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BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE A

(Botox, Xeomin, Dysport)

Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections Abbotsford

Botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin that blocks messages between muscles and the nerves that control them. The effects can become apparent 2-5 days after injection depending on the site but typically within 2 week and generally lasts for 2-4 months.

 

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non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Botox is a temporary non-surgical option that reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles including crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines by stimulating treated facial muscles to contract. In most cases, Botox takes up to three days to take effect and will usually last up to three months. It should be noted that these timeframes may vary based on the area being treated and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Brown will determine which treatment areas would best benefit you and present you with suitable options. Reach out to our Abbotsford office today at 604-850-0750 to book your consultation or treatment!

What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic form of botulinum toxin that derives from C. botulinum bacteria, a substance that is present in many natural settings. Injections of botulinum toxin block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it was injected. For any muscle to contract, nerves need to release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine to the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes them to contract or shorten. Botox injections prevent the release of acetylcholine, temporarily stopping the treated muscle cells from contracting. This lack of contraction significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases, making Botox a popular cosmetic surgery injectable.

What Can Botox be Used for?

Botox injections are non-surgical procedures that are commonly used to temporarily relax facial muscles, though can also be used to treat conditions that affect how the body functions. Botox is highly effective for treating:

  • Facial Wrinkles and Crease Lines—Botox is extremely effective at reducing the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, crease lines in the forehead, lines at the corner of the mouth, and other forms of facial wrinkles.
  • Involuntary Muscle Contractions—Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your centre. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with Botox injections.
  • Hyperhidrosis—In this condition, excessive sweating occurs even if you are not exerting yourself or in a hot environment. Botox injections can help to reduce the amount of sweating that occurs or even temporarily eliminate it.
  • Chronic migraines—Botox can be injected into the muscles in the neck and head to reduce the severity and frequency of migraines. It can also reduce the other effects of migraines such as nausea and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells by acting as a “roadblock” to reduce or stop the transmission of chemicals associated with nerve pain.
  • Eye twitching—Botox injections may help to relieve excessive contractions or twitching of the muscles around the eye.

Common Side Effects of Botox

While botulinum toxin can be extremely dangerous in larger doses, the small doses used in therapeutic injections are safe when administered by an experienced injector. While Botox injections are safe, some side effects can occur for patients. Most side effects are harmless and will subside on their own after a few days. Common side effects of Botox include:

  • Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.
  • Headache or flu-like symptoms.
  • Droopy eyelids.
  • Crooked smile or drooling.
  • Eye dryness or excessive tearing.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Blurred vision or sensitivity to light.

Botox Safety

When it comes to Botox injections, your safety is our top priority. To be able to receive treatment, you:

  • Must be over the age of 18.
  • Must not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.
  • Must not suffer from certain neurologic conditions or take certain medications.

Call our office in Abbotsford at 604-850-0750 today to ask any questions you may have or to book your Botox consultation or treatment. Our team will work with you to determine your eligibility for Botox and the ideal treatment areas for your needs.

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How Much Does Botox Cost?

$10 per unit + tax.

Who is a Good Candidate for Botox Treatments?

If you have prominent frown lines, fine lines, or facial wrinkles, Botox would be a great option for you. Botox can also be used to treat various conditions. See the information above to learn more.

What are the Risks Associated with Botox?

Botox risks include:

  • Bruising
  • Under correction (not enough effect) or overcorrection (too much effect)
  • Facial asymmetry (one side looks different than the other)
  • Paralysis of a nearby muscle leading to: droopy eyelids, double vision, inability to close an eye, difficulty whistling or drinking from a straw
  • Generalized weakness
  • Permanent loss of muscle tone with repeated injection
  • Flu-like syndrome or respiratory infection
  • Nausea or headache
Who Should not Receive Botox Treatments?

You should not receive Botox treatments if you:

  • Are pregnant or nursing.
  • Are allergic to albumin.
  • Have an infection, skin condition, or muscle weakness at the site of the injection.
  • Have Eaton-Lambert syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s disease, or myasthenia gravis.
How Long Does Botox Last?

In most cases, Botox treatments will last for 3 to 5 months. For some individuals, the effects can last as little as 2 months, while others can experience the effects for up to 6 months.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

You can expect to see results in as little as 2 days, but full results typically take up to 14 days.

Are Botox Treatments Painful?

Botox treatments are typically fast and do not require anesthesia. The procedure is not considered painful, though you may experience a brief period of discomfort during the injection.

What Does Botox do?

Botox injections prevent the release of acetylcholine, temporarily preventing treated muscles from contracting. This lack of contraction significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases, making Botox a popular cosmetic injectable.

Where Can Botox be Used?

Botox is primarily used on the face to address fine lines and wrinkles. Botox can be effectively used on the forehead, eye area, lip lines, chin, and jaw.

Botox Frequently Asked Questions

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