WHAT IS BOTOX?

Neuromodulators such as Nuceiva®, BOTOX®, Dysport® and Xeomin® are a class of pharmaceutical medications derived from the Botulinum bacteria. The active ingredient is a Health Canada approved purified protein that’s used in cosmetic applications to smooth the skin and soften dynamic lines and wrinkles.

How does BOTOX work?

Dynamic wrinkles are the creases we normally see around the eyes, forehead and frown area. These are the signs of aging caused by years of making facials expressions such as smiling, laughing and frowning.

When we’re young our skin is supple and has excellent elasticity. Few lines are visible or they disappear completely as soon as we stop making facial expressions. As we get older, however, facial wrinkles remain visible even when our face is at rest. These are called static lines.

Neuromodulators or “anti-wrinkle injections” work by temporarily blocking the communication between nerve cells, preventing facial muscles from contracting. As the muscles relax, the skin takes on a smoother and more youthful appearance.

In most cases, neuromodulators work best on dynamic lines and wrinkles. Although with regular use, even static lines can improve over time, becoming softer, less visible.

What areas can BOTOX treat?

  • Forehead
  • Crow’s feet
  • Bunny lines (side of nose)
  • Chin
  • TMJ
  • Frown (number “11’s” or glabella)
  • Brow lift
  • Lip Flip
  • Jaw (masseters)
  • Gummy smile

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FAQ’s

A. Once the neuromodulator has worn off, the muscle movement is restored and your skin’s appearance will revert to its pre-treatment condition.

Since results vary from patient to patient, your physician will plan your next appointment based on your previous results and aesthetic goals. Generally, we recommend having maintenance treatments every 3-4 months.

A. You may begin to notice some improvement in lines and wrinkles within 24 to 48 hours; however, full results can take up to 14 days. If it’s your first time, keep in mind that it’s normal to require a touch up as your physician fine-tunes your exact dosing.

Depending on the brand and other factors, the effects of neuromodulators generally last between three to six months. For smooth, wrinkle-free skin we recommended having maintenance treatments done every three to four months.
A. All neuromodulators such as BOTOX® and Dysport® are neurotoxins that block muscle contractions. The difference between different brands can be in the molecule size and potency of the proteins. Other than these minor differences, all neuromodulators can be used to safely and effectively smooth lines and wrinkles.
A. Twin studies have shown that neuromodulators have a powerful preventative effect on skin aging. Although there’s no right or wrong age to start, we recommend having preventative treatments in your late 20’s or early 30’s. If you already have dynamic or static lines, anti-wrinkle injections can help smooth the skin and prevent new lines from forming.
Although considered extremely safe and effective, it’s possible to develop rare and temporary side-effects such as:

– Droopy eyelid

– Headache

– Flu symptoms

– Weak muscle

– Pain/ Ache

Your physician will review all the possible side-effects with you prior to your treatment.

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