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BOTOX®

What is BOTOX®  Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).”
In April 2001, BOTOX® Cosmetic was cleared for use in Canada for patients with (glabellar) frown lines. This remains the current FDA recommendation. Other areas that have been successfully treated include:

  • The horizontal lines on the forehead caused by raising the eyebrows
  • The periorbital lines – the so-called “Crow’s feet” caused by squinting or smiling
  • The vertical wrinkles around the lips often referred to as “smoker lines” exacerbated by age, hormonal changes, sun exposure and smoking.
  • Chin softening: patients with a very active mentalis muscle may see the appearance of an “apple dumpling” deformity or “peach pit” chin.
  • Neck softening for “turkey gobbler neck”: presented as a deformation of the jaw line and a high visibility of the buns of the platysmal muscles, caused by multiple factors: degenerative changes of the skin (loss of collagen, fat, elastin), ultraviolet exposure, smoking, and effect of gravity.
  • Lifting of the mouth corners (”marionette lines’’).  The downward “drool groves” at the angles of the mouth are caused by the action of the relevant muscles stretching from the mouth corners down to the jaw line
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic injections are administered based on your individual needs. The location, mobility, and size of your muscles will be closely examined prior to treatment.

How does BOTOX® Cosmetic work?

Repeated muscular contractions such as frowning and squinting form lines known as dynamic wrinkles.
When BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle that causes dynamic wrinkles relaxes. As a result, the wrinkles in the overlying skin smooth out. Patients treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic report looking more relaxed, refreshed and worry-free.

The procedure – How is it done?

On your first visit to our clinic a relevant medical history will be taken and a thorough examination of your face will be done.
In order to achieve optimal results the location, mobility, and size of your muscles will be closely examined prior to treatment. This way BOTOX® Cosmetic can be applied in precisely the right spots. To target all the muscles involved several injections are administered in one treatment session.

BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected with a very tiny needle (it only feels like a little pinch).

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.

How long does the procedure take?

After the consultation, the procedure only takes up to 15 minutes.

How quickly does it work?

You may begin to notice improvement in your lines within the first few days after treatment. It can take up to 2 weeks for it to take full effect.

How long does BOTOX® Cosmetic  treatment last?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is not permanent. The effects of BOTOX Cosmetic™ usually last three to four months on average but everyone is different. After several treatments, the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic may begin to last longer.

Is it safe?

BOTOX® has been used safely and successfully for 20 years to treat different diseases. In fact it is used in children as young as two years old to treat celeral palsy. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an approved drug in Canada since 2001 for cosmetic wrinkles.

What is a Unit?

A unit of BOTOX® Cosmetic is a measurement of drug. The exact number of units that you would require (in order to achieve the look you want) will be discussed during your initial consultation. For example, to treat glabella (lines in between eyes/brows) usually requires 25-35 units.

What are the side effects?

Side effects with BOTOX ® Cosmetic injections are RARE and NOT PERMANENT.

  • The injection site may be swollen or tender for a short while
  • Minor bruising (rarely) – which is easily covered up with makeup
  • Short- term headache- which is easily treated with Advil or Tylenol
  • BOTOX®  Cosmetic injection in the glabellar area (the central brow) may result in ptosis, or asymmetric lowering of the eyelid. The incidence is less that 1 % and will last from only a few days to a few weeks
  • Injection in the forehead may result in descent of the brow

Most of the patients do not experience any side effects at all.

I do not want to look like a mask without expression

At Ottawa Vein and Cosmetic Medical Clinic doctors will give you the look you want – as natural as you want.
Patient satisfaction is extremely high. An important fact to remember is that you will not look different, but simply natural, younger, fresher and more relaxed.

Is it going to be worse when it wears off?

No! You face will never get worse if you stop using BOTOX® Cosmetic, or when it wears off. At the very minimum, you will simply return to where you started.

The ideal candidate

BOTOX® Cosmetic injections may be a good option if you are beginning to show signs of age in your face. Adults in between 18 and 65 are best suited for treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Who should not take BOTOX® Cosmetic ?

We do not administer BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to:
pregnant or lactating women (the safety of BOTOX® Cosmetic in pregnant or lactating women has not been demonstrated)

If you have a neuromuscular disorder, such as a disease that affects muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome), or multiple sclerosis or any other serious medical condition

If you ever had an allergic reaction to any product containing botulinum toxin (brand names include BOTOX® COSMETIC , Dysport)