Botox® Cosmetic - 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 and 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® Cosmetic 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 therapy, and it has been proven to be very safe through extensive research and testing.
What is the 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. The sensation has been compared to a bug bite. No sedation or local anesthetic 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 about 10-15 minutes to perform.
Who should 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 the 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.
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