Botox ® for wrinkles
Botox® Cosmetic is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment which temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. By temporarily blocking the nerve impulses, the muscles that cause wrinkles relax, giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to 4-6 months.
Dr. Donna Jubin is the primary injector for Botox in Saskatchewan and Saskatoon's first choice for Botox treatment to reduce and soften wrinkles.
How it works
Used in a medical setting as an injectable form of sterile, purified protein, small doses of Botox block the release of a chemical called acetylcholine by nerve cells that signal muscle contraction. By selectively interfering with the underlying muscles’ ability to contract, existing expression lines are smoothed out, and, in most cases are nearly invisible within 1-2 weeks.
What to expect
One 10 minute treatment – a few very tiny injections – blocks the nerve impulses and relaxes the muscles. Most people say the injections have less feeling than a mosquito bite. As the muscle relaxes, the dynamic wrinkle overlying the muscle is smoothed away. Since the treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the line at the injection site, it has no effect on other elements of facial expression. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, allowing for normal feeling in the treated areas.
The effects of Botox® Cosmetic usually last 4-6 months, at which time another injection is required. After several treatments, the effects often begin to last longer. Repeated use is truly anti-aging! Most people return to work right after their Botox® treatment.
Are there any side effects with Botox?
Botox has been used safely by millions for over 30 years. There are no permanent side effects known with Botox therapy for facial wrinkles however there are several temporary side effects which can occur including:
*Bruising and pain at the site of injection of the Botox. A tiny needle is used to minimize the discomfort.
*Eyebrow or eyelid droop: This is seen in 1-2% of patients receiving Botox therapy. It usually only lasts 2-4 weeks and is mild.
What areas are commonly treated with Botox on the face and neck?
Botox is most commonly used for the glabellar frown lines (those deep creases between the eyebrows); forehead wrinkles, and crows feet (wrinkles on the lateral aspect of the eyes). Botox can be used to lessen upper lip wrinkles, mouth frown, and the appearance of irregular dimpled skin on the chin. It is often used to treat “turkey neck” bands or “necklace lines” that appear on the neck with age. Botox is not used to treat smile lines which are usually filled with Restylane or Juvederm (or a similar filler) to create a very pleasing effect, while preserving the natural smile muscle dynamics.