Botox or Botulinum toxin is a product manufactured by the company Allergan. It is used for both cosmetic and medical treatment purposes.
Health Canada Warning: Make Sure you have an Experienced Physician administer your Botox. Anyone else performing this procedure would be considered an illegal activity by the Canada Food and Drugs Act.
Does She?…or…Doesn’t She?
Dr. Crippen has been performing Botox Kelowna Cosmetic Injections for over 10 years and is not only one of the most experienced physicians in the country but also injects more Botox than any other physician in the BC Interior. Make sure you have an experienced physician perform your Botox Injection in Kelowna.
Botox Cosmetic Treatments in Kelowna | Before & After Photos
BOTOX ® is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles. There are two types of BOTOX currently available:
- BOTOX ® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows for a short period of time (temporary).
- BOTOX ® Therapeutic is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of Hyperhidrosis or severe underarm sweating when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough.
How Does a Botox Treatment in Kelowna Work?
- BOTOX ® Cosmetic works by blocking nerve impulses to injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes the moderate to severe lines to form. These types of lines are also called dynamic lines. Muscles receiving BOTOX ® Cosmetic injections no longer get the signal to contract. These muscles stay at rest resulting in smoother skin over time.
- BOTOX ® Therapeutic works by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from nerves that stimulate sweat glands.
- Botox is a great wrinkle therapy and is an alternative to the Fraxel Laser, Juvederm Filler, Xeomin, Dysport, Restylane and Radiesse.
What Conditions Does Botox Treat?
Treatment Spotlight: Jaw Reduction
A wide square jaw is a traditionally masculine quality that can be embarrassing or undesirable for females. Some women wish to narrow the lower third of their face. Botox injections in the Masseter muscle offer a non-surgical method of jaw reduction.
Jaw reduction surgery can be invasive for many patients who prefer to opt for a lower risk form of jaw reduction. It is important to consult with a doctor to make sure that it is the Masseter muscle and not the jawbone that is causing the extra width of the face. If it is the jawbone then Botox Jaw Reduction treatment will not work and surgery remains the only option.
Where the Masseter muscle along the edge of the jawbone is responsible for the square appearance of the face the injection of Botox can weaken this muscle and reduce its size creating a rounder and daintier facial shape.
Repeat injections can often weaken the muscles. Many patients come in for two or three initial treatments. Some patients return every six months or so for additional work.
Frequently asked questions
What happens during the Botox jaw reduction procedure?
During the Botox jaw reduction, Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is injected in the Masseter muscle in the jaw. This reduces the size of the jaw muscle. In patients where the muscle is overly developed or large this will make the muscle less active and appear smaller.
How is Botox different from the surgical option?
Botox is an outpatient procedure that typically does not have a long recovery period. In most cases patients can return to work and their everyday lives right away. Botox creates subtle changes to the treated area with minimal risks and side effects.
Surgery is highly invasive and involves cutting or shaving the jawbone to reduce its size. The surgical option requires a lengthy recovery. There are numerous risks associated with a surgery of this nature. Complications include sensation problems, dental alignment problems and pain.
Does Botox hurt after the treatment?
While patients may have mild discomfort, typically there is little pain following the Botox jaw reduction procedure.
Are there foods you should avoid after the treatment?
Any foods that are tough or difficult to chew promote the use of the Masseter muscle and should be avoided post-treatment. Use of the muscle makes it appear more prominent and these foods including gum, chewy candies and tough meat like jerky and cuttle fish should be avoided.
Avoiding intense chewing and foods that work the Masseter muscle is not enough to change the shape of the jaw on its own. The Botox will atrophy the muscle and make it less pronounced.
What are the phases of treatment?
Patients usually come in for an initial phase of treatment with Dr. Crippen that involves two or three treatments spaced between two and four months apart. Many patients do not require a third treatment or any follow up treatments.
Botox can wear off and some patients come in for follow up treatments. These typically happen every six months.
Who shouldn’t have this treatment?
Individuals with pre-existing conditions, medical problems and dental issues should not have this surgery. Those with neuromuscular disorders like Myasthensia Gravis or Lambert Eaton Syndrome should not receive Botox. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should not receive Botox. Those with skin or dental infections should not receive the treatment.
I had Botox jaw reduction done by another doctor but it didn’t do anything. Why is Derm Medica different?
The doctor who performs a procedure has an influence over how effective it will be. Dr. Crippen can customize it to your face and needs.
There are a variety of reasons why the injections may not have produced results in the past.
- The last doctor may not have used real Botox. There are several forms of imposter Botox that are watered down or can contain dangerous chemicals. Only Botox and Xeomin are approved by Health Canada. Make sure that you are getting an approved treatment.
- The previous doctor may not have injected the Botox into the right location. It must be placed properly in order to atrophy the Masseter muscle. A lack of training and expertise can lead to a poor result.
- Not enough Botox was used. A doctor will use a different amount of Botox for each treatment depending on their judgment. If not enough was used no result will be seen.
- Failure to go in for follow up treatments. If results were not seen after one treatment and subsequent treatments were not complete then this may be the reason. It is important to complete the full treatment.
What is the Procedure for a Botox Treatment in Kelowna?
The average appointment is 10-15 minutes, involving a simple BOTOX injection into the treatment area with little to no discomfort. The effect of the Botox treatment will take a few days to become noticeable and in some patients it can take up to a week for Botox to be fully working. You are supposed to use your muscles normally after treatment however do not manipulate or massage the treated area for the first 24 hours. This will allow the Botox proteins to penetrate into the muscle correctly and in the desired location.
What is the Recovery Time after your Botox Treatment?
Immediate – patients receiving BOTOX are able to return to their normal activities immediately. There is no downtime. A follow up appointment will be scheduled for one to two weeks after the treatment to monitor your progress and to make sure the Botox treatment is working to your satisfaction.
What Are the Expected Results of a Botox Treatment with Dr. Crippen?
It will likely take 2 -4 days for a treatment to start working, and up to a week before the treatment takes full effect. When the treatment is activated the visible results will be smoother skin, the reduction of wrinkles, or decreased sweating depending on the condition being treated. It is important to remember however, that results are only temporary (normally 3-4 months but this duration varies between patients) and additional treatments will be necessary to maintain achieved results.
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Unmasking More Myths About BOTOX
In our last blog, we revisited the topic of BOTOX and the many myths surrounding it. As always, it’s important for us to point out that undergoing any type of medical procedure should entail consulting with a licensed and experienced physician first. No one else should even be attempting to operate on you, let alone inject you with anything.
Sadly, not everyone does their due diligence before undergoing cosmetic procedures. As a result, some people have some horror stories following surgeries or treatments that involve injections. However, it isn’t BOTOX that deserves the bad rap. Instead, it’s the non-licensed individuals posing as professional physicians who should be reprimanded.
That being said, it’s important to unveil some truth about BOTOX. And in order to do so, we must take a look at some of the most prevalent myths about it. On EmpireMedicalTraining.com, a list including the top five myths about BOTOX can be found. We began to take a look at this list in our last blog. Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
The third myth listed is that BOTOX will leave you with a frozen face or give you that unnatural “startled” look. The fact, however, is that following treatments, patients generally appear more relaxed and youthful. Once again, this is a myth that is perpetuated by the unqualified individuals who have improperly administered BOTOX injections.
Trained professionals know exactly which muscles to treat and only inject BOTOX into those specific muscles. Here’s another myth: You can only get one BOTOX treatment. In actuality, you can repeat your BOTOX treatments. As EmpireMedicalTraining.com explains, treatments can last up to three months in order to achieve optimum results.
Some people respond quicker than others, so the frequency of visits depend on the individual. Again, consulting with a doctor is the best way to discover what treatment plan is best for you. Finally, myth number five is that BOTOX is a dangerous toxin. In truth, it has a fabulous safety record.
Since 1987, doctors have been performing an average of three million BOTOX procedures per year without any patients experiencing long-term side effects. As EmpireMedicalTraining.com puts it, BOTOX “is a purified protein and a medical prescription product, and has been used therapeutically to treat a variety of medical conditions.”
We hope our blogs have helped to dispel some myths, while encouraging you to consult a physician if you have any questions about BOTOX.
Quick Answers About Botox Treatment
Is it possible to be allergic to botox?, How do I test for this?
We are not aware of any authentic cases of allergy to the Botox protein. Of course it is possible to be allergic or sensitive to anything, however Botox has such a low allergenicity it is quite amazing. After treating thousands of patients we have yet to meet anyone who is allergic to the Botox protein.
How many times can botox be injected in one place? I've read that botox wears off after a few months and requires new injections in order to keep the results. Is there a limit to how many times this can be done? If I choose to inject botox in some regions too early, do I miss out on being able to inject there later in life?
This is a common question we get at the clinic. Yes, Botox does wear off naturally over a few months after the injection has been performed. The length of time Botox works is different for every patient and depends on how long you have been receiving treatment. We have been treating patients for 10+ years and there is no evidence that there is a limit to the number of times Botox can be injected. Actually, the longer you continue with maintenance Botox treatments, the less often you will require it, leading to better skin and more savings.
I want botox ready for a special occasion. How far in advance should I have the procedure done? Two months away. Will I have time to heal and for the botox to take effect in that time?
i would recommend having your botox about four weeks before the big event. this will give your skin plenty of time to smoothen out beforehand and give you an exact idea of what your full results will be in time for your event.
When will skin feel flexible again after Botox? I still have a funny feeling a few days after the procedure was finished.
After a Botox Cosmetic treatment some people can feel the area that was injected is a bit tender, but that is due to the injection itself and not the Botox protein. It can take up to one week for Botox to be fully integrated in the the muscle so that it doesn’t move as much as before. Your skin should feel entirely normal after and at any time following the procedure as well. If you choose not to repeat the Botox procedure in 3-4 months when the effect wears off, everything will return to the way it was before treatment.
How Can Botox Help Me with Excessive Sweating? I have been told that Botox is an effective treatment for my Hyperhidrosis. How could a cosmetic surgery procedure help me with that?
“Botox can be very effective for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the right patient. Your doctor just needs to make sure the sweating is not due to another serious medical condition (ie., hyperthyroidism) first before planning treatment.
There is a surgical option for treating hyperhidrosis as well and involves undergoing a procedure that cuts the sympathetic nerves to the affected region of the body. This procedure can commonly result in increased sweating elsewhere on the body. Botox does not have any side effects unlike the surgical option where you are under a general anesthetic.
You should consult a physician to discuss your particular situation to see which procedure would be better suited for your condition.”
What's the best option for a large area of saggy skin? I've had botox, but what I care most about is all the loose skin on my arms. What do you recommend for something like this?
Botox cosmetic is an effective treatment for lines and wrinkles on the face due to muscle movement/activity. It will not work for lines and wrinkles anywhere else on the body. For loose skin on the arms, there are very few treatments that will have much if any benefit. Currently, major surgery is the only way to reliably reduce the laxity of skin in that area but sometimes, in some patients, we can see decent results using devices that generate heat to gradually tighten skin. An example of that might be thermage or accent which uses radio frequency to generate the heat. Give us a call to find out more information about your needs.
Migraines, Have you done Botox injections to treat migraines? I will be in Kelowna on July 21 and would like to have this treatment.
We have been using Botox to treat migraines for many years. It is a highly effective treatment with no downtime. The treatment will not completely eliminate your headaches, but most patients find that the degree and severity of their headaches is significantly reduced leading to less use of medications and less pain overall.
Will hyperhidrosis treatments affect the sensitivity in my hands? The sensitivity of my hands is very important in my line of work, but having them wet really isn't an improvement. I'd like to have my hands treated, but I want to know that it's not going to cost me any dexterity or sensitivity.
This is an excellent question. Injecting botox into the hands, will decrease the sweating ability of the hands as well as the strength of the muscles. Dereased strength is unavoidable, but it does not normally impair your hand use or function. The hand will feel the same as before with no decreased sensation.