1. What are Anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are commonly referred to as ‘Botox’, short for Botulinum Toxin Type A. In beauty, Botox is used to eliminate, remove and reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions including crossed eyes, migraines and excessive sweating. The cosmetic treatment results in a natural, youthful, and rejuvenated look.

2. How does it work?

Injections are administered in very small amounts to selected facial muscles. These injections weaken the muscular movement in the targeted areas. As Botox causes the muscles of the face to relax, it consequently smooths out wrinkles. It takes 24-72 hours for the Botox to take effect, which reflects the time needed for the toxin to disrupt the synaptosomal process. The final result of Botox appears on day 10 post-treatment.

3. What kind of lines can Botox treat?

Botox can safely and successfully treat wrinkles that are caused by muscular movement. Applications of Botox include:

1. Forehead wrinkles
2. Lifting the eyebrows (droopy eyebrows)
3. "11's” (creases between the eyebrows)
4. Crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes)
5. Bunny lines (lines on the side of the nose)
6. Gummy smiles (reduces appearance of gums when smiling)
7. Grinding and clenching of the teeth
8. Jaw reshaping for a slimmer jawline
9. Treatment for hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating of armpits, palms and feet)
10. Smile lift (drooping corners of the mouth)
11. Pebble Chin (dimple on chin)
12. Prominent Neck Bands
13. Lip Lines
14. Migraines
15. Nose Tip Lift (drooping nose)
16. Lines beneath the eyes
17. Facial Asymmetry from Bell’s Palsy
18. Nasal Flaring
19. Horizontal Neck Lines
20. Facial Twitching

4. How long does it last?

Results typically last 3 to 5 months depending on the individual and the area being treated. It is highly recommended that treatments are performed on a regular schedule to improve results. Maintaining Botox will prevent the muscles from returning to full strength and improve long term results, virtually reversing the aging process. If treatments are discontinued the muscles will regain their strength and return to how they appeared pre-treatment.

5. Pre-Treatment Care

To reduce the risk of bruising, do not take any anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medications for 1 week before the treatment. This includes Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil and Antihistamine Medications.

Do not schedule injections before an event. Allow at least 10 days before any major events in case of any bruising or swelling occurs.

6. Post-Treatment Care

Do not rub or apply firm pressure (no facials!) to the injected areas for 24 hours following treatment.
Avoid activities that involve lying faced down, such as physiotherapy treatment or massages.
Avoid exercise and strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after injection.

The injections start taking effect after 2-3 days, with the full result of treatment occurring between 7-10 days post injection.
Occasionally, minor swelling or bruising of the skin at the injection point may occur.

This may last a few days, and can be camouflaged with makeup.
Wait 12 hours before washing face, then only use a gentle cleanser – wash treated area with hands not a wash cloth.
After you wash your face apply a sunblock with SPF of 30 or higher.

If you are out in the sun you need to re-apply sunblock every 4 hours.

Avoid thermal trauma such as hot showers, whirlpool, steam rooms, saunas, etc. for 2 days following treatment.
Do not take any anti-inflammatory or blood thinning medications for 1 week following treatment. This includes Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil and Antihistamine Medications.

7. How is it priced?

Botox is priced by the unit. Patients are recommended to have 50 units of Botox for each full treatment.