Muscle Relaxant Treatment in Taunton

Muscle Relaxant Treatment in Taunton by Dr Baines

If you are starting to see fine lines or wrinkles in areas of your face then a muscle relaxant treatment, which is commonly known as Botox can reduce these lines and minimise the development of future lines and wrinkles.

What is a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

A muscle relaxant is a revolutionary prescription medication that improves the appearance of some wrinkles and fine lines.

The muscle relaxant works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released and temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that underlie and cause fine lines and wrinkles.

A very small amount of muscle relaxant is injected into muscles in the targeted area using extremely fine needles. Muscle relaxants are often referred to by their brand names such as Botox, Azzalure or Boccuture and they are used to soften or remove fine lines, resulting in a very natural appearance around the brow, forehead and areas around the eyes.

We all tend to look healthier when we are relaxed and the same is true for our facial muscles which is why this non-surgical treatment has become so popular. Years ago, the only option to reduce wrinkles would be an expensive and invasive surgical facelift that involves a lot of recovery time and pain. Be aware that extreme wrinkles cannot be removed with a muscle relaxant and may require a surgical facelift.

Why have a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

A muscle relaxant is a great alternative to an invasive cosmetic surgical procedure as it is quick, painless and with minimal or no side effects. Compared to dermabrasion and chemical peels, there is no downtime associated with a muscle relaxant and it is a walk in, walk out a treatment that fits in with anyone’s busy schedule. A muscle relaxant treatment by a qualified and medically trained specialist will cost you anything from £150 upwards and depends on the number of areas treated making it a huge difference in cost compared to a full surgical facelift. The results from a muscle relaxant treatment are immediate and will improve over the weeks, lasting anything from 4-6 months and you can then decide if you want another treatment when the effects have worn off.

Why is the treatment most commonly known as Botox?

A muscle relaxant treatment is mostly referred to as Botox as it is a commonly used brand of muscle relaxant. Botulinum toxin (Botox) has been used medically for over 30 years and has an incredibly safe profile with highly predictable results making it a popular choice for those looking to try their first aesthetic treatment.

How does a Muscle Relaxant Treatment work?

A muscle relaxant works by attaching itself to nerve endings and when this happens the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, (acetylcholine) cannot be released which temporarily relaxes the muscles that underlie and cause fine lines and wrinkles.

What areas can be treated with a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

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 and 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.

Creases around the eyes, sometimes referred to as laughter-lines or crow’s 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 a muscle relaxant to achieve softening or removal. Repeated treatments can be used to minimise the development of creases in this area.

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.

Muscle relaxants can be used on most areas of the body and your doctor will be able to talk to you about this if you have other areas you are concerned about.

How quickly will you see the results of a muscle Relaxant Treatment?

An improvement in your lines will be seen immediately and the effects will continue to improve over the following weeks.

What happens during a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

Extremely fine needles are used to inject the muscle relaxant into the areas being treated. Some doctors will numb the area first, however, the treatment is so quick that it is often not necessary.

What should you think about when considering a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

Remember that cheap is not always the best and although the risks and side effects of a muscle relaxant treatment are low it is still a medical procedure that needs to be carried out by someone who is qualified and experienced enough to administer it. Always do your research and go and see someone who has been recommended if you possibly can. Research the doctor and clinic online as well as taking a good look at their website. Ask to see their qualifications and you should always have a free, no obligation consultation with them before you have any treatment. They should talk to you about your medical history during your consultation, what you are looking to achieve and the risks associated with the procedure. If you feel uncomfortable during your consultation then don’t go ahead with that person or clinic and go away and find somewhere or someone else. The practitioner should be able to answer all your questions confidently and face to face.

How long does a Muscle Relaxant Treatment last?

The effects of a muscle relaxant treatment are individual to each person but will normally gradually wear off over four to six months and can be retreated.

How often do you need to have a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

This really is down to you how often you decide to have a muscle relaxant treatment and how natural you want your appearance to be. The more muscle relaxant you have the less natural you will look, however, if you want to focus on different areas of your face then this is possible.

How quickly will you see the results of a Muscle Relaxant Treatment?

As a muscle relaxant treatment works by weakening facial muscles you will see the results almost immediately and these will improve over time with full results generally being seen within five to seven days. You will see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over the weeks and two weeks after the procedure you will be looking your best.

About Dr Baines Skin Health in Taunton

Dr Baines has been medically qualified for 23-years and during this time he has gained experience in a wide range of medical and surgical specialities.

He has a holistic approach to skin-care problems and has become a teacher for Galderma, manufacturer to the industry-leading brand Restylane in the last 10 years in aesthetic practice. Dr Baines ethos has always been to prioritise safety and to maintain a very natural look, believing that ‘less is more’ and that your friends and family shouldn’t be able to tell what it is that you have had done.  Your result will be a healthier and more refreshed version of you.

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. An improvement in your lines should be evident within 3 to 7 days and a follow-up appointment is made for 3 week’s time when the effects of the muscle relaxant will be at their full. Occasionally further treatment is offered at this appointment to ensure you have achieved the desired effect. No additional charge is made for treatment provided at this stage and this is at the discretion of Dr Baines during your follow up appointment.

If you would like to discuss the options for muscle relaxants in more detail, or to book your free no obligation consultation please contact Dr Baines directly on 07790 900939 and he will be happy to help.