Botox is a purified form of the botulinum protein. The tiny, regulated amount of Botox given to correct wrinkles has been used safely for decades. Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium from which Botox is derived, is found in many natural settings, including soil, lakes, and forests. We offer two types of injections at Complexion for your best interest and health requirements. (Botox and Dysport)
Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed.
Botox is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. The most common wrinkles that Botox can treat are lines on the upper face, such as the “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes. These lines are caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions. Most people find that the muscle-relaxing effect of Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months.
Common treatment areas:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Upper lip lines
- Nasal labial folds
- Lateral lifting
- Under eye bags
Botox is administered by our Complexion Registered Medical Nurse by diluting the powder in saline and injecting it directly into neuromuscular tissue. It takes 24-72 hours for botulinum toxin to take effect. In very rare circumstances, it may take as long as 5 days for the full effect of botulinum toxin to be observed.
Risks and side effects
Botox injections are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. In rare cases, an individual may have a genetic predisposition that results in a mild, transient unusual response to the drug. Health Canada considers Botox to be safe, and 6.7 million procedures were performed in 2015. Along with its intended effects, botulinum toxin may cause some unwanted effects. Talk to our nurse about the potential side effects of using Botox.
Botox should not be used in pregnant or lactating women, or by people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients.
Botox popularity continues to increase, with cosmetic minimally-invasive botulinum toxin type A procedures up 700 percent since 2000, to 6.3 million in 2013.
Frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead creases don’t have to be a fact of life. If you are looking for a more youthful and refreshed look? Call our clinic to set up a no cost, one on one, confidential appointment with our Complexion Registered Cosmetic Nurse TODAY!