Botox® is one of treatment options offered at Northshore Medical Clinic to help improve expression lines like forehead wrinkles, bunny lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. Injections are usually painless, and wrinkles can be smoothed to bring about a more youthful appearance to the face.
Botox® treatments are quick and comfortable, and there are usually no visible signs of the procedure after hence it being called a “lunch-time” treatment as many patients even choose to perform this treatment during their lunch break.
Call to book your consultation at Northshore Medical Clinic in North Vancouver, to see if Botox® or Dysport® is the right treatment for you.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
BOTOX® (BOTULINUM TOXIN)
Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is a neurotoxin that is produced by strains of bacteria. Botox® has become a popular anti-wrinkle agent in modern aesthetic surgery. The remedy provides temporary paralysis of the facial muscles so that the face can relax. Through this relaxation process, the existing wrinkles are softened and the formation of new wrinkles is stopped.
Botulinum Toxin Type A injection is the most common method used to treat lip lines, forehead wrinkles, frown lines, smile lines and similar wrinkles without surgery.
The active ingredient is injected into the muscle, where it inhibits the transmission of signals from the nerve to the muscle. This causes the otherwise permanently tense facial muscles to relax and ensures wrinkle-free, smooth skin.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is a neuromodulator, which is a protein derived from the Bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
Neuromodulator is a purified, natural protein that relaxes wrinkle-causing muscles, creating a smoother and improved appearance.
Are There Other Neuromodulators?
Yes. Botox® is one of the neuromodulators available in North America. Other similar neuromodulators available in Canada include Dysport®, Xeomin and Nuceiva. All these products are variants of Botulinum Toxin A. At Northshore Medical Clinic, we empower our patients by offering them a variety of products and counselling them on strengths and benefits of each.
How Does Botox® Work?
Neuromodulators are used to treat “Dynamic” wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that are caused with muscle movement. The effect of Botox® on these muscles, cause a more smooth, relaxed and improved appearance of these wrinkles.
Although “Static” wrinkles which are the lines on cheeks, neck and jowls, do improve using a neuromodulator, usually this treatment alone is not enough and combining Botox® with dermal fillers or resurfacing lasers would lead to best results.
Botox® vs. Dysport®, Is there a difference?
The most widely used muscle relaxer is Botox®, considered to be the gold standard. Dysport® treats the same areas as Botox®.
It’s reported that Dysport® delivers faster results than Botox®. Typically, Dysport® results are visible within 1 to 2 days, while Botox® can take up to 5 days, but Botox® typically lasts that much longer. Neither of the treatments are not permanent and must be repeated every 3 to 4 months to continue their effect.
How Are Neuromodulators Administered?
Neuromodulators are administered via a series of tiny injections into the muscles. These injections are simple, quick and virtually pain-free but do deliver a dramatic result with no downtime.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Maximum effect of neuromodulators usually occur 10-14 days after the injection. Results may last up to 3-4 months, at which point, re-treatment is recommended. Results usually last longer with repeated maintenance injections.
Who Is Performing the Treatment?
Medical spas, day spas, dentists, physicians, etc. offer injectable treatments, but ultimately bad results are usually caused by the injector, not the product.
No matter which type of injection you choose, to ensure a successful outcome, it’s important to select the right professional to administer it. Our physicians at Northshore Medical Clinic are skillfully trained, are Canadian board-certified and carefully and thoroughly discuss which injectable is right for improving your wrinkles before you begin your treatment.
Which wrinkles can be treated with Botox®?
In our Botox Clinic, we treat the following wrinkles with Botox®: tear trough, lip lines, forehead wrinkles, forehead lines, bunny liness, frown lines, nasolabial folds, smile lines, crow’s feet, glabellar lines, marionette lines, bunny lines.
In addition, Botox® injection can be used for lip flip, jaw, jaw clenching, bruxism, teeth grinding, teeth grinding, gummy smile, hair treatment, face slimming, brow lift, TMJ, migraine, headaches, sweating, under eyes, eye bags, eyebrow lift treatments.
NEUROMODULATORS FOR EXCESS SWEATING
Hyperhidrosis, is a medical term for excessive sweating. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest. Neuromodulators may be used to treat hyperhidrosis after deodorant and medications have been tried without success. Neuromodulators are natural, purified proteins with the ability to temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for “turning on” the sweat glands. By blocking, or interrupting, this chemical messenger, botulinum toxin “turns off” sweating at the area where it has been injected. Botox® is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains superficially. This procedure is extremely effective, though can be costly.
By injecting the affected are with Botulinum Toxin, sweating will be reduced for approximately 6-9 months.