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Botox™ – The most effective anti-aging treatment in the world

Botox

Overview

Now you can easily look younger and refreshed, with the world’s most popular anti-aging treatment.   At PRP Skincare, we specialize in advanced techniques to keep you looking your best naturally. 

Botox Cosmetic is very safe with over 22 million treatments since 2001.  It was first developed locally in Vancouver Canada, and is now the number one anti-aging treatment in the world.  

As a neuromodulator it works to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles which are creating folds in the skin. Create a more rested and youthful appearance, help shape a more youthful facial profile.

How does Botox work?

Tiny, precise amounts, (usually 0.01ml per unit) of neuromodulator are injected into specific facial muscles with a very fine needle. This temporarily blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscles. Wrinkles and lines soften and fade, leading to a more youthful and relaxed appearance

How long until Botox works?

Results are visible within about a week, and improve over time, and last about 3-4 months on average. With repeated treatments, patients may notice other improvements in skin quality such as better texture and tone, which may be due to stimulation of collagen and elastin.

How long does Botox last?

Botox usually lasts about 3-4 months on average. Following this, muscle strength gradually returns to the area, with full strength usually within a month after the effect starts to wear off. Some areas where smaller doses are used will recover more quickly, such as frontalis (horizontal forehead lines), lateral canthal lines (crow’s feet), and upper lip lines (smoker’s lines, orbicularis oris). Dysport is another type of neuromodulator which in some patients tends to have a longer duration of action, up to six months.

How much does Botox cost?

Botox is currently priced at $9 per unit, and the cost of a treatment depends on the number of units used. The number of units varies depending on which areas are being treated and muscle strength.  With repeated treatments, less units may be required to achieve the same results.   When properly done, you should look relaxed and refreshed, but not frozen.  Please see the above diagram for a general idea about the number of units required for specific areas: For example, on average for a woman, frown lines may take 20-25 units, forehead lines 5-10 units, crow’s feet 5-10 per side, V-Shape 15-20 per side.

Does Botox hurt?

The injections are given with a very fine needle, no numbing is required and is very well tolerated, although occasionally an ice pack or vibration device may be used. Most patients report little to no pain at all.

What are the side effects of Botox?

Side effects are similar to any injection, and may include pain, redness, bruising, bleeding. Thanks to use of a very fine needle so these risks are quite small. More important side effects would be if an area is affected in an unwanted way, such as uneven forehead lines. These can usually be corrected with a touch up appointment, which is free.

What are some advanced uses of Botox?

✅ V-Shape facial slimming, reducing the appearance of a square jaw, which also also helps with TMJ and teeth grinding.  
✅ treat hemifacial spasm (HFS)
✅ reduce excessive under arm sweating
✅ smoothen out a pebbly chin
✅ reduce a gummy smile
✅ reduce vertical lines (“smoker’s lines”) on the upper lip
✅ lift the corners of the mouth
✅ Botox “lip flip”
✅ lift eyebrows
✅ reduce vertical neck lines
✅ sharpen a jaw line

Pre-treatment instructions?

Be well rested. Remove makeup so that skin is clean and dry in the areas to be treated. Avoid supplements that could cause increased risk of bruising or bleeding, such as garlic, ginseng, ginger, green tea, fish oil, Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory medication like Advil or Ibuprofen.

Post-treatment instructions?

After treatment, avoid direct pressure on the treated areas for at least 4 hours. Moderate exercise is ok. We encourage a follow up visit between 10 – 14 days after a botox treatment for touchups, which may be required in about 1-2% of cases.

What are contraindications for Botox?

Botox has been approved as a cosmetic treatment. It is contraindicated in the following conditions: allergy to to the active ingredient, active infection, excess drooping of the upper eyelid, diseases involving muscle or nerve function, eg. myasthenia gravis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, double vision, peripheral motor neuropathy. Side effects are uncommon but could include headache, muscle weakness, or asymmetric expression.

Interesting facts about Botox

Botox may also work well to reduce excess sweating, shape the jawline (V-Shape), reduce a gummy smile, create a browlift. In addition, it can also be used for medical conditions such as migraine, hemifacial spasm (HFS) and other muscular spasms.
In Canada, Botox was approved in 1990 for blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (crossed eyes). In 2001, Botox received approval for cosmetic use to treat frown lines between the eyes. Over 30 million Botox treatments have been performed North America up to 2012.