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Neuromodulators/Wrinkle Smoothing Injectables

Aging is something we embrace, but on our own terms. We want how we feel on the inside to be reflected in our outward appearance, and we know you do, too. Neuromodulators (which are known by the brand name Botox, among others, in Canada) are non-invasive injections that improve the signs of aging with no recovery time and natural-looking results.

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What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox is a highly purified protein isolated from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It is injected directly into specific facial muscles, after which neuromodulators cleave a protein on nerve endings, preventing the release of the chemical which signals muscles to contract. The effect of Botox injections peaks at two weeks and then gradually wears off as the nerve endings regenerate the cleaved protein.

At Compass Dermatology, all Botox injections are performed by our experienced, board-certified dermatologists. Prior to your treatment, Dr. Cook or Dr. Carroll will carefully assess your facial anatomy and movement to determine the correct dosage and injection locations.

Why Neuromodulators Could Be a Good Choice for You

Neuromodulators are able to significantly improve dynamic wrinkles of the face and neck within weeks. Dynamic wrinkles are facial lines and creases that are due to repeated facial expressions, such as furrowing your brows or raising your eyebrows. As your skin slowly loses elasticity with aging, wrinkles form from the repeated movement.

They often appear in your late 20s and deepen as the years pass. Botox treatments reduce the movement of the muscles responsible for these wrinkles, and the lines gradually soften, leaving you with a rested and refreshed appearance.

The goal for a natural look is to soften facial wrinkles for smoother skin, not create a completely frozen, expressionless appearance. At Compass Dermatology in Toronto, our board-certified dermatologists will customize your treatment to achieve your goals.

Botox may also be used to shape and contour the face. Botox injection into the muscles that pull the brows down weakens the action of these muscles and results in a non-surgical brow lift. This principle can also be used to lift the corners of the mouth and sharpen the jawline. Botox injection into the masseter muscles at the angles of the jaw can reduce the bulk of these muscles and slim the jawline. Botox treatment is also able to soften lines above the upper lip, smooth out chin dimples, and lower the upper lip to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
Another benefit of neuromodulators? Not only do they treat facial wrinkles to make you look better—they make you feel better, too. The mood-boosting benefits of Botox are well documented, and neuromodulators can also help ease tension headaches and reduce jaw pain.

You will see the full effect of your Botox treatment by the end of week 2. Most people require treatment every 3 to 4 months.

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Our Comprehensive Approach to Neuromodulator Injections

Patients new to Compass Dermatology will meet with one of our board certified dermatologists for an initial consultation and skin assessment to determine the optimal approach to achieving your aesthetic goals by treating lines and wrinkles.

Once the consultation is complete and neuromodulators are deemed appropriate for you, your cosmetic treatment will begin. A botox injection is performed with a tiny needle and may cause minimal discomfort. Your appointment will take about 30 minutes and no recovery time is needed. Side effects may include bruising and there is a very low risk of mild drooping of the eyebrow or eyelid which resolves over several weeks.

Important Information for a Successful Botox Treatment

Botox treatment is a non-surgical procedure that, when performed by trained professionals, is very safe and effective in reducing the appearance of deep frown lines, forehead wrinkles, crow's feet, and other facial wrinkles. You can, however, experience swelling and bruising around the injection site. There are a few steps you can take to minimize your chances of experiencing these problems.

  • You should avoid lying down, rubbing, or applying pressure to the treatment area for 4-5 hours following Botox injection. You do not have to try to keep your face still, however. Feel free to make facial expressions.
  • Avoid substances that thin your blood. Alcohol is one example. We recommend not drinking alcoholic beverages from one day before your Botox treatment and for 24 hours afterward.
  • Note that aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen (and other NSAIDs) are all blood thinners as well and should be avoided for 7-10 days prior to Botox injection. If you need pain relief during this time, you can use Tylenol, which is not an NSAID.
  • If you are taking any prescription blood thinning medications, talk to your doctor about whether you can pause your medications for your Botox treatment.
  • We recommend avoiding intense exercise for the remainder of the day post injection. Exercise raises your blood pressure, which can contribute to both swelling and bruising.

Botox FAQ

When should I begin neuromodulator treatments?

We recommend beginning regular Botox treatments once facial lines are visible at rest. Beginning early will help to delay the formation of deep wrinkles due to the movement of facial muscles.

What are neuromodulators used for?

Botox cosmetic injections are commonly used to treat the following:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines (also called glabellar lines or the ‘11s’)
  • Forehead lines
  • Drooping brows
  • Worry lines
  • Bunny lines (from wrinkling the nose)
  • Prominent platysmal bands in the neck
  • To lift the corners of the mouth
  • To slim and sharpen the jawline
  • To lower the upper lip in the case of a ‘gummy’ smile

The botulinum toxin found in Botox is not just useful for facial rejuvenation. It is also used by physicians to ease muscle spasms that are painful or bothersome, lazy eye, excessive sweating, and chronic migraines.

What are the potential complications of neuromodulators?

While uncommon, complications of neuromodulator injections include mild bruising and swelling around the treatment area, headache, and a drooping eyelid. Drooping of the eyelid is an extremely rare side effect if an expert dermatologist performs the injections. Complications resulting from neuromodulator injections will resolve over several weeks as the effects of the Botox wear off.

How long do the effects of Botox injections last?

The effects of neuromodulator injections typically last for 3-4 months. At that point, you may begin to notice the lines and wrinkles becoming more pronounced again as your facial muscles resume normal activity. At that point, you may want to repeat Botox injections to continue to improve the look of forehead lines, frown lines, and other lines and wrinkles from the natural aging process.

What can I expect after Botox injections?

There is typically no recovery time following neuromodulator injections. Small bumps are commonly visible for 20-30 minutes at injection sites. Bruising may occur. You should avoid lying down, rubbing or applying pressure to treated areas for 4-5 hours.

Who can legally inject Botox in Toronto, Canada?

According to Health Canada, the only people who should be providing Botox® treatments and dermal fillers in Canada are licensed medical physicians or registered nurses with the necessary training on safely and effectively administering this treatment.

What are the most obvious signs that it is time to visit a botox clinic?

As women, we are constantly judging ourselves on our appearance, and at Compass, we try to focus on the positive and what makes each patient beautiful, and how we can help enhance that beauty. There is nothing wrong with having wrinkles. However, if crow's feet or other signs of aging are bothering you, you may want to consider treatment with a botox injectable.

Here are five ways botox injectables can help:

  1. If you have forehead furrows or frown lines, Botox can help.
  2. If you have smile lines, Botox can help.
  3. If you have smoker’s lines, Botox can help.
  4. If you have mild to moderate dynamic wrinkles, Botox can help.
  5. You can even help prevent wrinkles from forming by getting Botox treatments now!

Are fillers (such as Juvederm) better than Botox?

Botox and fillers work in different ways to reduce lines and folds.  Botox reduces the movement of facial muscles and is a great treatment for smoothing out crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines.  Dermal fillers add volume to the face and are able to reduce the folds around the nose and mouth and reduce the hollowing of the temples and cheeks.  Botox and dermal fillers work well together to address the signs of aging.

Rejuvenate and Reinvigorate Your Skin

To learn more about how your comprehensive aging plan might benefit from Botox injections or other cosmetic treatments, please complete this form, text or call us at 647-351-9277.

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