BOTOX ® Cosmetic: How often do I need it?

BotoxWhen you raise your eyebrows or smile and see crinkles on the edges of your eye, the facial muscles resting underneath are contracting. These contractions may make your face move, but they also make wrinkles more noticeable. That’s where BOTOX® Cosmetic comes in.

Imagine your face like a telephone line where your facial muscles in the scenario is your telephone line, and your nerves communicate to your brain, which receives the call. When our physician injects BOTOX ® Cosmetic into areas that appear wrinkled, this is like cutting your telephone line, preventing the nerves and muscles from communicating as effectively. As a result, your wrinkles appear softer and more relaxed. This is why BOTOX ® Cosmetic treatments are often recommended for areas facial movements can wear your skin down over time, such as forehead lines, frown lines between your eyes, and crow’s feet that cause wrinkles on the sides of your eyes.

While BOTOX ® Cosmetic treatments can temporarily affect nerve communication, the results are not permanent. As months pass, you may notice wrinkles returning. One factor that affects this is how much BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected in the first place. If our physician started with a small amount, this will wear off faster than a larger amount. our physician will adjust your dosage accordingly once she reviews your results.

Provided you have not experienced adverse side effects from the injections, it is recommend returning for maintenance doses into the areas every three to four months. This time frame is recommended because it is long enough to keep wrinkles from reappearing, yet not so frequent you are visiting for BOTOX ® Cosmetic treatments every other week.botox_before_after_forehead_forrows

BOTOX® Cosmetic can have short and long-term beneficial effects, including the ability to “train” your facial muscles to relax. This means over time you may find you are able to extend the amount of time between BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments.

While it can be tempting to seek BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments more frequently, the recommended three to four month waiting period is really more for your looks and health. Injecting BOTOX ® Cosmetic too frequently can cause excess amounts of BOTOX® in your body. One result can be that your face appears frozen or immobile, which can look highly unnatural. At its most severe, excess amounts of BOTOX® can cause botulism, a condition that causes paralysis. While an extreme instance, this example illustrates the importance of choosing a reputable physician to administer your BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments.

In the hands of our physician, BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a safe and highly effective way to reduce facial wrinkles. She is a well-trained physician who offers honest advice and considers your safety every step of the way. Contact ustoday to book your no pressure consultation today!

Brotox- Botox Treatment for Men

cmf-botox-before-and-afterWomen have long been held to a higher aging standard than men, but it appears as though that gap may be closing. According to a new study, the number of American men getting Botox injections—which relax the facial muscles to minimize lines and wrinkles—has skyrocketed 258 percent over the past decade!

It’s true guys, men are going to lengths once believed only reserved for women to try and gain an edge. Skin care, grooming, and cosmetics have all seen a significant shift towards a male audience, but now it’s going a step further with nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, specifically Botox for men. With a recent boom, Botox, or even now referred to as “Brotox”, is becoming a go-to treatment for men of all ages. (Botox is approved for the use on individuals between the ages 18-65).

If you choose to opt for this treatment, you can expect a very simple procedure. First, our physician will instructs you to scowl, squint, and scrunch up your face to determine the most suitable place to inject Botox. This treatment is quick, relatively painless and can be completed in about 15 minutes with no downtime afterwards. Coming over on your lunch break? Not to worry, those little red dots that appear immediately after will likely be gone by the time you get back to work. The onset of this treatment will begin to work within 5-7 days, typically seeing full results at the two week mark. Effects of Botox can be expected to last between 3-4 months. simon-cowell-botox

It’s also important to note, Botox has been clinically evaluated in male patients. In clinical studies for moderate to severe frown lines, 17.5% of patients treated with Botox were men. In the clinical studies for moderate to severe crow’s feet, male patients comprised approximately 10% of patients treated. Trust us, you’re not alone! Known not only for his abrupt behavior, Simon Cowell is also known for his use of Botox on a regular basis. Watch this hilarious video of Simon Cowell and Morgan Piers discussing Botox.

When it comes to the fine lines and wrinkles that come along with aging, more men than ever are opting for Botox injections for men. Will you give it a shot? Book your consultation with our physician today to find out if this procedure is right for you!

To learn more about how Botox works, click here. 

Juvederm ™ Dermal Fillers For Men

Statistics compiled for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that only 9% of the total number of cosmetic procedures performed last year targeted men. A small percentage, indeed, but that’s still a staggering 1.1 million cosmetic procedures!

The secret’s out: men are turning to aesthetic medicine to look good.

While the most popular procedure was BOTOX® (for women, too), rounding out the list at number 5 was Soft Tissue Fillers, also known as Dermal Fillers. According to the same survey, there were 34,256 procedures performed in 2009 that involved hyaluronic acid based fillers, namely Juvederm ™ and Restylane® – a 10% increase from 2008.

How can Juvederm ™ help men?

The answer is easy: in just about the same ways it can help women. Like most nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, this product isn’t gender-specific. This “next-generation” dermal filler is designed to add volume to tissue, which not only allows wrinkles, creases and lines to smooth out, but also allows facial contours to be redefined. Juvederm ™ can safely and effectively treat aesthetic problems in both women or men. The only difference is what kind of results are desired.

Many men, like women, are concerned about rejuvenating their appearance. As we age, the skin begins to sag and creases form. Nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, and marionette lines are common problems that are targeted with Juvederm ™. Even lip augmentation, a procedure most of us associate with the Trout Pouts of Hollywood starlets, can be performed using this dermal filler. But obviously, men don’t go for the fullness women desire. Rather,  lip augmentation for men achieves results that contribute to a more youthful appearance, eliminating lip lines and/or a sunken appearance. And in general, most men prefer to achieve results that are more subtle and refined.

Juvederm ™ is a great nonsurgical way to achieve a more youthful appearance. With results generally apparent immediately following a 30 minute treatment, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at our nonsurgical cosmetic clinic in Ottawa!


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