Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles when you smile, laugh or frown. The more emotion you show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to become. While you may have earned every one of your wrinkle lines, you no longer have to show them. Dr. Pascoe personally consults with every client and performs all Botox treatments. She has 13 years of experience in aesthetic medicine and 30 years of experience as a family physician.
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protien made by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In it’s purified form, it is made for the temporary relaxation of muscles.
How does Botox work?
Botox partially blocks the nerve impulses to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. This causes the muscles that are related to expression to relax. After the solution takes effect the overlying skin will be smooth and unwrinkled while your untreated facial muscles will still function normally.
Am I a candidate for Botox?
Most patients are candidates for this procedure if they have dynamic wrinkles and lines. Contraindications generally are minimal therefore making this a suitable treatment for most patients. Patients that are pregnant or have neurological problems are not candidates. Dr. Pascoe will review your medical history to ensure that Botox is safe for you.
How is Botox treatment performed?
This is a simple and safe procedure. A tiny needle is used to inject small amounts of Botox into the area to be treated. Several injections are usually needed in specific muscles of the face. Natural facial expressions are preserved by targeting only wrinkle producing muscles. Most patients remark that there is minimal discomfort. You can resume most normal activities immediately. Botox generally takes 7-10 days to take full effect.
How Many Botox Injections Will I Receive?
The number of injections you will receive depends on the area being treated and the strength of the muscles in that area. Just to give you a general idea however, most crows feet areas usually take 3 injections per side and most frown lines between your eyebrows need about 5 quick injections. Of course it’s up to you how many areas you want treated at one time.
What is the average treatment cost?
Your cost not only includes the price o your product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of your injector. Botox Cosmetic is a technique sensitive treatment. A cost for the area to be treated will be discussed with Dr. Pascoe. With 15 years of injecting experience, you can be sure your treatment is in good hands.
Are there any side effects to Botox?
Temporary bruising of the injection site is the most common side effect. In some cases, Botox can migrate to the wrong muscle causing drooping of the eyelid or unevenness of the brows. With skilled technique and knowledge of the face and underlying muscles the chances of this are reduced to about 1%. Because the effects of Botox are completely reversible, any side effects are temporary.
What results can I expect?
Most patients desire a more youthful appearance. Some prefer to look less “angry”, while others are concerned about preventative therapy. Whatever the reason, the outcomes are the same. Wrinkles that are controlled by muscle movement are decreased and smoothed. Wrinkles that are from sun exposure or not muscle related will not be affected by Botox.
Does Botox Treatment Hurt?
Dr. Pascoe uses very fine needles for Botox injections and she is an experienced injector so all you feel is a tiny poke when the needle first goes in. Botox is one of the most pain free procedures and there is no downtime afterward.
How long does Botox last?
Botox injections are temporary. On average the effect lasts 3-5 months with individual variations. Early clinical studies have indicated that the duration of treatment benefits are increased over time so that you could require injections less frequently in the future.
Do Men Receive Botox Injections?
Yes, men benefit from Botox treatments too! We see many men at Viva Medical Aesthetics who want to soften their forehead lines and crows feet to give them a more relaxed and youthful appearance.
how long is the recovery time after treatment?
After your treatment, you can resume your regular day. There is minimal downtime.
What areas can be treated?
Frown lines, crows feet, forehead wrinkles / furrows, and upper lip lines can be treated with Botox.
How can I save on treatments?
You can enrol in the Brilliant Distinctions Rewards Program. You will earn credit on successive treatments.
How long does the treatment take?
If it is your first visit, a careful facial analysis will be done to determine the appropriate treatment. The actual injections take about 10 – 15 minutes.
will my lines look worse if i choose not to continue with treatments?
No, you will not look worse. Your lines will just gradually revert to their pretreatment appearance if you decide to forego additional treatments.