What is Botox?
Neuromodulators, also known as botulinum toxin, are products used to weaken facial muscles causing wrinkles, thus rejuvenating the face.
A botulinum toxin injection will weaken facial muscles within a few days with maximal effect at two weeks, and a duration of action of 3-4 months.
Four products are available on the market, and their commercial names are often (and wrongfully) used interchangeably with botulinum toxin or neuromodulators. The commercial names available in Canada are Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Nuceiva.
What are the main reasons to receive botulinum toxin injections to the face?
The most common cosmetic indications for botulinum toxin are the elimination of wrinkles at the level of the forehead, glabellar region, and crow’s feet.
Other less common esthetic indications are injections around the mouth and at the level of the neck.
Dr. Moubayed also performs medical botulinum toxin injections for patients suffering from hyperkinetic facial paralysis and salivary problems.
Are botulinum toxin injections safe?
Botulinum toxin injections are probably the safest cosmetic procedure performed by Dr. Moubayed. After the disappearance of the effect of the medication three to four months later, there are no permanent or residual effects of botulinum toxin in your body.
However, like any injection, the most common risks are minimal pain at the site of injection, bruising, and temporary redness. Sometimes, certain patients can suffer from a slight headache the same or next day, and certain patients can have residual movements or asymmetries requiring touch-ups.
Rarely, certain patients can have an infection, a droopy eyelid, nausea, or dry eyes. However, all of these risks are temporary. Finally, extremely rare, certain patients can develop antibodies rendering further injections inefficient, or have an anaphylactic allergic reaction.
What is preventative botulinum toxin?
It is not necessary to have visible wrinkles to receive botulinum toxin injections.
Certain patients opt for a lower dose of botulinum toxin to weaken the facial muscles at risk of eventually producing wrinkles. With repeated injections, these muscles become smaller and weaker, and have less of a tendency to produce wrinkles on the long-term.
Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.
Four ways to find out if you are a good candidate for botulinum toxin injections
1- You have wrinkles around the eyes
2- You have forehead wrinkles
3- You want to prevent the appearance of further wrinkles around the eyes or on your forehead
4- You do not have contraindications to botulinum toxin
What are the potential benefits of botulinum toxin?
Neuromodulator injections are a quick option without downtime that can be performed in less than 30 minutes per facial region when performed by expert hands.
The advantages are an improvement in dynamic wrinkles that are produced by the contraction of a facial muscle. When they are repeated, they produced muscle weakness that prevents the development of new wrinkles in the injected area.
What happens during a consultation for botulinum toxin?
A consultation starts with a complete questionnaire and physical examination. Photos are taken and analyzed with your surgeon. This is an essential communication tool as some patients want changes that are not always possible with botulinum toxin injections.
Then, we talk about the procedure, and Dr. Moubayed answers any and all questions you may have.
Patients often choose to receive their injections on the same day as the consultation.
How to prepare for a consultation?
It is a good idea to prepare for a botulinum toxin consultation. First start by listing in order of importance the facial features you would like to enhance by putting in order the areas that bother you the most. Second, if you have had prior facial injections, try to find the date as well as the products and quantities that were injected.
How long does it take to perform botulinum toxin injections?
Depending on the quantity of product injected and the number of facial zones, botulinum toxin can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
What type of anesthesia is used for a botulinum toxin injection procedure?
Botulinum toxin injections are performed using a tiny needle that is almost painless, and do not require anesthesia.
Some patients request topical anesthetic cream that we can provide as well.
How long do botulinum toxin injections last?
In general, injections last between 3 and 4 months. With repeated injections, certain patients see the effect last up to 6 months.
How long does bruising last after botulinum toxin injections?
When injections are performed on patients that do not have thin blood due to disease or medication, and when we take particular care to avoid small veins, bruising is rare. This is however possible, and bruises are easily hidden with make-up starting the following day.
Will I swell after Botox injections?
Botulinum toxin injections produce little to no swelling.
How to find the best Botox injector in Montreal?
Multiple factors must be taken into account when choosing your cosmetic facial injector:
1- Does your injector have a profound understanding of facial anatomy?
2- Is this person using a safe injection technique?
3- Does your injector know all the risks of facial injections and how to avoid them?
4- Did you feel confident with your injector during the intial consultation?