Wipe away wrinkles and creases
A BOTOX Cosmetic® or Dysport® injection is a fast and gentle treatment that erases or minimizes the appearance of the wrinkles in the upper portion of your face, notably on the forehead, in the brow area, and at the corners of your eyes.
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How to eliminate facial wrinkles?
BOTOX® and Dysport® can target wrinkles and creases on your face, smoothing them away with a simple, nonsurgical injection treatment
The Edelstein Cosmetic difference
At Edelstein Cosmetic, we only have physician / plastic surgeon injectors on staff. We do not employ aestheticians or nurses to do this highly delicate work.
How BOTOX Cosmetic® and Dysport® work
Of all the aesthetic medical procedures available today, surgical or nonsurgical, the most popular is the injection of Botulinum toxin type A. Known more commonly worldwide by the brand name, BOTOX®, this procedure is based on the therapeutic benefits of Clostridium botulinum. Dysport® is an alternative to BOTOX®
Clostridium botulinum is a bacteria that produces a toxin containing different types of serology, labeled A to G. BOTOX® and Dysport® are based on Type A, which is considered to be the most potent. Type A is approved by the FDA for the treatment of several health conditions, including strabismus, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and chronic migraines. Over a decade ago, it was also approved for the cosmetic treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines).
How BOTOX® and Dysport® work for wrinkles
BOTOX® and Dysport® relax the muscles that are creating the offending wrinkle by something called selective muscle denervation. A medical term, selective muscle denervation involves disabling a muscle’s ability to contract by affecting the nerves and chemical, acetylcholine.
The neuromuscular junction is the place where a nerve and muscle meet. Acetylcholine is released from the nerves when your brain signals the desire to contract a muscle, and it binds to the muscles to begin everything that is involved in contracting that muscle. BOTOX® and Dysport® block the transmission of acetylcholine to the muscle, thereby preventing contraction. Without the ability to contract, the skin that is located over the muscle no longer creases. In fact, this same process is how it works for other concerns. For example, by relaxing the muscles in the jaw, the jawline becomes less prominent and square to create a more feminine facial contour. An injection can also subtly lift the corners of your mouth (so you don’t look like you’re sad or frowning) or resolve excessive sweating.
Areas you can smooth away wrinkles with BOTOX® and Dysport®
- Between the brows (glabellar lines)
- At the outer corners of your eyes (crow’s feet)
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
BOTOX Cosmetic® and Dysport® are for men and women who dislike the appearance of wrinkles and creases on their upper face and are seeking a nonsurgical solution. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot receive this treatment. Also, candidates should not be taking medications that thin the blood, including aspirin or Advil, for ten days before receiving this treatment, otherwise bruising and swelling can occur. Our doctors may avoid treating those patients who have had negative reactions to the injections in the past.
Our injectable specialists minimize the risk of breathing difficulties by always making sure to use appropriate dosing for any treatment targeting the neck. This significantly reduces the risk of these issues.
Spread of toxin effects: In rare cases, BOTOX® and Dysport® can affect areas that are far from the injection site, leading to these symptoms: blurred vision and drooping eyelids, double vision, hoarseness or change or loss of voice (dysphonia) and trouble saying words clearly (dysarthria). These symptoms occur hours to weeks after a BOTOX® and Dysport® treatment. However, please note that there was no severe case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® was used at the recommended dose to cure blepharospasm, strabismus, underarm sweating or frown lines.
BOTOX® and Dysport® have been proven time and time again as some of the safest medications in the world. That’s why millions of treatments are performed every year on men and women, for cosmetic and therapeutic reasons.
BOTOX® or Dysport®?
The primary difference between these two botulinum toxin-based medications is that Dysport® is considered to achieve results that appear faster after your treatment and may last longer.
With a medical examination, only a qualified doctor can determine if BOTOX® or Dysport® are the right treatment for you. Before taking it, tell your doctor if any of the following conditions applies or have applied to you:
- have swallowing, bleeding or breathing (asthma, emphysema) issues
- have had facial surgery, for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes
- plan to have surgery
- are breastfeeding a baby or plan to in the near future
- are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the near future
- have noticed a change in the normal appearance of your face for a known or unknown reason
- have any diseases that affect your nerves and muscles (Lambert-Eaton syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, myasthenia gravis)
- are allergic to botulinum toxin or any other ingredient in BOTOX® or Dysport®
- had an adverse reaction after receiving a BOTOX® or Dysport® treatment in the past
- have facial muscle weakness (trouble raising your eyebrows, droopy eyelids)
- have received other botulinum toxin injections in the last four months
In addition, you should also tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, herbs or supplements you are taking. Certain medicines can negatively interact with BOTOX® or Dysport® and lead to severe side effects. During your initial consultation, please bring a list of medications you take so that they can be reviewed.
Your safety is our primary concern. BOTOX® and Dysport® are not suitable for everyone and for this reason, it is crucial that you be honest during your consultation to protect your safety.
IMPORTANT ISSUES TO CONSIDER
With these treatments, there is only a small risk of complications, especially when the products are injected by our experienced physicians and plastic surgeons. Complications are usually related to overuse of the product or not injecting them in the appropriate areas. If this occurs, there is a risk of more muscles being frozen than intended, or of freezing muscles in other parts of the face. However, our experienced injection professionals ensure that only an appropriate amount of product is used in specific areas, to create a natural and even result.
Like all medications, BOTOX® and Dysport® have their own set of risks and side effects. However, these risks are very rare. The talented medical injectable specialists at Edelstein Cosmetic take great care in applying advanced techniques to minimize any risks associated with your treatment.
Trouble speaking, breathing or swallowing: These issues occur due to the weakening of associated muscles. You are at the highest risk if these issues pre-exist before your BOTOX® treatment, which is why your medical history is reviewed prior to treatment.
Speak with your doctor to find out more about the how BOTOX® or Dysport® can benefit you. Call us at (416)256-5614, or contact us online through the form above to schedule a consultation. You may also visit our clinic, we are located on 362 Fairlawn Ave. (North of Lawrence Ave and East of Avenue Road). We look forward to seeing you!Book Consultation Today!
PREPARING FOR YOUR TREATMENT
You’ll receive a list of instructions to follow before your treatment. Make your treatment a safer, more effective one by following these instructions, allowing you to prepare for it properly.
Your actual treatment takes only a few minutes to complete, and there is very little discomfort. A topical anesthetic can be applied, then the target areas are marked. A series of injections are made with a very small needle, delivering the desired number of units. There should be only a little swelling immediately after the procedure that disappears within an hour, and patients can simply apply makeup to the area after treatment and proceed with their regular activities.
FOLLOWING YOUR TREATMENT
After the actual injection, which takes only a few minutes, the area treated may be a little swollen and bruised. You may also feel a bit of discomfort. These symptoms will go away in a few days. It is important that you facilitate your recovery by following the post-treatment care instructions provided to you.
The following are some tips that can help with your recovery:
1. To minimize swelling or bruising, apply a cool compress. You may also want to consider stopping any medications that thin the blood for about a week before your treatment to minimize bruising. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen and St. John’s Wort.
After your treatment, you should exercise the treated muscles for a couple of hours to help improve the absorption of the injected BOTOX® or Dysport®. Frown repeatedly if the muscles controlling frowning were targeted. If forehead lines were targeted, raise your eyebrows. For crow’s feet, squint and smile. You may find that performing these facial movements takes a little more effort than usual.
3. Avoid touching or rubbing the area(s) targeted for a couple of hours after your treatment. This is to minimize the risk of the injected BOTOX® or Dysport® spreading to muscles that were not targeted during your treatment.
4. Avoid working out or performing vigorous physical activity for the rest of the day.
5. Sometimes, patients experience a headache after treatment. This can be easily resolved by taking Advil or Tylenol.
The results of a BOTOX® or Dysport® injection can be typically seen between five to ten days. Some patients see their results in three days, while others see the improvement after two weeks. Wrinkles will be noticeably softer or totally erased, giving you a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. Results lasting for about four months on average. After this time, the treated muscle will gradually be able to contract again and the aesthetic concern will return.
Please note that BOTOX® and Dysport® are only effective for wrinkles that appear with the contraction of facial muscles. These dynamic wrinkles form with the repetitive creasing that is created from facial expressions we make every day, such as forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and glabellar lines. These include forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and glabellar lines. Wrinkles that are visible without contracting the muscles in the area cannot be treated (injectable fillers are better suited for these). However, BOTOX® and Dysport® can soften these “static” wrinkles to a certain extent.
If you are happy with your results and would like to keep them over time, it is recommended that you stay current with your scheduled injections. It has been noted that when patients keep up with their injection schedules, results tend to last longer, meaning that patients can wait a longer time between subsequent treatment sessions.
How to Prepare for your Botox Treatment
- Kindly remove all makeup including facial powders and foundation, tinted moisturizers, etc. before coming to your appointment.
- Please avoid alcohol, as well as Advil/Aleve/Aspirin or other anti-inflammatories (eg. Omega, Curcumin, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba) for 3-5 days prior to your filler treatment to decrease chance of bruising, unless specifically advised by your doctor that you need to be on the medication daily (eg. heart condition).
- Consider taking herbal remedies or supplements that help decrease the chance of bruising (eg. Arnica pellets, Bromelain).
- Please advise us if you have ever fainted or felt weak from needles or medical procedures. If you have ever experienced these issues, please make sure to have a meal or snack before your appointment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will BOTOX® or Dysport® cause an expressionless appearance?
With proper administration of the correct amount of product in the correct areas, this result should not occur. Our physicians and plastic surgeons inject just enough of these products to ensure you can still move the muscle areas to express emotion, and to perform the recovery exercises outlined above.
Will I have deeper wrinkles after the BOTOX or Dysport treatments wear off?
There is a common misperception that wrinkles become more pronounced after these treatments; however, this is not true. After the treatment wears off, your muscles will return to their former functioning and appearance, and your skin will not experience an increase in wrinkling.
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