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What are muscle relaxants?

Muscle relaxants are a big part of what we do hear at Facial Aesthetics. Botulinum toxin, often refered to by one of its’ brand names, is a form of muscle relaxant.

Muscle relaxants are used to treat fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet. As a muscle relaxant, botulinum toxin can also be used to treat medical conditions such as, facial spasms, headaches, teeth grinding and exessive tearing.

 

How does the treatment work?

Small amounts of the toxin are injected into specific muscles using either a canula or needle. The sensation has been described by one of our patients as similar to ‘having your eyebrows threaded’, it is a small scratching sensation as the needle or canula is inserted.

What aftercare is advised?

Please do not massage or press on the area that has been treated. Apply only minimal cosmetics on the day of treatment, avoiding the injected area as much as possible and also please avoid applying skincare products to the site for at least 12 hours after the injections. These guidelines are to help you avoid potential risks of infection.

Please be aware that certain medications including aspirin can increase your risk of bruising, however, we do not recommend that you stop taking medication that you have been prescribed.

Please avoid alcohol for 24 hours before and after your treatment as this can act as a blood thinner and increase the risks of the treatment.

 

 

How long do the effects last for?

The effects from muscle relaxants begin to appear within a few days, with the maximum effect being being seen around day 30 of treatment.

Toxin injection results typically last 3-4 months however, after having had injections repeatedly, your body can develop resistance to the toxin and so results can be less effective and the frequency of injections may need to be increased.

Can anyone have the treatment?

People who are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to become pregnant in the next three months cannot be administered toxin. This is because of the unknown side effects and minimal studies into pregnancy and toxin due to ethical reasons.

We also do not treat anyone under the age of 18 with toxin injections.

We would also not administer toxin within two weeks of any surgery requiring general anaesthesia, due to contraindications.