Muscle relaxers & fillers: What’s the difference?

Muscle relaxing

INJECTABLES

Dermal filler

TREATMENTS

Muscle relaxing injections

What is muscle relaxing toxin?

Muscle relaxing toxin injections, also known as neurotoxins, are medical treatments used to temporarily relax specific muscles in the body.

They work by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. When injected into specific muscles, the toxin attaches to the nerve endings and prevents the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Without acetylcholine, the muscle is unable to contract forcefully, leading to a temporary relaxation effect.

What is it used for?

Muscle relaxing toxin injections can be used for both cosmetic or medical applications. Treatments include:

  • Wrinkle reduction (upper and lower face)
  • Facial contouring (jaw clenching or masseter hypertrophy)
  • Chronic migraine management
  • Treatment of muscle spasms

Consultation

Prior to the procedure, a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional is necessary to assess your suitability and discuss desired outcomes.

Injection Process

Your healthcare professional will use a fine needle to inject the muscle relaxing toxin into the target muscles. The procedure is usually well-tolerated and typically takes a few minutes.

Post-Treatment Care

Following the injection, you may be advised to avoid vigorous exercise, rubbing the treated area, or lying flat for a specific period. Any potential side effects will be discussed.

Results

The effects of muscle relaxing toxin injections typically last between three to six months. The onset of results varies but is generally noticeable within a few days to a week after the procedure.

Frequently asked questions

How do muscle relaxing toxin injections work?

It works by relaxing facial muscles, thereby temporarily reducing and smoothing dynamic frown lines and wrinkles, the lines caused by movement of the muscles.

 Is treatment painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, we may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the clinic without downtime following treatment.

What are the possible side effects?

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising, ptosis (rare).

How long does the treatment take?

Anti-Wrinkle treatments usually take somewhere between 10-20 minutes.

When will I see results?

Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.

How long will the effect last for?

The treatment is temporary; the effects may vary from patient to patient depending on the dose administered and the individual patient differences, with duration lasting approximately 3-6 months.

What if I choose not to continue treatments?

If you do not continue treatments, the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before treatment.

Who should not take botulinum toxin?

You should not take botulinum toxin injections if you have;

  • had an allergic reaction to any of the botulinum toxin products or their ingredients.
  • a skin infection at the planned injection site
  • a disease that affects your muscles and nerves
  • had any side effect from the product in the past
  • a breathing problem, such as asthma or emphysema
  • swallowing problems
  • bleeding problems
  • plans to have surgery
  • had surgery on your face
  • weakness of your forehead muscles, such as trouble raising your eyebrows
  • drooping eyelids
  • any other change in the way your face normally looks
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breast-feeding or plan to breastfeed
Do treatment results differ?

Yes, individual results may vary. To get the best results, it’s important to go to an injector who is experienced in administering these injections.

Is the treatment expensive?

Pricing will vary according to the patient’s needs. Treatment costs are discussed at the time of the consultation.

Dermal fillers

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel-like hyaluronic acid substances that are injected into the skin to add volume, shape contours, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are the most commonly used type of dermal fillers. HA is a natural substance found in the skin that attracts and retains moisture, providing hydration and plumpness. HA fillers offer temporary results and are gradually broken down and absorbed by the body.

Common treatment areas

Wrinkle Reduction
Dermal fillers are used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the mouth, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.

Lip Enhancement
Fillers can add volume and definition to thin lips, providing a fuller and more youthful appearance.

Facial Contouring
By strategically injecting fillers, facial contours such as cheeks, chin, and jawline can be enhanced or reshaped.

Scar Revision
Certain dermal fillers can help minimize the appearance of scars, including acne scars or depressions on the skin’s surface.

Consultation

Prior to the procedure, a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional will cover your medical history, expectations and treatment costs.

Injection Process

Your healthcare professional will use a fine needle to inject the dermal filler into the target areas. Whilst the procedure is usually well-tolerated, a topical anesthetic may be applied for comfort.

Post-Treatment Care

It is important to follow any specific aftercare instructions such as avoiding excessive sun exposure, intense physical activity, or certain medications. We provide after care instructions.

Results

The longevity of dermal filler results varies depending on the type of filler used and individual metabolism. HA fillers generally last from six months to two years, while other types may have longer-lasting effects.

Frequently asked questions

How do dermal fillers work?

Dermal fillers work by boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers revitalise and add volume to the skin, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and giving a natural softer look.

What are fillers made of?

Temporary fillers include the following materials: Hyaluronic acid, a sugar that is naturally found in the body. Calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral and a major component of bone.

Are dermal fillers safe?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved with the use of dermal fillers. Most side effects associated with dermal fillers, such as swelling and bruising occur shortly after injection and many resolve in a few days to weeks. Risks include swelling, bruising, infection, lumpiness and vascular occlusion (rare).

Where can fillers be used?

Dermal fillers can be used on your lips, cheeks, chin, jawline, forehead and back of your hands.

What are the benefits of fillers?

Dermal fillers are an injectable, cosmetic treatment used to replenish lost facial volume, shape and contour the face, smooth transitions or folds in the face and some stimulate new collagen production.

Will I look natural?

Though dermal fillers typically give you a natural look, choosing the right practitioner to administer the injection is imperative. A good practitioner will explain the ideal treatment plan, tailoring it to the individual and guiding you away from treatments that will give you poor aesthetic results.

How long will the effect last for?

The generally accepted longevity of temporary hyaluronic acid fillers is from 6 to 18 months depending on the area injected. There have been reported cases of lasting for much longer than product recommendations. Over time your body will naturally absorb the filler, at this point you may want re-treatment.

What do I need to do after treatment?

We encourage no vigorous exercise, rubbing at filler site, avoid make up or lipsticks over any filler, no excessive hot showers, baths or saunas. Ice may be applied after the treatment to reduce swelling and bruising.

Do treatment results differ?

You will see the results of the filler right away; however, it can take up to 4 weeks for any bruising and any swelling to subside to see the true after results.

Is treatment painful?

Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, we may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream. People often describe the sensation as a slight pinch to the skin, causing very little pain, if any at all. Most patients consider dermal fillers tolerable and relatively pain-free.

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