The modern woman knows that a fresh and well-groomed appearance is the key to her success in any field. Each beauty is afraid, looking in the mirror, to detect gray hair in a gorgeous pile of hair or, even worse, wrinkles. In cases where the first signs of age begin to bother and upset, women seek help from cosmetologists. Experts are able to wipe away dozens of years from the face, eliminating mimic wrinkles and other skin imperfections. For 20 years, beauty injections have rescued women all over the world from age signs, and if previously only Botox was used for such procedures, now its modern counterparts, such as Relatox, are more popular.
Relatox in cosmetology
Relatox is a drug that is a type of neuroparalytic poison based on botulinum toxin type A, which is widely used in cosmetology. According to the instructions, Relatox is a lyophilisate, that is, a powder for preparing a solution for intramuscular injections. It is worth noting that this analogue of botulinum toxin Botox (USA) is produced by one of the largest Russian pharmaceutical companies, NPO MICROGEN.
As already noted, the basis of the drug is botulinum toxin type A – the strongest organic poison, which is one of the most complex proteins synthesized by the body. The introduction of a certain dose of this substance leads to an improvement in the condition of the skin. As a stabilizer, the manufacturer uses not albumin, as in Botox, but animal gelatin. Because of this feature, the drug may be dangerous for allergies. As a solvent, as in Botox, 0.9% sodium chloride solution is used.
Mimic movements cause wrinkles
The wide distribution of the drug in cosmetology is explained by the principle of its action. Wrinkles are known to be formed due to active facial expressions. Therefore, to prevent the emergence of new folds and eliminate existing ones, it is necessary to reduce the number of mimic movements. Botulinum toxin type A performs this task by blocking the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is responsible for the contraction of muscle fibers. Thus, Relatox partially paralyzes the muscles of the face, thereby preventing the appearance of mimic wrinkles.
Relatox botulinum toxin is used to treat hyperhidrosis of the palms, feet, and underarms.
Botulinum toxin is also used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis of the armpits, palms and feet. Injections of Relatox into the zones of accumulation of sweat glands block the nerve endings, this leads to a decrease in sweating for a period of six months to 9 months.
Video about the benefits of injections Relatox
Pros and cons of the drug
The choice of a suitable drug is an important part of the preparation for the procedure of rejuvenation by “beauty injections”, since it reduces the probability of side effects to zero. Therefore, it is necessary to take into account the advantages and disadvantages of Relatox before proceeding with its use.
Table: advantages and disadvantages of Relatox
Comparison of Relatox with analogs
Table: Relatox versus Analogs
Indications and contraindications for use
Administration of Relatox injection is considered appropriate in a number of the following cases:
- with deep facial wrinkles in the corners of the eyes and mouth, forehead, nose and nasolabial folds;
- with increased perspiration of the armpits, palms and feet;
- in case of spasticity of the muscles of the face and body.
To carry out the procedure for the correction of wrinkles is recommended for people aged 18 to 65 years. The drug is also used to treat limb cramps in children with cerebral palsy.
Contraindications to the use of botulinum toxin are the following states:
- Hypersensitivity to the drug.
- Disturbance of coagulability of blood.
- Premenstrual syndrome.
- Inflammation of the skin in the area of injection.
- Acute form of the disease.
- Acceptance of anticoagulants, antibiotics.
- A term of less than three months after plastic surgery.
Before the procedure, the beautician conducts examination and consultation of the patient. 2-3 days before the procedure, it is recommended to exclude the use of alcohol, taking anti-coagulants and antibiotics. It should be borne in mind that the violation of these regulations leads to the neutralization of botulinum toxin. And it is also worth to abandon active work the day before the administration of Relatox, since increased blood circulation can lead to incorrect distribution of the drug.
Important! You can not carry out the procedure during menstruation, because the botulinum toxin will be neutralized, and the introduction of the drug will not bring results.
Beauticians do not recommend botulinum toxin to be administered during menstruation, as its effect will be neutralized.
After determining the required dosage and volume of the drug, the patient takes a reclining position in a special chair. Before embarking on the injection of Relatox, the beautician cleans the patient’s skin from cosmetics and impurities, then applies a gel with an anesthetic effect to reduce pain. Then the insulin syringe with a thin fixed needle botulinum toxin is injected into the target muscle. The duration of the process does not exceed 10 minutes.
During the procedure, the patient is in a half-lying state.
At the end of the procedure, the face is treated with an antiseptic and a cooling mask is applied on it, held for 10-15 minutes.
After the procedure is strictly not recommended:
- lie down or bend for a long time (within 3-4 hours after the procedure);
- drink alcoholic beverages;
- touch, rub and massage the areas damaged by injections;
- take medications that affect blood clotting and painkillers;
- do sport.
Professional cosmetologists advise to refrain from sunbathing, overheating (including saunas and hot baths) and aggressive cosmetic procedures (such as peeling) for the duration of the rehabilitation period. Skin repair after needle damage takes an average of two weeks. To sports can be returned only after the final consolidation of the drug.
Important features of the procedure
Depending on the area of injection and the depth of wrinkles in it, the beautician selects the required amount of Relatox. To determine the exact site of drug administration to the muscles, the patient is asked to frown (the area between the eyebrows), raise the eyebrows as high as possible (horizontal wrinkles on the forehead), smile (“crow’s feet”), wrinkle the nose (the back of the nose) and pull out the lips with a straw ( plot above the upper lip).
Maximum eyebrow raising allows the beautician to determine the points of Relatox injection on the forehead
Then, based on the severity of the folds, the specialist enters 1.25–2.5 units of botulinum toxin into the selected zones. The maximum amount of Relatox entered should not exceed 20-25 units. The cost of wrinkle correction in each zone varies, treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis, for example, will cost 15–20 thousand rubles.
The effect of “beauty shots” with Russian botulinum toxin becomes visible within 30 minutes after the end of the procedure. The result reaches its maximum, when the drug finally “becomes”, it occurs on 4–5 days. According to the instructions, the effect of Relatox lasts up to 9 months. But it should be borne in mind that due to the individual characteristics of the patient, the duration of the effect varies.
Complications and side effects
Injections of Relatox, like any other injections, often cause the formation of microhematoma and redness at the injection site. These conditions are normal because they are a skin reaction to punctures. Violation of the technology of introduction of the drug by a cosmetologist or prescriptions by the patient can lead to the appearance of side effects. Relatox can cause a number of specific conditions such as:
- the omission of the upper eyelid;
- face asymmetry;
- general weakness of the body;
- ache in the area of injection.
If you do not follow the instructions, Relatox may cause side effects.
It is easy to avoid complications, you just need to choose a professional cosmetologist and follow his recommendations. But what to do if the side effects did appear after the procedure of rejuvenation with the injection of Relatox? First you need to determine whether this condition requires the intervention of a cosmetologist or a doctor. A slight swelling in the area of the drug is considered normal, the skin usually returns to normal for 2-3 days.
However, if the swelling does not pass, or you notice a clear asymmetry of the face, you should immediately consult a doctor. He will prescribe medication and physiotherapy, which will accelerate the release of Relatox from the body. Professional cosmetologists recommend to undergo a course of lymphatic drainage massage, it will also speed up the cleansing of the body.
Beautician reviews on the results
Manufacturers say that the development of the drug were taken into account the strengths and weaknesses of analogues (Botox, Dysport, Xeomina). Beauticians agree that Relatox is not worse than foreign botulinum toxins. The advantages of the drug include higher compared with Botox effectiveness and duration of its action. Of the shortcomings, cosmetologists point out an increased soreness of the injections.
Patients increasingly prefer Relatox to Botox because of its cost. Professional cosmetologists prefer to work with the Russian botulinum toxin due to the ease of determining the concentration and volume of the drug – the injection and dosage regimen is similar to the American equivalent.
Video: Relatox Cosmetologist Opinion
Customer reviews of salons using Relatox with before and after photos
You can be convinced of the effectiveness of Relatox by reading the reviews of women who have experienced it.
It has been 2 years since I first cleaned wrinkles with botulinum toxin. I know that many people repeat such injections once a year, so it was all the more time for me. The pain from Relatox was no stronger than with Dysport injections. Immediately after the injection, there were a couple of red spots on the interbrain, and there were pimples around the eyes, but the glasses saved the situation and I calmly got home. The next day, the bumps smoothed out. Around the eyes, the wrinkles smoothed out after a week, and the interweave exactly after two. Russian Botox is no worse than American. I am very pleased with the result!
Relatox injections quickly eliminate horizontal wrinkles on the forehead
The last time she visited her cosmetologist, she said that their salon began to buy our domestic drug Relatox, which is no worse than foreign counterparts. But not worse, okay, I thought. When the drug is injected is very unpleasant and it seems that bees sting you. I was ready to abandon the procedure. But then we still found a compromise. Beautician injected the drug very quickly. It took 20 minutes on the forehead and eyes. After 4 days, I noticed that the drug had an effect on 100%. If earlier I had been expecting a result for 2 weeks. I tried to frown and still saw that the drug did not work enough. The result here did not make me wait. I am 100% happy with the effect. Enough of him for 7 months. Treatments with Relatox are several times cheaper than injections with Botox and Dysport. The only negative is pain.
The effect of Russian botulinum toxin lasts longer than that of Botox.
Relatox was offered to me by my cosmetologist, who said that this is our Russian botulinum toxin, is similar in effect to Botox, but costs longer, that is, not four or six months, but eight months on average. Relatox, got up well, a week after the injection came to check to the beautician, everything is fine. Of course, the procedure itself is not painless, but it passes quickly and the pain is tolerable. The drug, as I understand, and injected subcutaneously. Wrinkles are smoothed out gradually, as this botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles. Overall, I am very pleased!
For the correction of the “crows feet”, up to 20 U of Relatox is administered per side.
Relatox is the first Russian botulinum toxin. It is increasingly used in the procedures of rejuvenation “beauty injections”, this is due to several advantages of the drug: Relatox is much cheaper than foreign analogues, the visible result from its use appears earlier and lasts for a longer period of time (8 months on average). Cosmetologists note that the Russian botulinum toxin turned out to be no worse than Botox, Dysport and Xeomin.