Do you want younger-looking skin? Worry no more! Those seeking to enhance their looks and have a more youthful appearance without noticeable fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin can take the opportunity to enjoy what Botox Toronto has to offer.
What is Botox injectable?
Botox injectable or botulinum toxin injections are purified non-animal proteins from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. The bacteria are not harmful. However, there is a chance they can produce poisonous toxins when used. Thus, it is only injected in small amounts to selected areas of the face and neck.
Once injected, the skin muscles will temporarily relax. It will then soften fine lines and pull-down appearance. The process won’t have drastic results or changes in the injected area but will make your skin more relaxed and rejuvenated as if you were young again.
One out of four adult women agree to get a Botox or any fillers Toronto has to offer because it feels more natural and gives a positive outlook on their physical appearance.
Who should get a Botox injectable procedure?
People ages 18 years and older who want to get rid of their facial wrinkles (especially crow’s feet found on the side of the eyes), lines on the forehead and corners of the mouth, saggy skin, and cobblestone-like skin on the chin can undergo Botox procedure.
Many experts also consider the mid to late 20s up to 30s as a good age to undergo a preventive Botox treatment. If you are considering a Botox treatment, remember that it cannot entirely remove wrinkles and lines on the skin. It will only soften about 80% of them so they are less noticeable than before.
Here’s a checklist of all the things you can examine your face or skin before deciding whether you should have a Botox injectable or not.
If you have any of these (maybe more than one of these), then you are most likely to be a good candidate for a Botox treatment.
- Bunny lines: horizontal lines on the nose
- Crow’s feet: lines and wrinkles seen around the eyes
- Forehead wrinkles: horizontal lines in the forehead
- Frown lines: vertical lines found between the eyebrows
- Marionette lines and Smoker’s lines: wrinkles and lines around the lips all lines above the chin
- Poor eyebrow shape or drooping eyebrow
- Prominent bands in the neck
- Widened jaw (prominent in Asians and those with bruxism or teeth grinding and jaw clenching)
- Hyperhidrosis: excessive sweating in the palms and armpit
What are the benefits of Botox injectable?
Enhancing one’s looks by removing wrinkles and fine lines caused by stress and aging is the reason why many people decide to undergo Botox treatments. Here in Toronto, many people agree that using Botox to improve their appearance helps them regain their confidence and self-appreciation.
Here are the benefits of Botox injections, both for cosmetics and non-cosmetic purposes:
Non-surgical procedure: The best thing about Botox, compared to other beauty enhancement procedures, is it is non-surgical. Not all people can brave going under the knife. Thus, Botox injections are a better option for them.
Heal the skin: With the excessive movement of the facial muscles, it prevents the skin from repairing itself. But with a Botox injectable, it can improve the skin within three to six months.
Migraine relief: People suffering from migraines can also find relief in Botox injectable. It can relax the muscles causing tension once the nerves absorb it.
Treatment for severe cases of hyperhidrosis: A lot of people also suffer from hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating (usually in the underarm, hands, and feet). When the case is severe and antiperspirants can’t handle it, the solution is Botox injectable in the affected area. The result will take effect after a few months.
Prostate gland reduction: Another benefit we can get from Botox injectable aside from cosmetics treatment is it can also help people from frequent urination. Once it is injected into the prostate gland, the flow of urine will improve and lessen the chances of going to the comfort room more often.
What are the different types of Botox injectable?
There are different types of Botox injectable available from different manufacturers. The available Botox injectables Toronto brand has its unique features and advantages, so you need to know what they are before you dive into the process.
Allergan: A pharmaceutical company is known for producing Botox injectables. You will find this brand in the medical spa Toronto has.
Dysport: This Botox injectable came from botulinum toxin type A. Dysport can help lessen any signs of aging like wrinkles and lines. It blocks the nerve signals to the facial muscles to prevent the skin from visible marks.
Evolus: Evolus is the maker of Jeuveau or Nuceiva here in Canada. This Botox injectable is a neurotoxin that has similar components as Allergan. It can be used for the frown line on the eyebrows and the lines at the corners of the eyes. It works by stopping the muscle contractions, which is the reason for the formation of facial wrinkles and prevent them from coming.
Xeomin: Similar to Dysport, Xeomin is also a botulinum toxin type A. But the difference is that it is free of complexing proteins. For adults undergoing Botox injectable treatment, this brand is commonly used. It helps reduce frown lines even in severe conditions.
Non-surgical alternatives: Aside from the listed brands, there are also other non-surgical Botox alternatives used to soften skin and reduce wrinkles. These are dermal fillers, Morpheus, and Fractional RF, a type of CO2 resurfacing device.
How should you prepare before your Botox injectable treatment?
One week before your scheduled Botox treatment, you need to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, cod liver, fish oil, Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, other essential fatty acids, vitamin A, and vitamin E as these can cause a high risk of bruising. Excessive drinking of alcohol within this period is also a big no.
What are the things you can expect from the Botox procedure?
As you undergo the Botox treatment, you might feel a little discomfort. In most cases, there is also little to no bruising you will experience after having the procedure.
The procedure will start with a discussion of your treatment goals. You will also have facial analysis to know the best treatment we can apply for you. The injection procedure will only take around 10 minutes.
After three hours of having the Botox injection, you can already put some makeup on your face and return to your usual activities. But to some degree, complications can still occur. Don’t worry about it, though. If the procedure is made within our Medical Spa, there might be no possible side effects you may experience after the treatment.
How long is the recovery?
It only takes three hours for the receptors of the muscles to bind with the Botox injectable. Gradually, you will feel the muscles of the injected area weaken after three days.
After a week, you may start to see some significant changes like softening and smoothing of the lines, but it will take about two weeks to see the full effect.
What are the things you should avoid doing after the treatment?
It takes a lot of responsibility in taking care of yourself once you have your Botox treatment. Even though the results may vary according to your body condition, your actions play an important part as well for you to achieve the best results and avoid some complications.
Alcohol and painkillers: Drugs such as aspirin and alcohol can cause excessive bleeding. That’s why 48 hours after the treatment, or depending on how fast you are to recover, you need to avoid taking any of these drugs.
Applying facial treatments: Any kind of facial treatment, including chemical peels, should be stopped after the Botox treatment as its substance can interfere with the result. Wait for at least 24 hours before you can go back to your daily skincare regimen.
Careless sleeping: Avoid any horizontal positions four hours following treatment to give time for the Botox injection to properly settle in your body. In this way, you will also get to see how the intended look will be after fully recovering. As you go to sleep, make sure to only sleep on your back, and not on your face, to achieve the best possible result.
Exercising: It is also important to avoid any strenuous activity, such as exercising, after your Botox treatment. Some people can go back to their exercise routine after a few days, but some need a week before they can be active again.
Heat exposure: Botox can cause redness or swelling. Thus, you need to keep yourself away from the direct heat of the sun and stay in the shade. So, going to the beach and sunbathing are not allowed in the meantime. Please wait until all the swelling on your skin goes away before you can finally enjoy the sun again.
Rubbing the injection site: After injections, we often feel the urge to rub the injected area. But you might need to refrain from doing it if it is a Botox injection to keep it only on the desired area and not rub it to nearby parts.
Touching: Within 24 hours after the treatment, make sure not to touch the area where you had your Botox injection. Touching may prevent achieving the best results as it can move the unintended muscles.
Traveling: If you already have a scheduled appointment for a Botox treatment, make sure you don’t have any plans to travel yet within a month or so after the treatment. Why? You must be within reach of the doctor in case you encounter some side effects. If it happens, you can visit your doctor easily to examine you and provide treatment right away.
What are the complications you may experience?
Just like any kind of body procedure, Botox injectable also has possible complications. Even though it is a safe treatment or even if it is performed by an expert, there are still some people who may experience some of the following complications:
- Crooked smile
- Droopy eyelid
- Excessive tearing
- Eye dryness
- Flu-like symptoms
- Pain, swelling, and bruising of the injected area
- Uneven brows
Make sure to contact your doctor right away in case you experience severe pain after the treatment.
What are some of the best procedures to pair with Botox injectable?
There are other filler injections you can choose to take to pair with your Botox injectable treatment. These are Radiofrequency, laser resurfacing, and bulk heating RF lifting technologies. You can undergo any of these a week before your treatment, so the Botox will not be directed to heat.
If you are not sure which procedures or other fillers you can pair with Botox, our specialists can recommend some for you according to your concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
How painful is it to undergo a Botox injection treatment?
Botox is considered a painless procedure since it is a non-surgical treatment. Before the procedure, applying a topical anesthetic cream like ice and topical air chillers is enough to lessen any discomfort you may feel with the treatment. After that, you won’t feel any pain and can go back to your daily activities following your doctor’s advice to prevent complications.
How long does a Botox injectable last?
Botox is not a permanent solution. There are periods when you need to consider repeating the treatment for long-term success and results.
In general, smoothing out wrinkles and reducing fine lines only last for about three to four months. During the fourth or sixth month after the treatment, you will start to see the benefits wearing off. It is about two to three procedures per year.
In lower concentrations, it might be shorter. For example, Botox treatment on the upper lip lines and other active facial muscles may last for only two to three months. Thus, you need to have frequent procedures for this one if you want to see a more successful result.
What are the common side effects of Botox treatment?
The most common is bruising. But if you have an experienced and skilled doctor like Dr. DuPéré to do the procedure, they can provide a solution to lessen the risk.
There are also some undesirable effects. The best example would be dispersing the Botox beyond the intended area to nearby parts negatively. It usually happens on the eyebrows where the Botox injection weakens the eyelid muscles. It results in levator aponeurosis ptosis or drooping of the upper eyelid. It may last for about two to six months, but it may be reduced by applying topical eye drops.
Some patients also experience flu-like symptoms like headache, mild nausea, and stiffness after two to four hours. You can remedy it by taking some Tylenol or Advil.
Can you do something to make the Botox treatment last longer?
The best solution for the long-term success of your Botox treatment is by choosing a qualified provider to do the job for you.
Aside from that, you also need to do your part by following the advice and recommendations of your doctor after the treatment. For example, moving the muscles of the injected area so the product can distribute evenly. You also need to rub the area within 24 to 48 hours as it interferes with the recovery.
Since a skin that undergoes a Botox injectable should not be exposed to heat, make sure to apply for UV protection with SPF 30+ to protect your skin from redness and swelling. As much as possible, if you do not have any appointment outside, just stay in your house and out of the sun.
Will wrinkles get worse after the Botox procedure?
Botox will not worsen your wrinkles, even if you start to wear off and some of your wrinkles reemerge. It will not get worse since your face will just return to its previous appearance before you had the Botox treatment and no new lines will appear.
What Botox does is to prevent muscle contraction to stop regular movement on the skin that deepens wrinkles and lines. In contrast, Botox procedures can reprogram main facial muscles to move less, making the skin smoother with no need for frequent treatments.