BOTOX® AND DYSPORT®
WRINKLE REDUCING INJECTIONS
Wrinkles, lines, creases - these are all signs of aging that we feel are inevitable. As we age, factors such as stress, exposure to UV radiation from the sun, decreased production of natural collagen & elastin can all affect our appearance. Not anymore!
Botulinum Toxin Therapy popularly called Botox is a simple, non-invasive treatment that temporarily relaxes muscles and fades unwanted wrinkles, lines or creases within a span of few minutes. With real, noticeable results and no down time, Botulinum Toxin Therapy offers a safe approach to rejuvenating their skin and turn the clock back.
The best part? It can also be used prophylactically to prevent the appearance of deep set lines and wrinkles. The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually resulting in wrinkles.
What is Botulinum Toxin (Botox) and how does it work?
Botulinum toxin also called abobotulinumtoxinA is a neuromuscular blocking agent that blocks the signals sent from specific nerves to muscles. This temporarily prevents specific muscle movements that cause that cause the appearance of wrinkles. This agent has been FDA and Health Canada cleared to be used by healthcare professionals as a method to reduce and prevent the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck. Botox ® and Dysport ® are two brand names of prescription grade Botulinum Toxin, popularly used by medical professionals worldwide.
What areas can be treated with Botox?
Botox can be used to diminish wrinkles and lines on a number of different facial areas - the forehead, eye area (crow’s feet), frown lines (between eyebrows), smile lines (nasolabial folds) and for eyebrow lifts. It may be even be used around the jaw for a jaw slimming effect and on the chin to soften dimpling of the chin.
How long does Botox take to show results?
It usually takes between 3 - 5 days to see the effects of Botox, but this experience varies person to person. It may take up to 2 weeks for some individual to see the full effects of the toxin.
How long does Botox last?
Results can last anywhere between three to six months. Everyone is different, so this time period also differs from person to person. But on average we see our clients needing a touch-up every 5 months.
Does Botox hurt?
No, Botox is not considered a painful treatment. But some areas can be slightly more sensitive, especially between the eyebrows. Our office uses a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) 10 - 15 minutes before the procedure to ensure a comfortable procedure.
Does Botox have any side effects?
Side effects from a Botox treatment may include bruising, swelling, redness, or tenderness around the injection site, all of which will resolve without intervention after a few days to a week. There are side effects of long term use of Botox either.
How should I prepare for my Botox treatment?
We recommend our clients to temporarily discontinue alcohol a 3-5 days prior to the treatment, in addition to blood thinning medications or supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), Gingko Biloba, or Ginseng. This will help minimize any bruising after the procedure.
What's the Ideal Age to Start Using Botox?
It's all up to you! There's no right or wrong age to begin getting Botox. Wrinkles and other signs of aging are dependent on genetic and environmental factors. Some women begin to see signs of aging as early as 20 and other women don't experience a thing even in their 40's. It's there for you at time when you are bothered by your wrinkles or simply want to prevent them from forming.