BOTOX® Muscle Relaxer Injection
BOTOX® Muscle Relaxer Injection
in a Nutshell
10 - 15 Minutes
- Invasiveness 20% 20%
- Pain Factor 20% 20%
Crows Feet: 24 - 30 Units, Frown: 15 - 25 Units, Forehead: 10 - 20 Units
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What is Muscle Relaxer Injection?
A common misconception is that Muscle Relaxer Injection will completely inhibit facial expression and movement. The goal of a treatment is to soften facial lines, while still providing patients with a natural appearance and the ability to display emotion.
Muscle Relaxer Injection is one of the leading procedures in the cosmetic and aesthetics field around the world.
Currently, Muscle Relaxer Injection is indicated for the treatment of:
- Frown Lines (Glabellar Lines—the area between the eyebrows)
- Upper Facial Wrinkles (Forehead)
- Crows Feet (Lateral Canthus—the outer corners of the eyes)
The Best Candidates for
Muscle Relaxer Injection?
A consultation with our injectionist will provide you with the exact price of your treatment.
How are Muscle Relaxer Injection Performed?
Next, our professional will perform a facial analysis to determine the exact injection areas based on your anatomy. If you decide to move forward with the treatment, she can perform it immediately following your consultation.
We'll take some "before" photos so you can see the improvements the treatment makes. Muscle Relaxer Injection comes in a clear glass vial in the form of a vacuum sealed powder. It will be diluted with a sterile, non-preserved 0.9% sodium chloride solution, and the injectionist will draw it up into a syringe.
We'll apply a topical numbing agent to your target treatment areas to reduce discomfort caused by the needle. The injections are made using a very fine needle (a 30 gauge), so discomfort is minimal. Just a few tiny pokes are needed per area, and the entire treatment will only take a few minutes.
Muscle Relaxer Injection Recovery and ResultsAfter the treatment, we'll give you some Muscle Relaxer Injection aftercare instructions to take home with you. The injection site may be a bit red with some slight swelling and/or bruising, but this will subside within a few days. You'll be able to return to your usual daily activities right away.
Muscle Relaxer Injection results usually take 24 to 48 hours to appear, and final results can take up to two weeks. The results can last on average from 3 to 5 months, and vary from patient to patient. You will notice that gradual movement of the treatment area will return if you do not receive another injection treatment.
It's been noted that over time, when patients keep up with their scheduled injections, the results last longer, and the time between subsequent treatments may be extended.
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Common Muscle Relaxer Injection Treatment Areas
- Upper Forehead Lines – The horizontal lines on the forehead are caused by raising the eyebrows, which is due to the contraction of the frontalis muscle. Raising the eyebrows is often a result of surprise or worry, or simply to gain clearer vision. Those with heavy brows and lids may engage in this motion more often, which can cause wrinkles to form earlier, and be deeper.
- Crow’s Feet – A muscle called the orbicularis oculi is what makes it possible for us to blink, close our eyes, and squint. It’s located around the eyelid, and extends to the temple and upper part of the cheek. Years of moving the eyelids and squinting in bright sunlight eventually cause lateral canthal lines, more commonly known as crow’s feet.
- Frown Lines – Who knew such tiny muscles could cause so much trouble? The corrugator supercilii are located in the forehead and around the eyes, and most notably, at the beginning of the eyebrows near the bridge of the nose. Every time we frown or make a confused or worried expression, these tiny muscles contract, bringing the eyebrows together, and causing deep vertical furrows just above the nose.
If you’re concerned about one or more of these areas, Muscle Relaxer Injection may be the solution for you.
Wrinkle Types Treated with Muscle Relaxer Injection
- Dynamic Wrinkles – These lines and wrinkles form as a result of muscle movement. Every time we smile, frown, laugh, cry, or make any other kind of facial expression, the muscles contract, and skin is pulled, pushed and folded. Over time, this repetitive movement causes lines, wrinkles and furrows on the face.
Because Muscle Relaxer Injection works by blocking the chemical signal that allows for nerve impulses to be sent to the muscle and cause movement, it’s best for treating dynamic wrinkles.
- Static Wrinkles – Even when the muscles in the face aren’t moving, lines and wrinkles are being formed, and are called static wrinkles. They result from the skin’s natural aging process, which means decreased elasticity and thinner skin, both of which make it more susceptible to wrinkling.
Because static wrinkles are not a result of muscle movement, Muscle Relaxer Injection is not an effective treatment. Instead, dermal fillers are a better option to plump and smooth the skin.
Muscle Relaxer Injection Side Effects
- Pain at the injection site
- Droopy eye
- Allergic reaction
- Any nerve or muscle conditions that you have
- When your last Muscle Relaxer Injection was
- Any allergies
- Current medications, and whether you are planning to take medication in the near future
- Current pregnancy, plans to get pregnant, or current breastfeeding
- Past facial surgery
- Other medical conditions
- Past reaction to Muscle Relaxer Injection or other neurotoxins
- Muscle weakness
Muscle Relaxer Injection for Hyperhidrosis
While primarily used for cosmetic purposes, over the years, doctors have discovered Muscle Relaxer Injection can be effective to help to people with other conditions.
This condition is more commonly known as excessive sweating. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the hypothalamus—the part of the brain that controls body temperature—overacts and signals sweat glands to start working. A problem with the sympathetic nervous system, which connects the hypothalamus to the sweat glands, may also be at fault.
It is unknown exactly what causes hyperhidrosis, but it is known that bouts may be triggered by a variety of things such as exercise, spicy food, and anxiety.
If an individual suffers from hyperhidrosis, and it is not the result of another medical condition or medication, then it is known as primary focal hyperhidrosis. This means that the medical condition is hyperhidrosis itself, and it is not a side effect of something else. Generally, the condition develops at an early age and lasts for life.
Those with primary focal hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating on certain parts of the body, such as the face, hands, feet and underarms—areas that have a high concentration of sweat glands. If one side of the body is affected, then in most cases, the other side is affected as well, making it symmetrical. Bouts do not typically occur during sleep.
Excessive Underarm Sweating
Excessive sweating concentrated in the underarm area is known as primary axillary hyperhidrosis. This can be particularly embarrassing as the condition can be visible to others when sweat soaks through clothing. In cases of severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, no amount of antiperspirant reduces the amount of sweat produced under the arms. At TCC, we offer treatment with Muscle Relaxer Injection to address excessive underarm sweating.
Muscle Relaxer Injection treats severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis: A noticeable reduction in the amount of sweat produced in the underarms occurs in the days following the first treatment, and may take up to a month to be fully controlled.
Muscle Relaxer Injection
Question & Answer
Is Muscle Relaxer Injection safe?
Yes. Muscle Relaxer Injection is one of the most researched prescription drugs in the world and is FDA approved.
Is there any downtime after the injection?
No. After your treatment, you can resume your usual daily activities right away.
Do Muscle Relaxer Injection hurt?
Most patients report that they can hardly feel a treatment. Since the needle used to inject Muscle Relaxer is very fine, the most you will probably feel is a little pinprick. A topical numbing agent will be applied to the treatment area prior to the injections, to ensure any discomfort is minimized.
How long do Muscle Relaxer Injection results last?
On average, Muscle Relaxer Injection results will last three to four months. Around the three-month mark, you will notice the gradual movement of the treated area, and reappearance of dynamic wrinkles. If you keep up with your scheduled injections, the results will last longer, and you’ll find you need to come in less often.
Will I look unnatural after a Muscle Relaxer Injection?
The point of a Muscle Relaxer Injection treatment is to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment will not radically change your facial expressions or appearance, nor will it make you look “frozen” or like you “had work done.”
Will my wrinkles look worse if I do not continue getting injections?
Gradually, you’ll notice that your wrinkles will start to appear the way they did before your Muscle Relaxer Injection. They will not look worse, but they will get progressively deeper over time if you do not continue treatments, due to the natural aging process.
How often can I get treated with Muscle Relaxer Injection?
You can receive subsequent treatments with a minimum of three months between each one.
If I am pregnant, can I be treated with Muscle Relaxer Injection?
No. Absolutely not. Muscle Relaxer Injection is not intended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the difference between Muscle Relaxer Injection and other dermal fillers?
Muscle Relaxer Injection is meant to soften and prevent fine line and wrinkle formation. Dermal fillers are meant to plump and fill areas on the face. If you are a good candidate, you may be able to combine both procedures in the same treatment session.
How do I find a good doctor to administer Muscle Relaxer Injection?
Any medical professional or facility offering Muscle Relaxer Injection should be certified to perform the procedure, in good standing with their governing medical organization, and should work out of modern and clean facilities. They should also have good knowledge of facial anatomy, and be someone you feel absolutely comfortable with and can trust. Above all, they must be licensed to administer Muscle Relaxer Injection.
I am in my 20s. Is that too young to start Muscle Relaxer Injection treatments?
No. If you’re bothered by signs of aging, or you want to prevent wrinkle formation you can get Muscle Relaxer Injection treatment as long as you are 18 or older.