BOTOX ® Cosmetic is currently one of the leading treatments for dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX is an injectable treatment derived from a purified protein which works by relaxing the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, giving the face a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.
Today, BOTOX has become the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America with an estimated three million treatments performed annually.
Under Eye Fine Lines
Bunny Nose Lines
There is a distinction between dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible on the face during muscular contractions such as frowning and squinting. Once these muscles relax, dynamic wrinkles disappear as the skin springs back to its original position.
BOTOX is an effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles as it has the ability to temporarily and partially relax facial muscles. As dynamic wrinkles fade away when the underlying muscle contractions are relaxed, it will result in a smoother and more youthful looking complexion all around.
On the other hand, as we age, the production of collagen declines, causing the skin to lose its elasticity. As a result, dynamic wrinkles will eventually become static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are wrinkles that are visible on the face even when facial muscles are relaxed and tend to deepen with age, therefore, BOTOX would not be an effective treatment. Instead, injectable dermal fillers are best for addressing static wrinkles.
Only dentists, physicians and nurses who have had proper BOTOX injection training can administer BOTOX injections. At the Medical Rejuvenation Centre, Dr. Morrell administers BOTOX injections.
BOTOX has been used and studied for 40 years clinically. There are no long-term side effects. The most common short-term side effects include bruising, and possibly a mild headache the day following treatment.
Often, patients can start to see the effects of BOTOX within 2-3 days. BOTOX is usually 85% effective 4 days after treatment and fully effective at 2 weeks.
Cosmetically, BOTOX can be used to lift and shape the brow, remove furrows, lift the tip of the nose, lift the drooping edges of the mouth, tighten jaw line and lift jowls, soften neck circular lines, soften neck vertical lines and get rid of “gummy” smiles.