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Non surgical cosmetic treatments such as muscle relaxing injections and injectable dermal fillers have become increasingly popular amongst individuals of all ages.
The focus of media attention on these modalities, have made patients aware that these treatments can be used as an alternative to certain cosmetic procedures. For individuals with early signs of facial ageing these treatments may be more convenient than surgery.
Dr Zurek first learned the cosmetic application of injectable wrinkle treatment in 1996 from the originators of this approach Drs A and J Carruthers.
Muscle relaxant injections are used to relax dynamic facial wrinkles due to contraction of facial muscles on animation, whereas Injectable dermal fillers soften static lines (permanent imprints in the skin).
Muscle relaxing treatment is contra indicated in persons with known allergy to any of its ingredients. This may include the active ingredient itself, human albumen and egg albumin.
Muscle relaxant injection is not recommended for pregnant women: if a patient becomes pregnant after receiving an injection additional injections should be postponed until after the birth and after breast feeding. It should be administered with caution with patients who have existing neuro muscular disease, ptosis: drooped eyelids, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).
Patients who are allergic to eggs, should not be injected as it may cause an increased risk to a severe allergic reaction.
The most common areas for muscle relaxant injections include:-
The full effect of the muscle relaxing injection may be delayed for up to 14 days, once it occurs the effect will last for 3-4 months.