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What YOU need to know about BOTOX®!

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Why it’s done

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At Skin Vitality, we take the time to listen, to find answers and to provide you the best care.

Botulinum toxin or Botox® injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as:

  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s-feet, the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes
  • Forehead furrows, the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows

In addition to these cosmetic procedures, which simply improve your appearance, botulinum toxin injections have also been used to treat conditions that affect how your body functions. Examples include:

  • Cervical dystonia. In this painful condition, your neck muscles contract involuntarily causing your head to twist or turn into an uncomfortable position.
  • Lazy eye. The most common cause of lazy eye is an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye. This can result in crossed eyes.
  • Muscle contractures. Some neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy, can cause your limbs to pull in toward your center. In some cases, these contracted muscles can be relaxed with botulinum toxin injections.
  • Hyperhidrosis. In this condition, excessive sweating occurs even when the temperature isn’t hot and you’re not exercising. In some people, the sweat literally drips off their hands.
  • Chronic migraine. If you experience migraines more than 15 days a month, botulinum toxin injections may help reduce headache frequency.
  • Bladder dysfunction. Botulinum toxin injections can also help reduce urinary incontinence caused by an overactive bladder.

Risks

Botox® injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor. The most common side effects include swelling or bruising at the injection site, headache or flu-like symptoms. If the injections aren’t placed correctly, the medication may spread into adjacent tissues and cause problems such as:

  • Eyelid droop
  • Cockeyed eyebrows
  • Crooked smile
  • Dry eye or excessive tearing

Although very unlikely, there is a possibility that the effect of botulinum toxin may spread to other parts of the body and cause botulism-like signs and symptoms. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these effects hours to weeks after receiving Botox®:

  • Muscle weakness all over the body
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble speaking or swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Loss of bladder control

Doctors generally recommend against using Botox® when you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, since the effects on the baby aren’t known.

Select your doctor carefully

Botox® must be used only under a doctor’s care. It can be dangerous if it’s administered incorrectly. Ask for a referral from your primary care doctor or look for a doctor who specializes in your condition and who has experience in administering Botox® treatments. A skilled and properly certified doctor can advise you on the procedure and can help determine if it best suits your needs and health.

How you prepare

Your doctor will need to know if you’ve received any type of botulinum toxin injections within the past four months. If you take blood thinners, you may need to forgo these medications for several days before your injection, to reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising. Your doctor also needs to know if you take muscle relaxants, sleeping aids or allergy medications.

What you can expect

Before the procedure

Although most people tolerate the injection discomfort well, you may want your skin to be numb beforehand. Several options are available, including:

  • Injections. Your doctor can inject a numbing medication into your skin.
  • Cream. A prescription cream can be applied 60 to 90 minutes before the procedure.
  • Cold spray. A blast of very cold air is directed at the skin for about 10 seconds. The numbness only lasts a few seconds.

During the procedure

Your doctor uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of botulinum toxin into your skin or muscles. The number of injections needed depends on many factors, including the extent of the area being treated. Botox® injections are usually done in a doctor’s office.

After the procedure

Expect to resume your normal daily activities right after the procedure. Take care, though, not to rub or massage the treated areas. This can cause the toxin to migrate to a different area.

Results

Botulinum toxin injections usually begin working a few days after treatment. Depending on the problem being treated, the effect may last for three to 12 months. To maintain the effect, you’ll need regular follow-up injections.

We help you achieve your goals so you can feel better about yourself. Talk to us about BOTOX®.

Top Botox® Provider in Canada

Skin Vitality Medical Clinic is the #1 Provider of Botox®, Juvéderm®, CoolSculpting®, PRP Hair Restoration®, Sculptra®, EMSculpt® and Fraxel® in Canada and we can offer you the Lowest Prices in the Country with the Best Possible Result! Our team consists of over 200 professionals including 10 Medical Doctors, 40 Nurse Practitioners (NP), dozens of Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPN). In addition to being open 6 days a week for over 28 years, Skin Vitality offers virtual consultations with a member of our Medical Team in the privacy of your own home. We also offer, Skin Tightening, IV Therapy, Clear & Brilliant, Gynecological Treatments, Nightlase (Snoring) Treatments plus more.

9 Locations to Serve You

Skin Vitality’s team of over 200 Medical Professionals have the most Specialized Extensive Training and have helped hundreds of thousands of patients look and feel their personal best over the last 28 years. With 9 locations as far East as Ajax then West to London and everything in between such as Richmond Hill, Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Stoney Creek, St. Catharines and Kitchener we are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday plus Saturdays until 5pm, we are able to take care of any need or want you have to attain your personal goal.

Virtual Consultations

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting extraordinary pressure on everyone. As the Largest Provider of Medical Aesthetic Medicine in Canada, we have implemented the most effective health and safety protocols, in accordance with public health guidelines, to protect both you and our team. In order to align with the goals of fewer patients in the clinic, Skin Vitality is offering complimentary virtual consultations in the privacy of your own home with a Member of our Medical Team 8am until 10pm Monday to Friday as well as Saturdays & Sundays from 8am to 6pm. Your safety is our number one concern. Always.

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