The therapy that smooths wrinkles while preventing the appearance of new ones, is still the No. 1 therapy worldwide.
How it all started
The story of the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections starts in 1822 with the German doctor Justinus Kerner describing for the first time the term botulism (a rare paralytic illness). Through the following years, until the end of the Second World War, scientists discovered that this toxin caused muscle paresis. In 1978 Alan Scott, an American ophthalmologist, decided to try the efficacy of this toxin in the treatment of strabismus and named the drug Oculinum. Some years later, in 1982, a couple of doctors in Canada discovered that a secondary side effect of this drug was the elimination of wrinkles. After this, we all got to know the magic world of the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections. But the story does not end there. In 1990, the toxin was used for the first time in an aesthetic procedure. According to official data, in 2012 5,379,360 anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections were delivered, which led to a 258% increase compared to 2000.
The targets of the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections
They eliminate both superficial and deep wrinkles such as:
-crow’s feet or wrinkles around the eyes
-wrinkles on the forehead
-wrinkles between the eyebrows
-vertical lines around the mouth and particularly on the upper lip (smokers’ lines).
We should note that the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections are a supplementary procedure and thus, isn’t a substitute for facelift, the traditional operation that fights skin’s sagging. Before the procedure, the patient should speak with their plastic surgeon about the desired treating areas. During the procedure, the doctor injects the material in the proper muscle with a fine needle. The patient may feel a light pinch. The procedure takes no more than 10’, while the final result is visible within 3-5 days. The patient may notice some redness or slight bruising and should not massage the treated area for 6 days, as the drug must not be removed.
The side effects
If the process is not done carefully and by an experienced plastic surgeon, you may experience a droopy eyelid.
What you should know about the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections
-The result lasts from 3 to 6 months. In some cases, there may be a second treatment required after the first month.
-The patient who opts for this treatment for a long time will observe that 100% of their wrinkles will disappear. There will be a gradual improvement in the depth and length of the wrinkles.
-There is no ideal age for starting the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections application. If the therapy starts before the wrinkles become static (permanent), the result will be excellent.
-Τhe anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections are the best methods for a non-invasive anti-wrinkle treatment.
-The anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections can be combined with hyaluronic acid.
The anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections for men
In men, treatment is done in a different way, as wrinkles in men are usually deeper and more dynamic. Consequently, the doctor very often resorts to a combination of the toxin with hyaluronic acid in order to achieve a perfect result. Most of the times, men need a larger quantity of the material and they may have to repeat the therapy after some time to see a better result.
Other uses of the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections
Hyperhidrosis injectable treatment
According to research, the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections are the best therapy for hyperhidrosis. Many times, people feel embarrassed sweating within a few minutes. Moreover, the feeling of having permanently sweaty palms makes millions of people around the world unhappy.
The anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections are delivered to deactivate the smooth muscle tissue surrounding the sweat glands so that their contraction becomes impossible and the secretion of sweat is inhibited. The patient undergone this treatment will be relieved from sweat within 3-4 days, while their social life will be instantly improved. After 2-3 treatments, patients will realize that hyperhidrosis has been significantly improved.
For masseter muscle hypertrophy
The masseter appears on the left and right side of the face when the jaw is closed with force. Its hypertrophy occurs mainly in men. The doctor injects small doses of the toxin, which gradually rise. The result is satisfactory and the patient feels relieved.
An experienced plastic surgeon can inject the anti-wrinkle and muscle relaxant injections in specific muscles of the head such as the occipitalis and the temporal muscles, thus patients who suffer from chronic migraine will feel relieved.
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