Our skin naturally develops creases (wrinkles) from facial expressions and sun damage, and this damage becomes more visible over time. Although everyone is aging, some people age more quickly than others or may be exposed to various environmental triggers like sun, heat, and pollution that could speed up our aging process. Wrinkles are normal, but they can be minimized. Thanks to technological advancement, we can now look young and beautiful without surgery. One of the widely used cosmetic procedures now is wrinkle relaxers.
What are wrinkle relaxers?
Wrinkle relaxers are cosmetic injections used to smooth out wrinkles and relax the facial muscles that contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle relaxers reduce muscle contractions, temporarily preventing your facial muscles from contracting. Wrinkles typically appear on the forehead and face when muscles are pulled and pinched repeatedly. No matter what facial emotion you make, such as a frown or a smile, wrinkles will eventually appear.
How do wrinkle relaxers work?
Wrinkle relaxers contain a pure protein solution known as botulinum toxin. The botulinum toxin used in injections is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin, popularly known as “the miracle poison,” is a solid biological poison that, when handled properly, can be used to treat both medical and cosmetic conditions.
The toxin will stop sending chemical signals from the nerve terminals after administration. The electrical signals from the brain that cause muscle activity won’t reach the muscle when injected. Botulinum toxin is classified as a neurotoxin.
Neurotoxins are poisonous substances that harm nerve function. For instance, the nerve signaling system that activates muscles is disrupted by botulinum toxin. The botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes targeted muscles by invading and impairing nerve cells.
Reducing wrinkles has several advantages, which is why they are becoming more popular. Only a few injections are needed, no surgeries are required, and you’re done!
How long do wrinkle relaxers work?
You won’t notice any results instantly after your first treatment. But don’t worry; it’s normal, and the treatment won’t start working right away. After two to three days or at least two weeks, the initial effects become visible. Each person will naturally experience the treatment results over a different time.
The time it takes for results to appear from wrinkle relaxers varies depending on how they work.
Which areas can wrinkle relaxers be used?
Although almost the entire face can be treated, certain facial features respond more positively than others. These areas include:
- forehead creases
- Crows’ feet (lines forming at the corners of the eyes)
- Marionette lines (wrinkles extending from the corners of the mouth to the jaws)
- Glabellar lines (wrinkles forming over the smooth area between the eyebrows)
- Perioral or smoker’s lines (surrounds the mouth, common among smokers)
- Neck bands
- the space between the brows (wrinkle relaxers can have a brow lift effect)
What are the side effects of wrinkle relaxers?
Treatments for wrinkles are safe and well-tolerated. However, injections of botulinum toxin may have adverse effects. The negative side effects that occur more often are mild, brief, and manageable. However, the most severe issues can be hazardous and require medical attention.
Typical and minor adverse effects of botulinum toxin injections include the following:
- mild headache
- flu-like symptoms such as nausea
- Discomfort, bruising, or edema at the injection site
- closed eyelid
- raised eyebrows
- either uncontrollable tears or dry eyes
These adverse side effects should subside within a few days to two weeks. They are manageable and subdued. Avoiding some drugs or supplements that cause bruising is one precaution that can help to lessen these side effects.
Some of the more serious adverse effects of botulinum toxin injections are listed below:
- muscular tremors
- eyesight problems
- Incontinence (loss of bladder control)
- difficulty breathing
- speaking or swallowing problems
These undesirable things happen when a toxin affects muscles that regulate systems other than those it was intended to affect. These negative consequences might not be felt for a few weeks. Call your doctor immediately if you develop these more severe side effects within two weeks of the medication.
The best way to prevent these adverse effects is to work with professionals with experience, training, and accreditation. These professionals are knowledgeable of the appropriate injection sites and toxic dosage rates. Working with professionals lowers the possibility of the poison spreading to other muscles.
Do wrinkle relaxers require recovery time?
The recovery period following wrinkle relaxer therapy is minimal. The typical treatment session lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, and you can return to your routine immediately.
However, we do advise against engaging in any strenuous exercise for at least four hours after treatment.
Are wrinkle relaxers painful?
The procedure is painless and quick, with few side effects, but the results can significantly relieve chronic stress. Wrinkle relaxers may be your solution if you suffer from chronic pain, migraines, or jaw problems.
It’s always ideal to have a thorough conversation with a trained cosmetic injector before beginning treatment if you need clarification about whether wrinkle relaxers are right for you. They can best determine how to satisfy your demands while guaranteeing maximum health and safety.
Why should you have wrinkle relaxers?
When wrinkle relaxers are injected into your problem areas, such as the forehead, the space between the brows, or the crow’s feet, they help your skin appear better and prevent oil and makeup from forming in those wrinkles because they will no longer present.
Wrinkle relaxers are also subtle. While you will see a difference when you glance in the mirror, your friends may comment on how radiant your skin is and inquire about your new skincare regimen.
The best part of pampering yourself is finding a skincare regimen that works for you. Protecting your skin from harmful free radicals, undesired breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles, clogged pores, and unpleasant breakouts is essential.
Creating your skin care regimen might be challenging for you. But it can be easy with the proper assistance from well-trained and skilled medical professionals. Skincare regimens don’t have to be complicated, expensive, or comprise 15 steps. However, it’s beneficial to have a cleanser, moisturizer, and exfoliant suitable for your skin type and any issues it may have.
Let Vibe Aesthetics assist you in developing a treatment plan and skin care regimen today! Make sure to visit our website and schedule your consultation with one of our Master Aestheticians.