Botox Edmonton: Anti-Aging Wrinkle Smoothing
Botox is the safest and most popular cosmetic treatment been performed around the world, with more than 6 million procedures been conducted each year. Botox is an effective and affordable way to smooth out the fine facial lines that occur as we get older.
Dr. Sharma of the Sharma Skin Institute has extensive experience performing Botox treatments in both Europe and Edmonton and truly believes cosmetic surgery and facial skin surgery is an art form.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin, more commonly known as Botox, is an FDA-approved drug used in medical and cosmetic procedures to weaken or paralyse temporarily the nerves that cause facial muscles to contract. Once a small amount of Botox is injected into these muscles they relax and soften, giving your skin a smoother, more youthful appearance that lasts up to 4 months.
Botox has been widely tested and studied around the world and is a simple, non-surgical, mildly invasive way to smoothe the persistent facial lines that develop from repeated muscle contractions that happen over time.
Small amounts of Botox have the ability to target the exact muscles which control wrinkles and temporarily relax them. Many people choose to repeat the Botox treatment 3 or 4 times per year to help keep up the appearance of younger, smoother skin.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are the creases, folds or ridges we see appear on our skin as we get older. The first wrinkles we notice typically occur as a result of facial expressions been repeated over a period of time. Other factors that cause wrinkles include; sun damage, smoking, dehydration and some medications.
Wrinkles are an inevitable part of getting older, when our skin starts to get thinner, drier and sees a drop in its elasticity. Our skin also lacks the ability to protect itself from damage as efficiently as we age.
Most people do not welcome the appearance of wrinkles on their skin, even though they give the aspect of wisdom. Botox is used to reduce these fine lines that appear on the face and help restore a more youthful appearance.
How Does Botox Work?
Dr. Sharma precisely injects tiny amounts of Botox into the muscles that cause wrinkles to occur and temporarily paralyses them. In turn, the skin covering these muscles gradually becomes smoother and appears less wrinkled. Botox is commonly used to improve the creases and lines many people possess between their eyebrows. These lines make us seem as though we are worried, angry or concerned, even if we are really in a happy state.
Crows feet around the eyes can also make us appear older than we really are, and tend to give us a squinty appearance. Botox can treat these areas effectively, smoothing the crow’s feet and in turn giving a more youthful appearance.
Who Is A Candidate For Botox?
To be a good candidate for Botox treatment you should:
- Be between 18 and 65 years of age
- Have great overall health
- Have realistic expectation about the treatment
- Have dynamic wrinkles that can be successfully treated with Botox.
What Are Dynamic Wrinkles?
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the muscles contracting underneath you skin, which cause the skin to group together and form lines. These type of wrinkles happen in areas where your face animates during a facial expression – like when you laugh, smile, grimace or frown.
Common dynamic wrinkles include:
- Crows feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead Creases
- Upper lip creases
- Neck bands
Botox treatments can help improve the appearance of these dynamic wrinkles by paralysing the muscles and allowing them to loosen and relax.
In contrast, static wrinkles are caused by the collagen and hyaluronic acid breaking down due to age and other lifestyle factors. This type of wrinkle can not be treated with Botox and must be addressed with a dermal filler instead.
What Should I Expect?
You may feel a pinch as the Botox is injected into your skin, although numbing ointments/shots should help this. Your face may feel tighter than normal afterwards. There will also typically be some bruising and swelling that goes way after 24 hours.
It can take between three to five days before you will see noticeable changes to your fine lines and the full effects can take up to two weeks to transpire, however, it is different for every patient.
What Areas Can You Treat?
As mentioned above, Botox is used to treat dynamic wrinkles that result from repeated facial muscle contraction that typically occurs when we laugh, smile, frown or grimace.
During your personal consultation, Dr. Sharma will do a full examination, address your concerns and discuss the best treatment option appropriate for you.
What Happens After Treatment?
Although the treated muscles start to relax after a few days, it can take up to two weeks to see the full effects of the Botox treatment. There is, however, no “down time” with a Botox treatment and you can return to work right away if you wish, although it is not recommended to engage in strenuous activity for the rest of the day after treatment.
How Long Does Botox Last?
There are many factors that affect the duration of the Botox treatment that are dependent on the patient, which facial area is been treated and the skill of the physician. The typical duration of a Botox treatment is 3 to 8 months, after which many patients elect to have the performed again to keep up the appearance of having smoother, more youthful looking skin.
How Much Does Botox Cost?
No longer just a luxury item for the wealthy, Botox in Edmonton has come down in price and is now affordable to people even on modest incomes. The exact cost of treatment depends on the individual patient’s concerns and their circumstances, including the number of areas that need to be treated and the amount of Botox required. This can be discussed further at your free consultation.
What Are The Side Effects?
Redness and swelling of the treatment area may occasionally occur following your injections. These side effects typically clear up within the first 30 minutes of treatment. You should avoid touching the area of the affected skin for about an hour after treatment to prevent the Botox from spreading. Rarely there may be some temporary muscle weakness surrounding the treatment area.
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Dysport Vs. Botox. What’s The Difference?
I believe patient education and thorough consultation are vital to successful cosmetic treatments. I am always keen to ensure patients are fully informed and have all the answers before moving forward with their procedure.
I get asked a lot what the difference is between these two injectables. Here is my answer:
Both Dysport and Botox are forms of botulinum toxin type A, which is extracted for safe use in humans to relax muscles and decrease movement. Biologically and chemically, they are almost identical, both containing the same 150 kilodalton active core. Both products inject and act similarly, so patients are unlikely to perceive any clinical difference although Dysport begins to act faster than Dysport.
Dysport may be the new kid on the block in North America (available since Spring 2009), but it has been in direct competition with Botox in Europe and elsewhere for many years already.
Dysport is more diluted than Botox, which changes the dosage levels that are administered. If you have previously had Botox treatments and used to a certain number of units, that number will likely increase if you switch to Dysport. The greater dilution doesn’t make Dysport any less effective; the dosage is mainly a consideration for the injection specialist who administers the treatment.
Dysport typically diffuses more, causing it to spread out over a broader area after it’s injected. This can be beneficial when treating a larger area, such as wide forehead wrinkles, and areas with thinner muscles, such as crows’ feet.
More diffusion means fewer injections are required to achieve the desired results, and fewer injections mean less discomfort from the procedure. At the end of the day, I work with each patient to determine which injectable is best for him/her and will give the best outcome.