LYFT Medical Aesthetics


What is botox?

The best Botox treatment is one that people notice, without actually recognizing that you've had a cosmetic treatment. Achieving natural-looking results requires an injector with training, experience and technique.

At LYFT Medical Aesthetics, I aim to give you a revitalized, more youthful appearance without compromising your ability to make facial expressions.

how does botox work?

Botox is the common name for cosmetic treatments with botulinum toxin, a protein extracted from clostridium botulinum bacteria. The protein is a neurotoxin which blocks neuromuscular signals. In other words, the injected muscles stop responding to signals to move or tighten and become completely relaxed.

When the muscles no longer contract, the overlying skin lies flat. As a result, Botox smoothes the treated area, reducing lines, wrinkles and folds that appear with different facial expressions. The treatment restores a youthful appearance; Botox is often described as an anti-ageing procedure.


aesthetic treatments with botox

The smoothing, rejuvenating properties of Botox provide a non-surgical treatment for several facial conditions. At LYFT Medical Aesthetics in Collingwood, I offer cosmetic Botox treatments for:

Many of these conditions are best treated with a combination of the wrinkle-diminishing properties Botox and the plumping effects of Dermal Fillers. Of course, this is something we’ll discuss during your initial consultation.

  • Crow's feet or squint lines around the eyes
  • Frown lines between the eyebrows
  • Gummy smile
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Vertical forehead lines (also called “frown lines” or “worry lines”)
  • Neck lines (“turkey neck”)
  • Vertical lines at the upper lip (“smoker’s lines”)
  • Lower lip lines (marionette lines or sad lines)
  • Chin dimpling (mental creases)
  • Lines on the sides of the nose (“nasal scrunch” or “bunny lines”)

Preparing For Your Botox Procedure

Botox requires only a small amount of preparation.

You will need about 24 hours of downtime following your procedure. If you exercise regularly, you should plan to get your work out in beforehand. And be sure to wash the treatment area before arriving.

Medications that act as blood thinners, including, Aspirin, NSAIDs, and muscle relaxants, can increase bruising from your injections and should be avoided prior to treatment. In some cases, this may be a serious concern. Discussing what medications you’re using is an important part of the initial consultation.

Finally, try to avoid cigarettes and alcohol for 48 hours prior to treatment.

The Procedure Itself

Botox treatment only takes about 10 - 20 minutes, depending on the number of injections required. It is quick and relatively painless.

Follow-Up Sessions

You will start to see the results of your Botox treatment in 3-4 days. The full effect will take about 2 weeks.

Immediately after treatment you may experience swelling, tenderness, itching, discolouration and slight bruising at the injection site, mild nausea and headache. This will typically last anywhere from a couple of hours to 2 days. I recommend Tylenol (acetaminophen) for any discomfort.

Setting Expectations

All new clients at LYFT Medical Aesthetics start with a free consultation.

During our initial meeting, I can learn about your unique needs, your concerns and your desired results. In response, I will tell you what results you can expect. Fillers, used alone or balanced with the smoothing effects of Botox, may be an effective way to achieve your desired results. Before we start any treatment, we will set expectations, together.

Patient education & safety are my top priority.

Finally, I’ll let you know what to do and what to avoid immediately after treatment to help maximize your results.

botox recovery timeline

For 1 Hour:
Exercise the areas that were treated by smiling, frowning, raising your eyebrows, etc. Do not rub or massage the treated areas.
For 3 Hours:
Remain upright and continue to avoid touching the treated areas.
After 6 hours:
You may apply makeup using minimal pressure.
For 24 Hours:
Refrain from strenuous physical activity. Avoid alcohol, aspirin, other facial treatments, direct sunlight and intense heat, including hot tubs, overly hot showers and saunas.

More information on BOTOX

Isn’t Botox a treatment that only plastic surgeons can provide?
Like any typical Collingwood resident, I have an active lifestyle. How long do I have to wait until after Botox before I can ski, swim or cycle?
How much Botox will I need?
How much does Botox cost?
Will Botox treatment make me look frozen?
Can Botox be used as a filler?
How long do I have to wait to get fillers after Botox treatment?
How long does Botox usually last?
How do you make Botox last longer?
Can you move your face after Botox?
Can anyone get Botox? Who should NOT get Botox?

Botox® vs. Xeomin®

Botox® and Xeomin® both use the same protein extracted from the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Because they have the same active ingredient, they both smooth wrinkles the same way: by relaxing the muscles under the skin.

The difference between them is how they are manufactured. This makes a significant difference in long-term use.

Botox® is made with botulinum toxin, a protein, and several other “accessory proteins”.
Xeomin®, on the other hand, is made with a “naked” form of the botulinum toxin. It contains no "accessory protein" additives.

Over time, the body can develop a natural tolerance to some of the “accessory proteins” in Botox®, decreasing its effectiveness.

This is not the case for Xeomin® which continues to effectively smooth wrinkles, treatment after treatment, year after year.

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