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Muscle Relaxants

The first sign of age is often the appearance of fine lines and tiny facial wrinkles. Initially, wrinkles may not be pronounced enough to demand a surgical solution, but they are visible enough to have an impact on a youthful appearance

One way I address my patients’ wrinkles is with injectable muscle relaxants. A treatment with muscle relaxants can

  • Lessen the appearance of “first wave” wrinkles
  • Soften frown lines
  • Erase forehead furrows
  • Diminish crow’s feet
  • Smooth existing lines
  • Lift sagging brows
  • Prevent the development of lines

I frequently combine muscle relaxant injections with dermal filler treatments to help my patients achieve even greater facial rejuvenation.

What’s In the Injection?

The substance used as a muscle relaxant in anti-wrinkle injections is a not snake oil or a magic cure.It is a schedule-4 drug in Australia, and that means only a medical professional can prescribe it.

More specifically, the muscle relaxant used in cosmetic therapy is a naturally occurring purified protein also called a neurotoxin.

Are You A Good Candidate for Muscle Relaxant Treatments?

Muscle relaxant injections are considered safe and non-invasive but, as with any treatment, there are risks. This particular cosmetic treatment is not right for everyone. If you have any medical conditions or a health history with certain neurological problems, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

Don’t hold anything back. If you are truthful with your practitionerduring the initial consultation, he/she will be able to guide you more effectively and ensure that whatever treatment you select will yield the results you want.

Proceed with Caution, But Confidence

Muscle relaxant injections have been used for over 15 years for cosmetic purposes, with more and more therapeutic uses being discovered. The treatment has these possible side effects:

  • Swelling at the injection site
  • Bruising
  • Nausea
  • Headache

These side effects are minor and to be expected, and generally only temporary.

When a qualified doctor in a medical setting provides injections, the risk of further complications is minimised.

What to Expect

A wrinkle-reducing treatment with muscle relaxants takes less than 20 minutes. The treatment is only mildly uncomfortable.Some of my patients liken the sensation to a mosquito bite.

Ice can be used to help numb the injection site.

A tiny amount of the neurotoxin is injected into the area to be treated. It works by blocking nerve transmission to the muscle underneath the skin. As the muscle relaxes, the facial lines formed by the action of the muscle are diminished.In other words, your face plus muscle relaxant equals

Smoother, younger-looking skin with no surgery.

Back to Your Daily Routine Immediately

A treatment with muscle relaxants is non-invasive. It requires no anaesthesia. You can leave the clinic a few minutes after the treatment.

There may be some redness in the treated areas, but this is usually minimal. No one will know you’ve had something done. Most patients return to work the same day and resume normal activities within the hour. The treatment starts to work within 3-5 days and will last for about three months.

Repeat treatment is recommended when lines begin to reappear. Here’s a benefit of scheduling regular appointments: over time: The results tend to last longer, even up to six months. The treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the result.

Can We Answer Your Questions?

If you’d like more information about muscle relaxants for facial enhancement, or if you would like to schedule a no-obligation consultation, please contact us on 1300 555 095, or by using the contact form below.


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Past President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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