BOTOX®

Botox® is effective in the treatment of crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles (such as chronic frown line furrows) and neck folds. The actual treatment takes only a few minutes and the Botox® takes effect in 3 to 7 days. Gradually, over 3 to 4 months the Botox effect will fade and the muscle action will return.

When the frown line starts to reappear, a single repeat treatment is all that is necessary to maintain the desired result. In some of us, this causes a chronic furrow. This produces a frustrated, discouraged, angry look on our faces. This can be a distraction to others, and a bother to ourselves. Now you can eliminate these frown lines, without surgery and without scars, by a simple treatment with Botox®.

Botox® therapy should be done only by a trained physician.

Botox is the trade name of Botulinim Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin blocks the nerve impulses to muscles, causing a form of paralysis called botulism. By using extremely small doses of Botox, injected directly into a specific muscle, only the action of the muscle will be paralyzed. Therefore, the problem that muscle causes, like a twitch, spasm or frown line, will be stopped. Botox has been used since 1980 for the treatment of strabismus (lazy eye) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eye blinking). The use of Botox for forehead wrinkles was pioneered in 1989 by Dr. Carruthers of Vancouver.

Side Effects & Risks

The side effects of Botox® are related to the local injection of the solution. There will be a slight discomfort from the needle entering the skin, and a small chance of a bruise at the site of the injection. There are no reports of damage to the eye with injections to the eyelid. There have been no permanent side effects from the use of Botox®. Approximately 1% of patients will develop a slight lowering or ptosis of one eyelid. This is temporary and may not even be noticed by the patient.

Alternative Procedures