Injection of cosmetic Botox in Edmonton
“Botox Cosmetic is the world's most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment because it is safe, predictable, and extremely effective.” Dr. Kamal Alhallak holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. This treatment has become a part of our daily lives. It is a minimally invasive treatment that can significantly reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
It was first approved for use in the United States in 1989, when it was used to treat uncontrollable muscle spasms. It was approved for cosmetic use on facial muscles to correct “frown lines” in 2002. (those little lines between your eyebrows that make you look angry or tired). It is now one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Botulinum toxin works by causing calculated muscle weakness in order to reduce some upper face wrinkles. It is useful for treating crow's feet, smoker's lines around the mouth, and marionette lines at the corners of the lips.
Aside from muscle spasms, this injection is now used for a variety of medical conditions. It's effective for severe underarm sweating and a few other "off label" uses that have become commonplace but aren't always approved.
“Botulinum toxin type A is used to make cosmetic Botox,” explained Dr. Kamal Alhallak. "This protein is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species; the pharmaceutical grade of this toxin is highly purified and approved for subcutaneous injection."
“Neurotoxin cosmetic use has proven to be very safe and effective for almost everyone. It is easily one of our most popular treatments at Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center to rejuvenate one's face and make one look younger.”
What You Should Know:
It is critical to understand the following:
It is not a long-term solution. The effects wear off over time, necessitating a new round of injections.
It is not a filler and cannot be used to plump up the skin like Juvederm; however, it can be injected into the upper face, whereas fillers are better suited for other areas.
It only helps to correct the dynamic lines that we see when making facial expressions. It has little effect, however, on static deep wrinkles (permanent wrinkles).
It is not used to completely paralyse the muscle, as this will result in a frozen face. It is strategically injected to suppress unintended facial expressions and to prevent and correct some wrinkles.
Who can't benefit from Botox?
While it is safe for almost everyone, there are some people who we would not recommend it to.
Inform your doctor or physician's assistant if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Allergic reaction to the active ingredient
- Skin infection in the treatment area ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, or other diseases affecting your muscles or nerves
- Breathing issues, such as asthma or COPD
- Eyelids that droop or muscles in the forehead that are weak
“Botox injections only take about 10 minutes,” Dr. Alhallak said. “The maximum effect takes about two weeks, so I always tell my patients to plan ahead of time if they want to look their best for an event.”
Dr. Alhallak, as a Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, pays special attention to cases where it can have the greatest impact.
Is it painful?
It isn't really. It's a straightforward injection. The area is frequently numbed with a topical anaesthetic or an ice pack. There may be some discomfort after the anaesthetic wears off, but it is 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
Cosmetic injections can be performed by a variety of healthcare professionals (physicians, pharmacists, and nurses). The medication is delivered to the skin's subdermal layer by the injector using a thin needle. Multiple injections are required 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 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 some 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 this can vary depending on a variety of factors. Diet, smoking, age, how well you care for your skin, and the amount of sun exposure you get can all have an impact on how long it lasts. It typically lasts 3-6 months. It has a longer lasting effect as we age and a shorter lasting effect as we continue to do it.
what would I expect 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 it 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 it during skin tightening and wrinkle reduction treatments.
“Choosing the right practitioner is the most important factor in receiving safe and effective injections,” said Kamal Alhallak. “Make certain that the person giving you the injections has experience and training. This is something you should do under the supervision of an experienced doctor.”
Inform your practitioner about any illnesses you are suffering from, any medications or herbal remedies you are using, and even if you use illegal drugs. You don't want to discover that your herbal supplements are interfering with your Botox treatment.
Most importantly, tell your practitioner everything, even if you believe it is insignificant. Drugs, as well as vitamins and minerals, interact in unexpected ways.
Contact your practitioner right away if you experience any side effects. Inform them so that they can assist you in determining what steps you need to take.
To reduce the risk of bruising, avoid taking aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Other post-treatment recommendations include remaining upright for a few hours, applying pressure, and icing the affected area to reduce swelling and bruising.
Is it safe to go to a Botox party
We strongly recommend that you do not have it done at a Botox party. Getting any type of injection outside of a professional medical setting is not safe. Furthermore, no one will take your medical history or maintain records. The environment is neither suitable nor authorised for such a delicate cosmetic injection. Furthermore, this type of practise is illegal and is not covered by any professional liability insurance. It is common for the medication used at these parties to be diluted (similar to getting cheap watered-drink in a bar). There's no way to tell how watered down the solution is or how many units you're actually getting.
Common areas for Botox
- Forehead/Frown lines: These are lines or creases developed on the forehead. These lines can start small and deepen over time. We call these lines "timelines." it 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 find out if you're a good candidate for Botox injections is to visit Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center for a free consultation with Dr. Kamal. Dr. Kamal holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and is genuinely enthusiastic about his work. He aspires to assist Edmonton residents in achieving their aesthetic goals.
Therapeutic Botox is FDA Approved for loss of bladder control, migraine, overactive bladder, and other neurological and muscular disorders. (We do not offer Therapeutic Botox at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre)