BOTOX is a simple, non-surgical solution for facial wrinkles and lines caused by repeated muscular contractions, such as frowning and squinting. As such, it is an incredibly popular procedure and millions of these procedures are done annually on women and men worldwide.
BOTOX was cleared for use in Canada in April of 2001 for frown lines between the eyebrows. It is also approved in over 70 countries for the treatment of a broad range of medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy (in children as young as 2 years of age), excessive sweating, migraines and much more.
The procedure, performed by Dr. Demetra Vassiliou, involves precise injections of tiny amounts of a purified toxin.
What is Botox / How does it work?
Botox is a drug made from bacteria and is called botulinum toxin type A. The substance causes temporary relaxation of the muscles, relaxing them and noticeably smoothing the skin within only a few days to two weeks.
Types of Botox Injections
- Botox Medical – This type of Botox is a form of botulinum toxin type A, utilized in over 70 countries to treat medical conditions, such as migraines, blepharospasm, strabismus, etc. It has been approved by the FDA in 1989.
- Botox Cosmetic – This is the same form of botulinum toxin type A but used for cosmetic reasons such as for the treatment of glabellar lines, i.e., wrinkles between the eyebrows, in adults below the age of 65. It has been approved by the FDA in 2002.
5 Main Treatment Areas for Botox Injections
- Between eyebrows – Known as glabellar lines, these are wrinkles caused by constant squinting or frowning. A Botox injection will relax the muscles, eliminating the vertical lines between the eyebrows and often prevent the problem from reoccurring.
- Sagging eyebrows – Known simply as a brow lift, Botox can elevate heavy eyebrows that cause the appearance of deep-set eyes, thus making you look tired and older than you actually are.
- Forehead – Known as worry lines, these wrinkles are often the very first signs of aging. A Botox forehead treatment will help relax the forehead muscles, thereby eliminating the horizontal lines.
- Around eyes – Known as crow’s feet, these wrinkles are caused by excessive squinting or even smiling, spreading from the outer corner of the eye. A Botox injection will relax the muscles that cause this problem and smooth the skin around the eyes.
- Under eyes – Under eye wrinkles are another common sign of aging, which Botox can sometimes help although it is better for diminishing a muscle bulge that occurs in some people.
Botox for medical purposes
- Botox for migraines – For adults experiencing headaches for 15 or more days each month, lasting over 4 hours. Injected every 3 months, the Botox reduces the chronic migraines by up to 9 days.
- Botox for sweating – Botox injections prevent excessive underarm sweating for adults with overactive sweat glands.
- Botox for bladder – For those with an overactive bladder due, suffering from excessive frequency, urgency, and potential leakage.
- Botox for blepharospasm – For people aged 12 and above who experience uncontrollable spasms in the eyelids, leading to excessive blinking and involuntary closing of the eyes.
- Botox for neck pain (cervical dystonia) – For people aged 16 and above who experience muscle spasms in the neck, which often causes an uncomfortable or painful head position.
- Botox for strabismus – For people aged 12 and above whose eyes are misaligned due to a problem with the eye muscles.
- Botox for upper limb spasticity (ULC) – For adults experiencing excessive stiffness or involuntary movement of the elbows, wrists, and fingers due to defects in the nervous system.
Will Botox Injections make me feel numb or frozen?
No – Botox injections will only relax the facial muscles without affecting any nerve endings. You may feel numb or frozen if you are given an excessive dose of Botox, which is why the procedure should only be done by a skilled and experienced doctor.
Does it hurt?
A Botox injection can be mildly uncomfortable, particularly in the upper facial area. However, we use only the finest needles to ensure that the pain is minimal: Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. We also can use topical anesthetic if desired.
What is the ideal age to start Botox?
There is no set time to begin Botox injections. If you are an adult below the age of 65, you can begin using Botox as soon as you feel that you have wrinkles that need to be erased and prevented from getting worse.
What can I expect the day after my appointment? / How long does it take to work?
The day after your appointment, you are unlikely to see any results. Changes begin to appear after a few days, with the full Botox results gradually appearing within approximately two weeks.
Following a Botox injection, we recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise and any form of facial massage for at least 4 hours, as that could cause the Botox to shift away from the treatment area.
How long does Botox last?
The results typically peak at 2-4 weeks after the treatment and gradually diminish thereafter with most people needing a treatment every 3-4 months although after long term use results can last even longer in some people.
Is Botox safe?
Yes, Botox is absolutely safe if the procedure is performed by a licensed and experienced medical doctor.
Botox side effects / Botox before and after
Most people experience no side effects although it is possible to experience bruising at the injection site, some experience a mild headache and there is also a very small possibility of an eyelid drop. This will be discussed with the doctor during your first appointment. To avoid any side effects, it is important to inform your doctor of any medical conditions, medications you are taking, and any other pertinent information before the Botox treatment; and follow the guidelines for proper aftercare.
How do I know if it is right for me?
At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Demetra Vassiliou will perform an initial assessment to ensure that Botox is indeed right for you. Please note that Botox is not advisable for individuals who are pregnant, nursing or have a neurological disease.
How much does Botox Cost?
Botox prices greatly depend on the amount of units injected. A typical treatment of one area can cost approximately $350.00 or more. Dr. Vassiliou will provide you with a more precise estimate on pricing during a detailed consultation prior to your treatment.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Ottawa Botox clinic to schedule your consultation. You can reach us by phone at 613-667-9455 or through our online email form.