Botox Injection: Don’t let wrinkles get you down!
CHIC Laser Centre serves patients in the city of Montreal
Botox treatments from CHIC Laser Centre in downtown Montreal are an effective way to stop wrinkles and fine lines in their tracks. These non-invasive procedures involve a small injection of a neurotoxin (Botox or Dysport) into the facial muscles, causing your skin to look smoother, younger and refreshed in no time at all ...
What are Neuromodulators (Botox and Dysport)?
Known by its more common name, Botox, injectable neuromodulators (or neurotoxins) are a type of cosmetic procedure used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles ...
The Benefits of Botox: What to expect
Botox injections come with many benefits, the most obvious of which is the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles! ...
What are Common Treatment areas?
Among the most commonly Botox-treated areas of the face are forehead wrinkles, lines between the eyebrows, frown lines, smile lines and crow's feet ...
Considering Botox for forehead lines or wrinkles? Forehead lines are the most frequently treated facial wrinkles. Approved for use on the forehead area by the FDA in 2002, Botox works by temporarily restricting movement of the muscles responsible for expression lines. These muscles are engaged with most facial expressions: shock, joy, anger and confusion; therefore, this is often one of the first areas of the face to show wrinkles. Treating this area can also make the eyebrows appear more lifted.
Frown lines, also referred to as "11 lines" are the vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows. As we age, collagen and elastin production decrease, allowing wrinkles to set in over time. Because this area is responsible for making expressions such as surprise, worry, confusion and anger, it tends to get a pretty good workout! Injecting this area with the botulinum toxin can relax the look of these lines, providing a more youthful appearance.
Try squinting your eyes in the mirror--do you notice any little lines appearing around the corner of your eyes? Those are commonly referred to as Crow's feet, and they become more apparent with age. It's normal to find these lines bothersome, so many people choose to go for a Botox treatment in this area.
Botox isn't only for wrinkles--it can be used to treat other medical conditions as well! For those who have issues with teeth grinding or jaw clenching (which can sometimes lead to migraine headaches) Botox has been shown to provide some relief. Because of their efficacy as muscle relaxants, Botox and Dysport are often used to treat other issues as well. to learn more information, click here: Botox for TMJ
By blocking the neurotransmitter that activates sweat glands, Botox armpits injections have been known to reduce underarm sweating by up to 90%! If you've ever wondered if you have overactive sweat glands, book a consultation with one of our experts to find out if Botox could be the solution to your sweating! Read our blog post on Botox for sweating treatment here.
One of the first giveaways of our age can sometimes be the neck. Neck bands, or lines around the neck in any direction, become more apparent with age. Since the skin on our necks is so thin, it's one of the first to lose its collagen and elastin, and one of the first to show signs of aging. If you're not entirely thrilled with the bands starting to appear on or around your neck, an injectable solution could be just what you need to look and feel confident.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Botox Different from Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are two different brands of a very similar product. They differ slightly in their chemical makeup, and Dysport contains a protein found in cow's milk, so those who have an intolerance to lactose should avoid Dysport.In terms of efficacy, Botox and Dysport are comparable, though Dysport may require a slightly higher dose of the product, as it is not quite as potent as Botox. They are, however, used to treat the same areas and have a similar safety profile when administered by a qualified professional.
When will I see results?
Botox results are generally visible within 4-6 days of treatment, while Dysport has a slightly faster onset time. Regardless, you'll see full results of facial rejuvenation within approximately two weeks after your Botox treatment.
What to expect at the clinic
When you arrive at the clinic for a Botox or Dysport treatment, the CHIC Laser team will walk you through the procedure. The doctor may apply a topical numbing cream to the area before performing the injections. As with all cosmetic procedures at CHIC Laser Centre, our experts will be with you every step of the way to reassure you and answer any questions you may have.
After care: What do I do after my Botox injection?
It is important to follow all of the doctor's recommendations after your appointment to make sure your treatment is safe and effective. Here are a few things to avoid immediately after the procedure:
- Avoid rubbing the treatment areas: this can cause inflammation.
- Stay out of the sun for at least 48 hours.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 48 hours.
- Avoid saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis and other extremely humid environments for 48 hours.
- Wait at least 2 weeks before any other facial treatments/procedures.
What is the difference between Botox and most Haluronic fillers?
Botox temporarily paralyzes muscles therefore it prevents the formation or increase of dynamic wrinkles such as : smile lines, frown wrinkles - indirectly it helps smooth lines. While dermal fillers, on the other hand, are substances that are injected into the skin to restore volume that improves and correct the appearance of wrinkles. Put simply, they are wrinkle fillers- they replace lost volume, they work on lines, static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. The treatment plan is different, they can be used in combination or independently.
How botox works on the forehead?
Botulinum toxin temporarily decrease the activity of the muscles located near the injection site. The forehead becomes temporarily less active, preventing the creation of the big forehead wrinkles that are caused by the year of repetitive facial expressions on top of our natural aging process. Since we cannot slow down time we can only help reduce it impact on our features . To obtain the best results for this area we recommend that patients treat the upper face section including the glabella- between brows to reduce big frown lines as well. Know that it is an option not mandatory.
Who can administer Botox in Quebec?
Legally anyone who wishes to receive cosmetic injections requires a prescription, therefore needs to be evaluated by a doctor to assure the patients safety, determine that they qualify for injectables and eliminate risk of adverse reactions. Many people do not qualify for a neuromodulators procedure such as people that suffer from conditions such as muscle weakness, myasthenia gravis and certain skin conditions for example. The Canadian government state that only cosmetic trained health care worker can administer treatment such as doctor, nurses, auxiliary nurses. Be aware when seeking to be treated; there are many structures that the eye can't see beyond your skin such as nerve, arteries, veins glands and many more find a team that possesses the knowledge. Be careful and ask for credential when seeking treatment. At ChicLaser, downtown Montreal our team include medical professionals- we do have an on site Dr. and registered nurse to guide you effectively through your objectives.
Is Botox safe?
Botox injections are a safe, non-surgical way to maintain a more youthful appearance. The botulinum toxin has been approved by Health Canada for a variety of uses. The most important aspect when considering the safety of cosmetic Botox is the practitioner: there's nothing worse than heavy-handed Botox! Luckily, the dedicated healthcare professionals at CHIC Laser Centre in Montreal are more interested in enhancing your natural beauty than changing your face entirely. Book a consultation with our experts to learn more about our safety protocols.
What to do before your appointment
Before your appointment, there are a few things that you should avoid. During your initial consultation, your doctor will inform you about the best practices for preparing for Botox injections. Make sure you tell your doctor about any prescription medication you are taking, especially if you are taking muscle relaxants, as it could have an impact on your treatment. Blood-thinning drugs such as Advil or aspirin should be avoided for at least ten days before your treatment. Additionally, it's best to stay out of the sun for at least 24 hours before your appointment, and to arrive at the clinic with a clean, make-up free face. Finally, try to avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours before your appointment. Anything that can thin your blood is best to avoid, as it can cause unwanted side effects.
Side effects of Botox
Like any cosmetic treatment, some redness, swelling or slight bruising may occur at the injection site. Most of the time, these side effects resolve themselves within a few days, but you can use a cold compress or Tylenol (NOT aspirin or Advil!) to relieve any discomfort. Headaches and pain may occur as well, but if you experience any drastic side effects, contact the team at CHIC Laser right away.
How long does Botox last?
Both Botox and Dysport have similar staying power: about 3-4 months. After this, you may see results starting to gently fade and you may want to consider coming back to the clinic for follow up appointments.
What to expect after Botox injection?
The most common reactions post treatment are:
- Redness at the site
- Some patients experience small bruising
Will Botox prevent wrinkles?
The answer is yes, when Botox and Dysport are injected the facial muscles relax. This absence of muscles contractions in the treatment area relaxes not only the muscle but the small wrinkles and lines already present and prevents the creation of new wrinkles. It's a great way to defy age.
What must I do after receiving Botox treatment?
- Avoid rubbing the Botox injected area
- Refrain bending for long period at least 4 hours after treatments
- Do not expose yourself or lay in the sun for 48 hours-Refrain from strenuous physical exercise for 48 hours
- No spa, Jacuzzi or hammam for 48 hours-for lips: avoid drinking with a straw for 48 hours, do not drink hot liquids for a minimum of 6 hours to prevent bruising and lastly avoid kissing to minimize the infection risks.
- Wait 2 weeks before any other facial treatment such as Laser. Apply cold compresses if sensitivity
- You can take Tylenol for discomfort, NO aspirin
- We suggest Arnica ointment to helps in healing small bruises
- Call our medical team for any questions that might come up!
Botox treatment guide
Dr. Noémie Vézina
Born and raised in Montreal, Dr Vézina completed her medical degree and residency training in Family Medicine at McGill University. She has since been focusing her practice in preventative and aesthetic medicine. Her holistic approach and careful listening lead to natural results tailored to her patients’ needs.
Dr. Borhan Al-Atassi
With a degree in neurosurgery from the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, Dr. Al-Atassi has been practicing neurosurgery for more than 10 years. Dr. Al-Assisi has always been captivated by the field of aesthetic medicine. He has successfully completed various trainings in aesthetic medicine and cosmetic injections. His passion for his work shines through in every aspect of the way he treats patients, making sure they are given top priority and care.