As people get older, one of the most apparent signs of aging is the appearance of wrinkles. Although there is no one-size-fits-all resolution to this issue, several approaches can be taken to delay the onset of wrinkles. For instance, you could use wrinkle relaxers, which reduce the visibility of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them.
But before you try out the treatment, it’s only fair that you should know about the treatments first and how long they last. Here’s what you should know about wrinkle relaxers.
What Are Wrinkle Relaxers?
There are many reasons why wrinkles exist. The sun’s rays, cigarette smoke, and even genetics can all contribute to wrinkles. Wrinkles can also be detected by the appearance of dark spots, sagging skin, and even broken blood vessels.
The fact that our facial muscles aren’t as active as they once were is another factor in forming wrinkles. Facial muscles are indispensable for making facial expressions. The muscles surrounding your mouth, eyes, and nose all help you smile or frown.
Consequently, our facial muscles become less powerful as we get older, and as a result, they cannot keep up with the persistent pulling of the skin. They will soon become tangled with one another, rendering them unable to relax and unwind, resulting in dynamic wrinkles.
As the name implies, wrinkle relaxers relax your muscle so that they can unwind themselves and not cause dynamic wrinkles. You can use this treatment on your face, including the horizontal lines on your forehead, the vertical lines between your eyebrows, and the lines specific to your nasolabial folds all over your nose and mouth (also known as expression lines).
How Do Wrinkle Relaxers Work?
Wrinkle relaxers achieve their effects by momentarily preventing nerve signals and the contractions of muscles. This lessens the visibility of lines between and around the brows and the eyes, containing the facial muscles from contracting and slowing down the formation of new lines.
By preventing the contraction of facial muscles, it can also slow the development of new wrinkles. It involves minimal physical contact, and both general anesthesia and incisions are unnecessary. Local anesthetic cream or ice can numb treated areas if you are concerned about experiencing pain or discomfort.
A topical anesthetic or ice can help dampen the treatment area if pain or discomfort is a concern. Your provider will use a slim needle to inject 3-5 doses of type A botulinum toxin during the procedure. Typically, the area between the brows will receive an injection. You will generally require three injections on either side of each eye to remove crow’s feet.
The whole process lasts around ten minutes.
Wrinkle Relaxers Options
Here are two wrinkle-relaxer options our clinic offers:
- Botox: Botox is widely regarded as one of the most influential and well-known wrinkle relaxers worldwide. It is a multipurpose injectable treatment used to treat the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, crow’s feet, smile lines, and fine lines around the mouth and eyes. The effects of Botox injections are localized to the region in which they are administered.
- Dysport: Dysport is the wrinkle relaxing treatment that is considered to be the second most popular overall. It is an injectable anti-aging treatment that can be used in various ways, similar to Botox. While Botox is suitable for moderate to severe wrinkles, Dysport is best suited for mild to moderate wrinkles. This is because the formula for Dysport is significantly watered down compared to Botox’s. It works by spreading out below the skin’s surface to give a more natural appearance.
Which Wrinkle Relaxer Options Lasts Longer?
Botox and Dysport are two of the most prominent and widely used cosmetic treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Both of these treatments involve injecting a substance into the skin, and the results are a temporary smoothing and tightening of the skin. Both of these alternatives can diminish the appearance of wrinkles and other aging signs around the eyes, forehead, and neck.
The results of Dysport may be seen sooner, but Botox’s effects will remain visible for longer than those of Dysport. However, this does not mean Botox is always superior to Dysport because there are certain circumstances where you may need to eliminate wrinkles speedily for an upcoming event.
However, this depends on person-to-person, but you can expect both wrinkle relaxer options to last between three to four months.
So They Will Eventually Disappear?
Wrinkle relaxers will eventually lose their effectiveness and be metabolized by the body on their own. This occurs as a by-product of the formation of new nerve endings immune to the effects of the wrinkle relaxers. As new nerve endings grow in your face, they will eventually attach to a muscle, resulting in the gradual reappearance of fine lines. To keep the effects of the wrinkle relaxers from wearing off, you will need to continue using them.
Which Wrinkle Relaxer To Choose?
Your specific requirements should guide your search for appropriate treatment. It is common practice to achieve desired results using one or more injectable treatments on different areas of the face. Our provider will determine your type of wrinkles and the severity of those wrinkles to recommend the best product for you.
Are Wrinkle Relaxers Safe?
The effects of Botox and Dysport are confined to the region into which they have been injected; they do not spread to other body parts. The treatment will only affect your forehead if you use Botox or Dysport on your forehead. It will not affect any other parts of the body or face.
Botox and Dysport are completely risk-free when administered by a trained medical professional. People with particular medical conditions, such as hemophilia, diabetes, epilepsy, or a history of stroke, should not get injections of Botox or Dysport since it may cause unwanted adverse effects.
Dynamic wrinkles inevitably happen to all of us, but it doesn’t mean that you should accept them! So if you are interested in using wrinkle relaxers, consider contacting and dropping by our clinic, Gig Harbor Aesthetics. We also provide services that address other aesthetic-related concerns.