How does BOTOX Cosmetic work?

BOTOX Cosmetic is the only product of its kind that is directed at the facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It targets what are known as dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by repeated muscular contractions, such as frowning and squinting. BOTOX Cosmetic, an injectable treatment derived from a purified protein, works by relaxing the muscles that cause these dynamic wrinkles, giving your face a more relaxed and refreshed appearance. Best of all, regular use of this simple treatment will soften expression lines and help to “stop the clock” on the development or further deepening of lines. In addition, treatment is so quick and easy that you can often have it done over lunch.

A history of Success

While you may only know BOTOX Cosmetic as a wrinkle treatment, it has actually been in use for over 18 years for the effective treatment a of a range of medical conditions. In fact, it’s been a[proved for medical use in Canada and in more than 75 countries for 20 different applications.

Today, BOTOX Cosmetic has become the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America with an estimated three million treatments performed annually.

Where can BOTOX Cosmetic be used?

The most common treatment areas include the frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines that run across the forehead, and the crow’s feet around the outer eyes.

Frequently asked questions

Will my face still have expression?
BOTOX Cosmetic is intended to enhance the way you look, not change it. When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown, and be expressive. The treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the lines at the point of injection, so the other elements of your facial expression remain active. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, so you will have normal feeling in the treated areas.

Are BOTOX Cosmetic treatments safe?
Absolutely. BOTOX has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. In 2001, Health Canada approved BOTOX Cosmetic for wrinkle terapy, and it has been proven to be very safe through extensive research and testing.

What is treatment like?
A tiny amount of BOTOX Cosmetic is injected very precisely into the muscle being treated. A very fine needle and a small amount of liquid is used so the pain associated with the injection is minimal. No sensation or local anaesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately.

How long does a treatment take?
A BOTOX Cosmetic procedure is quick, simple, and there’s no downtime. Following a facial analysis by your physician and a discussion on your desired outcome, the procedure itself only takes 10 to 15 minutes to perform.

Who should not use this treatment?
There are very few restrictions regarding the use of BOTOX Cosmetic. Those who are pregnant, nursing, or have neurological disease should not be treated.

How soon will I see a difference?
You can expect to see results within days after your treatment. The appearance of wrinkles and lines may continue to diminish for up to one week.

Does BOTOX Cosmetic have any side effects?
A possible side effect is bruising, which is temporary, localized to the area of injection and can be easily covered with makeup.

Are there creams that are better than BOTOX Cosmetic?
There is no scientific evidence that supports that creams work better than BOTOX Cosmetic. Creams work well on the surface of the skin. BOTOX Cosmetic works below the surface to relax the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form.

How long does the treatment last?
The effects usually last up to four months. After repeat treatments, the effects may begin to last longer.

Replenish What’s Lost Over Time

Sun exposure, hormonal changes and aging can all have an impact on your skin’s appearance. Over time, your skin begins to lose hyaluronic acid and collagen, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and a loss of fullness and elasticity. Healthcare professionals now reverse these signs of aging by correcting the wrinkles and folds and adding volume to sunken skin.

Refresh What Nature Gave You

Juvederm™ is a soft replenishing injectable gel filler that your doctor uses to help replenish and refresh your appearance. It uses hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring sugar found in your body), which combines with the water in your skin to instantly restore volume and reduce lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid injections have also been shown to stimulate collagen production. Not only that, Juvederm™ works to enhance and define lips, cheeks and jaw line. Best of all, the results are instant and natural-looking, and last up to a year.

Take Comfort in Juvéderm™

New Juvéderm™ with Lidocaine is a unique formula that lets you feel good before, during and after your Juvéderm™ treatment. The addition of Lidocaine, an effective localized pain reducer, to Juvéderm™ provides an injection experience that’s gentle and comfortable.

What makes Juvéderm™ different?

Juvéderm™ uses a patented technology called HYLCABROSS that results in a gel that is smooth and consistent, with effects lasting up to one year. It’s this advanced technology that makes the results so natual looking. Plus Juvéderm™ is the first HA gel to have demonstrated its safety and effectiveness for all skin tones.

What to expect from a treatment

During the treatment, your healthcare professional will ease Juvéderm™ under your skin to enhance facial features or fill wrinkles and folds.

For the first 24 hours after treatment, you should avoid:
- strenuous exercise
- consumption of alcoholic beverages
- extended exposure to sun, heat or freezing temperatures

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Juvéderm™ last?
The unique formulation of Juvéderm™ provides results that last up to one year.

How long does treatment usually take?
Prior to the treatment, you’ll spend some time consulting with your doctor. The actual injection process is quick and easy and takes only about 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the areas treated.

How long before I see results?
Results are instant. You will see an immediate improvement to the treated area.

Is treatment with Juvéderm™ painful?
Juvéderm™ is injected directly into the skin using a find needle to reduce injection discomfort. Because Juvéderm™ is also available with pain-reducing Lidocaine, the whole injection process is a more comfortable experience.

What are the possible side effects?
Juvéderm™ is generally well tolerated. Possible side effects are mild to moderate and are relatively short lasting (less than seven days). These may include temporary skin reactions such as redness, tenderness and bruising, which may be covered with light makeup.

What is the recovery time following a treatment?
The treatment requires minimal downtime. Most people return to their normal routines immediately.