What You Didn’t Know About Facial Muscle Relaxers

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What You Didn’t Know About Facial Muscle Relaxers

Botox in Toronto, and other facial muscle relaxants such as Dysport, have become increasingly popular. This is because these relaxants can be used as a wrinkle prevention method, reducing the look of already formed wrinkles, and other benefits such as skin tightening. In this post, we cover the different types of facial muscle relaxers, their benefits, and when you can expect to see the results.

Botox And Dysport 

Botox and Dysport are both non-surgical, injectable muscle relaxants. They both contain a highly refined purified protein derived from onabotulinumtoxina. They work by being injected into specific, targeted muscles. In facial rejuvenation treatment, we inject muscles that contribute to frown lines and wrinkles. 

The injection blocks the muscle’s nerve impulses. After injection, the muscle stops contracting. When it relaxes, the skin overlying the muscle begins to smooth out. Wrinkles gradually soften and disappear.

The Benefits Of Facial Muscle Relaxers

The goal of using facial muscle relaxers, like Botox and Dysport, is not to freeze the face but to relax the muscles. This relaxation of the muscles keeps them from moving too much, allowing the skin to stay smooth and ultimately giving a natural skin tightening and youthful appearance. People use muscle relaxers to smooth the look of wrinkles and as a wrinkle prevention method. 

There are a lot of different benefits of muscle relaxants, but here are some of the most common requests we get for botox in Toronto:

Wrinkle Maintenance

Muscle relaxation helps to prevent the formation of wrinkles as the muscles are not moving enough to form that crease. Relaxing muscles will also help smooth out the look of formed wrinkles as the skin is not moving in a way that causes the skin to fold and crease.

Muscle relaxation injections are commonly used for forehead wrinkles, such as the ‘11’ in between your eyebrows for example. Crows feet and other wrinkles around the eyes are also very common areas to inject the relaxants. Injecting Botox around the eyes can also help reduce the sagging appearance and give the brows a lifted look.

Jawline Correction

If you’re a teeth grinder or have a strong masseter muscle (the jaw muscle that helps us chew), then your jaw can have a very square appearance or a bottom-heavy appearance. With an injection right into the jaw muscle, we can soften it, causing it to relax and lose the unnecessary mass it has built up. A lot of people choose to do this as it helps to reshape and feminize the facial shape into a more oval or heart shape.

Skin Tightening

One of the best things about Botox is that it can help tighten our skin. Our skin begins to sag as we age due to a multitude of reasons, but mainly due to the breakdown of elastin fibers. Injecting botox into specific facial muscles can lift the face, tightening the skin. The relaxation of these muscles also helps reduce everyday wear and tear, causing fewer elastin fibers to break down each day.

Skin tightening with Botox is most commonly done in our neck area. Aging neck skin begins to form bands, creating a look which many like to call ‘turkey neck’. Botox injections help to relax the different neck muscles, such as the platysma muscle, reducing the muscle’s ability to create these bands.

How Quickly Will I See Results?

Right after you leave your appointment you probably won’t see a difference in your skin. It takes time for the muscles to relax and react to the injection.

You should expect to see results from your Botox injections within 72 hours, and Dysport a bit sooner in about 24 hours. Keep in mind that full results appear between 1-2 weeks. 

The amount of time it takes to see results can depend on the area that was injected, the frequency of injections, and the dosage amount. This will also impact how long the effects last.

While the effects will fade within 3 to 4 months from the injection, it takes only 2 to 3 treatments per year to duplicate and maintain the best results.

Book A Consultation Today

If you’re interested in booking a facial muscle relaxer treatment like Dysport or Botox in the Toronto area and want more information, book a consultation

PSSC’s expertly trained injectors can help determine whether Dysport or Botox is recommended, where you need it, and how much. They are happy to answer all questions you may have to make sure you feel confident and excited about your treatment.

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