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Bunny Scrunch Lines

Bunny scrunch lines can be horizontal, diagonal, or vertical and are located near the top of the nose on both sides. These lines are caused by the alaeque nasi muscle and appear when you scrunch up your nose while frowning, laughing, or smiling. Many people feel that these wrinkles make them look angry, worried, or older than they truly are. 

Thankfully, there are treatments available to reduce the appearance of bunny scrunch lines.

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    Muscle Relaxant Treatment

Treating the Bunny Scrunch

The leading cause of bunny scrunch lines is the repetitive movement of overactive muscles in the nose area. Muscle relaxant injections can be used to relax these muscles, smoothing the lines. After undergoing this non-invasive treatment, the sides of your nose will attain a smoother contour, rejuvenating this area and may give your appearance a subtle lift.

In addition, by preventing the repeated muscle movements that cause bunny scrunch lines, regular muscle relaxant injections may also prevent the wrinkles from becoming worse in the future.

Who is suitable to have this treatment?

Ideal candidates are adults who are concerned about the appearance of the sides of their noses. They have wrinkles that remain even when they are not intentionally scrunching their noses.

Many clients who undergo muscle relaxant treatments feel that these wrinkles make them look old or angry. This treatment can be performed on most adult men and women who are in good health.

What to Expect

Bunny scrunch treatments are administered during a short clinic visit. First, the muscles on each side of the nose are injected with a muscle relaxant to block nerve signals to the muscle. This results in a controlled weakening of the muscles. As the muscle relaxes, the skin directly over the muscle becomes smoother, and the bunny scrunch lines disappear.

A thin needle is used to deliver the muscle relaxant product directly into the targeted muscle. Depending on the extent of the wrinkling, multiple injections may be placed on both sides of the nose.

Immediately after the injections, which take just a few minutes, clients can return home or to work.

Within a few days, you will begin to notice the wrinkles at the side of your nose becoming smoother. The full results are usually achieved within 10 days and generally last 3-4 months. Over time, the muscle relaxant wears off, causing the wrinkles to reappear. Many clients undergo regular injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.

What Causes Bunny Lines?

Several factors cause bunny scrunch lines and nose wrinkles. 

The repeated movement of the facial muscles in the area is usually the leading cause. People that crinkle up their nose when they laugh are more prone to bunny lines. 

As the body naturally ages, the loss of collagen and elastin in the area can make bunny lines appear more pronounced. 

Can You Get Rid of Bunny Lines?

Yes. Anti-wrinkle injections are the most effective treatment for bunny lines. The injected product relaxes the overactive muscle in the area, temporarily limiting the movement that causes bunny lines to appear. 

Treatment results are not permanent. Over time, the muscle relaxant will wear off, and you will need a follow-up procedure to maintain your results. 

Is There Any Downtime?

There is little to no downtime involved in anti-wrinkle injections for bunny lines. 

You may experience mild redness and swelling around the injection sites, but this will fade in the hours following treatment and can be concealed with make-up. Most clients immediately return to work and social activities. 

Your clinician may advise that you avoid any strenuous exercise for up to 48 hours post-treatment to maximise the results. It’s also recommended that you avoid any sunbeds or saunas during this time.

When Will I See the Results?

You can expect to see noticeable results 3 or 4 days after treatment. The muscle relaxant will start to weaken the nerve signal to the overactive muscle, causing it to relax. This allows the skin to reset and minimises the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 

The full effects of treatment will become clear around 10 days after the procedure. Your clinician will want to see you for a treatment review after this period to see the results. 

If you feel there is too much movement in the area, a complimentary top-up injection will be performed during this review. 

Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections Painful?

Most clients report that the treatment is not painful. 

The procedure only takes around 20 minutes, and any discomfort is very short-lived. Your clinician may apply a topical anaesthetic if you are sensitive to pain. 

How Long Do Bunny Scrunch Line Injections Last?

The longevity of results is between 3-4 months. As with all anti-wrinkle injections, the effects are non-permanent and will wear off over time. 

Many clients return to the clinic for a follow-up treatment every 3 months to maintain their youthful and wrinkle-free appearance. 

With repeated treatments, the muscle will become weaker, and you will be able to maintain results for longer between each treatment. 

When Should I Start Getting Muscle Relaxant Injections?

Many of our clients start getting anti-wrinkle injections in their 30s. This is when dynamic lines and wrinkles become more prominent. 

Some clients use bunny scrunch line injections as a preventative treatment to minimise lines before they become deeper and more noticeable. 

If you are unsure whether you are a good candidate for this treatment, schedule a free consultation and one of our qualified team will recommend a tailored treatment plan for you.

Possible Risks and Complications

Following injections into the bunny scrunch area, it is common to experience redness, swelling, bruising, and soreness. These minor side effects can be expected to dissipate within a few days and can be camouflaged with make-up. Serious complications are rare but include infection and long-term numbness of the treated area.

After undergoing muscle relaxant injections, do not rub or touch the sides of your nose for 12 hours and avoid lying down for 4 hours. These movements can spread the injected product into surrounding muscles, resulting in their unintentional weakening.

Rough Costs Involved

The cost of muscle relaxant treatments is dependent on the amount of product needed. Bunny scrunch lines can usually be treated with muscle relaxants for a cost from $110.

Schedule a consultation visit to gain a personalised price that takes into account your specific aesthetic goals.