Harbourside Oral & Facial Surgical Centre

BOTOX

Botox is a popular product used for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles. It eliminates or reduces worry and frown lines, "crows feet", laugh lines and other wrinkles sometimes called dynamic wrinkles. The procedure is done in our office utilizing Botox© (Botulinum Toxin) which works by blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles thereby relaxing them. The result is that the pull of the underlying facial muscles relax causing the skin to flatten. This results in a smooth unwrinkled look.

Botox has been safely used for certain medical conditions for more than two decades and is considered a safe and effective way of treating aging skin. The best candidates for the procedure are those between the ages of 30 and 65.

On delivery a sedative or local anaesthetic is not required because the pain associated with the procedure is minimal. A small amount of discomfort is felt when the needle is inserted and the liquid injected however this sensation lasts only a few seconds. The needle is extremely small and only a tiny amount is injected at one time. Because there is no sedative or anaesthetic used, patients can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure. It is recommended that the patient not lie down for 3 to 4 hours following treatment.

The benefits of Botox will last from 3 – 6 months and sometimes longer. When the effect begins to wear off, the wrinkles may reappear, however, clinical studies suggest that after several rounds of treatment, the patient may require injections less often.

There are no serious side effects associated with Botox. There may be a small amount of bruising around the treated areas; however, this is temporary. On very rare occasions, slight drooping of the eyebrow or upper eyelid occurs. Fortunately if this does happen, it usually corrects itself in two to three weeks.

Prior to your treatment, Dr. Sowden will see you for consultation and discuss side effects connected with the procedure and to ensure your suitability for treatment.

Please contact the office if you would like to schedule a Botox consultation.

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