What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified, protein, used to block nerve impulses and temporarily relax muscles that cause wrinkles. BOTOX® has been available for since 1989 and approved for cosmetic use in 2002. It is approved in over 75 countries for numerous uses. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic used for?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is primarily used for treatment of wrinkles. Only dynamic wrinkles may be treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic. These are wrinkles that become apparent with active facial movement.
The areas commonly treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic for wrinkles are (click the links for more details and videos):
- Glabellar (“frown lines” between the eyes)
- Forehead creases
- Crows Feet (wrinkles around the eyes particularly noticeable when smiling)
- Upper neck banding (“turkey gobble”)
- Lateral mouth frown (corners of the mouth, DAO)
- Brow lifts (to give the eyebrows a more youthful appearance)
- Smokers lip lines
- Bunny Lines
Describe what a BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment is like.
A BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment consists of a series of injections into the area in which you, the patient, wants to relax. Typically the entire procedure will last between 5-10 minutes. The discomfort is minimal. There will be small bumps at the injection sites which last for at most 15 minutes.
After a procedure, what should I do?
The areas injected should not be rubbed, and a hat should not be worn for at least 3 hours. Also strenuous physical activity must be restricted for those first 3 hours as well.
When will I see the results and how long will they last?
There will be no results seen until 36-48 hours. At that time, you will start to see the effects. In some patients, this can take up to 5 days. Complete results will be apparent in 7-10 days. Results will last for 3-6 months, with most clients getting about 4 months of effect. As the BOTOX® Cosmetic wears off, you will gradually see return of the muscle function, and return of the wrinkles. For best results, it is encouraged to get repeat BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments before the prior treatment’s effects are complete worn off.
Can Botox be used for slimming the face?
Botox® can also be used for facial slimming in appropriate patients. Especially common in those who clench or grind their teeth, overuse of muscles at the corner of jaw can give the face a square appearance due to enlargement of muscles located here. Treatment with Botox® can cause the muscles to relax and become smaller, the result being a pleasing facial slimming effect and turns a square shaped face into more of a heart shaped face. This is a gradual process and takes a few treatments. The effects can be long lasting as long as the Botox is kept up.
A big part of the appeal of BOTOX® is the fact that it doesn't require any downtime or major activity restrictions. With only a few limitations, BOTOX® patients can get back to their usual activities immediately after their appointments, which typically last less than an hour. These limitations are quite mild and include avoiding bending over or manipulating the treatment area for the remainder of the day in order to allow the product to settle evenly. You may also wish to skip your daily workout for the same reason, and avoid consuming any blood-thinning products, such as aspirin or alcohol, for a couple of days before and after the procedure as these can increase the risk of bruising.
Dr. Maloney is happy to provide Botox treatments at:
101-8644 120 Street,
Triniti Laser Clinic and Medical Spa
210 6th Street,
New Westminster, B.C.
Highland Salon and MediSpa
23315 Dewdney Trunk Road,
Maple Ridge, B.C.