Muscle relaxing injections
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Wrinkle relaxing treatments are best in the upper face and for dynamic lines (lines that are only present during facial expression).
What are muscle relaxing injections?
Doctors have been using Botulinum toxin injections in medical practice for over 15 years to treat muscle spasticity and facial spasms in adults and children. They are also successfully used by aesthetic doctors to treat facial lines and wrinkles.
How does it work?
Acetylcholine is a chemical messenger produced in our nerves to stimulate the muscles to contract. The Botulinum toxin reduces the release of acetylcholine therefore reducing muscle contraction. The action on the muscle is never permanent.
Where can wrinkle relaxing injections be given?
- Eyes – to reduce crow’s feet.
- Forehead and brow – to reduce frown lines.
- Mouth – to reduce the fine vertical lines on the upper lip or to treat down turned mouths.
- Neck – to treat lines and lift the jowl line.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects are minimal and all are temporary. The injections may sting very slightly but they are not painful. Other side effects are minimal redness and swelling at the injection sites that usually disappears after an hour or so. There is also a small risk of bruising at the injection sites. You may experience transient headaches.
There is a very small risk of eyelid drooping (ptosis) and slight puffiness following treatment. In the unlikely event that this occurs, it is always temporary and usually settles after 2-3 weeks. The incidence of ptosis is about 2% but always ask your GP what problems they have had with treatments as this will differ between doctors. After several treatments, very rarely, some patients become resistant to the drug and it no longer works effectively.
Who cannot have muscle relaxing injections?
It is not recommended in anyone who is pregnant or breast feeding or who suffers from a neuromuscular disorder. You should make your GP aware of any medication you are taking including Gingko Biloba and St John’s Wort.