Botox®

Procedure Time
5-10 minutes

Technique
Micro droplet injection

Anesthesia
Topical numbing cream and ice

Recovery Time
none

Pain Level
none to mild

Lasts
3-5 months

Results
within 3-7 days

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox

What is BOTOX?

Botox is a highly-purified form of a naturally-occurring bacterium known as Clostridium Botulinum. Otherwise toxic, the bacteria is safe and effective when refined and directed at a specific treatment area. Botox reduces muscle activity wherever it’s applied, smoothing out the skin over time. Since the time it was first introduced, BOTOX has been shown to have many other applications.

 

Does BOTOX have to look like “work” done?

No. Depictions of Botox as unnatural and puffy-looking belong to and older era of the treatment, closer to some of the results that might have been seen in the 80s and early 90s. These days, the craft and precision of applying BOTOX has improved so that doctors know how to create the most natural-appearing results. Having your treatment performed by a qualified physician with extensive experience is the best way to achieve your desired results.

 

Does Getting BOTOX hurt?

Typically, neither the process of getting Botox or the process it beginning to work over the next few days involves any serious pain. The initial injection involves the pain you might associate with any shot, but even that is mitigated by the fact that the spot is often numbed before application. At Skin Technique, Dr. Pavlou will often use a proprietary medical grade numbing cream or something called a VIBBRATA device, which reduces discomfort by vibrating pulses to the area being injected. Rest assured our clients comfort is of utmost importance to us, and we will make sure you are comfortable during your procedure.

 

How long does it take to get BOTOX at your Vancouver clinic?

The treatment involves multiple phases. The one that takes place in our clinic is perhaps one of the shortest. Once the consultation has been completed, and the treatment area has been chosen, the actual injection of the Botox usually only takes a few minutes. For comprehensive treatment plans, more than one injection session may be necessary.

 

How long does it take for the results to appear?

For common problems such as wrinkling, the results should show up by the next day if not a little later. For specific conditions and new ways of using BOTOX, the timing of the results may be harder to determine. All of these questions will be answered during your consultation and will be tailored to your specific treatment area and desired results.

 

What should a patient do to prepare?

There is little risk of serious pain or inflammation during the treatments, so there isn’t much to do to prepare for Botox besides follow any instructions that were given during the consultation. You won’t need to avoid any foods or change up your hygiene routine, except possibly in cases where you are getting a newer or specialized Botox treatment.

 

What areas should it target to be most effective?

Botox is most effective in areas where a small application can make a significant difference. When treating signs of aging such as wrinkling, it is often applied around the cheeks, the eyes and the neck. Botox is used to create more taut appearing skin all over the face.

 

Can too much exercise affect the results?

Avoid stress to the skin around areas that have been recently treated, but in most cases, you won’t endanger your results by choosing to exercise. The results of Botox can last up to six months or longer.

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