By now, most people in the Vancouver area have heard about neuromodulators, most commonly known as Botox or Dysport, to name a few. The reason for such popularity and notoriety is that this injectable wrinkle relaxer delivers real results when it comes to softening the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that form when we make facial expressions. When administered by an expert, Botox looks natural and does not interfere with the patient’s ability to make normal facial expression. Botox can significantly improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, including lines on the outside of the eyes, on the forehead, and between the brows.
Botox or Dysport, can be used alone or in combination with other skin rejuvenating treatments such as dermal filler and laser & skin resurfacing for an unparalleled anti-aging result.
Botox is derived from a natural, purified protein that has been safely used for many decades to treat a variety of conditions including eye disorders and even excessive underarm sweating. The active ingredient in Botox or Dysport impedes the nerve impulses that cause facial muscles to contract. The result is a significant reduction in the “dynamic wrinkles” that show up as forehead lines, crow’s feet, and furrows between the eyebrows. By targeting specific facial muscles and causing them to temporarily relax, our nurse injectors are able to create a smooth and youthful skin appearance for patients.
One of the more appealing aspects of non-surgical treatments like Botox and dermal fillers is that they require practically no preparation time. Patients simply schedule their visit to 8 West Clinic, have an individualized consultation directly with their treatment provider to ensure their candidacy for treatment, and then have their non-surgical enhancement procedure performed. Patients can resume their normal activities almost immediately afterwards, so they do not need to plan for an extended recovery period.
Lines and wrinkles on the face can be caused by many factors, including environmental damage, sun exposure, repeated muscle movement from facial expressions, and even the natural aging process. In many cases wrinkles begin to form as collagen in the skin begins to break down. But the wrinkles that form from smiling, laughing, frowning, and other facial expressions are actually caused by repeated muscle movement over time. These lines and creases, known as “dynamic wrinkles,” are most commonly found on the forehead and around the eyes, the primary areas treated by Botox or Dysport. There is no denying that facial wrinkles can make you look older than you feel. And not so long ago, your only options were to try to cover these wrinkles with makeup, undergo surgical correction, or live with an aged appearance. Botox gives Vancouver residents another option for a long-lasting wrinkle correction in a procedure that takes only minutes to perform. To reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, our nurse injectors treat targeted areas with small injections of Botox or Dysport. Most patients describe the sensation they feel during treatment as a small sting, but any discomfort is very minor and very short-lived. You can carry on with your day’s activities immediately after treatment with only a few temporary restrictions to ensure that the Botox does not migrate to an unintended area.
Most patients begin to see treated lines and wrinkles diminish within a few days after treatment. You should see your smoother skin tone last for 3 to 4 months before another treatment is required. After several treatments, many patients notice that they can go longer between visits and still enjoy smooth skin texture.
If you notice wrinkles around your eyes, in between your eye brows or on your forehead, and they get worse when you make facial expressions (such as smiling or frowning), neuromodulators such as Botox or Dysport may be a good option for you. These medications are extremely safe and have been used in medicine for over 20 years with over 6 million treatments performed each year. They effectively treat dynamic wrinkles – those that form or get worse when you make facial expressions. In the hands of an expert injector, Botox or Dysport treatments do not look fake or prevent the face from moving in a natural way. The team at 8 West Clinic have a combined 30+ years experience and have performed thousands of Botox and Dysport treatments.
Botox and Dysport injections at our Vancouver skin clinic are one of the most popular treatments that we provide. Trust your face to our team of skin experts who specialize in quality consultations and developing treatments plans that are appropriate for each patient, taking into consideration their budget and tolerance for downtime. Luckily, wrinkle relaxing injections such as Botox and Dysport are quick and you can return to work and activities immediately. Your Vancouver Botox or Dysport treatment always begins with a thorough consultation which includes a discussion of your medical history and medications. We have extensive experience with Botox and dermal filler injections over the last 15 years.
In the hands of an expert injector, Botox and Dysport treatments have high satisfaction rates because the treatment really works. 5 – 7 days after your treatment, you will notice that when you try to frown, you won’t be able to as much as before.
Botox® has been used safely for 25 years in medicine to treat muscular conditions and cosmetically remove wrinkles by temporarily weakening muscles, with over 6 million treatments administered each year. The first application of Botox® as a medication was in in the 1960s, to treat neurological disorders. In 1990, Health Canada approved Botox® for use in treating overactive eye muscles, then expanded to include treatment of acute muscular contractions in the neck and shoulder areas. It was a surprise when doctors learned that their patients noticed a smoothing effect and softening of fine lines and wrinkles when the medication was injected near their eyes. In 2001 Botox® was first approved by Health Canada for cosmetic treatment of hyper-dynamic facial lines. Botox has been used safely in medicine for decades, and many people are surprised to hear that in addition to its cosmetic application of removing wrinkles, Botox is also used to treat urinary incontinence, migraines, excessive sweating, tennis elbow, Bell’s Palsy, and even club feet in children.
Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulism bacterium, which temporarily weakens the activity of the muscles that cause expression lines to form over time. Botox is not a poison and is not botulism. Botox is a neuromodulator just like Dysport and effectively treats dynamic wrinkles – those that form when we make facial movements such as squinting or frowning. Deep static wrinkles that appear on the face when we are at rest are best treated with skin resurfacing or dermal fillers.
Botox is often confused with other injections such as dermal fillers, which add volume and fill grooves. In addition to weakening the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, Botox can shrink enlarged muscles, such as the masseter muscle near the jaw that can make the face look wide.
In the hands of an expert injector, Botox and Dysport are safe. The most common side effects include bruising or swelling at the injection site. Your consultation will include a discussion of both the risks and benefits of these treatments. Medical complications are extremely rare, however cosmetic complications can occur. For example, if too much medication is placed, or it is placed in the wrong muscle, patients could experience a temporary impairment of the facial muscles. Cosmetic complications can be minimized by choosing a practice that has extensive experience with Botox and Dysport injections over a long history and provide excellent post treatment care.
Your treatment begins with a consultation to assess your objective and the wrinkles that are bothering you – it is important that an expert injector with intimate knowledge of facial anatomy do this as some wrinkles are best treated with Botox, while others are best treated with dermal fillers and we will help advise you on this. The injections are not painful and the treatment is over quickly – your injector will administer several tiny injections of BOTOX® directly in the muscles that cause those moderate to severe expression lines. No anesthesia is required and discomfort is short and brief – the sensation feels similar to a pin prick.
The cost of Botox or Dysport depends on the number of units that are used, which depends on the size of the muscle. Your expert injector will discuss what to expect in terms of dosing and cost during your consultation. It is important to select a dose that is as small as possible to get the job done, while being sufficient enough to cause a weakening of the muscle. Too little botox won’t produce the desired result, while too much Botox will simply cost more than is necessary.
These medications work the best on dynamic wrinkles – those that form when we smile or make facial movements. There some other common uses of Botox and Dysport which are covered here:
If you’re pleased with the results of Botox or Dyport, you’ll probably want to get on a treatment schedule so you can continue the benefits. If you discontinue treatment, the expression lines gradually will look like they did before your botox treatment. Most patients repeat their treatments every 3 – 6 months to maintain results.
Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both are a type of botulinum type A that relaxes the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines or vertical forehead lines. Here are some other facts about the two medications:
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