatment with a wrinkle relaxing injection.
We have an initial consultation appointment in order to assess our patient’s needs, expectations and suitability. All Botulinum Toxin injections (also known by the brand names of Botox™, Vistabel™ or Azzalure™) are prescription only medicines and can only be prescribed and administered by trained medical, dental or aesthetic practitioners. The procedure itself takes around 15 to 30 minutes depending on the number of sites needing attention. It does not work immediately but effects will be noticed after a few days with full results being apparent after about two weeks. There will be a review visit 2 to 3 weeks following the treatment to assess the result and make any adjustments if needed. This appointment is offered as part of the initial treatment and is free of charge.
By freezing the movement of the facial muscles, the skin will stop being continually creased and this allows the lines to soften and even fade away. In time it is thought that the subconscious habit of overusing these muscles can be broken.
These injections only cause temporary freezing of the muscle to smooth the crease but leaving natural expression. Over time the muscle will gradually regain its movement. Results vary from person to person but generally the effects begin to wear off after around 3 months. The treatment can then be repeated. The treatment will need to continue in this way for a couple of years, after which it is generally thought that the treatment times may become less frequent.
Not all line and wrinkles will disappear even with complete paralysis of the treated muscle; however the result of a blank expressionless face is not a result we recommend. The result should retain your facial character while effectively reducing unwanted lines. If you still wish further reduction in the visibility of fine lines we can recommend temporary dermal fillers to plump out and give volume to the remaining fine lines.
There is no evidence to date that suggests the muscle relaxing injection will prevent further wrinkles from appearing, but it has been suggested that preventing the muscle from overuse will reduce the frequency of new lines appearing.
In the full 20 years of its clinical use there are no known long term harmful effects. The most common side effect reported, apart from bruising, is paralysis of the muscles that result in lifting of the upper eye lid. Though rare if administered correctly it is a recognised risk. If it does occur, it is usually short lived and can be reversed with eye drops if treated promptly.