Muscle Relaxing Injections
One of the main uses of facial relaxation injections is to give a fresher more rested appearance. They minimise the effect of frowning by stopping the corrugator muscles from drawing the eyebrows together. They can also be used to reduce other ‘overactive’ facial expressions such as excessive brow raising or scrunching up of the ‘crows’ feet’ at the side of your eyes. Because the muscles are selectively targeted, there is no danger of being left expressionless.
This type of therapy was originally developed to treat facial spasms before becoming a widely accepted cosmetic tool. The relaxing effect doesn’t happen instantly. It starts two to three days after treatment and increases over the next week. The effect of facial relaxation injections usually lasts between four and eight months, but this effect improves with successive treatments. This is because muscles you don’t use by nature naturally become weaker and weaker.
The skill in carrying out this treatment is to ensure that other muscles are not affected. This is why you will be asked to actively frown during the procedure so that the appropriate muscles can be identified.