Welcome to the final class! I’ve been answering questions from my patients in Toronto on BOTOX COSMETIC and why it’s so popular. Read on for the last questions in my 3-part blog series.
What is the ideal age to start BOTOX?
There is no ideal age as long as there are wrinkles to hide or soften. I personally had forehead wrinkles when I entered medical school at age 19, likely genetic in my case. Others don’t have wrinkles until their 40s. BOTOX can also be used to give a slight brow lift, and this is often used in ladies in their 30s.
Who are the best candidates for BOTOX?
Anyone with wrinkles to hide could be a candidate. Younger people do tend to require a lesser amount. If someone starts later in time, he or she may also need some fillers in addition to BOTOX; this is often seen when treating deep lines between the eyebrows. I also like to use it to provide an outer brow lift when someone is not ready for surgery. People who suffer from excessive sweating are also possible good candidates for BOTOX treatment.
Do my wrinkles get worse if I stop?
No. Once someone stops her or his treatment, the wrinkle will slowly return to what it used to be, not worse.
How quickly will I see the effects?
The time it takes for BOTOX to take effect varies slightly between individuals, but the average is 2 to 5 days after treatment.
Is there a healing period post injections?
Recovery after wrinkle treatment with BOTOX injections is quite easy and simple. It is common to see small mosquito bite-like swelling for 15 to 30 minutes, after which nothing shows. It is therefore quite common to see patients coming during their lunch breaks. Rarely, a small bruise may be seen for 1 to 5 days, and this can easily be covered with makeup.
How much in advance should I get my treatment prior to a special event?
I recommend a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks prior to a serious life event such as a wedding, Christmas, or a birthday. It allows enough time for an adjustment, should it be needed, and for a small bruise to disappear. This is even more important if it is your first time. For the best outcome, your plastic surgeon usually customizes your treatment, so if it is your first time, see your surgeon well ahead of your Big Day!
Can BOTOX be used with other injectables such as fillers?
Absolutely! BOTOX and fillers are like a happy couple. Most people use a combination of both, keeping in mind that BOTOX relaxes muscles and fillers — such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, and Emervel® — actually fill up areas where age-related loss of volume has occurred.
Can BOTOX be administered outside a medical office?
BOTOX is a prescription medication and, although rare, allergic reactions are possible. BOTOX should be administered under a doctor’s supervision and in a medical office. This is for your safety.
Now that you know just about everything about BOTOX, are you ready to contact us to start planning your treatment? Feel free to take a look back at Part 1 and Part 2 of this series for a refresher, and call us at (416) 929-9800 in Toronto for more information.