Botox is Always an Option to Look Younger!
Botox is proven to be one of the safest, most effective ways to alleviate facial wrinkles. Botox is used for upper face to remove wrinkles/lines of the forehead, above and between the eyebrows, as well as for crow’s feet around the eyes. When the drug is injected into muscle tissue, it blocks nerve transmission; and as a result, the target muscles relax and no longer reduce, and the nearby skin becomes smooth. The process is very unique, with nothing similar in aesthetic medicine today.
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The forming of wrinkles is a very individual process and is mainly dependent on one’s genetics, lifestyle, skin type, skincare routine, gender – and even how one manages stress. In general, expression wrinkles (facial wrinkles) are the very first wrinkles that appear on the skin of the face. The more active facial expressions, the earlier wrinkles form. Something as simple as poor eyesight or wearing glasses may also advance the onset of facial wrinkles. Initial wrinkles are generally evident by 20-25 years of age and deepening by 30-45.
In terms of treatment, methods of influencing the muscle may be used to get rid of wrinkles on the skin, since the main reason for the formation of facial wrinkles is muscle activity. We recommend the injection of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) as one of the most effective ways to control increased expression activity. Injections of Botox relax the tissues, leading to their tightening and smoothing.
When you will see results?
On average, the facial muscles relax in 5-7 days, with maximum effect achieved in two weeks. However, there are variances due to the individual characteristics of the organism, in terms of when the toxin begins to act (which may happen as quickly as the second day, while in some cases, up to one month). Also, some people are insensitive to botulinum toxin, although such resistance is rare (less than 1%), and may occur for people with a previous history of botulism or those treated with high doses of Botox for medical reasons.
How is the procedure performed?
Before the procedure, the skin is thoroughly cleansed. The injection specialist marks the site of future injections with a special marker and applies an anesthetic cream. The Botox is then injected through a small insulin syringe with a thin needle. Despite topical freezing, injections may be somewhat painful; particularly in sensitive areas around the eyes and near the lips.
During the procedure, you may be asked to frown, raise your eyebrows, or otherwise strain the target facial muscles, so that it is easier for the specialist to get to them. When all the planned areas are injected, the skin is wiped off with an antiseptic, and a cold compress is applied to injection sites, to reduce the inevitable swelling and bruising.
Immediately following the completion of the procedure, you can go back to your regular routines, with minor restrictions. During the first few hours, it will be necessary to keep the head in a vertical position and to strain the facial muscles so that the treatment is distributed as best as possible within the tissues. For the first few days post-treatment, the site should not be scrubbed or exposed to ultraviolet light, cosmetics, or skin treatment aids. Also, you must refrain from visiting a sauna, swimming pool or gym, and do not consume alcohol (and other substances with a diuretic effect).
The main factors disabling injection procedures with Botox are:
- Individual intolerance of the selected drug or its different components
- Inflammatory processes
- Skin damage at the injection site
- Pregnancy and lactation period
- Adverse neuromuscular effect
- High degree myopia
- Drugs use (in particular antibiotics and antiaggregant)
- Any disease or acute illness (autoimmune disease; clotting disorders, chronic lung abnormalities; diabetes)
- Age preceding 18 years (in general, the use of the drug is possible from 2 years, but only for medical reasons)
You will be able to return to your routine immediately after the procedure. However, following the injection of botulinum toxin, its distribution in the tissues may take several hours. This process may take more than one day, post-injection. For optimal distribution to take place, the following restrictions are recommended:
- Do not sleep or lie down (3-4 hours)
- Refrain from taking medications that affect blood clotting
- Avoid the use of alcohol (1 day)
- Do not touch the skin where the injection was performed (2 days)
- Do not tilt your head down for an extended period of time – for example, to clean floors (2 days)
- Do not exercise (2 days)
- Avoid direct or sustained heat, such as a hot bath, sauna, direct hot air from a hairdryer (10 days)
Our beauty clinic is located at the intersection of Dufferin and Major MacKenzie Dr. West (beside the Yummy Market), close to Richmond Hill and Vaughan areas. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation about Botox.