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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® Information

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.

How botox® works

BOTOX® must be administered by a trained healthcare professional, such as Toronto injectable specialists, Ada Shim or 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.

Areas treated by botox®

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.

Things to know before receiving botox®

There are a few key things that patients should be aware before their Toronto BOTOX® injection treatment. When you arrive for your consultation, Ada Shim or 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 should avoid taking blood thinning medications, such as aspirin or Mortin, for a period of ten days prior to receiving BOTOX® treatment
  • It is important for patients to understand that the effects of BOTOX® are temporary. Results generally last for a period of approximately four months
  • Patient who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot have BOTOX® treatment
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Botox® recovery & results

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:

  • Patients should not lay down for a period of two hours following a BOTOX® injection treatment
  • Patients should also avoid strenuous activity or exercise for the remainder of the day of treatment

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.

Other medical uses of botox®

In addition to treatment of facial wrinkles, other applications of BOTOX include the treatment of:

  • Migraines
  • Sweaty Palms
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
  • Excessive Underarm Perspiration (Hyperhidrosis)
  • Health Canada has approved BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) manufactured by Allergan, Inc. as a prophylactic (preventive) treatment for headaches in adult patients with Chronic Migraine who suffer from headaches 15 days or more per month, lasting four hours a day or longer.
  • One of the major advances in the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) has been the use of Botox and its approval by the Health and Protection Branch of Canada for this indication. The most common areas injected are the axilla (armpits).

How long does botox® last?

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.

Potential complications of botox® 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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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

At FACE Toronto we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations. Our team has been working diligently on enhancing our safety protocols to protect the well-being of our patients, team members, and families. We would like to highlight how we are providing a safe environment for you and our team:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office for any symptoms of COVID-19. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVD-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes. A mandatory Covid-19 consent form must be filled out before arrival to the clinic and temperature checks will be administered upon entering the building.
  • We have implemented a policy for the safety and testing of our staff members including daily screening and temperature checks. We will be maintaining physical distancing as much as possible throughout the office for staff and patients.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients.
  • We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. We are not servicing any walk-in patients and not allowing visitors or children to accompany any patient.
  • For your safety all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, a mask will be provided. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments. The software we have in place provides appropriate safety and privacy for the interaction.
  • We have increased our in-office cleaning. All areas of patient traffic are regularly cleaned throughout the day. All treatment rooms are cleaned between every patient encounter. All chairs and table tops in the waiting room as well as treatment rooms will be wiped down between patients, including counters, keyboards and door handles. Our credit/debit card terminal will be disinfected after each use. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.

We are so excited to welcome you back and look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment. Please feel free to contact our team by phone at 416-479-4244 or email at info@facetoronto.com.