What is Botox?
Botulinum Toxin, is an injectable treatment that temporarily reduces wrinkles, crows feet, forehead lines, and frown lines.
It gets its name from a toxin that is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum.
The Benefits of Botox
- Smoothening out of wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines
- Reduce underarm sweating
- Uncontrolled blinking known as blepharospasm
- Muscular contractions caused in a neurological disorder called Cervical dystonia
- Overactive bladder
- Chronic migraine
How does Botox work?
What does the procedure involve?
The injections and the amount of Botox needed are determined by the medical professional. After administration into the problem areas, the movement of the muscles in that area are frozen by the toxin. The injections themselves take a few minutes to administer and there is no requirement of a general or local anesthetic. You could undergo the treatment during your lunch break as usually the appointment lasts for less than 15 minutes. There is no downtime and you can return to work immediately.
The results are visible within 72 hours although it could take seven days to obtain maximum effect.
Dr. Sylvie Bourrée may ask you to follow up to review the response to Botox injections. It is common to see a partial response to the first set of Botox injections while complete muscle relaxation is obtained after the second or third set of injections.
Am I a candidate?
Dr. Sylvie Bourrée is the best person to guide you regarding your candidacy for Botox. Generally, you are an ideal candidate if you are an adult and in overall good health with moderate to severe wrinkles around the eyes, neck or forehead.
Botox injections are not recommended for pregnant or lactating women, or for patients who have certain neuromuscular disorders like Lambert-Eaton syndrome, myasthenia gravis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s).
Which areas can Botox treat?
How many treatments are needed in a year?
Depending on the extent of wrinkles and the areas that need to be treated, patients may need to visit 2 to 3 times in the first year. Since each individual responds differently, Dr.Sylvie Bourrée is the best person to advise on the required number of treatments in a year.