Muscle Relaxants

Botulin toxin (sometimes referred to as Botox) is a purified protein derived from bacteria, although no bacteria are injected during treatment. Used medically for over 100 years to relax muscles, this muscle relaxant has a proven safety record. It is used today as a non-surgical cosmetic treatment for frown lines, furrows and wrinkles. Some wrinkles are caused by the repeated contraction of facial muscles. The muscle relaxant softens and removes lines by temporarily blocking the nerves to these muscles, effectively giving the skin a period of rest. The effects of the muscle relaxant wear off within 3-4 months but repeated treatments can be used to maintain the effect and actually minimise the development of wrinkles in the future.

All treatments are preceded by a consultation with Dr Baines, involving a thorough assessment and detailed discussion. Consultations are free of charge with no obligation to proceed to treatment. The muscle relaxant is administered by extremely fine injection to muscles in the upper face. Local anaesthetic cream can be applied if preferred to minimise any brief discomfort associated with injecting, which typically takes less than 5 minutes.

An improvement in your frown lines should be evident within 3 to 7 days. A follow-up appointment is made for 3 weeks by which time the effects of the muscle relaxant will be at their full. Occasionally further treatment is offered at this appointment ensuring that the client has achieved the desired effect. No additional charge is made for treatment provided at this stage.

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Brow

Brow lines are typically vertical, appearing between the eyebrows. They occur with frowning, something that many people do subconsciously whilst talking. Initially these lines only appear whist actively making facial expressions. Over time a crease may develop which is present even when the face is relaxed. Treatment with muscle relaxants or dermal filler can soften and remove lines present now & prevent the development of a crease in the future. An additional effect of this treatment is to lift the inner brow line, resulting in a subtly more fresh and awake appearance.

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Eyes

Creases around the eyes, sometimes referred to as laughter-lines or crows feet, can be reproduced by forcibly closing the eye. Lines are initially only present with facial movement but become visible in the relaxed face over time. These can be easily treated with muscle relaxant to achieve softening or removal. Repeated treatments can be used to minimise the development of creases in this area.

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Forehead

Forehead lines are horizontal, reproducible by forcibly looking upwards. Initially they are only present with active facial expression but with time remain visible when the face is relaxed. Treatment with muscle relaxant can soften and remove lines present now and minimise the future development creases in this area.

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