BOTOX COSMETIC IN TORONTO & DYSPORT ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS
We’ll help you reduce the signs of aging with Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport.
Introduction to Botox® Treatment
During the natural aging process, our skin undergoes a number of changes that result in increased lines and wrinkles. Movement of the muscles under your skin cause prominent lines and wrinkles to develop with age.
As one of Toronto’s most experienced BOTOX and Dysport™ injection specialists, Dr. Pirani uses a combination of products and techniques to help with wrinkle reduction. In most cases, these treatments can help create a smoother facial profile by softening facial wrinkles and lines.
What are BOTOX and Dysport™?
BOTOX® and Dysport™ belong to a class of medications known as neuromodulators. They have been used to treat facial wrinkles, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), bruxism, and migraines.
These products are two different brands of botulinum toxin A. BOTOX has been in use in Toronto for many years, whereas Dysport™ is a more recent addition to Toronto’s cosmetic market.
How Do BOTOX and Dysport™ Work?
These treatments work by temporarily blocking the signals to muscles causing them to contract. This results in fewer noticeable lines and wrinkles.
BOTOX and Dysport treatments are safe and effective methods approved by the FDA to prevent wrinkle formation.
Botox and Dysport are injected into an individual’s muscles and work by blocking nerve impulses of the treated muscles which leads to the overall reduction of muscle activity in the injected area. This in turn, leads to the creation of fewer wrinkles, improving your appearance as the fine lines and wrinkles disappear, leaving you with a natural, youthful visage.
When botox is personally administered by an experienced professional like Dr. Pirani at the Toronto Plastic Surgery Center, the treatment is highly effective as well as safe.
In What areas of the face can Botox be used?
Botox has been used to provide wrinkle free skin to many areas of the body including the area around your eyes, your eyebrows and your forehead. At the Toronto Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Pirani is the only practitioner to inject you – we don’t use nurses for Botox injections.
- Eyes: The areas around your eyes are sensitive to daily facial movements. Smiling, squinting, and laughing can result in the formation of Crows Feet. Botox can help relax the muscles around your eyes to provide a smoother facial profile so that the wrinkles and crinkles disappear.
- Eyebrows: Every facial expression involves the use of your eyebrows and your appearance can change drastically with the help of Botox as you see those frown lines disappear. When Botox is injected around the eyes, it raises your eyebrows to create a beautiful arch that makes your eyes look larger.
- Forehead: Your facial expressions and emotions can give rise to surprise lines on your forehead that can cause permanent creases if left untreated. Use Botox to remove these lines that often occur when worried or stressed.
- Lips: Remove your smokers’ lines from your lip area. Many women and men want to have fuller looking lips that epitomize youthfulness and desirability. If your mouth has a natural downward curve, Botox can help you get a more relaxed and smiling visage that will appear more visually attractive.
How Long Does It Take To See Results
Even though Botox is a very quick procedure, final results will not be immediately visible post treatment. It takes around 5 days to a week’s time for the effects of the Botox treatment to work, resulting with slight reduction of wrinkles and facial lines in the early stages and the final results from botox being visible after a period of two weeks.
Benefits of Botox Injections
Look good, feel good! Enhancing your look by subtly removing wrinkles caused by aging and stress will result in a more confident and youthful self. Many patients that have visited our Toronto office tell us that using Botox to reduce their wrinkles results in a boost of confidence, energy, and overall self appreciation.
- Simple non-surgical solution to reducing lines: The thought of surgery scares people away, and with good reason. Botox is a non-surgical procedure that has grown leaps and bounds in terms of popularity as a solution for reducing wrinkles, to lift drooping eyebrows and creating smoother skin.
- Migraine Pain Treatment: Botox can be used to help to reduce migraine pain by relaxing muscles that are causing tension in the head.
- Hyperhidrosis Reduction: Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing problem. While prescription anti-perspirants can solve milder cases, people suffering from severe hyperhidrosis can find a solution with Botox which can mitigate the problem for months at a time.
- Prostate Gland Reduction: Frequent urination can be a humiliating experience and Botox helps to relieve this problem. When Botox is injected directly into the prostate gland, it improves the flow of urine.
Botox Recovery & Results
The beauty of getting a Botox treatment is that you can walk into our office in Toronto on your lunch break, with zero downtime after the treatment is over. Results are more visible after a period of 24 hours to three days, with the full benefits being clear after one to two weeks, as it takes time for the muscles to relax.
Even though this is popularly known as a lunch break procedure, you must take caution that you avoid any strenuous activity or exercise at least 4 hours after your botox treatment. You should also avoid lying down for the 4 hour time frame, avoid massaging the injected area and also avoid taking blood thinning medications which may cause bruising of the skin.
Be sure to follow Dr. Pirani’s after care instructions and do ask him for any recommendations on beauty regime changes in relation to any medication you may be taking prior and after your botox treatment.
Wrinkle Types Treated with Botox Toronto Cosmetic
Botox is a common and effective treatment for a variety of dynamic wrinkles. Common wrinkles treated with Botox include forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet that form around the outer edge of the eye stretching towards the temple, and frown lines that form at the top of the nose between the eyebrows.
Dynamic wrinkles form as a result of facial movement. As we express ourselves through laughing, crying, smiling or frowning, our facial muscles form these expressions, and over time, the skin can show signs of years of movement. Even regular habits such as smoking or drinking from a straw can cause our skin to wrinkle. As muscles contract, the skin over them moves, folds, and stretches, turning into wrinkles and fine lines over time. The repetitive motions our faces make are the cause of these wrinkles, and can be smoothened and eliminated with the help of a Botox injection.
Static wrinkles occur regardless of our facial expressions. As the skin ages, and loses hydration and elasticity, our skin becomes thinner, making it naturally more susceptible to wrinkling. Because the skin becomes more fragile with time, wrinkles form just because the skin no longer has the strength to keep it plump. Static wrinkles aren’t a typical candidate for a Botox treatment because they aren’t formed as a result of movement. Botox works by blocking the chemical signal in the body that sends movement to the muscles. Because static wrinkles aren’t caused by movement, a Botox treatment wouldn’t provide the same results that it would for dynamic wrinkles.
How Many Units Of Botox Do I Need
Assessing the right amount of Botox needed for you can only be determined by your doctor, but a basic understanding of the average units needed for each procedure will help you decide if Botox is for you.
- The FDA has approved of 20 units for treating frown lines between the eyes, but the average patient needs only approximately 12 units or 3 injection sites.
- Botox for around the eyes could take between 12 – 24 units, with each eye composed of 3 injection sites. This is a very popular area requested for Botox treatments.
- The forehead can take anywhere between 8 – 20 units, which would be 2 – 5 injection sites.
All these are basic units needed, but each botox treatment is customized for each individual and your doctor would be the best person to determine the accurate dosage needed for you, depending upon a variety of factors like your gender, treatment area as well as facial muscle strength.
Make a consultation with Dr. Pirani at the Toronto Plastic Surgery Center to find out more.
How Much Does Botox Cost
The cost of your Botox treatment is entirely dependent on your individual needs as well as the area that you are having treated.
- Botox is $14 per unit, but the amount of units needed varies.
- The average cost range for treating frown lines is between $144 up to $240, depending on your situation.
- Botox that is performed around the eyes can cost between $144 and $288, but the amount could be slightly more or less depending on the individual.
- Another example is the forehead, which can take 8 to 20 units, so can cost between $96 and $240 on average.
The amount of units of botox that you require will be determined by Dr. Pirani at your consultation.
Other Medical uses of Botox
Strabismus: Botox has been proven to be highly effective in dealing with strabismus (also known as crossed eyes). In this treatment, the doctor injects Botox into your eyes to relax the muscles. This causes the eyes to refocus which helps to change the eyes’ position. The procedure has to be repeated every 3-4 months, but the effect lasts longer after multiple treatments.
Muscle Spasms: As Botox is used as a nerve impulse blocker, it is a great solution to muscle spasms, torticollis, cervical dystonia and other movement disorders.
What are the Side Effects of Botox?
When administered by an expert injector, you will face minimal side effects, especially when you follow your doctor’s post treatment advice. If you go with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Pirani at the Toronto Plastic Surgeon Center, you are in good hands. The most you will face is slight bruising or redness in the injected area which should disappear within a few hours to a day.
Contact Dr. Pirani at the Toronto Plastic Surgery Centre if you have any questions or concerns regarding your Botox treatment.
As Botox is a cosmetic procedure with no permanent effects, it is a very safe procedure for anyone, with only slight bruising or redness occurring in a few cases. However, when injected by an inexperienced person, the side effects of poorly administered botox could be a lot worse.
This is why you should only get your Botox treatments from a reputable experienced doctor like Dr. Pirani at the Toronto Plastic Surgery Centre.
How long do the results from BOTOX and Dysport™ treatments last?
Results usually last approximately 3 to 4 months in most individuals. In some cases such as when used for excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), results may last up to 6 months.
How are BOTOX and Dysport™ Administered?
BOTOX and Dysport™ are administered via very small injections under the skin. These are usually very well tolerated. Botox treatments usually takes less than 5-10 minutes. The treatment results usually begin to become evident within a few days; however, it takes a full 2 weeks to see the final results.
Dr. Pirani Will Administer Botox Injections
When it comes to your health and well being, you don’t expect second best. The one thing that sets Dr. Pirani apart from the rest is that he doesn’t use nurses to administer botox treatments to his patients. This is why, when you come to Dr. Pirani for your Botox treatments, you get Dr. Pirani and not anybody else to administer your injections. He has years of experience behind him and his personal care and attention is the reason why many people have chosen him, time and again, to be their preferred doctor for their Botox treatments.
Things You Should Not Do Right After Botox Treatment
As non-invasive as Botox is, it can be easy to over-do certain actions following a Botox procedure. To receive the best results possible, it is important that you avoid these things after your treatment.
- Exercise: Once injected, Botox needs to settle in your body for 24 hours before you work-out. This also includes any strenuous physical activity. Just take it easy.
- Rubbing the injection site: Receiving injections will naturally make you want to rub or massage the injection area. You need to avoid this to keep the Botox where you wanted it and not rub it into other areas.
- Consuming alcohol: Drinking alcohol after your Botox procedure could cause you to bruise where you wouldn’t have otherwise. You should also avoid alcohol for a few days before your treatment.
- Sleeping on your face: This might be a challenge for people who sleep on their stomach, but you need to avoid doing that right after a procedure. Even if you are just taking a simple nap, pressure on your injection sites can cause the Botox to shift out of place.
- Heat exposure: Due to the redness and swelling that can accompany Botox, you will need to keep yourself in the shade until the swelling goes away. Avoid all sunbathing activities.
- Blood thinners: Do not take blood thinners following your procedure or right before it. This is to prevent excess bleeding or bruising at the injection sites.
It is important that you follow all of Dr. Pirani’s aftercare instructions in order to have the best results possible.
Who is a Good Candidate for BOTOX and Dysport™ Treatments?
If you’ve noticed any of the following, then you may be an excellent candidate for BOTOX or Dysport™ treatments:
• Vertical lines between your eyebrows (Frown lines)
• Horizontal lines in your forehead (Forehead wrinkles)
• Lines and wrinkles around your eyes (Crow’s Feet)
• A drooping eyebrow or poor eyebrow shape
• Wrinkles and lines around your lips (Marionette lines and Smoker’s Lines)
• Horizontal lines on your nose (Bunny Lines)
• Horizontal lines above your chin
• A widened jaw (often common in Asians and patients with bruxism)
• Hyperhidrosis or excess sweating in your armpits or palms
• Prominent bands in your neck
Is there a Difference between BOTOX and Dysport™?
Although both products contain slightly different versions of the same neuromodulator, they have slightly different characteristics. In Dr. Pirani’s experience, Dysport™ tends to have an effect a few days sooner than BOTOX. Dysport™ also tends to diffuse more than BOTOX. This can be a good thing in areas such as the Crow’s feet or neck. In areas where diffusion is not ideal, Dr. Pirani prefers to use BOTOX. As an expert in this area, Dr. Pirani will often combine both BOTOX and Dysport™ when treating you in order to take advantage of their unique properties to achieve the best results possible.
Botox Vs. Dysport™?
There has been much debate regarding the differences between the two products or if there is even much of a difference at all. However, here are the main differences between the products:
• Dysport™ may not last as long (duration of efficacy). This is still being debated and studied however
• Dysport™ has a slightly quicker onset (2-5 days vs. 4-7 days for Botox
• Dysport™ diffuses more. This may be an advantage in some areas of the face and a disadvantage in other areas
However, it is far more important who is injecting the products, than which of the two products you are actually using. Poor results are the outcome of people’s mistakes and not the products.
Who Should Not Use BOTOX and Dysport™?
You should avoid treatments if:
• You are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients
• You are allergic to cow’s milk protein (only an issue with Dysport™)
• You have myasthenia gravis, Eaton Lambert Syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or another muscle disorder
• You are allergic or sensitive to any botulinum toxin product
• You have an infection at the proposed injection site
• You are taking aminoglycoside antibiotics
• You are pregnant
• You are nursing
What Can I do to Prepare for my BOTOX and Dysport™ treatments?
You should avoid using any non-essential medication or herbal remedy that may increase your chance of bruising for 2 weeks before your BOTOX or Dysport™ treatment session. This includes:
- Aspirin (only stop this if your family physician indicates it is safe to do so)
- Advil or Motrin
- Fish oils
- Vitamin E
- Ginko biloba
- Saw palmetto
What should I do after my BOTOX and Dysport™ treatments?
After receiving your BOTOX and Dysport™ treatments it is important to avoid any strenuous activities for at least 24 hours. This helps avoid bruising. It is also a good idea to avoid any activities that cause your head to be in a dependent position for 24 hours after your treatments.
Will the injections hurt?
Some patients report that being injected by either of the products feels like a pinch. Dr. Pirani may use ice to numb the treatment area. If you are concerned about discomfort, he may also apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.
How long does treatment take
Initially, Dr. Pirani will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine optimal treatment for you. However, the actual injection process only takes around 10 minutes.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Pirani will discuss your concerns and goals with you. He will then assess your facial lines, musculature, and proportions to determine the best treatment options for you. This will include a discussion of risks, benefits, and potential complications. He will also give you an idea of what you should expect in terms of results and recovery.
Although this initial consultation is quite thorough, the following treatment sessions can take as little as 5 minutes. Many patients come in for treatments during their lunch breaks to maximize efficiency. Dr. Pirani and the Toronto Plastic Surgery Center Team will do everything they can to accommodate your time constraints and busy schedule.
To schedule a consultation with Toronto BOTOX and Dysport™ treatment specialist, Dr. Pirani, call 416-360-8772.
8 Things You Should Not To Do Right After Botox Treatment
Once you’ve decided to receive a Botox treatment, it is important to take proper care of yourself after in order to receive the best results. While the process varies depending on the area you’ve received treatment, and your particular body, there are eight things that are very important to avoid following treatment in order to ensure you receive the best possible results.
1. Touching: It is vital to avoid touching the area you received your Botox in the 24 hours following your treatment. A Botox injection is precisely administered to achieve the desired effects, and touching could result in it moving to unintended muscles.
2. Alcohol and Painkillers: Certain drugs, such as aspirin, along with alcohol should be avoided as they can cause your blood to thin and cause excess bleeding. Depending on how quickly you recover, aspirin and alcohol are recommended to be avoided for 48 hours following treatment.
3. Careless Sleeping: It is recommended to avoid the horizontal position for about four hours following your Botox injection to allow the treatment to properly settle within your body and to look how your provider intended it to look. Not only this, when you go to sleep in the immediate days following your treatment, try to sleep on your back to have the best possible results.
4. Exercise: There are few times when a doctor will advise against an active lifestyle, but following a Botox treatment, it is important to avoid any strenuous activity. You should be able to return to your regular exercise regimen usually after a couple days, but some people take it easy for up to a week after Botox.
5. Facials: Facials, along with chemical peels and other face treatments can interfere with your Botox injection, causing it to end up with undesirable results. Plan to do these treatments at least 24 hours after receiving a Botox injection.
6. Travel: It is important to stay in touch with and within reach of your doctor following a Botox treatment. That way, in the event that you experience any unexpected side effects, you’ll be able to visit the doctor who administered the treatment to help remedy any issue.
7. Schedule Photos: While you may be excited by your rejuvenated appearance following a Botox treatment, some people experience bruising which can take a week or so to go away, depending on the individual. So, give it a week or two following to make sure that you’re looking your very best post your treatment.
8. Settling: If you aren’t happy with your results, talk to Dr. Pirani about what may have happened or what you would prefer. We want to make sure every patient has a treatment that they are proud of and are happy with the way they look. If you don’t like what you see, or are afraid the Botox may have shifted, talk to us so we can make sure you look and feel your best.