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Temporary muscle relaxants

A purified protein is injected in minimal quantities
into the muscles of your face to relax them or to
prevent the development of frown lines.

For what can muscle relaxants be used?


Muscle relaxant injections are a way to reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of our face in a natural way. They relax the facial muscles that cause the dynamic wrinkles in your forehead and around your eyes.
Do you often hear that you look angry or tired? Also then, this treatment can be a solution.


Teeth grinding often happens while sleeping or unconsciously during stressful periods. This can cause tooth wear, a sore and swollen muscle and chronic pain. The teeth can also feel sensitive. The muscle tension in the jaws is then overactive.
Treatment with temporary muscle relaxants can help with teeth grinding.



Migraine is a chronic condition that is taxing and often interferes with your daily activities. During a migraine attack, a throbbing or even stabbing headache may be experienced.
If you have migraines more than 15 days a month, temporary muscle relaxants can help reduce the frequency of headaches.


Excessive sweating can be uncomfortable and bothersome in everyday life. Excessive sweating occurs when sweat occurs when the temperature is not high, you are relaxed and not exercising. After the treatment you can immediately continue with the day.
You will notice a decrease in perspiration in the treated areas a few days after the treatment.

This substance is not a filler, but a protein that relaxes the muscles. It is injected in minimal quantities into the muscles of your face to relax them or to prevent the development of frown lines. Temporary muscle relaxants are the most popular treatment and the most used non-chirurgical treatment around the world.

A treatment with temporary muscle relaxants can be the solution for various complaints. Think of signs of ageing, a stern look, migraines, excessive sweating and even teeth grinding.
Our doctor specializes in anti-ageing and is also the Medical Director at Erasmus hospital. His expertise and experience of the face deliver beautiful natural results. Essential Aesthetics works with the right experts and the best brand available: Dysport

Wrinkles/frown lines

The skin of your face is being exposed to diverse and sometimes extreme weather conditions and requires the best care to remain healthy and retain its youthful appearance as much as possible. Ageing is a natural process that cannot be stopped. However, we do want to age in a healthy way. We feel most beautiful, confident and powerful when our body and mind are in balance.

Muscle relaxant injections are a way to reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of our face in a natural way. They relax the facial muscles whose continuous contraction is the culprit behind the dynamic wrinkles in your forehead and around your eyes.
Do you often hear that you look angry or tired? Then too, this treatment can be a solution. The muscle relaxing injections temporarily “paralyze” these small muscles and therefore the skin that covers them becomes smooth again.

Temporary muscle relaxant is the most popular and most used non-surgical procedure in the world. If needed, it can be complemented with fillers for an even better effect.
At Essential Aesthetics, we work with experienced medical professionals and the best brands.


Migraine is a chronic condition that is stressful and often gets in the way of your daily activities. During a migraine attack, you may experience a pounding or even stabbing headache. If you have migraines more than 15 days a month, temporary muscle relaxing injections can help reduce the frequency of headaches.

At Essential Aesthetics, you can get the migraine treatment where a muscle relaxing substance injected into the frown and forehead, which relieves tension in the muscles. This substance blocks the pain signals of the migraine, reducing the pain experienced.
The effect lasts an average of 3 to 4 months. By repeating the treatment, the symptoms will decrease more and more.

Gummy smile

Laughter makes us more beautiful and happier. Still, you may feel insecure about your gums. Sometimes the muscles pull up the upper lip just a little too much while laughing. This makes the gums visible. This can cause a lot of discomforts.

The Gummy smile treatment is ideal for this. The muscle-relaxing substance works by blocking the nerve impulses in the muscles. This prevents the muscles from contracting, leading to a temporary and reversible relaxation. During treatment, minimal amounts of the substance are injected to temporarily relax these muscles. The result: a smile where the gums are less visible.

The treatment takes about 15 minutes. The doctor injects the relaxant in two places in the lifting muscle of the upper lip. This causes the muscle tension in the lifting muscle to slacken. This results in a smile where the upper lip pulls up less while laughing.
The effect lasts an average of 3 to 6 months and is the perfect solution if you do not want to undergo surgery.

Excessive perspiration

Some people sweat a little more than others. Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, can be uncomfortable and inconvenient in daily life. Excessive sweating occurs when there is sweat from the armpits, feet or palms of your hands, even when the temperature is not high, you are relaxed and not exercising.

When local treatments do not help, muscle relaxing injections can be the solution. Whenthe substance is injected into the skin, it acts on the sweat glands to reduce the amount of sweat that is produced. You get an average of 15 injections per armpit.

We often get feedback from patients that the treatment is experienced as not painful. For the hands and feet, a numbing cream can be used on request. These areas are often more sensitive. After treatment, you can immediately resume your day. A few days after the treatment you will already notice that the perspiration in the treated areas decreases. The effect lasts on average 7 months.

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is the sliding of the lower and upper teeth over each other and can be very uncomfortable. It often occurs while sleeping or unconsciously during stressful periods. Teeth grinding can cause insomnia, sore and swollen muscles, and chronic pain. The teeth may also feel sensitive. The muscle tension in the jaws is then overactive. This can cause wear and tear on the teeth.
Therefore, always consult a dental professional as well.

A treatment with temporary muscle relaxants can remedy teeth grinding. During the treatment, our doctor injects the substance into the jaw muscle. The substance temporarily blocks the nerve impulses to the muscles in which the drug is injected, causing the muscle to relax. Depending on the symptoms, the amount is determined. In total, an average of 6-8 injections are given.

The result is a calmer appearance and no more grinding. The effect lasts for 3 to 6 months. After this, a repeat treatment is needed. By repeating this treatment, the symptoms will stay away longer and longer.

Aftercare for a muscle relaxants treatment

After a the muscle relaxing injections, there are a few aspects you should keep in mind:

  • Use a good UV protective cream on your face (at least SPF 30).
  • Preferably do not take aspirin or other medications that affect clotting. These increase the risk of developing bruising and discoloration of the skin. Note: Do not schedule your treatment during your menstrual week, the pigments may not pack as well.
  • It is important that you do not touch the treated area for at least 4 hours. So do not massage or rub. This can push the substance into other muscles and it will work there too, resulting in asymmetry or a drooping eyelid.
  • Do not lie down or bend over for the first few hours after the treatment.
  • Make-up and cream may only be used one hour after the treatment. Again, avoid pressure or massage of the treated area.

The result

A few days after the treatment, the muscle relaxant will start to work and muscle activity will decrease. Wrinkles continue to diminish until about 2 weeks after treatment After two weeks, the effect on the muscle is optimal.

The effect of the treatment remains visible for an average of 3-7 months. Experience shows that after several treatments, the effect will last longer. To maintain the desired result, most people require a temporary muscle relaxing treatment every 3-4 months.

On average, 90% of patients achieve a substantial reduction in wrinkles but of course, there are differences between patients’ responses. The treatment results may be disappointing for a very small percentage.

Please note: if you have previously had a muscle relaxant treatment and you switch brands, the result may last less long as your body sees another brand as a new substance. The second time, the result will last longer again. Unfortunately, it is not possible to estimate in advance how long the result will actually

The advantages of temporary muscle relaxants

  • It really works

This treatment has been proven to be highly effective and deliver astonishing results, practically making patients feel years younger. There are millions of clients happy with their results.

  • The treatment is quick and almost painless

The procedure is very fast; it takes some time between 20 and 30 minutes, including initial consultation and preparation. The injecting process itself only takes 5-10 minutes. The needles through that are used for injecting are extremely small, and don’t hit any nerves. Mostly, patients feel very tiny stings where the injections take place. Once the procedure is complete, patients don’t feel pain.

  • There is no recovery time

In most cases, there is no downtime. Some patients may have tiny bruises on the places where the needle hit the skin, but they will disappear in just a few days. Avoid heavy exercise the day of injection and wait 2 weeks before having your next facial.

  • The results come fast

You will see the results of the muscle relaxant – i.e., your smooth, wrinkle-free skin – within 2-7 days but it will take 2 weeks for the full result.

  • The results are not permanent

You can decide whether you want to continue doing the treatment or you would rather go to the way things were. If you don’t love your results, you can just let the substance wear off in several months, and you will look as if you never had anything done.

  • There are hardly any risks

Temporary muscle relaxant is a relatively low-risk treatment. It has been researched thoroughly, and most of its risks actually exist when the patient is not in good health or the injector is not a professional. Sometimes unlicensed injectors use rip-offs of the substance that can cause harm. Avoid these risks by going into a clinic that is known for its good practice.

  • And finally…

Finally, the benefits of temporary muscle relaxants are not only aesthetic. As said before, it can reduce excessive sweating of armpits and feet as well, relax chronic muscle pain, and help with migraine relief. For those patients who grind their teeth during the night, this treatment can be the solution as well.

Risks of a temporary muscle relaxing treatment

  • The effects of this treatment are not permanent

For some a pro, for others a con: the muscle relaxing injections are not a permanent solution. It wears off after a number of months. Usually, you need to repeat the treatment at least twice a year to maintain good results, that is a wrinkle-free look.

  • Temporary muscle relaxants could trigger allergic reactions

As any other medicine, it can trigger certain allergic reactions. Should this happen, it’s essential to receive a counter treatment by a medical doctor. If the response is treated immediately, it is most likely not to leave any consequences.

  • Some facial expressions might be (temporarily) lost

The trick with the main feature of this substance, its ability to paralyze muscles, is that it can warrant results that you may not like, in addition to erasing wrinkles. When improperly injected, it may cause the appearance of a constantly frowned or surprised look or prevent squinting. Basically, it can lead to a lack
of proper facial expression. That’s why it is so important to always choose an experienced and licensed aesthetic doctor and a reputable clinic.

  • The treatments don’t come cheap

Paying for muscle relaxants several times a year is relatively expensive. We have a VIP club for our members though, that ensures discounts for our regular patients.

  • Sometimes it needs more than one visit

Sometimes patients don’t get amazing results after their first treatment but need to come again. However, this rarely happens with experienced injectors who are experienced with the treatment and your face.

  • There can be side effects

Most side effects are mild and don’t cause any major discomfort, such as bruising and swelling at the injection site, as well as some light headaches. But some major issues can occur in a very tiny percentage of patients, such as neck pain, upper respiratory tract infection, nausea, minor loss of speech, eyelid drooping. Should this happen to you, make sure to consult with your physician immediately.

Good to know

Many millions of people receive temporary muscle relaxing treatments every year, and it is an extremely safe procedure. Nonetheless, first-time patients often worry because of stories going around of getting a mask-like face.
This is absolutely not true, and any good aesthetic doctor will provide careful advice on the scope of the treatment. Even though studies have found an average of one side effect per many thousand procedures, there may be some, mostly very limited side effects.

These can be minimized if you go to a reputable clinic like Essential Aesthetics. Our aesthetic doctors have had ample experience and possess extensive working knowledge of facial anatomy.

When you think about whether you should undergo muscle relaxing injections for the first time, you are welcome to schedule an appointment at our clinic and we will be most happy to answer all your questions. Achieving excellence is what drives us on a daily basis, and we want our patients to be 100% satisfied with both treatment and results.

Doctors generally recommend against using muscle relaxants when you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

This treatment should not be used in people who are allergic to cow milk protein.

Your customised anti-ageing plan

In addition to your injectable treatment, it is also recommended to treat the other multidimensional layers of the skin. Our skin therapist works with the doctor to create a complete step-by-step plan. This ensures a long-lasting effect of the injectable.

There are different types of treatments available at Essential Aesthetics that each cover a different dimension of the skin. A skincare plan can be seen as a pyramid, as in which the foundation sets the base, and the layers above it are there to improve and compliment the complete picture.

  • Lifestyle

The first step is improving your lifestyle. Our team will guide you with supplements, green detox juices and vitamin infusions to regenerate and boost your immune system. What is happening on the inside, is showing on the outside regardless of your effort to cover it. That is why body health is the first step in creating a healthier and improved look.

  • Non-invasive treatments

The second layer of the pyramid stands for non-invasive beauty treatments. These are more traditional hands-on facials with the best selection of products for both professional and home use. We tailor each treatment on the client’s personal journey, which is an ongoing transformation. Lifestyle, sudden hormonal changes, health condition and stress levels can differ during each visit. We will adjust accordingly and customize the treatments and products, opting to be a personal trainer for your skin.

  • Minimal invasive treatments

The third layer consists out of minimal invasive beauty treatments, helping the deeper layer of your skin to regenerate and most importantly: restore. When you find the products you are using at home useless, even the most expensive ones, this is the right moment to step into minimal invasive beauty treatments. These treatments create little wounds that the human eye cannot see, which forces the skin to produce new cells, stimulate the production of collagen and improve elastin in an efficient way. In addition, the best ampule cocktails designed and produced by the most experienced European laboratory, are used during these treatments. Skin problems like opening pores, dehydration, wrinkles, pigmentation, rosacea etc. can be largely improved by a series of consistent treatments.

  • Invasive treatments

The fourth layer stands for the invasive treatments: injectables. As time passes by, our bones are degrading and the fat pads in our face disappear. As a result, you are witnessing sagging skin. Injectables can restore the volume according to your bone structure and also stimulate your collagen production. So you are benefitting skin improvement and a fresh look for the long term. When you are investing in injectables, we recommend you consider maintaining the results every four weeks with the beauty treatments to treat the remaining layers of your skin.

  • Surgery

The fifth and final layer stands for face surgery. If you do not look on the outside the way you feel on the inside, you can opt for alternatives like surgery which deliver immediate and long-lasting results. Our plastic surgery department is committed to supporting your journey in realizing your transformation. However, even after surgery, your skin structure stays the same. To maintain good skin elasticity and good skin quality, we advise you to use the right products at home and take care of your skin with the right beauty treatments. You can start treating the skin 6 months post-up surgery.


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Use the free (and obligation-free) consultation, to ask any questions you may have. The doctor will examine, together with you, the possibilities that best suit your body. Should you want another appointment after this one or need more information, we would be delighted to oblige. This is your body we are talking about, you deserve the best so make that appointment. Essential Aesthetics is proud to have already helped so many patients on their journey to a more beautiful body and is honoured with a satisfaction score of no less than 96%. [Read the reviews here]


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Why choose Essential Aesthetics

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Essential Aesthetics is a special clinic with ISO 9001 and NEN 8009 certification, in a beautiful monumental building in The Hague. We are specialised in plastic surgery, injectables, weight loss and anti-ageing treatments. From our vision, Essential Aesthetics offers you as much guidance as possible in all disciplines necessary for a healthy lifestyle.
Our clinic was born from the passion of one woman. The passion for beauty and a deep sense of gratitude for all that our body gives us has led to the life work of the owner and founder: a clinic that encourages women to become more self-confident and empowered and to enjoy more of the gift of a beautiful and healthy body. And that’s what Essential Aesthetics does with a passionate team of Dutch, international doctors and experience experts. Essential Aesthetics is a brand made by women, for women. It’s a lot to trust your body to someone else. We understand that and therefore offer you only the best and safety from our clinic.
You can come to our clinic for fillers, Muscle relaxants treatments but also for plastic surgery: breast augmentation, buttock augmentation, face lifts, liposuction and more. What makes our clinic unique is that we will also be offering you professional DNA research, nutritional advice, connective tissue massage and sports guidance.

Meet our specialists

Our ISO-9001 and NEN-8009 certified clinic only works with experienced qualified specialists with passion for the profession, who care and have an eye for your needs and wishes as our patient, with respect for your natural beauty. Our business is built around fulfilling your wishes! We bring in the commitment to details, to the highest quality and safety requirements, to ensure the best result. Thanks to our international doctors active in the field and up to date with the latest trends and techniques, we can help you to get the best result possible. Our specialists are looking forward to working with you to see how we can make your dream come true. The Essential Aesthetics care team is there for you before, during and after the journey. From the intake to the aftercare. With us you are in capable, safe hands because you are essential to us.

Dr. Aniel Sewnaik

Injectable Specialist & Face Surgeon

Dr. Sewnaik is a BIG-registered physician with years of experience in reconstructive surgery to the head and neck. What is unique about Dr. Sewnaik, is that he combines his surgical skills and medical knowledge of the anatomy of the face to perform refined injectable treatments.

Alexandra Gomes

Medical Consultant & Nutrition Expert

Alexandra has over 20 years of experience in the field of health care and (inner) beauty. She assists the doctor during the consultation, but is mainly there as your point of contact. Personal attention combined with knowledge of the many treatments and procedures that our clinic can offer, ensures the right advice and ultimately the treatment that suits you best.

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