Wrinkle relaxers: Unveiling the secret to youthful skin

As we journey through life, the visible signs of aging become more prominent, especially on our skin. Wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet are all natural parts of the aging process. However, thanks to advances in cosmetic dermatology, we now have effective solutions to combat these unwelcome signs of time. One such solution that has gained immense popularity in recent years is wrinkle relaxers. In this blog post, we will delve into the world of wrinkle relaxers, exploring how they work, the post-procedure care required, and when you can expect to see visible results.

Understanding wrinkle relaxers

Wrinkle relaxers, often referred to as neuromodulators, are a type of cosmetic treatment designed to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The most commonly used wrinkle relaxer is a purified form of botulinum toxin. Currently there are four approved products in Australia, with a likely increase in this over the next few years. When injected into specific muscles, wrinkle relaxers work by blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions, thus temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for creating wrinkles. This will smooth out dynamic lines, and depending on how long the static lines have been present, it can reduce the appearance over time.

How wrinkle relaxers work

The primary active ingredient in wrinkle relaxers, botulinum toxin, acts as a neuromuscular blocker. When administered in small, targeted doses, it temporarily paralyses or relaxes the underlying facial muscles. This process prevents the repetitive muscle contractions that lead to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. By relaxing the muscles, wrinkle relaxers smooth out the skin’s surface, reducing the appearance of existing wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones.

Post procedure care

After undergoing a wrinkle relaxer treatment, it is crucial to follow certain post procedure care guidelines to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment and ensure a smooth recovery. Here are some essential tips:

1. Avoid touching or rubbing the treated areas to prevent the spread of the injected solution, and potentially causing localised infection. This also applies that you will need to remain makeup free for the rest of the day.

2. Refrain from intense physical activities and exercise for at least 24hrs to avoid excessive sweating, which can affect the distribution of the wrinkle relaxer.

3. Avoid lying down or bending over immediately after the procedure, as this can cause the wrinkle relaxer to migrate to unintended areas. You will need to remain upright for a minimum of four hours, and ideally sleep on your back for the first night.

4. Avoid alcohol consumption for the day, as it may increase the risk of bruising at the injection sites.

5. Avoid excessive sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. In my sunscreen blog I talk more about why utilising sunscreen is so important as a conjunct to injectable services.

Results and visibility

While wrinkle relaxers are a highly effective solution for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, it’s important to have realistic expectations regarding results and their visibility. Typically, the initial effects of the treatment can be seen within a few days, so you won’t be leaving your appointment with a wrinkle free face! Most people will start to see clear changes within 3-5 days, with full results becoming apparent at about the two-week mark. The beauty of being human is that we are all different, and so it is common to require a top up dose as each person’s individual muscles are diverse. If some muscles remain overly mobile, we can treat if needed – it doesn’t mean you received an inferior service, just that your requirements need to be refined. We don’t generally treat before the two-week mark as the effect is still kicking in, and we don’t want to cause a ptosis (droop) by over treating. So, you will need to play the waiting game!

The duration of the wrinkle relaxer’s effectiveness varies from person to person, but generally lasts between three to six months. The effect at builds in the beginning, and then gradually wears off in a pattern called a ‘bell curve’. To maintain the desired results, it is necessary to undergo periodic treatments. I also want to note that the duration of wrinkle relaxer visibility may be shortened for those who do a lot of exercise, or have a higher metabolic rate. As you undergo procedure(s), you will get to know your own individual needs, and when you feel you want to return for your next treatment.


Wrinkle relaxers have revolutionised the field of cosmetic services, providing individuals with a non-invasive and effective solution to combat the signs of aging. By temporarily relaxing the underlying facial muscles, these treatments can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, helping individuals achieve a more youthful and refreshed look. Understanding the mechanism of action, adhering to proper post-procedure care, and having realistic expectations regarding results and visibility are key to a successful wrinkle relaxer treatment. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional to explore whether wrinkle relaxers are the right choice for you on your quest for youthful, radiant skin.

Disclaimer: Content in this blog and linked materials is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. If you or any other person has a medical concern, professional medical treatment should be sought. Call your doctor or emergency services immediately if you believe you have a medical emergency.