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Botox Injections

  • Standard Recovery Time:
    24-48 hours
  • Average Cost:
    $10-$17 per unit
  • Anesthesia Required:
    No
Botox Injections Beautifi FAQs

About Botox Injections

Botox is most commonly known for treating facial wrinkles and creases. Botox injections use a toxin called OnobotulinumtoxinA to prevent a muscle from moving temporarily. Botox was the first botulinum toxin-based medicine, although Dysport, Myobloc, and Xeomin are other brands.

Commonly asked questions about Botox Injections

1. What is a Botox?

Botox is most commonly known for treating facial wrinkles and creases. Botox injections use a toxin called OnobotulinumtoxinA to prevent a muscle from moving temporarily. Botox was the first botulinum toxin-based medicine, although Dysport, Myobloc, and Xeomin are other brands.

2. Why is Botox used?

Botox is most typically used to address wrinkles on the face, but it can also be used to treat a variety of other conditions, such as:

  • Cervical Dystonia: A neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms
  • Hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating (without stimulates such as heat or exertion)
  • Chronic migraines
  • Bladder dysfunction (overactive bladder)
  • Eye twitching or lazy eye
  • Prevention of wrinkles

3. How does Botox work?

Botox blocks specific nerve signals that cause muscles to contract when injected into the skin. As a result, the muscles relax, and therefore reducing wrinkles. It is most often used in the forehead and around the eye.

Your doctor may use an anesthetic cream to numb the area before injecting, but usually, the pain is so low that many patients choose to forego it. The process of injecting Botox only takes a few minutes and is done in the doctor’s office.

4. Am I a good candidate for Botox?

If you have undesirable facial wrinkles or want to prevent facial wrinkles, Botox injections may be a good option. You may be a good candidate if you:

  • Have moderate to severe wrinkles on your face
  • The wrinkles are located in a spot that Botox can treat – e.g., forehead, neck, eyes, etc.
  • You have good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations

You may not be a good candidate if you:

  • Are allergic to any ingredients that make up Botox
  • You have a skin infection in the area you planned on treating
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a muscle or nerve condition (e.g., ALS)
  • You have a severe illness or infection

 

Botulinum Toxin is a prescription medication and can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner. Always ensure you receive Botox injections from a trained medical professional.

5. What can I expect when getting Botox?

Before the procedure: Depending on where you are being treated, you may want to get numbing cream to reduce discomfort (especially in palms or soles of feet). Still, most people don’t feel much pain or discomfort while receiving Botox.
There are various methods to numb the area being injected, including topical anesthesia, ice, and vibration anesthesia (a small T-shaped wand that uses massage to reduce pain/discomfort)

During the procedure: Botox injections are more likely than not performed in the doctor’s office. Your doctor will inject small amounts of Botox into your skin/muscles with a fine needle. How many injections or units of Botox you receive depends on various factors such as severity, the area being treated, etc.

After the procedure: Your doctor will advise you not to rub or massage the area treated for 24 hours or lay down for a couple of hours after receiving your injections. This will ensure that the toxin will not spread to other places around your body. You also may be advised to avoid exercising or excessive sweating for 24 hours after your procedure.

6. How long after Botox will I see results?

Botox injections usually start working one to three days after treatment but can take two weeks to see the full effect.

7. How long does Botox last?

Your muscles will begin to relax, and any wrinkles will start to smooth out during the first week of receiving Botox injections. Botox injections usually last around 3-6 months before having to go back to receive your next dose.

8. How much does Botox cost in Canada?

There are many factors that will affect the price of your Botox injections. Some factors include:

  • The province you live in
  • The area being treated
  • If the use is for cosmetic or medical purposes
  • Strength of facial muscles
  • Depth of the wrinkle
  • Units of Botox required
  • Gender

Usually, the most crucial pricing factor is based on the unit of Botox to be used. Most clinics change per the number of units used rather than per area of treatment. The average cost per unit in Canada is $10-$17 a unit.

9. Are there risks to receiving Botox injections?

Although minor and sometimes rare, there are risks to getting Botox injections. Some of the risks and complications can include:

  • Pain, swelling, and bruising
  • Headaches
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Crooked eyebrows
  • Crooked smile/drooling
  • Eye dryness
  • Excessive tearing/watery eyes

A specific type of bacteria produces the toxin in Botox. It can be poisonous in higher amounts. However, only small, weaker doses of botulinum toxin are used to reduce facial wrinkles. However, the toxin in the injection can spread around your body and create severe complications such as:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • Breathing problems
  • Loss of bladder control (incontinence)

10. Is getting Botox worth it?

1240/1304 people who have had received Botox injections rated it “Worth It” (95%)

– Source: realself.com