Wrinkle relaxing agents are more than meets the eye
Published on: 17th August, 2022
For centuries, people have tried slowing down the ageing process to remain youthful-looking for as long as humanly possible. “Drinking from the Fountain of Youth” became an intoxicating concept still relevant in contemporary society. Today, it comes in the form of anti-ageing products and procedures. In 2002, this “fountain” was packaged into small injectable doses to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and now it is the most desired non-invasive cosmetic procedure in the world! We are, of course, talking about wrinkle relaxing agents such as Botox and Azzalure.
Although these treatments were popular for anti-ageing, medical professionals soon realised that the benefits went beyond aesthetics. Incredibly, it had therapeutic properties and could treat critical and chronic conditions.
In a nutshell
Also known as botulinum toxin injections, it works by temporarily blocking specific nerve signals that contract muscles. In turn, this relaxes or paralyses these muscles, preventing them from moving. The relaxing effect not only helps protect against skin ageing but also assists with certain muscular conditions.
The hidden personality of Botulinum toxin injections
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the surprising ways wrinkle relaxing agents can help you beyond aesthetics. Remember, it’s not just about looking pretty. We also want you to be healthy and happy!
- Say bye-bye to bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching)
Those who suffer from bruxism know all too well of the problems it creates, such as headaches, tooth fractures and facial pain. Wrinkle relaxing agents for bruxism target the muscle responsible for jaw movement known as the masseter muscle. A small dose is injected into the masseter, which weakens it enough to reduce or stop involuntary teeth grinding and jaw clenching. But don’t worry, you will still be able to talk, chew, eat and keep all your facial expressions!
- Put a stop to sweaty armpits
If you experience abnormal sweating in your armpits that causes you to soak through your clothing, even on cooler days, you may have focal hyperhidrosis. This is the medical term for excessive sweating in localised areas of the body. Usually, regular antiperspirants are ineffective, and even prescription ones may fail. The good news is these injections have proven successful for this condition. It is administered directly into the armpit and works by paralysing the nerves responsible for activating the sweat glands.
- No place for sweaty palms
If you ever avoided a handshake because of your sweaty palms, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from this type of focal hyperhidrosis, but there is a silver lining! Similarly to sweaty armpits, your palms can also benefit from wrinkle relaxing agents. The only difference is that it is injected into your palms.
Dr Raj, our leading Aesthetics Doctor from Cardiff Cosmetic Clinic, shares the following:
“It may be a surprise that the uses of botulinum toxin injections are extensive and go beyond anti-ageing. By helping people with bruxism, and sweaty armpits and hands, it can undoubtedly improve the quality of life for millions of people.”
Anyone can perform it, but not everyone should
Botulinum toxin injections are non-surgical procedures, and this means that in the UK, it is legal for anyone to administer the treatment, including non-medics such as beauticians. Like any medical procedure, there are risks involved which can cause physical damage if your service provider isn’t well-trained. Fortunately, you can prevent this if you choose a medically trained practitioner who is trusted, experienced and reliable.
At Cardiff Cosmetic Clinic, we want you to look young but, most importantly, feel young thanks to better health. Our medically trained professionals will ensure you receive the best, safest and most effective treatments. Contact us today to find out more.
Bonus – The top 5 wrinkle relaxing questions you want answers to right now:
- Did Zac Efron get wrinkle relaxing treatments?
Anti-climax alert! We don’t know. But as long as he’s healthy, that’s all that matters. Right?
2. Is it safe to get wrinkle relaxing treatments after the COVID vaccine?
Yes. There is currently no evidence that receiving this treatment post-vaccination is dangerous or has any side effects.
3. How long do the treatments last on your forehead?
When your forehead wrinkles have relaxed, the results should last for about 3 to 4 months
4. How long after treatment can you lay down?
We recommend that you wait at least 4 hours after a procedure before you get some rest. Lying down too soon may cause pressure on the treated area and result in the liquid moving.
5. How long after treatment can you exercise?
It’s important to refrain from too much activity immediately after your treatment, and this includes exercising. Similar to the answer above, we recommend you wait at least 4 hours.