What is Botox®?
Would you like to rejuvenate your facial appearance, but not with surgery? If so, neuromodulators (Botox®) can help. By injecting small amounts in various areas of your face Botox can smooth wrinkles and soften your facial expressions. This treatment requires no downtime, and the results are apparent within a week in most cases.
Botox injections are fast, affordable and noninvasive. The results also appear quickly – typically within a week or less – and last for three to four months or longer. So, whether you’re looking to improve your self-confidence or treat a serious medical condition, Botox injections could be right for you.
GraceMed physicians injectable neuromodulators to treat facial wrinkles caused by muscular contractions. Known as dynamic wrinkles, these wrinkles are visible when you smile, squint your eyes or make various facial expressions. They are different from static wrinkles — fine lines that are visible even when your face is calm. Dynamic wrinkles include crow’s feet, frown lines and creases in the forehead. Injectable neuromodulators soften these wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, giving the face a more relaxed and refreshed appearance. The best candidates for the procedure are those between the ages of 30 and 65.
Botox Injections: What to Expect
During your appointment GraceMed physicians will first examine your facial features and skin to determine whether you are a good candidate for injectable neuromodulator treatment (aka Botox). Your GraceMed clinician will then carefully choose and mark several points on your face where the neuromodulator will be injected. Your provider will use a tiny needle to inject very small amounts of the substance in your face. Although the procedure is not painful, some patients prefer a numbing gel to enhance their comfort. Immediately after the injections, you might experience very minor swelling or slight redness, which will go away quickly.
The entire treatment requires about half an hour to complete. You will begin to see results immediately and it will take from three to 14 days to achieve the optimal results
Botox® Recovery and Side Effects
For many people with crow’s feet, Botox seems to be the most viable option because of its efficacy and short recovery time. Side effects are still possible, and those include:
- Temporary bruising around the treated areas
- In rare cases slight drooping of the eyebrow or upper eyelid, usually correcting itself in two to three weeks
Generally, most people who have this procedure are extremely happy – Botox injections have a 97% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf.
Botox Alternative Dysport
An alternative to fillers, neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport temporarily block nerve receptors on the muscle to prevent the muscle contractions that cause lines and wrinkles.
Like Botox, Dysport is a neuromodulators made with Botulinum Toxin Type A and is used to treat crow’s-feet, horizontal forehead lines, and down-turned corners of the mouth.
Research has shown that with multiple treatments, Dysport lasts longer than Botox. Although some patients have longer results, the majority of patients will notice improvement of their wrinkles for 3 to 4 months. Dysport also provides a softer look and is an option for people who are resistant to Botox.
GraceMed Clinics that Offer Botox®
All of our clinics offer Botox including:
Botox Before and After
Locations this procedure is offered
Oakville, ON L6J 3J5
Kerr Village Oakville
Oakville, ON, L6K 2Z8
Burlington, ON, L7R 2K8
North York – Rice Cosmetic Surgery
North York, ON M2J 1V1
Commonly Asked Questions
Will my botox injections be painful?
- A small amount of discomfort is felt when the needle is inserted and the liquid injected. This sensation lasts approximately five seconds
- Botox is injected into various locations on the face. The needle is extremely small and only a tiny amount of liquid is injected at any time
- The treatment could trigger a mild headache side effect afterward, for which we recommend acetaminophens
Will I have any downtime after my Botox injections?
Because no sedatives or anesthetics are used, you can return to normal activities soon after the procedure, your physician will recommend that you do not lie down for three to four hours after the treatment.
When should I see the effects of Botox?
The treatment takes three to 14 days to take full effect and the benefits can last from 3 to 6 months. We recommend two to threee injections each year to maintain a smooth, youthful apperance.
What happens after my Botox injections?
Botox is safe, but some patients may experience temporary side effects, these include headaches; slight bruising and pain where the injections are, temporary drooping of the eyelids (ptosis), blurred vision or feeling nauseous. You may want to massage treated areas, yet, we advise against this. Most patients can leave the clinic immediately with no issues. One of the things that makes Botox so popular is the immediate effects. Some patients will see an improvement by the time they leave the clinic, and over the next few days, the new youthful appearance will become more pronounced. We suggest patients undergo repeated Botox sessions every 3-6 months; this is dependent on the patient and the severity of wrinkles or lines.
Where can I get Botox?
All of our clinics offer Botox injections. Botox is available in Oakville, Burlington, North York and Mississauga.