Botox Cosmetic ®
Have you started noticing fine lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before? Do makeup and foundation only make these lines even more noticeable? If so, it might be time for you to consider Botox Cosmetic® (onabotulinumtoxinA).
Many people already have. Indeed, with more than 2.8 million injections in 2003, Botox Cosmetic® was the number one cosmetic procedure performed that year in the United States.
Join the many people who have erased the telling lines of age through Botox Cosmetic® by calling Clinic 360 in Toronto to see how we can help you do the same.
What is Botox Cosmetic®?
Botulinum is normally a toxin (produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum) found in uncooked foods that can result in botulism. It is, however, also a powerful muscle relaxant, as it blocks the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that is responsible for muscle contraction. In small, purified doses (also known as onabotulinumtoxinA or Botox Cosmetic®), this toxin can be injected directly into wrinkles to temporarily relax them. In other words, Botox Cosmetic® keeps muscles from tightening in order to make wrinkles less conspicuous. This results in a smoother and more youthful appearance around the treated area. Because certain lines and movements give our faces a natural look, practitioners at Clinic 360 in Toronto will selectively target certain muscles in order to diminish certain facial wrinkles. After the treatment, you will still look like yourself, only less tired.
Areas that Can be Treated with Botox Cosmetic®
There are essentially two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic. While static wrinkles appear even when the muscles are at rest, dynamic wrinkles only form when the muscles surrounding it move. Botox Cosmetic® is most effective when treating dynamic muscles, because the solution prevents the underlying muscles from contracting, thereby eliminating the appearance of dynamic lines. Unfortunately, because static wrinkles are caused by the loss of skin elasticity - which can be caused by sun damage, poor nutrition, and aging - Botox treatments are generally not effective for static lines. Nevertheless, static wrinkles are also caused by prolonged dynamic wrinkling. That is, dynamic lines can eventually become static if untreated. In this way, Botox can help slow the development of certain static lines.
At Clinic 360 in Toronto, our practitioners use Botox Cosmetic® to treat the upper portion of the face for moderate to severe:
- Glabellar lines (“frown lines”)
- Lateral canthal lines (“crow’s feet”)
- Upper facial rhytids (upper forehead lines)
How Can I Get Rid of My Facial Wrinkles?
The first thing you should do is contact Clinic 360 in Toronto for a complimentary consultation. During this consultation, a certified medical practitioner will discuss with you your medical history, aesthetic goals, and any concerns you may have. After considering possible allergies and other complications, the practitioner will then discuss the amount of Botox Cosmetic® that will be necessary for your desired results as well as the areas that will be targeted. Before the procedure, we will photograph your face so that you may more accurately assess the results of the treatment.
Who is a Good Candidate for Botox Treatment?
Please be aware that not all people are candidates for Botox Cosmetic®. The treatment is intended for men and women between the ages of 18 and 65. The practitioner will discuss your health and medical history with you during your initial consultation to assess your candidacy for the procedure. You will be given a consent form and a summary of your medical history and overall health that you must sign prior to the treatment.
How is a Botox Injection Performed?
The actual injections can sometimes be performed on the same day as the complimentary consultation. We use fine needles for the injections, which generally only take several minutes, so that you feel as little discomfort as possible. Anaesthesia is rarely needed for the procedure, but sedatives and numbing agents are available upon request. After the injections, the treated muscles will relax and weaken gradually.
You can expect minimal downtime, and should be able to return to your normal activities almost immediately following the treatment. The injected areas may become bruised, swollen or red, but this should subside after several days. It, however, can take up to two weeks for the effects of the treatment to reach their intended results.
The FDA Recommendation
Please note, however, Botox Cosmetic® is a temporary treatment and usually lasts four months, depending on the individual patient. After the effects wear off, patients generally return to repeat the procedure. The FDA recommends that patients receive Botox Cosmetic® no more than once every three months at the lowest effective dosage.
While Botox Cosmetic® has had a lot of media attention in the last several years, it has actually been in use by the medical community since 1989, when it was approved by the FDA for treating eye muscle disorders. During these treatments, doctors noticed that Botox also unexpectedly softened the patients’ frown lines. After much clinical testing, the FDA approved the use of Botox Cosmetic® for the treatment of glabellar lines (“frown lines”) in April 2002 and lateral canthal lines (“crow’s feet”) in September 2013.
Risks & Complications
You cannot contract botulism from Botox Cosmetic® injections; nevertheless, there are risks associated with the procedure. According to the FDA, the most common adverse reaction associated with the treatment of crow’s feet is eyelid oedema (when the eyelids become swollen and contain excess fluid).
Other common complications related to Botox Cosmetic® include, but are not limited to:
- Droopy eyelid muscles (ptosis)
- Cockeyed eyebrows
- Swelling or bruising at the injection site
- Crooked smile
- Dry or excessively teary eyes
While the following side effects are very unlikely, they may occur if the botulinum toxin spreads to surrounding areas of the body; this will cause symptoms that are similar to botulism. These include:
- Facial pain
- Redness around the injected areas
- Respiratory infections
- Flu syndrome / nausea
- Incontinence (loss of bladder control)
- Muscle weakness
- Vision problems
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
Luckily, these adverse reactions are mostly temporary. Nevertheless, if you notice any of these troubling symptoms, be sure to consult a doctor immediately. That said, most patients are very satisfied with the results and return every few months to freshen up their appearance. Contact us at Clinic 360 in Toronto to book your consultation today. Let us help you regain your youthful appearance!