LYFT Medical Aesthetics

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.

Setting Expectations

All new clients at LYFT Medical Aesthetics start with afree consultation.

I’ll take the time to talk with you so I can learn about your problem zones, your unique needs and your concerns. Most importantly, we’ll discuss your desired results.

Together, we’ll establish what results you can expect from your Botox treatment. We’ll determine your treatment plan. And while Botox is very safe, with decades of proven effectiveness, I’ll let you know the risks and the side effects. Patient safety and education is my top priority.

Finally, I’ll let you know what to do after treatment—and what not to do—to maximize your results.

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:
  • 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”)
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.

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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.

After Botox

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.

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.

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How Botox Works

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.

Botox - Before & After

BOTOX Q&A

Q: Isn’t Botox a treatment that only plastic surgeons can provide?
A: In Ontario, Botox can be injected by any doctor or nurse with the proper training. Learn more about my qualifications.

Q: 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?
A: Typically, I recommend 24 hours of downtime after Botox treatment. We will discuss your specifics as part of the treatment.

Q: How much Botox will I need?
A: The amount of botox required depends on what areas you would like to have treated and how strong your muscles are. This is determined during your initial consultation.

Q: How much does Botox cost?
A: Pricing is determined during your consultation and depends on the areas being treated and strength of the underlying muscles.

Q: Will Botox treatment make me look frozen?
A: No! I use Xeomin® which produces a rested, relaxed and natural look. Unlike similar products, such as Botox® and Dysport®, which can “freeze” the treated area, it is perfectly normal to still have some movement after Xeomin® injections.

Q: Can Botox be used as a filler?
A: Botox and dermal fillers serve different purposes. As described above, Botox is used to soften and relax facial muscles, creating a smoother, younger look. On the other hand, fillers plump and enhance facial features. Botox and fillers are often used together to achieve an optimal result.

Q: How long do I have to wait to get fillers after Botox treatment?
A: Botox and dermal fillers can both be injected during the same treatment session provided that they are being injected into different treatment areas. If Botox and dermal fillers are being used together in the same area, it is best to wait two weeks to see the full effect of the Botox before injecting any fillers.

Q: How long does Botox usually last?
A: The results of your Botox treatment will generally last 3-4 months. With occasional “maintenance” injections, this time frame can increase to 5-6 months.

Q: How do you make Botox last longer?
A: Avoid rubbing your face for 24 hours after your treatment. Also avoid alcohol, aspirin, direct sunlight and intense heat, including hot tubs, overly hot showers and saunas.

Q: Can you move your face after Botox?
A: Yes! In fact, immediately after the procedure, you should deliberately move your face. Repeatedly smiling, frowning or lifting your eyebrows will help your muscles better absorb the Botox. I will give you detailed instructions on how to get the best results from your Botox treatment.

Q: Can anyone get Botox? Who should NOT get Botox?
A: People who are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Your safety is top priority and a critical part of every initial consultation.

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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