BOTOX® is an injectable medicine which has been approved by Health Canada for use in the reduction of facial wrinkles. BOTOX® is primarily used in the upper face as an effective, non-surgical option for the treatment of wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a brand name cosmetic medication which has been approved by the Health Canada for the treatment of glabellar lines (lines that form between the brows) on a temporary basis. It is generically known as botulinum toxin. First introduced in 2002 BOTOX® Cosmetic, has a long track record of successfully and safely treating facial wrinkles.
BOTOX® must be administered by a trained healthcare professional, such as Toronto injectable specialist, Ashlin Alexander. When safely and properly injected into the muscles of the face, it works by temporarily hindering nerve impulses to these muscles and thereby limiting their activity. By relaxing the underlying muscles, the overlying skin is given a smoother appearance.
BOTOX® is best used in the treatment of wrinkles and lines that are caused by underlying muscle activity. This occurs most commonly in the forehead and brow regions. Crow’s feet (wrinkles on the sides of the eyes) are also often treated with BOTOX®. BOTOX® is not intended for use in all areas of the face.
There are a few key things that patients should be aware before their Toronto BOTOX® injection treatment. When you arrive for your consultation, Ashlin Alexander will go over this, and any other information you need to be aware of, in detail. The following are a few basic points that apply to all patients:
Patients typically start to see the effects of BOTOX® within forty-eight hours of injection, but it may take as many as four days for the full effects of to set in. If the lines or wrinkles being treated are rather deep, it may take as many as four weeks for the skin to completely relax.
During this period there are some specific instructions we advise our patients to follow:
You will find it difficult to move or contract the muscles in the injected area. This is to be expected, but some minor motion may still be possible.
At FACE Toronto, we also provide aftercare treatment recommendations to help with a smooth and speedy recovery.
In addition to treatment of facial wrinkles, other applications of BOTOX include the treatment of:
A typical BOTOX® treatment lasts about three to four months. It is recommended that patients return after three to four months for a follow up treatment.
The risk of complication with BOTOX® treatment is fortunately very small, when the procedure is performed by a trained and experienced injector. When complications do occur, they are typically related to overuse of product or misplaced injections.
These two factors can result in more muscle freezing than intended or freezing of muscles in unintended parts of the face. Other rare potential complications include temporary bruising and swelling at the site of injection, headache, and flu-like symptoms.
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