Muscle Relaxants Treatment
In Australia it is against the medical practitioners’ board, the APRHA, guidelines to mention the word of the drug that is used when we inject muscle for a relaxant. This is because it is considered a drug by the TGA (Therapeutics Goods Association). Therefore, one cannot use a drug name in advertisement. The preference is to call it a muscle relaxant or a cosmetic anti-aging injection.
WHAT DOES THE MUSCLE RELAXANT TREAT?
It is used to treat lines and wrinkles that are called dynamic. That means that they are lines that are induced by smiling, frowning, and muscle expression. These cosmetic muscle relaxants do not help lines that are present from general aging and that are present at rest which one would call static.
WHERE ARE THE LINES LOCATED?
The initial areas that were treated with muscle relaxants were the frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. Later we started to inject forehead lines. More recently we have realised that muscle relaxants can also be of a help to lines on the upper lip and around the chin and jaw line.
WHAT ACTUALLY IS THE MUSCLE RELAXANT MADE FROM?
The muscle relaxants are a protein that is extracted from tiny bacteria in a very sterile environment in Europe. It has an incredibly strong and powerful protein that relaxes muscle.
WHY DOES THE MUSCLE RELAXANT WORK?
The muscle relaxant works by causing a block in the processes between the nerve and the muscle so that the muscle does not contract.
WILL I LOOK STUNNED?
Some people are concerned with muscle relaxants that they’ll look fake. Generally speaking, this is not the case. There is always some facial movement that is still present.
DO I NEED A GENERAL ANESTHETIC?
No muscle relaxants are just done while patients are awake. They are very fine, thin needles. The whole process often takes no more than 5 minutes.
DO I NEED TIME OFF OF WORK?
No, most patients can go straight back to work. There is always a risk of a tiny bruise which may need to be covered.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO HAVE TREATMENT?
Normally treatments are repeated every 3-6 months. There is some evidence that by repeating the treatments regularly, the effects will last longer.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A DERMAL FILLER, CAN I STILL HAVE RELAXANT INJECTIONS?
Yes, muscle relaxants actually work together with dermal fillers. They each enhance each other. We often recommend that patients have facial rejuvenation at the same time as this will also enhance the results. With aging, there are changes that occur at different levels and on different parts of the face. By combining facelift treatments one gets the best results.
WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL USES OF MUSCLE RELAXANTS?
Two areas of medicine that have now been recognized by Medicare are for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating under the arms) and for migraines. In Australia, Medicare will partly cover the injections for these procedures if they are done by the appropriate specialist. A dermatologist must be the one to treat the excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
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