What is this?
Treatment for those annoying “number 11” angry looking lines that become etched in between your eyebrows and seem to get deeper and deeper year by year – frown lines!
How does this work?
By using an anti wrinkle injection we stop, or decrease the muscle (glabellar and corrugator) between the eyebrows from contracting strongly. By relaxing this muscle the skin in the area also relaxes and therefore creases much less, or even not at all!
Will this treatment work for me?
The optimal time to start with anti wrinkle injections is when you notice the creases are still visible in the skin whilst that muscle is at rest. These are called static lines and the deeper they become the more difficult they are to reduce. There is, however, no need to start anti wrinkle injections when you only have dynamic lines (that means they completely disappear again when you are not moving the muscle) because your collagen is still strong enough to withstand the effects of permanent damage.
How long does it last?
The average treatment result lasts approximately 3-4 months from the date of treatment. There are, however, no guarantees for the longevity of the product as different people metabolise it at a different rate. Sometimes the longevity may even vary in the same person during different periods of their life depending on things like life stressors, illness, increased/decreased exercise, medications, climate, etc.
How much product will I need?
This relates to the size of the muscle, if you have previously had a treatment, how quickly you tend to metabolise the product, your age, and if you like a very subtle change or a very smooth appearance. Men will usually require more product than women. Older people will usually require a higher dose than younger people.
What if it doesn’t work?
If your muscle turns out to be stronger than expected, it is very simple to repeat the procedure with a higher dosage of product for increased effect. Just remember that you can always put more in, but you can’t take it out, so it is better to start with a slightly more conservative treatment and increase the dose at your follow up appointment.
Does it work straight away?
You will find that the muscle usually weakens in approximately 7-10 days but can range between 3-14 days. After this time the skin will begin to smooth, depending on how deep the lines were to start with.
What are the possible side effects specific to this treatment?
Localised side effects include redness, swelling, tenderness, bruising.
A rare side effect of muscle relaxer injections in the frown area is a phenomenon called “ptosis“, meaning “drooping”. This can occur in two areas – centrally which makes the eyebrow area next to the nose become a little heavy and even possibly low a few millimetres, or in the eyelid itself which can cause a heavy feeling and even possibly prevent the affected eyelid from opening as much as the unaffected side. Usually these side effects will only last a few weeks and may not even be noticeable to others, however there is a chance that the symptoms can become noticeable to others and last approximately 6 weeks. None of these side effects are permanent and will always disappear completely when the injections wear off. By adhering to your recommended aftercare instructions provided to you at your appointment, the risk of the side effects is very low.
Please note that this is not a complete list of general side effects related to wrinkle treatment injections, but those related specific to this area being treated. For a more complete list of side effects, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
What happens if I don’t do it again?
If you have only had the treatment once and don’t want to repeat the muscle relaxer injections in the future, the area will return back to how it was before the treatment – generally no better and no worse.
If you have used muscle relaxer injections to the area for a few years, you may gain a longer term benefit as the collagen in the skin will not be as damaged as it would have otherwise been without wrinkle relaxers and your skin, in most cases, will remain smoother.