About BOTOX COSMETIC®
BOTOX COSMETIC® injections at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic can be the best 10 minutes that you can spend on your appearance. As a prescription product that is injected by a certified medical professional, BOTOX COSMETIC® is intended to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause wrinkles in adults.
As one of the most recognized prescription products in the world, BOTOX® has remained as one the leading procedures in the cosmetic and aesthetics field. This is also true for Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, as BOTOX COSMETIC® injections are our most popular non-surgical procedure.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is also referred to as onabotulinum toxin A . It is a purified protein and neurotoxin complex that when injected directly into the muscle will cause relaxation.
Produced in a controlled laboratory setting from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum , BOTOX® works by blocking the chemical signal that allows for nerve impulses to be sent to the muscle and cause movement. Wrinkles are formed by repetitive creasing in the skin, from the facial expressions that we make on a daily basis. Over time these wrinkles can become large and deep. BOTOX COSMETIC® works by relaxing these muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, so the skin is given a chance to smooth out naturally. It can be used as a preventative and corrective measure to improve the look of moderate to severe facial lines.Currently BOTOX COSMETIC® is indicated for the treatment of:
- frown lines (glabellar lines)
- upper facial wrinkles, (including forehead, lateral canthus),
- crows feet (lateral canthal lines).
The Best Candidates
BOTOX COSMETIC® is intended for adult men and women between the ages of 18-65. If you are wanting to preserve your youthful appearance or you want to improve the look of existing fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX COSMETIC® may be the solution for you! Contact us, for a free consultation to get started!
Cost of BOTOX COSMETIC
BOTOX COSMETIC ® cost is measured by the unit. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, we charge $10 per unit of BOTOX. The number of units is based on the area that you want treated. We have explained in more detail on our BOTOX® cost page the fee, but a free consultation with our injectionist will provide you with the exact price of your injection.
What to Expect
A common misconception is that BOTOX COSMETIC® will eradicate facial expression and movements all together. The goal of a treatment is to soften facial lines, while still providing patients with a natural appearance.
During the consultation at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, our certified medical injectionist will go through your medical history, find out what aesthetic kind of aesthetic results you’re wanting and also address any concerns you may have. From there it will be explained how many units you will need (the cost), any risks to treatment and what to expect following the injection.
The actual injection is performed with a very fine needle and only takes a few minutes, with little or no discomfort.There is a gradual weakening of the treated muscle, that after an injection, results can take up two (2) weeks to appear. Subsequent treatments will be needed approximately 3-6 months later to keep up the results as it is not permanent.
Who injects BOTOX COSMETIC®?
In Canada you need to be either a licensed and trained medical physician, or a licensed and trained Registered Nurse under the delegation of a licensed medical doctor to inject BOTOX®. At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, our injectionist is a Registered Nurse, Lori Pollock, who has had over 15 years of clinic experience injecting both BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal fillers.
How is a BOTOX Cosmetic Injection Performed?
Performed by our medical specialist (Lori Pollock), who has a vast knowledge of facial anatomy, a consultation will always precede your first BOTOX COSMETIC® injection at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, even if you have had injections elsewhere. In the consultation your health and medical history will be discussed, along with your goals for the outcome of the procedure. The areas that you are interested in treating will be assessed, and the details of the procedure along with any risks and aftercare will be discussed. Lori will then perform a facial analysis to determine the exact injection areas for your anatomy. Your questions will be addressed and answered, and then if you want to move forth with the injection she can perform it at the same time as your consultation.
Before the procedure, photographs will be taken to have record for yourself so you can see the improvement that has occurred from the treatment. A consent form will be given to you, along with a brief health history to rule out any contraindications between the prescription injection and allergies or medical conditions that you may have.
BOTOX COSMETIC® comes in a clear glass vial in the form of a vacuum sealed powder. It will be diluted with a sterile, non-preserved 0.9% Sodium Chloride solution and the registered nurse or physician will draw it up into a syringe(s). The actual injection is performed by a very fine needle (a 30 gauge) so it is very tolerable. You may not even feel the prick of the needle! The use of a topical numbing agent can be applied before. A few pokes will be needed per area, all based on what areas is being injected. The actual injection will only take a few minutes.
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BOTOX COSMETIC® Aftercare
After the treatment there is minimal downtime and you are able to return to you daily activities. You will be given aftercare BOTOX® instructions for you to take home with you. The injection site may be a bit red with some swelling and/or bruising but this will subside within a few days.
BOTOX® results take up to 24-48 to see, however for maximum effect it can take up to 2 weeks. The results can last on average 3-5 months, and do vary between patients. You will notice that gradual movement of the treatment area will return if you do not receive another injection treatment.Over time it is noted that when patients keep up with their regular scheduled injections, the results will last longer and the spacing between subsequent treatments is extended.
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Botox Side Effects
Tiredness; discomfort or pain at the injection site, headache, droopy eye and allergic reactions have been reported following a BOTOX COSMETIC® injection. There are other possible side effects to the treatment. Your injector can discuss this with you.
Always make sure you tell your injector of:
- Any nerve or muscle conditions that you have
- When your last botulinum toxin injection was
- Any allergies
- Current medications and if you are planning to take medication in the near future
- Currently pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding
- Facial surgery
- Other medical conditions have had a reaction to BOTOX COSMETIC® or other neurotoxins muscle weakness
Medical Uses of BOTOX®
There are other non-cosmetic uses that BOTOX® is approved to to treat. In fact the cosmetic use of BOTOX® was accidentally discovered as an effect during a treatment of one of its medical uses. A very common use is to treat excess sweating and migraines.
Hyperhidrosis is more commonly known as excessive sweating. It is believed that approximately 3% of the world's population suffer from this condition. Hyperhidrosis occurs when the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature, overacts and signals eccrine sweat glands to start working. A problem with the sympathetic nervous system which connects the hypothalamus to the sweat glands may also be at fault. It is unknown what causes hyperhidrosis, however bouts may be triggered by a variety of things such as exercise, spicy food, and anxiety.
If an individual suffers from hyperhidrosis and it is not the result of another medical condition or medication, then it is known as primary focal hyperhidrosis. This means that the medical condition is hyperhidrosis, and it is not a side effect of something else. Generally, the condition develops at an early age and lasts for life. Those with primary focal hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating on certain parts of the body, such as the face, hands, feet and underarms - areas that normally have a high concentration of sweat glands. If one side of the body is affected, then in most cases the other side is affected as well, making it symmetrical. Bouts do not typically during sleep.
BOTOX ® treats severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis : A noticeable reduction in the amount of sweat produced in the underarms occurs in the days following the first treatment, and may take up to a month.
Migraines and more severe headaches are experienced by millions of people around the world generally from 10 to 50 years old, more commonly afflicting women than men. They can immobilize sufferers, making them unable to perform even the simplest of tasks. But migraines aren't just bad headaches; they are often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and photophobia. An aura, also known as a warning sign, may be present up to a half hour before a headache is experienced. An aura is visible or a sensation. If it is visible, it is described as a shimmering light perceived around objects in a sufferer's field of vision. As a sensation, it includes dizziness and numbness of the extremities or face.
Migraines can be triggered by specific factors including hormonal changes, stress, depression and light exposure. The exact cause is unknown, but genes have been pinpointed.
BOTOX ®, is indicated for use in adults, to help prevent headaches in those individuals over the age of 18 who suffer from chronic migraines.
Botox Q & A
Is BOTOX® Safe?BOTOX® is one of the most researched prescription drugs in the world and is considered to be extremely safe. 1
Is there any downtime after the injection?After the injection you can return to work or home right away. You are advised not to touch or rub the treated area, or lay down for several hours after
Does BOTOX® hurt?Most patients report that they can hardly feel a treatment. Since the needle that is used to inject BOTOX COSMETIC® is very fine, the most you will feel is a little prick. A topical numbing agent can even be applied to the treatment area prior, to ensure any discomfort is minimized. We want your treatments to be as enjoyable as possible!
How long does BOTOX® last?On average, BOTOX COSMETIC® will last 3-4 months. Around the 3 month mark from your injection you will notice the gradual movement of the treated area and also re-appearance of dynamic wrinkles, if you do not continue with your next injection. If you keep on top of scheduling your injections, the 3-4 month period will stretch out and the results will last longer; you will find that you will need to come in less often.
Will I look unnatural after a BOTOX injection?The point of a BOTOX COSMETIC® treatment is to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment will not radically change your facial expressions or appearance nor will it make you “look frozen” or like you “had work done”.
Will wrinkles look worse if I do not continue my next injection?Gradually you will notice that your wrinkles will start to appear to how they were before your BOTOX COSMETIC® injection. They will not look worse, but they will get progressively deeper over time if you do not continue treatments, due to the natural aging process
How often can I get treated with BOTOX COSMETIC®?Patients can receive subsequent treatments with a minimum of 3 months between each one.
If I am pregnant, can I be treated with BOTOX COSMETIC®?No, BOTOX COSMETIC® is not intended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the difference between BOTOX COSMETIC® and Dermal Fillers?BOTOX COSMETIC® is meant to soften and prevent fine line and wrinkle formation. Dermal fillers are meant to plump and fill areas on the face. If you are a good candidate you can combine both procedures in the same treatment.
How do I find a good doctor to administer BOTOX COSMETIC® injections?The right medical professional for you should be someone that is fully certified to perform the procedure, is in good standing with their governing medical organization, and work out of modern and clean facilities. They should also have good knowledge of facial anatomy and be someone you feel absolutely comfortable with and can trust. They should also be licensed to administer BOTOX COSMETIC® Injections.
I am in my 20’s, is that too young to start BOTOX COSMETIC® treatments?If you are bothered by signs of aging, and want to prevent wrinkle formation even if you are in your 20’s this is not too young of an age.
Have more Questions?
If you're in the Toronto area, call us at 416-221-5554 to learn more about a BOTOX COSMETIC® injections at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. Talk privately with one of our patient consultants in a free consultation to find out if BOTOX COSMETIC® is right for you. A consultation will first be arranged to determine whether BOTOX COSMETIC® is the best solution for your problem. Alternative treatments to achieve the desired results may also be discussed.
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