WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOTOX®
Botox® is a simple Nurse or Physician administered treatment that involves the injection of a purified protein into the specific areas defined by our Nurse Practitioner during a consultation. Botox® is one of the safest non surgical treatments performed. It is not permanent, and most patients require a repeat treatment every 3-4 months to ensure that you’re always looking your best.
When administering Botox® at any of our five clinics, our Nurse Practitioner will evaluate patterns of facial muscle movement and look for moderate to severe facial lines caused by the action of these muscles. The location, size and action of these muscles that have created these “dynamic lines” vary among patients. Our experienced staff will mark these locations and administer several tiny injections of Botox® directly into the muscles that have caused these dynamic lines. The goal is to create a youthful and more relaxed appearance.
Our Nurse Practitioner will review your chart with you and confirm your skincare and beauty goals. Then, she will discuss the risks associated with this type of treatment, as stated on your consent forms, and you then have the opportunity to discuss any further concerns you may have. Our Nurse Practitioner will help you determine whether this is an appropriate treatment for you according to your health background and skincare goals.
Our Nurse Practitioner will cleanse the injection site and offer you a numbing agent to reduce any discomfort you may otherwise experience. Mild discomfort may be experienced, but overall it is not a painful process. (The sensation is comparable to receiving the flu shot). The required number of Botox® units for your individual treatment will be administered through a cannula needle into the injection site. Our Nurse will then smooth out the Botox® once it has been injected below the dermis, to ensure that it has been properly placed into the correct areas.
After the treatment is concluded, you may experience slight tenderness, temporary redness, swelling, and in 10 percent of cases, slight bruising. These symptoms are usually mild, and ice packs help to relieve swelling and discomfort. Our Nurse Practitioner offers complimentary follow-up appointments so that you can discuss your results to ensure your satisfaction.
What is OnabotulinumtoxinA?
Doctors first used OnabotulinumtoxinA (more commonly known as Botox®) to treat patients with blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking), strabismus (crossed eyes) and other medical conditions. Its ability to smooth frown lines and wrinkles was first documented in 1989, and the FDA approved Botox® for cosmetic procedures in 2002. Since then, it’s become a popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in Canada and worldwide.
What are possible side effects?
- Blurred vision
- Drooping eyelids
- Swelling of eyelids
- Dry mouth
- Discomfort or pain at injection site
- Neck pain
- Decreased eyesight
How can I decide if this treatment is right for me?
LightTouch Med Spa offers complimentary consultations with our Nurse Practitioners so that you can discuss any questions and concerns you may have. All of our consultations are confidential and are conducted in any of our five clinics. Together, you and our Nurse Practitioner will review your skincare and beauty goals and determine if Botox® is the right choice for you.
How much Botox® should my practitioner use?
The amount of Botox® used will vary depending on the condition of your skin, your age, skin type, and your overall skincare goals. If you are using Botox® to treat a condition such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) the number of units will vary again. To determine the number of units that should be used for your individual needs, our Nurse Practitioner will conduct a free skin analysis during your consultation. A personalized facial chart will be created to map out how many units will be administered.
What experience does your Nurse Practitioner have?
Our Nurse Practitioners have many years of experience with injectable treatments. Each Practitioner on our team is a certified Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner. In addition to their formal education, our Practitioners continually attend training seminars with the top Nurse Injectors in the industry. We believe in ongoing education so that we can provide you with the best service possible.
How long will my results last?
On average, Botox® lasts between 3-4 months.
Where should Botox be injected?
The most common injection sites for Botox® are:
- Between the eyebrows
- Around the mouth (laugh lines)
- Around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Under arms & palms of hands (hyperhidrosis treatment)
- Botox® *should not* be injected into the lips
What if I stop treatments?
Botox® is not a permanent solution. After approximately 3-4 months, if you wish to maintain results, you will need to return for further treatments.
How will I look after my treatment?
Together, our Nurse Practitioner and you will determine the look that you would like to achieve. Our Practitioner will examine your muscle movements and facial expressions in order to map out where the most appropriate injection sites will be for you. Our goal is to help you achieve a naturally rejuvenated look.
How much does it cost?
The cost of your treatment will vary depending on your age, skin type, and signs of aging. Every individual has unique needs and skincare goals. Furthermore, everyone has a different facial structure and will require a varied number of units, which will cause the cost to fluctuate. We recommend booking a free consultation with our Nurse Practitioner to determine the cost of your treatment.
What are the contraindications for Botox® ?
- Allergy to Onabotulinum toxin A
- Bleeding problems
- Have had surgery or plan to have surgery
- Weakness of forehead muscles
- Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Pregnancy, planning pregnancy, and breastfeeding
- Botox® can harm your unborn baby
- If you’ve already received other botulinum toxin products (such as Dysport®)
- Nerve disorders (can cause cornea problems) speak to your doctor before receiving treatment
- Muscle disorders
It is important that you fill out our health history and consent forms in full detail and discuss any health conditions, medications or treatments that you are having or have had near to the time of your treatment to ensure your safety and wellbeing. This product may not be suitable for everyone. Please discuss whether Botox® is a suitable treatment for you with our Nurse Practitioner.
Book Consultation To Find Out About Pricing
Together, you and our Nurse Practitioner will determine the most appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve your skincare and beauty goals. Book a free consultation to discuss Botox® at any of our five locations today. We are located in Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, and Waterloo.
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Before and After Photo Gallery
*Results may vary from pictures as shown above*
*Results may vary from pictures as shown above*