Botox® Cosmetic is a procedure that can smooth frown lines on the face and neck for both men and women. It can soften lines and wrinkles that make you appear tired, upset or angry. Botox® Cosmetic can help you maintain your appearance without surgery and there is little, if any, recovery time. It is the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure, with over one million patients receiving treatment. It is one of the least expensive facial aesthetic procedures done. Dr. Gidon has had extensive training and experience injecting Botox® Cosmetic and regularly participates in advanced continuing education programs.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
It is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium bacterium and is used in extremely small amounts to relax dynamic wrinkles caused by contraction of muscles.
Is it safe?
It has been used safely and successfully for over 20 years. It is also used to treat migraine headaches and several neurological problems, with children as young as 2 years of age safely receiving more than 10 times the amount used for wrinkles.
How does Botox® Cosmetic work?
Wrinkles and frown lines are the result of muscle activity. Dr. Gidon analyzes this activity and determines which muscles require treatment. Several tiny injections of Botox® Cosmetic are administered very precisely into the muscles that cause the wrinkles. It blocks nerve impulses from reaching that area and the muscles relax. As a result, the wrinkles overlying the muscles are smoothed away.
Does it hurt?
Discomfort is minimal and brief. An anaesthetic cream can be used beforehand to numb the areas being treated, so no pain at all is experienced.
What areas can be treated?
The most common areas treated are the frown lines between the brows, the forehead, crow's feet around the eyes, the eyebrow area to lift the brow and open up the eyes, around the mouth, and the neck area to soften tight bands and help shape the jaw line. In Canada, Botox® Cosmetic is approved for use for frown lines between the brows, forehead lines and crow’s feet.
What happens after treatment?
The treatment takes about 10 minutes and you can resume normal activities right away. In 3 to 14 days, the wrinkles will appear softer and smoother.