Botox (a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria) has been in medical use for many years. It was originally used to treat children who had crossed eyes and muscle spasms.
Botox has been used for wrinkle therapy since the early 1990′s with no serious side effects documented. Botox has been approved in Canada for treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows since April 2001. It is also commonly used in several other areas of the face. Botox injections relax the muscles that create wrinkles thereby lessening the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. The muscles of facial expression will typically cause the overlying skin to wrinkle in an accordion-like fashion. Botox therapy involves targeting the muscles that are causing the undesirable wrinkles.
How Long Will Results Last?
A botox treatment itself is generally quick, usually 20 minutes or less. Your results will usually last about 3 to 6 months. After that time, you can come back for a follow up injection. We do notice that after several treatments, the effect of botox appears to last longer and longer, often times up to several months.
Is There Recovery Time?
No, when you get botox treatments, there is little to no recovery time. Sometimes you may see a little bit of redness or swelling that might occur at the pinpoint sites of the injection, but that generally would only last approximately 30 minutes. You can return immediately to all of your regular activities after leaving the office.
Will My Face Be Frozen After Treatment?
No! Hollywood gets this wrong, every time. You see a character in a movie get injected with botox, and all of a sudden their face is perky and frozen. That just can’t happen.