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What Is Botox?

Botox®, a non-animal derived purified protein, has received approval from both the FDA and Health Canada for its use in temporarily easing muscle activity. It is frequently applied to areas such as the forehead’s worry lines, the crow’s feet beside the eyes, and the frown lines between the eyebrows. Botox® has become a widely recognized term often used to refer to all types of botulinum toxin treatments or neuromodulators, even though it is a brand name for a specific type of botulinum toxin. Several other brands and products are in the market, such as Xeomin®, Dysport®, and Jeuveau®.

Procedure Time
15-30 minutes

Droplet injection or cannula technique

Topical numbing cream and ice

Recovery Time

Pain Level
none to mild

3-6 months

Usually immediate

Botox® Benefits

Health Canada states that Botox® injections serve dual purposes: they manage a range of neurological conditions and aesthetic enhancements under the Botox® Cosmetic label. When used cosmetically, small quantities are administered to hinder facial muscles from contracting, aiming to diminish the visibility of facial wrinkles.

Botox® Risks

As per Health Canada, improper administration of Botox® Cosmetic can lead to complications. For instance, incorrect injections in the forehead or eye region might cause eyelid muscles to droop, a condition known as ptosis. Similarly, excessive amounts in the neck area can weaken muscles and disrupt swallowing. Potential side effects include:

  • Pain or bruising where the injection was given
  • Headaches, facial pain, or swollen eyes
  • Skin reactions like rashes or allergic responses
  • Weakness or paralysis in facial muscles
  • Irregular heartbeat or chest discomfort
  • A general sense of feeling unwell.

These side effects are typically temporary but can persist for several months.

Botox® Recovery & Timeline

Botox® injection sessions are brief, lasting between 15 to 30 minutes, allowing most individuals to resume their daily activities or work right after the treatment. It’s best if you refrain from intense exercising for the first 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions about Botox® / Xeomin

How Long Do Botox® Results Last?

The duration of Botox®‘s effects can vary based on several factors, including the specific area treated, the individual’s response to the treatment, and the dosage administered. Typically, the results of Botox® injections can last from 3 to 6 months. After this period, the effects gradually diminish, and the muscle activity returns. Follow-up treatments can be scheduled at Skin Technique to maintain the desired results.

How to Prepare for a Botox® Treatment

When preparing for any neuromodulator injection, embrace healthier habits. Ditch harsh skincare and choose nurturing products for daily use. Limit sun exposure and avoid skin-damaging habits like alcohol and smoking. 

How long does Botox® take to work?

The effects of Botox® typically become noticeable within 24 to 48 hours after the injection, with the full impact usually evident within 10 to 14 days. Individual response times can vary based on the treatment area and the individual’s response.

How long after Botox® can you lay down?

It’s recommended to avoid lying down for at least 4 hours after receiving Botox® injections. This helps to prevent Botox® from migrating to other areas, which may lead to unwanted effects.

How long after Botox® can you exercise?

It’s generally advised to wait at least 24 hours after Botox® treatment before engaging in demanding physical activity or exercise. This waiting period helps ensure that the Botox® remains in the intended area and reduces the risk of bruising and swelling at the injection sites.

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