As we age, our skin and muscles do too.
Wrinkles, overactive muscles and the associated effects are all par for the course as we get older. Today there are injectable treatments available to help minimize these effects.
Muscle relaxants (or sometimes referred to wrinkle relaxants) can be used to reduce muscle hyperactivity and its associated effects. They can clinically treat the effects of excessive teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, where overactive face muscles can contribute to tooth wear. Muscle relaxants can also be used to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile caused by overactive facial muscles.
Muscle relaxant (i.e. botulinum toxin) works by blocking neurotransmitters in the target muscles, reducing the strength of muscle contractions. By injecting small amounts of the chemical into affected areas, muscle contraction is relaxed.
Over time, the skin starts to lose its elasticity and volume partially due to a reduction in naturally occurring hyaluronic acid as we age, resulting in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Fillers are another treatment that can be used to restore volume and smoothness to the skin, by replacing naturally depleted hyaluronic acid just beneath the surface. When injected into the skin’s layers, hyaluronic acid gives a fuller, more youthful appearance in targeted areas. It can also be used to correct defects like thin, or asymmetrical lips, or post-traumatic skin/tissue loss.