Relaxers (a term created by Dr. Joseph O’Connell) are medications designed to relax muscles that create overlying facial wrinkles or bulges. Relaxers, also known as “neurotoxins,” have other non-aesthetic uses as well, for example in the treatment of migraine headaches, grinding of the teeth (bruxism) and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Relaxers can also be used to modify facial shape (e.g. thinning the lower face) and eyebrow position.
Relaxers are widely used in the upper one-third of the face and treatment of “glabellar frown lines” (the vertical lines at the base of the nose – also known as the “number 11s”), transverse forehead wrinkles (“worry lines”) and “crows feet” are among the most common uses. Relaxers are commonly used elsewhere in the face and neck and some examples are in the improvement of lip wrinkles and downward turned corners of the mouth, treatment of the “gummy smile,” “golf-ball chin” and vertical banding in the neck. Relaxers can also be used to help define the jawline as in the “Nefertiti Lift.”
Fillers (also known as “injectable fillers,”) are products that are injected into or beneath the skin to improve the appearance of wrinkles and folds and also to increase volume in certain areas. Dr. O’Connell likes to categorize these treatments into two categories – wrinkle filling and area filling. Examples of wrinkle filling in the face include treatment of the nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines and marionette lines. Examples of area filling would be in lip and cheek augmentation and filling of temporal hollows and tear-troughs (the groove where the lower eyelid meets the cheek) and in certain areas of the body such as the hands.
In order to assure the best possible results, at Total Aesthetics™, all relaxers and fillers are personally injected by Dr. Joseph O’Connell – a board certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. We do not utilize nurses, physician assistants or other health providers for this purpose.
Relaxers and Fillers are commonly used by plastic surgeons, they also fall under the category of cosmetic dermatology. If you have questions about plastic or cosmetic surgery please visit Total Aesthetics™.