Muscle Relaxants for Females
Not so keen on ageing gracefully? A bit fed-up over people commenting on the fact you’re looking tired even after a good sleep? You don’t want to look “plastic” but you would just like to look as good as you can for your age, naturally.
Muscle relaxants maybe part of the solution to helping you look as good as you can. These days the use of anti-wrinkle products is the most common cosmetic procedure in the world.
What causes facial lines?
Wrinkles and facial lines may be induced by sun damage, ageing, and the constant action of strong facial muscles.
A “healthy” tan is anything but. Tanning is a sign of skin damage, evidence that the sun’s ultraviolet rays have penetrated and damaged the skin’s support structure.
Most wrinkles are caused by sun exposure throughout life — and it’s never too late to halt the process.
Smoking has a huge impact on the state of our skin and is another culprit in premature ageing, causing us to look many years older than our actual age.
Do I need Muscle Relaxants or Dermal Fillers?
Deeper lines which are present all the time (static lines), such as the line that runs from the nose down the side of the mouth (nasolabial lines) are best treated with dermal fillers.
Expression (or dynamic) lines occur when we smile, laugh or frown and the delicate muscles underlying the skin contract, producing “laugh lines” or “crow’s feet”, frown lines and horizontal forehead lines. Dynamic lines often contribute to a cross, unfriendly expression.
It is these dynamic wrinkles that may be erased or dramatically reduced with the use of muscle relaxants.
What areas can be treated with Muscle Relaxants?
The most common area of the face that are treated are:
- frown lines that run between the eyebrows
- lines that run horizontally across the forehead
- lines that appear at the sides of the eyes when you smile, commonly known as “crow’s feet”.
We will always tailor the treatment to the individual but on the whole we aim for a “natural” look that is achieved by precise dosing to prevent the generally unwanted “frozen” appearance.
We can also use anti-wrinkle treatments to help elevate the eyebrows as they start to become hooded with age, address bands on the neck and refine the jawline.
How long have muscle relaxants been used?
Muscle relaxants have been used safely and effectively in the medical industry since 1982 now.
Initially they were used to treat eye problems of a muscular nature.
Cosmetically it has been safely used since the late 1990’s.
Today an enormous percentage of the population of all ages, both male and female are treating facial lines with muscle relaxants.
How do Muscle Relaxants Work?
The muscle relaxants work by blocking the release of a chemical (acetylcholine) at the neuro-muscular junction (where a nervous impulse crosses from the nerve to the muscle for it to contract).
This effectively prevents the muscle from working, so it remains relaxed.
Do Muscles Relaxants prevent lines from becoming any worse?
It is reasonable for someone to consider muscle relaxants for treatment and prevention of future wrinkles. If you, for example have the habit of frowning and are starting to notice the subsequent lines, muscle relaxants will help minimize the appearance of these current lines as well as weaken the muscles to prevent the worsening of lines and wrinkles. With regular treatments people often find that deeper lines become softer and much less noticeable.
How do I know if I’m suitable for muscle relaxants?
Time is taken to look at how the muscles of your face work and to the dynamics of the face when different facial expressions are made, to ensure the most natural effect is created through specific injection points. At the time of consultation we will ask you questions as to whether you are pregnant or have any major allergies or diseases. These facts will also help us to determine if you are suitable for a muscle relaxant treatment.
Do muscle relaxant treatments hurt?
The pain for this procedure is minimal and people often compare it to an insect bite. The needles that are used are extremely fine and you won’t feel the small amount of fluid at all. However you can use a topical anaesthetic cream 20minutes or so before the treatment and this way you will feel very little if anything at all.
Will I have any down time after treatment with a muscle relaxant?
There is literally no downtime with these treatments. You may have a little redness at the injection site and in some cases a small bruise. These both tend to be very mild. There are minimal do’s and don’ts following a treatment. The main one being not to apply any heavy pressure to the injected area on that day.
Is there more than one type of muscle relaxant?
Government regulations prohibit us from using trade or brand names these days. So it is difficult to explain the differences between the toxins that are available in Australia in text. Commonly you will hear terms like, toxins or anti-wrinkle treatments. These are all names for muscle relaxant treatments.
We offer 2 different brands – both the most commonly asked for, and another well-known brand that costs less.
If you would like more information on the many types of toxins, how they differ and which one is right for you, call us for more information.
Do the muscle relaxants have other uses?
These treatments can offer a safe and sometimes effective treatment option to help people with :
- migraine and chronic headaches.
- underarm sweating
- tennis elbow
- bruxism, or clenched jaws
- cerebral palsy
- keloid scarring.
- These are to name but a few of its medical uses, with more being added every year.
For a detailed explanation of muscle relaxants, your expectations and any concerns you may have please take advantage of the free consultation offered with our very professional and highly qualified nurse aestheticians.
Our nurses are full time injectors – they have more experience than any other on the Coast, and they are available every day – Monday to Friday.
This is one arena that really sets us apart from the rest. Our nurses take special care to ensure that your experience is as pain free as possible. We ensure they have plenty of time to make you comfortable, they are gentle and caring. Once you have experienced treatments with our nurses, you will never go anywhere else!
Satisfaction rates are very high after muscle relaxant treatments. You will be surprised at the very pleasing results that can be gained from this simple non-surgical procedure that can be done in a lunch break and has no downtime.
Unfortunately, in recent years the Australian government has prohibited any company advertising the name of the muscle relaxant used as this is classified a “drug” under the guidelines of the TGA (Therapeutic Drug Administration). Therefore we are unable to name the product we use (and have used for the past 15 years) in our Practice. Rest assured though that we have always used the original product manufactured by Allergan ( you can look up their website for information at www.allergan.com ) and we refuse to use imitations.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
A small amount of the diluted product is injected with a very fine needle into various locations in the face. Because the needle used is so fine and only a small amount of fluid is used, discomfort is minimised. A small area of redness may occur after injection, but is easily covered You may return to work or your usual activities immediately. You will not see the effects immediately, it often is between two to five days that you will start to see the effect. Maximal effect is not achieved until almost two weeks. Botox starts working gradually and wears off gradually.
More Scientific Information:
Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a class of chemical compounds .The Botulinum Type A is processed and purified to produce a sterile product suitable for specific therapeutic uses. Once the diluted product is injected it produces a temporary paralysis of muscle by preventing transmission of nerve impulses to muscle. The duration of this muscle paralysis varies, but generally lasts between three and six months.
Muscle relaxant treatments have been used to treat certain medical conditions since 1980 (crossed eyes, eyelid spasm and motor disorders of the facial nerve). It has been used for the treatment of facial wrinkles and neck bands caused by specific muscle groups, since 1987.
Muscle relaxant injections are customised for every patient, depending on his / her particular needs. Muscle relaxant treatments cannot stop the process of ageing. It can, however, temporarily diminish the look of wrinkles caused by muscle groups. Recent evidence strongly suggest that the effects of treatment become permanent, with regular usage over a three year period. Muscle relaxant treatments may be performed as an isolated procedure, in combination with dermal filler treatments, or as an adjunct to a surgical procedure, particularly Browlift.
Are There Any Problems Associated ?
Bruising is the most common problem associated with this treatment, but is usually only mild and will resolve in a few days to a week. Transient weakness of eyelid opening, drooping eyelids or asymmetry of facial expression may occur, but these effects are rare, and can be treated with eye drops.
Muscle relaxant treatments are temporary, they are always completely reversible.
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
& Using Muscle Relaxants to Minimise This Problem
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a common phenomena suffered by many men and women. Few know just how easy this is to treat. The same product that we use to relax muscles for cosmetic reasons (to reduce or eliminate facial lines) can be injected very superficially under the skin in a procedure that takes about half an hour. The results last on average 7 months!
Areas That Can Be Treated
The most common areas treated for hyperhidrosis are the underarms. However, any area of the body that suffers with excessive sweating can be treated. We personally have had a great response at not just underarms, but also scalp sweating.
Other areas that can be treated are the hands and feet.
Treating Hyperhidrosis of the Scalp – a personal story
Dianne is a young at heart and outgoing 70year old who came to see me after she heard that Botox could help with excessive sweating. For 20 years she had suffered with excessive sweating of the scalp. It had become increasingly worse in the last few years in fact so bad that she no longer wanted to leave the house. The sweat constantly ran down her face so that she started wearing a towel around her neck. It ran down her face washing her makeup off and stinging her eyes.
I discussed the use of Botox for excessive sweating or, hyperhidrosis and its successful use in treating underarms, palms of hands, soles of feet and less frequently the scalp. Dianne was very keen to proceed and thought that any improvement at all would make her feel decidedly better.
The scalp is a very large area, so to keep costs minimal, but gain maximal benefit, we decided to treat an area across the front of the scalp above the hairline. The aim was to prevent sweat running down her face, which bothered her the most. We used a total of 100 units of Botox.
I was extremely pleased after contacting Dianne to find out that the treatment had worked after only a few days and had worked extremely well. In her words “you’ve changed my life”. Dianne was so happy with the result that she has returned to treat the sides of her hairline and the temple area, and has written her version of the story to share with everyone (see attached).
It’s not a permanent solution and will need treatment again at some stage but has given Dianne back a much improved quality of life.
Facial Rejuvenation Specialist