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Botox can empower you.

It can help you feel your best by treating chronic muscle conditions, or it can boost your confidence by helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

As much as we wish the effects of Botox could last forever, the effects do wear off over time. Much like any medical treatment, the results of injectables can vary from patient to patient.

Before taking you through the Botox timeline, let’s first go over what it is and what it’s used for.

What Is Botox?

Botox is short for a protein complex known as botulinum toxin type A. It is a Health Canada approved neuromodulator that stops signals from the brain that are headed for a target muscle.

Think of it this way: every time your face makes an expression, your brain tells your muscles to contract. When your muscles contract, it creates lines in your skin. The more your muscles contract, the deeper the lines can get.

Botox intercepts this message from your brain to the target muscle, lessening the chance of those fine lines and wrinkles getting deeper.

What Is Botox Used For?

Botox has many different uses that can help you feel better, look better, and live better. We can break it down into 2 categories.

Cosmetic

Botox can be a preventive step against wrinkles and fine lines to help reduce the signs of aging. Some of the most commonly treated areas include:

  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines
  • Eyebrow lift
  • Crow’s feet
  • Under eye
  • Nose (bunny lines)
  • Upper lip lines
  • Gummy smile

Talking to a certified injector about your aesthetic goals for cosmetic Botox will help create a plan that is unique to you. 

Therapeutic

Not only can Botox help you feel better about your appearance, but it can also help relieve chronic muscle conditions.

Botox can help treat:

  • Hyperhidrosis: a condition that causes excessive sweating. Botox is injected into the areas that produce the most sweat to intercept the signals to the muscles and sweat glands.
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ): a condition that causes tension in the joint that hinges your jaw to your skull. Neuromodulators help to relax the jaw muscle by reducing unnecessary tension.

Having a consultation with a certified injector can help you decide if therapeutic Botox is right for you and any chronic muscle conditions you may be experiencing.

The Botox Timeline

Now that you know what Botox is and what it’s used for, how long does it last?

Let’s break it down into a timeline:

When you arrive at your appointment, you can expect it to take around 30 minutes. 

Following your appointment, the good news is there is no social downtime. You can typically get a treatment done and head right back into your day, with the exception of a few restrictions. 

The results of Botox are not instantaneous. It can take 3–5 days to start seeing the effects. 

The time it takes for complete onset is 2 weeks.

Results typically last 3-4 months and can depend on a few factors:

  • Location of injection
  • Amount injected
  • Age of the patient
  • Elasticity of the skin
  • Wrinkle depth

The results of Botox may start to last longer over time. As the muscles become paralyzed, they aren’t used as often. As a result, the muscles get shorter and smaller. 

What to Expect at My Appointment

Our expertly-trained injector needs to understand your specific goals, whether it is cosmetic or therapeutic Botox you are looking for. They will go over your expectations for the treatment and create a plan best suited for you.

They will take the time to understand your specific facial anatomy, which can include getting you to contract your facial muscles into different expressions. 

You can count on friendly conversation and knowledgeable answers to your questions in a highly professional and clean environment. 

When it comes time for the injections, you will sit or lie in an exam chair. The experience itself is virtually painless—you can expect to feel just a pinch. 

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What to Expect After My Appointment

Once you have had your Botox injections, it is important that it does not move to a muscle that is not meant to be targeted. 

For the first 4 hours after your appointment, you should avoid rubbing the treated zones, keep your head upright, and avoid doing any exercise.  

If you are wary of Botox injections, you can learn more about the risks from our knowledgeable team at Sante Medical. When you choose a licensed medical professional with certified training, Botox is a safe option to help you look and feel your best.

Booking an appointment is the first step to feeling confident and living better.

Written by Dr. Bobby Sreenivasan

Dr. Sreenivasan is a graduate of the University of Alberta Medical Program where he completed his residency in 2004. His expertise in cosmetic procedures such as BOTOX, fillers, PRP, skin rejuvenation, and hair restoration surgery along with his keen interest in preventative care medicine with a focus on bioidentical hormone balancing means he has contributed to the self-confidence and vitality of thousands of men and women by providing natural results. Outside the clinic, Dr. Sreenivasan enjoys running, golfing, travelling and spending time with his two sons.
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