Botox is a neuromodulator. They alter the transmission of signals that are sent between neurons. They ultimately alter the nerve activity and can help reduce some signs of aging like wrinkles or skin that is starting to get lax. Botox ® is one of the best-known neuromodulators. It is made from bacteria. It has many
beneficial uses and a lot of people get the injections for both cosmetic and medical reasons.
Benefits of Botox ® Injections
These injections are primarily used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After injection, the recipient looks younger. Looking younger boosts their confidence. So, you can say that the injectable makes people look and feel better,
Other Problems Treated with Botox ® Injections
This product is used mainly for cosmetic procedures but, it has been found to be beneficial in many medical conditions.
These include (but are not limited to):
- Overactive bladder
- Migraine headaches
- Lazy eye
- Cervical dystonia
- Twitching eyes
- Underarm sweating
Risks Associated with Botox ® Injections
- No medication or treatment is completely devoid of side effects or risks. The most common risks associated with these treatments include:
- Bruising and pain at the site where the medicine was injected
- Redness in and around the needle puncture
- Temporary drooping of facial muscles
- Feeling as if you have the flu
- Dry eyes
- Reduced blinking ability
- Respiratory infections
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Difficulty in urination
- Swelling of the tongue or throat (if you experience this call your medical professional immediately)
Who can administer Botox ® ?
One of the things you must consider when you decide to get these injections, whether for medical concerns or cosmetic reasons is who is going to do the injection.
If the injection is not done correctly then you could suffer dangerous side effects or even partial paralysis in the muscles near the injection site.
Who is best qualified to administer?
Anyone who wants to give these shots must be certified to do so. Not everyone can get the proper certification to administer this product.
The main people who qualify for this certification include:
- Doctors and clinicians who are board-certified in cosmetic procedures
- Physician assistants
- Cosmetic nurses
- Registered nurses
- Who Should Not Get Botox ® ?
- Women who are pregnant
- Women who are breastfeeding
- Anyone with an allergy to Botulinum toxin type A
- Anyone with a skin infection at the time of treatment
- Anyone with skin inflammation at the time of treatment
- Anyone with ALS
- Anyone with Lou Gehrig’s disease
- How much does Botox Cost in Canada?
- The cost of this treatment can be charged in different ways. The medication comes in a vial like insulin with several units of medicine in each vial.
- Some treatment providers charge per unit that they inject.
- The cost of each unit will be between $10 and $15 each.
By Injection or Treatment
- Some providers charge per injection or treatment.
In Canada, you can expect to pay between $300 and $1000 dollars per treatment.
You may find some providers who offer first-time customer discounts. Some providers offer
multiple injections or recurring customer discounts.
You always need to talk to the doctor or person providing the service and ask them about their
cost ranges. Do not be afraid or shy about asking them if they offer discounts or package deals.
How Many Units will You need?
The amount of Botox that you need will be different between people. There are a lot of variables
that must be considered when a doctor determines the amount of Botox to inject for maximum
Things that Affect the Amount you Will Need
How old you are, older people often require higher doses Your gender, men usually require more than women Where the injection is being given
The strength of your facial muscles. If you have strong muscles in your face then it will take fewer units to get your desired effect.
The depth of the wrinkles you are trying to fix. Minor wrinkles or slight wrinkles do not require the same amount as deep laugh lines or crow’s feet might.
Recurrence of Treatments
If you decide to get the Botox treatments you will have to repeat them periodically to maintain the same level of effects. You can speak to your doctor about how often you will need to return and get additional treatments.
It only takes a few minutes to receive these treatments. You will probably wait longer in the waiting room before the appointment then you will during the treatment process.
Preparing for the Treatment
Before you go in to get your injection there are a few things you should be aware of. Some medications have to be delayed or discontinued before the injection.
Some things to remember before the appointment are:
- Avoid eating foods with garlic in them
- For 7 days prior to the injection avoid any anti-inflammatory medications prescription or over-the-counter
- For 7 days prior to the appointment do not consume wine after Cosmetic Appointments
- After you have had injections to help reduce wrinkles there are a few things you will need to do
to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
- Wash your face using a gentle cleanser that moisturizes
- Do not run your face vigorously while washing
- Do not run your face
- Do not use makeup for at least one day
- Do not do strenuous workouts and avoid exercise until at least 24 hours after treatment
- Stay cool and dry
- Do not lie down for at least four hours after your appointment
- Do not massage the injection site
- Do not apply ice to the injection site
Botox is a safe treatment that can help you look younger without having to undergo invasive
surgical procedures. It always makes us feel better when we look better. These treatments
increase our confidence and that makes us feel more positive and happier about ourselves. The
cost of the treatments is minimal compared to the benefits we gain from them.
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