What’s the difference between anti wrinkle injections and muscle relaxants?
Both these terms are commonly used interchangeably and generally mean the same process of using an injectable to target the muscle.
What is the product you use?
As a Qualified Doctor and Cosmetic Physician I only use the premium product on the worldwide market.
Muscle relaxant or anti wrinkle injections use a product called Botulinum toxin which is a purified protein derived from a bacteria. It has been used in the medical field for decades now. It was first used to treat a lazy eye condition by relaxing one of the strong muscles of the eye so that patients had a central gaze. It was only by accident (which is what happens in a lot of medical discoveries!) they realised the wrinkles around the eye (the crow’s feet) were softened.
How does it work?
The Product blocks the signal between the nerve and muscle. They now can’t communicate with each other and the muscle can’t contract. With the muscle not contracting the lines on the skin where the muscle attaches itself relaxes. The product eventually dissolves and when the effect wears off the skin and lines go back to their original pre-treated state.
How do I know which areas I need treated?
My commitment to all my patients is to discuss all options with you and agree on an appropriate treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals.
Is it safe?
The anti wrinkle product I use in my clinic has been studied for many decades and used by Ophthalmologists and Neurologists for many years. It can be used to treat migraines, cerebral palsy in children and even excess sweating.
Anti wrinkle injections have not been studied on ladies who are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to conceive so for this reason they are advised not to have injections at that time in their life.
Will it hurt?
Most patients report a little sting as the needle and product are injected into the skin, a bit like a tiny bee sting. Ice can be used to the area to help anaesthetise it.
When will i see results?
You will generally able to start see results in 3 weeks time with full results being realized by 6 weeks.
Will I look fake or plastic?
As a medical practitioner I understand the ageing process and will tailor your treatment to give you a refreshed look. My goal is to give you confidence in looking your natural best.
Any side effects?
Most of the cosmetic treatments with anti wrinkle injections / muscle relaxant injections are generally well tolerated. Occasionally patients may complain about soreness, swelling, bruising, headache at the site of the injection. In rare circumstances complications include infection and allergic reaction and eyelid drooping (ptosis)
How much will it cost?
This is always such a difficult question to answer. Everyone is different; a dose for one patient may not be appropriate for another. I will happily see any potential patient for a free consult and to discuss their needs and concerns. After close examination I can give you a price.
How long will the treatment last?
Depending on the injector and on the part of the body, treatments tend to last approximately 4-6 months with some areas lasting up to 12 months. It is important for the patient to be aware of this as anti wrinkle treatment is not permanent.
How long does the procedure take?
My consult with a new patient generally takes about 30 minutes. I like to take my time with each patient and discuss their ideas and concerns and to map out a treatment plan for them. The injection part takes less than 10 minutes.
What about after the anti wrinkle injection?
Many patients go about their day to day life as usual. I would normally recommend avoiding alcohol and rigorous exercise for the first 24 hours, avoiding extremes in temperatures such as saunas or spas and avoid massaging or touching the area for the first 4 hours as this can unintentionally spread the injected product to other muscles.
Dr Holly always strongly advises booking in an appointment two weeks after your treatment to review your treatment results.