Botox® is a novel therapeautic product (protein);
Has been studied extensively for facial rejuvenation since
the early 1990s;
90% positive patient response to improvement of wrinkles; and
Approved for use in Canada for other muscle-related medical
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HOW DOES BOTOX® WORK?
Botox® blocks impulses from the
nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression
lines. It relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After
treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled
while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion,
allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
Botox® works at the root of the problem
Botox® relaxes the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (deep wrinkles
caused by overactive muscles). A tiny amount is placed precisely into the overactive muscle through a fine needle. The muscle relaxes and the overlying skin becomes smoother,
giving your face a more relaxed look. Most common side effects are mild and a temporary headache, occur less than placebo and ptosis (drooping of eylelid) less than 5%.
ARE THESE TREATMENTS SAFE?
Botox® injections have been used safely and effectively for fifteen years to treat
many ophthalmologic and neurological disorders. Each year thousands
of patients receive these treatments for a variety of conditions (club
feet, post stroke spasticity, etc.). It is now becoming a popular treatment
for reversing the visible signs of aging.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT LIKE?
Cosmetic temporary denervation
with Botox® is a simple and safe procedure. Using a tiny micro
needle, a very small amount of the product is injected, very precisely,
into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so
fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, the discomfort associated
with the injections is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation
to a bug bite. No sedation or local anesthetic is required,
and you can resume normal activities immediately. You can even
drive yourself home or back to the office. Some patients experience
a slight temporary bruising at the injection site. This can
be covered with make-up.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
is the most common side effect. In some cases, the toxin can
migrate and cause a temporary weakness of nearby muscles. In very
rare cases, there can be a drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry
of facial expression. The risk of any side effect depends on
the muscles injected. Your doctor will discuss this with you
in length before your treatment. Because the effects of Botox® are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary,
lasting only a few weeks.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?
If dynamic wrinkles make you
look older than you are, cosmetic denervation can smooth these
lines out and give you a more youthful and pleasant appearance. However,
this procedure cannot improve wrinkles due to aging and sun-damaged
skin since they are unrelated to facial muscle contractions. The
injections will not improve sagging skin or replace the need for fillers, a facelift or brow lift.
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF BOTOX®?
Botox® injections are a temporary solution for the treatment of
dynamic wrinkles. The effects of Botox® last from three
to six months. You will need to have Botox® injections about two to
three times a year. The early clinical studies indicate that
the duration of treatment benefits is increased over time so
that you should require Botox® less frequently in the future.
Also, the duration of effect varies from patient to patient and
may be less effective for those over 65 years of age.
IS THIS PROCEDURE USED TO TREAT OTHER SYMPTOMS?
Botox® has been used for fifteen years on thousands of patients
to treat blepharospasm (chronic blinking). Botox® is also used to treat
migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, hyperhidrosis
(excessively sweaty underarms) and post stroke spasticity.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF I'M A CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE?
you would like to learn more about your cosmetic options, or
find out if these treatments might work well for you, please
call our office and schedule a consultation with one of our doctors. Contact us
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