What is Botox and How is it Used?
Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Botox Cosmetic Injections can help to prevent the permanent etching of lines into the face from constant muscle contraction.
Botox Cosmetic Injections offer a non-surgical alternative for reducing frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. They are also used to relax certain muscles and create an eyebrow lift, reduce a gummy smile and stop the downward pull of muscles on mouth and neck. They work after 7-14 days and last for 3-4 months.
Botox injections can help reduce sweating when injected into the underarms or palms, reduce migraine headaches, reduce teeth grinding and reduce jaw (TMJ) pain..
Using Botox for non-surgical jawline contouring with different techniques works on the masseter (chewing) muscle to slim the jawline. Improvement in the jawline becomes apparent up to 6 weeks after a session and results may last from 4-6 months, although in some instances it can even last up to a full year.
Treatments are quick, usually only 15 – 30 minutes. Injections are not painful-feeling only like a small pinprick, and the results are noticeable within days after treatment, with no recovery time or downtime, and last up to several months or longer in some cases. Areas of treatment include:
- Frown lines,
- Forehead creases,
- Eye wrinkles, such as crow’s feet,
- Upper lip lines,
- Neck bands, and
- Fine lines.
- Nose tip lift
- Gummy smile
- To narrow a wide nose
- Jawline reshaping
Injections are performed by an AAAM Board Certified Physician, that is also provincially licensed by the CPSA and certified by the CCFP. Our facility is not a Spa but rather a registered medical clinic so we provide the utmost safety, courtesy, professionalism, cleanliness and the highest standards of treatment from highly-experienced staff.
“Medical Cosmetic Injections are are now widely used as temporary and semi-permanent treatments for a variety of facial conditions, but patients must be careful in selecting practitioners who are properly trained.”
Procedure Time: Typically 30 minutes, although patients should arrive 10-15 minutes early.
Number of Sessions: 1 to 4 or more – Varies with Condition being treated.
Before the Procedure: Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen-like medications for one week prior to treatment.
During the Procedure: After the Procedure:Botox causes an initial minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is typically no discomfort.No recovery time or downtime.
After the Procedure: OK to perform routine daily activities immediately after the treatment. Makeup is safe. Do not exercise for 24 hours. Avoid lying down for the next 3 hours. Avoid massaging the treated area for 4 hours after treatment. Avoid facial treatments for the next 7 days. Avoid laser treatments for the next 7 days. If you get a headache (as some people do for a few hours after treatment), take Tylenol unless otherwise advised by your physician.