What Is a Wrinkle Relaxer?

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Let’s talk about what wrinkle relaxers are.

A wrinkle relaxer is an injected neurotoxin treatment to relax the muscles. Wrinkle relaxers are all well-tested and have been around for decades.

Of course, you likely know they are used as a cosmetic treatment to:

  • Treat wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Slim the jaw and masseter muscles.
  • Improve skin texture.

But wrinkle relaxers have also been used as medical treatments for TMJ, migraines, vocal cord paralysis, and muscle spasms. 

When injected by an experienced and licensed injector wrinkle relaxers are incredibly safe and effective. You can learn more about choosing an injector, treatment areas, and common myths in the free Bustmob Academy app

Wrinkle relaxer vs Botox? They are one and the same.

You may have heard of wrinkle relaxers referred to or called Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin.

But these are simply wrinkle relaxer brands and there are always new ones making their way onto the scene.

Different brands have their own timelines and characteristics, but your injector will be able to help you to decide what brand is best for you and your goals.

Before and after Xeomin wrinkle relaxer injections by a licensed injector at Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh
Before and after Xeomin wrinkle relaxer injections by a licensed injector at Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh

And what they are not. 

Wrinkle relaxers are not super invasive or painful. In fact, some even find the treatment to be fairly relaxing.

The treatment itself is only about 20 minutes with no downtime. In fact, it’s not uncommon for folks to easily fit wrinkle relaxer treatments into their lunch break and head back to work with no signs of having had wrinkle-relaxing treatments. Pretty cool, right? 

Wrinkle relaxers get a bad rep from a few bad apples. But the truth is, wrinkle relaxers can look completely natural at any age when administered by a licensed injector.

You can learn more about how wrinkle relaxers look and feel in the free Bustmob Academy app.

Man during a wrinkle relaxer injection a licensed injector of Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh
A licensed injector of Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh during a wrinkle relaxer injection

Unfortunately, the wrinkle relaxer magic isn’t permanent. After about 3 months depending on your metabolism, they completely leave the body. 

The good news is if it’s not a look you love, it won’t last forever.

The bad news is, if you do love it (and you probably will), you’ll probably need to have a treatment quarterly to maintain your results. 

So how do wrinkle relaxers work?

As we age, our collagen production drops, and our skin creases and forms fine lines and wrinkles. 

Think of the process of wrinkles forming like folding a piece of paper in the same spot over and over. The more times it folds, the deeper the lines (aka the wrinkles).  

Wrinkle relaxers work as an anti-aging treatment because they relax the muscles and limit facial expressions that cause the skin to crease.

A licensed injector will discuss your aesthetic goals with you before creating a plan for the injection site(s).

The facial muscles that are treated are extremely strategic, which is why it’s so important to always go for an experienced, licensed injector.

Whether you’re looking to prevent wrinkles, bring back a youthful glow, or treat migraines (or all of the above), your injector will be able to guide you through the recommended areas to reach your goals.

Wrinkle Relaxer Pro Tips:

Did you have a drink or 10 the night before your treatment?

You may experience some mild bruising at the injection site. The best way to avoid bruising is to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol 24 hours before your treatment.

You'll also want to avoid exercise for 24 hours after your treatment and refrain from laying down in the hours following your appointment.

As always, don't be shy to ask your licensed injector any and all questions you have about the treatment and aftercare.

Found this helpful, but want more? 

Good news! This is just one in a full series of fun, factual videos in the Bustmob Academy app to simplify your skincare research.

From commonly told myths and FAQs, to recovery time and costs, Jenny Eden, founder of Bustmob, and Gretta Nance, lead educator at Amelia Aesthetics, break down your skincare and Medspa treatment research into bite-size, binge-able pieces.

Schedule a consultation to get personalized advice for your skin or hop in the free Bustmob Skincare Group to get tips, advice, and expertise on everything from eye creams to Botox. 

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