Book a ConsultationReception


Skin Relaxing Injections

Skin Relaxing Injections

Skin Relaxing Injections have emerged as a prominent solution for managing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These injections, utilising a specialised protein, aim to smooth your facial contours without the invasiveness of traditional surgical methods.

Primarily, these injections work by relaxing the muscles beneath the skin that contribute to wrinkle formation. This process not only helps in reducing the visibility of existing lines but also aids in preventing new ones from appearing. The use of these injections has been refined over years of clinical practice, offering a safe and tested option for facial rejuvenation.

When considering any cosmetic treatment, being well-informed about the procedure’s nature and effects is essential. Skin Relaxing Injections provide a method for enhancing your appearance with minimal discomfort and downtime. This treatment can be particularly appealing if you are looking for noticeable improvements without committing to the cost and recovery time associated with surgery.

Choosing to get Skin Relaxing Injections involves a consultation with Chester Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna who can assess your facial structure and discuss potential outcomes. The goal here is to achieve a natural-looking reduction in wrinkles, ensuring that your facial expressions remain vibrant and true to your character.


At a glance

Expected results:
Smooth skin
Treatment time:
Approx. 30 minutes
Topical numbing cream
Treatment frequency:
Every 3-6 months

Table of Contents

What are Skin Relaxing Injections?

Skin Relaxing Injections involve the careful placement of a highly purified protein into targeted areas of the face. This protein acts on the nerve signals that are essential for muscle contraction, temporarily reducing their activity and thereby smoothing the overlying skin. This treatment is particularly effective for dynamic wrinkles, which are formed by the repeated movement of facial muscles when you express emotions such as smiling or frowning.

The primary ingredient in these injections is a neurotoxic protein that is both safe and effective when used in the tiny, controlled amounts administered during the procedure. The science behind Skin Relaxing Injections is well-established, with numerous studies supporting their safety and effectiveness when performed by a qualified practitioner.

This procedure is not just about reducing wrinkles—it also serves as a preventative measure that can delay the onset of fine lines by restricting the muscle movements that cause them. For this reason, it has become popular not only among those who already have visible signs of ageing but also with younger individuals who wish to maintain a smoother complexion for longer.

When you opt for Skin Relaxing Injections, you are choosing a cosmetic treatment that offers temporary results. The effects typically last between three to six months, after which you may require follow-up treatments to maintain the desired outcome. The temporary nature of the results allows you to adjust your treatment plan as your facial structure changes over time, ensuring that your appearance remains as natural as possible.

Who Needs Skin Relaxing Injections?

Skin Relaxing Injections are an excellent option for individuals noticing the early signs of ageing, characterised by fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. However, they are not limited to those in the later stages of life; even younger adults can benefit from these preventative treatments.

If you frequently find yourself concerned about the lines on your face due to ageing or stress, you might be an ideal candidate for this procedure. It is also well-suited for people who wish to maintain a more relaxed and smooth facial appearance in a natural manner. The ability to reduce muscle activity in targeted areas makes these injections particularly effective for those with highly expressive faces, as they can help manage the depth and prominence of expression lines.

Furthermore, it is important to consider your general health and any underlying conditions that may affect your suitability for the treatment. Skin Relaxing Injections are generally well-tolerated, but they are not appropriate for everyone. People with certain neurological diseases or allergies to the components of the injection should avoid this treatment. A thorough pre-treatment evaluation will help ensure that Skin Relaxing Injections are a safe and effective option for you.

Benefits of the Skin Relaxing Injections Procedure

Choosing Skin Relaxing Injections as a cosmetic treatment offers several advantages beyond wrinkle reduction. These benefits combine to provide a complex enhancement to your facial aesthetics, contributing to a smoother and more refreshed appearance overall.

  • Reduced Appearance of Wrinkles: The most immediate benefit of Skin Relaxing Injections is the visible reduction in the depth and number of wrinkles and fine lines across the treated areas. The injections work by relaxing the underlying muscles that are responsible for wrinkle formation, which in turn softens the appearance of these wrinkles and gives your skin a smoother look.
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike surgical options, Skin Relaxing Injections do not require a significant recovery period. You can typically return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure. This makes it a convenient option if you have a busy lifestyle and cannot afford the downtime associated with more invasive procedures.
  • Customisable Treatments: The effects of Skin Relaxing Injections are highly customisable. During your consultation, you can discuss your specific concerns and aesthetic goals with Anca, who can then adjust the treatment to target your particular areas of concern. This personalised approach ensures that the results meet your expectations and fit naturally with your overall facial aesthetics.
  • Preventative Benefits: For younger adults, or those who are just beginning to notice the signs of ageing, Skin Relaxing Injections can also act as a preventative measure. By relaxing facial muscles before deep-set wrinkles have formed, it is possible to delay their onset and maintain a smoother complexion for longer.
  • Non-Surgical Alternative: Many people are hesitant to undergo surgery due to the risks and long recovery times involved. Skin Relaxing Injections offer a non-surgical alternative that can provide significant aesthetic enhancements without the need for cuts, anaesthesia, or a lengthy recovery process.

These benefits make Skin Relaxing Injections a versatile and appealing option for anyone looking to improve their facial appearance with minimal risk and downtime. Whether you are looking to reduce visible signs of ageing or prevent them from developing, these injections can be tailored to suit your needs and help you achieve a more pleasing, refreshed look.

Types of Skin Relaxing Injections Procedures

Forehead Lines

One of the most common areas for Skin Relaxing Injections is the forehead. Repeated muscle movement over the years can lead to deep horizontal lines. By relaxing these muscles, the skin appears smoother and the horizontal lines are noticeably reduced.

Crow’s Feet

These are the lines that appear around the outer corners of the eyes and are particularly noticeable when you smile or squint. Injections in this area help to soften these lines, enhancing the overall appearance of the eyes and making you look more rested and refreshed.

Frown Lines

Located between the eyebrows, these vertical lines can sometimes give a stern or displeased appearance. Injecting this area can help to relax these muscles, reducing the severity of the lines and helping to convey a more approachable demeanour.

Bunny Lines

These are the creases that appear on the sides of your nose when you laugh or scrunch your nose. While not as common as other areas, some individuals choose to have these lines treated to achieve a more polished look.

How are the Skin Relaxing Injections Performed?

The procedure for administering Skin Relaxing Injections is quick, straightforward, and designed with your comfort in mind.

  • Consultation: This initial step is important as it helps Anca understand your expectations and determine the best approach for your needs. This is when you discuss your aesthetic goals and any concerns you might have.
  • Preparation: The target area on your face will be thoroughly cleaned, and a topical anaesthetic may be applied to minimise any discomfort during the injection process.
  • Injection: Anca will use a fine needle to inject small amounts of the neurotoxic protein into the designated facial muscles. The number of injections needed can vary based on the area being treated and the desired outcome.
  • Post-Treatment Care: Immediately after the injections, you might notice mild redness or swelling at the injection sites, which usually subsides within a few hours. Anca will provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure the best possible outcome and minimise any potential side effects.

The entire procedure usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated. It’s a quick process that can be done over a lunch break, making it a convenient option for busy individuals.

There are various types and techniques used depending on the specific needs and goals of the individual. The known procedures are Forehead Lines, Crow’s Feet, Frown Lines, and Bunny Lines.  Each type of injection targets specific muscles and areas to achieve the desired effect. During your consultation, Anca will assess your facial structure and expressions to determine which areas would benefit most from treatment. This tailored approach helps ensure that the results look natural and meet your aesthetic goals.

Recovery after Skin Relaxing Injections

Recovery from Skin Relaxing Injections is very swift and uncomplicated, allowing you to return to your daily activities almost immediately. Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth recovery:

  • Avoid Strenuous Exercise: It’s recommended to avoid heavy physical activity for at least 24 hours to prevent the spread of the injection to other areas and to reduce swelling.
  • Stay Upright: Try to stay upright for several hours after the treatment; this helps the product to settle in the right place.
  • Follow Post-Care Instructions: Anca might advise avoiding touching or massaging the treated areas for a few days and may recommend staying out of the sun.

Most people experience no significant downtime and can continue with their day immediately after leaving the clinic. You may experience slight bruising or redness around the injection sites, but these are usually mild and resolve quickly.

How Much Do Skin Relaxing Injections Cost?

In the UK, you might expect to pay anywhere from £100 to £400 per area treated. The price reflects not only the skill of the practitioner and the quality of the product used but also the customisation of the treatment. It’s important to consider that maintaining the effects of the injections involves periodic repeat treatments.

When considering Skin Relaxing Injections, it’s advisable to focus not only on the price but also on choosing a reputable and skilled practitioner. This ensures that you receive safe, effective, and aesthetically pleasing results. It is also a good idea to have a detailed consultation to discuss all potential costs and treatment options beforehand.

Further Reading



Frequently asked questions

This treatment is used for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, including: forehead lines, crow’s feet, glabella lines and nasolabial folds (smile lines). Checks on your medical history and general health during the consultation will determine your suitability.

Chester Cosmetic Surgery applies this treatment using the correct dosage of toxin injected in the right places, ensuring a safe and effective result.

Although we use a fine needle, some patients may find the injection process a little uncomfortable. At the consultation we’ll discuss the use of a topical numbing cream, applied 20-30 minutes prior to treatment.

Any treatment comes with a degree of risk, and all risks will be discussed at consultation. Minor side effects are to be expected, which may include: redness, swelling, small puncture marks and slight bruising.

Skin relaxing injections provide a rapid result that is often visible before leaving the practice. Smoother skin that provides a more youthful appearance often lasts for around 3-6 months. This can be maintained through regular repeat procedures.

While Skin Relaxing Injections are generally considered safe for most people when administered by a qualified professional, there are some potential risks and side effects to be aware of. These include temporary bruising, swelling at the injection site, and less commonly, a mild headache. In rare cases, there might be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry in facial expression, especially if the injections are not placed correctly. These effects are usually temporary and resolve without the need for intervention. To minimise risks, it’s important to choose a highly experienced and certified practitioner.

Yes, Skin Relaxing Injections can be effectively combined with other cosmetic treatments such as fillers, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion to enhance and prolong the aesthetic results. This is often referred to as a “combination therapy,” where each treatment complements the other to address multiple signs of ageing. It’s important to discuss your treatment goals with your practitioner, who can design an approach tailored to your specific needs.

Typically, the effects of Skin Relaxing Injections last between 3 to 6 months. Over time, the treated muscles will gradually regain their activity, and the wrinkles may start to reappear. To maintain the smooth appearance, repeat treatments are necessary. With ongoing use, some patients find that they can extend the interval between sessions as their muscles adjust to a reduced level of activity.

After receiving Skin Relaxing Injections, it is advisable to avoid any activity that could increase blood flow to your face, such as bending over, exercising, or consuming alcohol, for at least 24 hours. This helps to prevent the spread of the injection to unwanted areas. It’s also wise to avoid exposure to intense heat (like saunas or hot tubs) or cold temperatures which could exacerbate swelling or bruising.

Skin Relaxing Injections are not suitable for everyone. Individuals with certain neurological diseases, muscle disorders, or allergies to any components of the injection should avoid this treatment. Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women should postpone receiving any cosmetic injectables. If you have any specific health concerns, discuss them with Anca to determine if Skin Relaxing Injections are safe for you.

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Get a Medical Referral before your consultation at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans
  • Request more information about the procedure – call us or email us

How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

Send A Message

Send an enquiry

  • Please upload any relevant photos of what you are trying to achieve or your current situation. This may help you get an earlier surgery or consult appointment. Limit 20MB & 3 images. Only include your face if relevant.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png, jpeg, gif, Max. file size: 20 MB, Max. files: 3.

    Let's Talk

    Get in touch


    03332 244111


    Chester Wellness Centre,
    Wrexham Road,
    CH4 9DE

    Practice Manager: Claire Bate – Phone 0800 080 6026

    Patient Coordinator: Joedy Williams – Phone 03332 244111

    Get Directions