Cosmetic Botox Injection in Edmonton
“Botox Cosmetic is the world’s number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment because it’s safe, predictable, and very effective.” - Dr. Kamal Alhallak, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical sciences
This treatment has become part of our everyday life. In fact, Botox can significantly reduce wrinkles and fine lines and is a minimally invasive treatment.
What is cosmetic Botox?
Botox is made from the botulinum toxin. Botulinum neurotoxin blocks nerves in your muscles from contracting. When the muscles are unable to move, they don't create lines or wrinkles on your face. Botox can help correct fine and dynamic wrinkles and be a proactive measure to getting wrinkles. It can be used for face slimming and reducing the look of wrinkles on the neck. Botox has medical applications and can be used to reduce excessive sweating and overactive bladder.
The first approved uses for Botox in the United States date back to 1989 when it was used for uncontrollable muscle spasms. In 2002, Botox was approved for cosmetic use on facial muscles to correct “frown lines” (those little lines between your eyebrows that make you look angry or tired). Now, it is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. The effect of botulinum toxin is to cause calculated muscle weakness to reduce some upper face wrinkles. It can be used for crow’s feet, smoker’s lines around the mouth, and marionette lines at the corner of the lips.
This injection is now used for medical conditions aside from muscle spasms. It’s effective against severe underarm sweating and some other “off label” uses that have become an accepted practice but aren’t necessarily approved.
“Cosmetic Botox is made from botulinum toxin type A,” said Dr. Kamal Alhallak. “bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species produce this protein, the pharmaceutical grade of this toxin is highly purified and approved for sub-dermal injection"
“The Cosmetic use of neurotoxin has proven to be very safe and effective for almost everyone. At Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center, it’s easily one of our most popular treatments to rejuvenate one’s face and to look younger.”
What to know about Botox
It’s important to know a few things about Botox:
- Botox is not a permanent treatment. The effects wear off over time, and a new round of injections will be needed.
- It’s not a filler and can't be used to plump up the skin (like Juvederm),
- Botox can be injected into the upper face, whereas fillers are more appropriate for other areas.
- It helps only to correct the dynamic lines, which is the one we see when making facial expression. However, it has little effect on static deep wrinkles (permanent wrinkles).
- It's not used to paralyse the muscle completely, as this will give you a frozen face. Botox is injected strategically to clam down unintended facial expressions and to prevent and correct some wrinkles.
Who can’t use Botox?
While cosmetic Botox is safe for nearly everyone, there are some people we wouldn't recommend it to.
Tell your doctor or physician's assistant if you have:
- Allergic to the active ingredient
- A skin infection in the area that’s being worked on
- ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or other diseases that affect your muscles or nerves
- Breathing problems, including asthma or COPD
- Droopy eyelids or weakness in forehead muscles
“It only takes about 10 minutes for the Botox injections,” Dr. Alhallak said. “Maximum effect takes about two weeks, so I always tell my patients to plan ahead if they have an event that they want to look their best for.”
As a Doctor of Pharmaceuical sciences, Dr. Alhallak pays special attention to the cases where it can have the maximum effect.
Is Botox painful?
It’s not really. It’s a simple injection. The area is often numbed, either with a topical anesthetic or with an ice pack.
After the anesthetic wears off, there might be some slight discomfort, but it’s usually very mild and goes away in a few hours.
What to expect
Before the injection
Topical numbing creams, cooling the injection sites and/or vibrations can be applied to reduce the injection discomfort.
During the injection
Different healthcare practitioners are authorized to perform cosmetic injections (physicians, pharmacists, and nurses). The injector uses a thin needle to deliver the medication to the subdermal layer of the skin. The treatment requires multiple injections to cover some large muscles in the upper face such as the forehead and frown lines
After the injection
Take it easy for a couple of hours after the injections. Don't rub the area or take a hot shower after your appointment.
It can take up to three days for the Botox treatment to be noticeable, however, it takes two weeks to see the maximum results. The results last between four to six months with recommended maintenance appointments twice a year.
What are the side effects?
For the most part, the side effects are minor and rare, but there are some that have been reported.
- Injection site pain
- Slight swelling
- Dizziness and fainting
- Dry mouth
- Neck pain
If you’ve had an injection and you’re having a hard time breathing or notice a significant rash has developed, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Other side effects such as drooping eyelids are the results of improper injection techniques in the treated areas.
Does Botox make my face numb?
No. It shouldn’t as it is not an anesthetic. If does paralyze the muscles, but it shouldn’t result in numbness. If the numbness persists for a couple of days, you should call your physician.
How long does Botox last?
In most cases, it lasts three to four months, but that can be affected by a number of factors.Diet, smoking, age, how well you care for your skin, and how much sun exposure you get can all have an effect on how long the Botox lasts. in general, Botox lasts for 3-6 months. The effect of Botox last longer as we age, and less as we keep doing it.
what would I expected for the cost?
We charge $10 per units, therefore the price varies according to the area. Please read this post about the average cost
What is the difference between Botox and Dysport
Are Filler and Botox the same?
No, In summary, Botox freezes muscles to soften wrinkles caused by facial movement while fillers use hyaluronic acid and other substances to plump areas with lost volume.
Can I combine Botox with Juvederm?
Yes, we can combine Botox with Dermal Fillers at the same appointment, especially if the wrinkles are deep. Some deep wrinkles occur if you don't treat the frown lines on time. As a result, they become pronounced and deep. So you may need both injections to correct them. Dr. Alhallak combines Fillers and Botox during skin tightening and wrinkle reduction treatments.
“The most important factor in receiving safe and effective injections is to choose the right practitioner,” said Kamal Alhallak. “Be certain that the person that you get your injections from has experience and training. This is something you want to have done under the guidance of an experienced doctor.”
Be sure to tell your practitioner about any illnesses you have, any medications or herbal remedies you take, and even if you use illicit drugs. You don’t want to find out that your herbal pills are causing you issues with your Botox.
Most importantly, tell your practitioner everything, even if you think it might be minor. Drugs and even vitamins and minerals interact in ways that you might not expect.
If you notice any side effects, contact your practitioner right away. Let them know so that they can help you decide if there’s anything you need to do.
Avoid taking ASA or NSAID such as Ibuprofen to reduce the risk of bruising. Other post-treatment recommendations include staying upright for couple of hours, applying pressure and icing the area to help with swelling and bruising.
Is it safe to go to a Botox party
We strongly advice not getting Botox done at a Botox party. It is not safe to get any type of injection outside a professional medical setting. Moreover, no one will take your medical history or keep records. The environment is not suitable or approved to perform such a delicate cosmetic injection. Furthermore, This kind of practice is illegal and not covered by any practice insurance. It is common to see that the medication used at these parties are diluted (similar of getting cheap watered-drink in a bar). There is no way to know how watered down the solution is and what is the actual number of units you are getting.
Common areas for Botox
- Forehead/Frown lines: These are lines or creases developed on the forehead. These lines cab start off small and deepen over time. We call these lines "timelines." Botox helps softness forehead lines or prevent deep lines from forming.
- Smile lines: Smile lines or crow’s feet are fine or deeps lines that we see when we smile. Botulinum toxin injection or Dysport softens muscles around your eyes and mouth.
The best way to know if you're a good candidate for Botox injections is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Kamal at Albany laser and cosmetic center. Dr. Kamal has Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a genuine passion for his work. He strives to help people in Edmonton reach their aesthetic goals.
Therapeutic Botox is FDA Approved for loss of bladder control, migrain, overactive bladder, and other neurological and mascular disorders. (We do not offer Therapeutic Botox at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre)