Anti-wrinkle, or muscle relaxant, injections are the most commonly requested cosmetic treatment by both men and women around the world because they represent a quick and reliable solution for facial aging with virtually no downtime.
This trend can be attributed not only to changing social norms and expectations, but also to competition in job markets fuelling the need to look vital and healthy for that competitive career advantage.
What’s in an anti-wrinkle injection?
It’s a natural, purified protein that’s extracted from bacteria in much the same way that penicillin’s extracted from mould. It relaxes wrinkles caused by muscle movement to create a fresher, younger, more relaxed, but still natural-looking appearance.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Anti-wrinkle injections temporarily block chemical messengers that activate muscles. Since most facial wrinkles are caused by muscle activity, relaxation of these muscles smooths the overlying skin. Anti-wrinkle injections work best on wrinkles caused by movement, known as dynamic wrinkles, but are often be used together with dermal fillers that treat wrinkles present at rest, known as static wrinkles.
Common uses for anti-wrinkle injections
Areas most commonly treated are crows feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. Anti-wrinkle injections can also lift the eyebrows and treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), severe migraines, voice problems, temporomandibular or jaw joint disorders (TMJ) and even certain eye disorders.
Prior to their adaptation for cosmetic use, muscle relaxant injections were used for many years to treat conditions such as twitching or spasm of the eyelid, facial spasm, muscle spasticity due to cerebral palsy and eye squints. Their application to additional medical conditions is expanding continually.