Botox Injections & Treatments
What is Botox?
Botox is a medical injectable made from botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that is used to treat deep lines and wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, such as crow’s feet, and frown lines along the mouth and between the brows.
Botox has been safely used in Canada and the United States for therapeutic and cosmetic applications for more than 20 years. It is one of the most extensively-studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.
Botox has a reputable track record that aesthetic specialists know and trust. The safety and effectiveness of Botox has been evaluated in extensive clinical trials.
What does Botox treat?
Botox is most commonly used to treat deeper lines and wrinkles on the face caused by muscle contraction and movement.
As we age, the repetitive contraction of our muscles can cause deep tissue lines along the most commonly used areas – the corners of our mouth and nose (naso-labial lines), the corners of our eyes (crows feet), and the middle of our forehead and in between our eyebrows (glabellar lines).
How does Botox work?
Botox works by blocking signals from the nerve to the muscle. Lines and wrinkles relax and soften, while new lines and wrinkles are prevented from forming.
In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical called acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. The neurotransmitter attaches to receptors and tells the muscles to either expand or contract. Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, thereby preventing the muscle from moving.
Botox is injected directly into specific muscles using a fine needle. The entire process takes about 20 seconds per injection, with the whole procedure typically lasting only a few minutes.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is 100% safe. The advantage with Botox is that you are getting the most extensively-tested cosmetic drug on the market, with over 417 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals.
As with any procedure, it is important to do your research before beginning treatment. You should consult with a professional and agree on a treatment plan ahead of time to ensure that you understand and are in agreement with each step of the procedure and any potential risks.
At Skin Revival Clinic and Spa, our technicians are extensively trained to administer Botox treatments and will meet with you prior to your appointment to ensure that Botox is the right course of action for you.
Does it hurt? What are the side effects?
Botox does not hurt, although some patients report a mild discomfort, much like small bug bite, during the injection. Some people experience mild bruising at the site of the injection, but this will quickly fade. Some patients have also reported a headache after treatment that subsides within a few hours.
To avoid bruising, you should not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory drug for two weeks prior to treatments. It is also very important to discuss any medications or conditions with your technician prior to your appointment.
You will NOT experience any numbness or freezing during treatment. Numbness or freezing will ONLY occur if you have been given too high a dose of Botox.
When will I see results from Botox?
Results should begin to appear after a few days, with full results after 10 days.
It is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise or any form of facial massage, including washing your face, or laying down for at least four hours after a treatment, to avoid Botox shifting away from the injection site.
How long does it last? Will I need multiple visits?
Typical Botox injections last three to four months and peak at four weeks. Most patients require treatments every four months but with continued injections, results can begin to last longer.
Who should use Botox?
Botox can be used by anyone who wants to improve the look of moderate to severe facial lines caused by muscle contracting, such as crow’s feet and nasolabial lines.
How does Botox compare to Dysport?
At Skin Revival Clinic and Spa, we understand that one treatment does not fit all. That’s why we offer comparative products to Botox such as Dysport.
Both Botox and Dysport are a type of botulinum type A used to treat the muscle which cause the dynamic muscles. The main reason for offering two options for our patients is simply due to the fact that not every individual reacts the same to medication.
Studies show that Dysport may have a slightly quicker onset which is great for those last minute people who are getting their treatment done a little too close to an event. It also has a slightly different diffusion making it preferred for treatment in some areas.
In either case, we have made it our priority to offer our clients as many options as possible to ensure that you will always get the best treatment possible. Do not worry about deciding which is best for you – our trained medical team can help you decide which option is best for the results you wish to achieve.
How does Botox compare to dermal fillers like Juvederm?
We also offer a wide range of fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero.
Filler differs from Botox both in usage and intention. While Botox is best used for wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, as we mentioned above, it is not recommended for loss of volume. Nor can Botox give you a “plumping” appearance.