Beauty and skin care products tend to come and go. Trends change, seasons change and celebrity endorsements change – impacting what’s considered hot and what’s not.
Some products though, they find a way to last the test of time. Some products consistently get good results, building a loyal following that is not dependent on the latest trends and buzz.
BOTOX® is one of those products.
BOTOX® is used to combat the signs of aging, specifically eliminating wrinkles. It was discovered to be beneficial as an anti-aging treatment in 1987.
Originally used by ophthalmologists to stop spasms in the eye from a condition called Blepharospasm. While injecting a patient, Dr. Jean Carruthers, was told by her patient that her wrinkles were gone after her BOTOX® injections. This discovery went on to change the face of the anti-aging and cosmetic dermatology industry.
The popularity of BOTOX® as an anti-aging treatment soared in 1993, becoming mainstream. Since then, it has grown to be a billion dollar industry.
The Benefits of BOTOX®
BOTOX® is one of the most popular treatments at SpaMedica, a clinic for cosmetic surgery in Toronto. It is also the number one cosmetic procedure in North America.
The results are clear, the cost is “reasonable” – we understand this is very subjective; however, speaking comparatively to other cosmetic procedures, BOTOX® does fall in the realm of reasonable.
BOTOX® works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, causing the muscle to stop contracting, which forces the skin above them to relax and soften – eliminating the wrinkles. BOTOX® is safe as long as it is properly administered by a physician or nurse, who will be able to determine the quantity needed. It is safe to have injections again, as soon as the wrinkles reappear.
In some cases, your immune system will develop antibodies to the BOTOX®, rendering it less effective. If that happens, your doctor will discuss alternatives and options.
It is also important to note that wrinkles caused by gravity or sun damage will not respond to BOTOX®. For those wrinkles, look at fillers or laser resurfacing.
BOTOX® Treatments: What to Expect
BOTOX® typically lasts up to three months. After BOTOX® wears off, your face will return to the pre-injection state, meaning the wrinkles will return. If you want the continuous effect of BOTOX®, receive treatments every three months.
When injected properly, results are seen after the first treatment typically within two to four days of injection. Finding a reliable and board-certified physician will maximize the success of your results of your treatment. If you are seeking BOTOX® in Toronto, don’t hesitate to consult with the experts at SpaMedica and have peace of mind knowing your procedure is being performed by Canada’s leading professionals. Maximum benefit appears around day 14. Bruising from the needles may appear and last for about a week.
Some oral zinc supplements have been shown to lengthen the effect of BOTOX® – discuss with your dermatologist prior to your first injection.
You may have heard that the more BOTOX® Injections you receive, the less you will need. This is a popular debate among doctors and nurses in the industry. The basis for this statement is that muscles that are not used will atrophy. Regular injections, causing the muscles to go dormant, should cause atrophy – meaning you need less BOTOX® going forward since there is less muscle activity causing wrinkles.
BOTOX® injections are a fantastic minimally invasive strategy for combating the signs of aging.