What is a muscle relaxant (BTX) and what effect does it have?
BTX (muscle relaxant) is a purified protein. Due to its relaxing effect on the muscles, it causes the overlying skin to relax and the wrinkles and fine lines to smoothen.
How do wrinkles develop?
There are many reasons why wrinkles develop. In summary, one can say that predisposition (genetics), sun exposure, smoking, and the movement of the underlying skin muscles (contraction) play important roles in the development.
Skin folds can be treated in particular with muscle relaxers.
Can muscle relaxers help with all types of wrinkles?
Muscle relaxers are particularly effective for dynamic wrinkles caused by facial expression muscles. Deeper wrinkles or those caused by other factors may require other treatments in combination. We will discuss this during your personal consultation.
We treat patients with muscle relaxers (BTX) in particular for the following indications:
- horizontal forehead lines (worry lines)
- brow lift (1-2mm)
- frown line
- smile lines (crow’s feet)
- wrinkles on the nose (bunny lines)
- lip folds (perioral folds)
- chin crease (crease between lower lip and the tip of the chin)
- axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). This treatment lasts for up to 4 months and is usually covered by private health insurance.
- teeth grinding. Patients suffering from teeth grinding use a splint. Due to the strong chewing muscles (m. masseter and m. temporalis) the splint is “chewed” up very quickly: The reason for this is that a splint does not eliminate the cause and only causes a temporary protection for the tooth enamel. With muscle relaxers, the cause – the over contraction of the masticatory muscles is addressed and the cause can be eliminated. This treatment lasts for up to 4 months and is usually covered by private health insurance.
- chronic migraine. Patients suffering from chronic migraine often need painkillers or take triptans on a regularly basis. muscle relaxers are an approved treatment option for treating chronic migraine. This treatment lasts for up to 4 months and is usually covered by private health insurance.
How long do the results last?
The results can vary, but usually last about 3-6 months. Repeated treatments can help maintain the effect longer. Therefore, we recommend 3-4 month intervals in the first year and to extend the intervals from the 2nd year if necessary. However, the individual patient’s wishes are of primary importance here.
We are happy to give you advice in our consultation!