When most people think of Botox, they envision an older, affluent woman receiving facial injections in an effort to look younger. While Health Canada has approved Botox injections for eliminating signs of aging in the face, there is much more to Botox than just that. At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre in Guelph, ON, we believe strongly that Botox in Toronto can enhance your quality of life.
17 Frequently Asked Questions About Botox in Toronto
1. What Is Botox?
Botox, also known as botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein produced by bacterium species such as Clostridium botulinum. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of motion lines, like smile lines around your mouth, forehead wrinkles between your eyebrows, and crinkles around your eyes. However, there are many other applications that Health Canada has approved Botox to treat.
2. How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by blocking the acetylcholine neurotransmitter temporarily. In other words, it relaxes your muscles to smooth the skin and treat a number of conditions, such as chronic migraines, urinary incontinence, cervical dystonia, and more.
3. Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
Nearly everyone is a good candidate for Botox. Health Canada has researched this product thoroughly and determined it is both safe and effective. However, you should come in for an initial consultation to determine if Botox in Toronto is right for you if you have had LASIK surgery recently and need Botox injections around your eyes.
While the injections are still safe for people who have recently undergone LASIK, your blink reflex may be slowed as a result of the injections that relax the muscles around your eyes.
4. Does Botox Hurt?
Our low-pain threshold clients for Botox in Toronto find these injections to be quite tolerable. Botox can be felt as the liquid is pushed beneath the skin, but the injection itself doesn’t hurt.
5. When Can I See Results?
When injected by a qualified, skilled physician, you can see the results of Botox immediately. However, you’ll see better results in two to four days as your muscles continue to relax. The final results take approximately 10 to 14 days to be seen, but then the results last approximately three to six months.
6. Will I Need the Same Dose Forever?
The more consistently you receive Botox in Toronto, the less frequently you will need it. It was once theorized that the body’s immune system developed antibodies that rendered the Botulinum toxin ineffective after a time. On the contrary, muscles that are rarely used atrophy. When this happens, you’ll need injections less frequently. Remember, “atrophy” is a good thing when your muscles are hyperactive.
7. Does Botox Help With Stress Incontinence?
We all know urinary incontinence is the uncontrollable loss of urine. Stress incontinence, or urinary stress incontinence, is a type of urinary incontinence that occurs when a jarring action puts pressure on your bladder. Examples include coughing, sneezing, running and jumping. Botox is safe and effective for the treatment of stress incontinence and overactive bladder syndrome (OAB).
To treat urinary incontinence, 100 to 300 units of Botox are injected into the wall of the bladder. The treatment takes only 20 minutes and may be performed under local or general anesthesia if you are worried about pain. As an outpatient treatment, you will not need to spend any time in the hospital recovering. In fact, there is no downtime at all.
Symptoms this treats include the inability to delay urination, severe, frequent urges and uncontrollable spasms of the urinary sphincter. After treatment, results will be noticed in approximately seven days. A 50% improvement in symptoms can be reasonably expected and treatment lasts around six to nine months. If you wake up several times per night to use visit the toilet, suffer from leaks when you cough or sneeze, or need to urinate shortly after drinking, we strongly recommend Botox in Toronto to ease the symptoms of stress incontinence.
8. Will Botox Work on My Neck?
Botox will absolutely reverse the signs of aging in the neck region. Results last three to four months and can be seen after 10 to 14 days. We recommend scheduling your next treatment three months after your first appointment so we can evaluate the quality of your results and determine if you need another treatment session.
9. Will My Face Look Overdone?
By far the most common question we get about Botox in Toronto is whether a person will look natural if treatment is done on the face. Our physicians are licensed and thoroughly trained. We provide our clients with subtle Botox treatments so no stranger who passes you on the street will know you had “work done”. The only difference in your appearance is you will look several years younger.
10. Is Botox Just for Women?
Absolutely not! In fact, Botox is incredibly popular among men between the ages of 30 to 65. Many men use Botox injections to restore their youth, reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles around the forehead and eyes. However, it can also be used to treat painful or embarrassing medical conditions, like hyperhidrosis or chronic migraines.
11. How Does Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is an unfortunately common medical condition. It often affects the armpits. However, you may also suffer from excessive sweating of the hands, feet, face or groin region. Botox is recommended for hyperhidrosis when your condition does not respond to prescription antiperspirants and alternative treatments like iontophoresis.
We recommend Botox for excessive sweating if you’re not healthy enough for surgery and you don’t want scars but you need relief from your symptoms. While it may take more than one injection to experience relief from excessive sweating of the palms or soles of the feet, results last up to a year.
12. How Does Botox Improve Chronic Migraines?
Botox is a safe, effective method for treating chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are defined as headaches, including tension-type headaches, that occur at least 15 days of the month. If at least eight of these headaches are migraines, Botox may be effective for you. The only type of headache that isn’t treated by Botox effectively is cluster-type headaches.
In adults who have been diagnosed with chronic migraine headaches, Botox injections give them more completely pain-free days, reducing the severity and frequency of their migraine headaches. Botox treats chronic migraines by blocking the neurotransmitters responsible for carrying pain signals from your brain. Thus, the pain signals never reach the nerve endings around your neck and head.
For Botox to be effective in treating chronic migraines, you will need 15 to 20 injections on each side of your head. You will begin to experience relief from your symptoms around two to three weeks after your first treatment.
13. How Long Has Been Botox Been Around?
Botox has been around for over 30 years. In fact, its first use was treating strabismus back in 1977. Strabismus is a problem with the eye muscles that occurs when your eyes are aligned abnormally. Commonly called “crossed eyes”, your eyes look in two different directions at once due to poor muscle control. This causes you to squint and can affect both your vision and your comfort.
14. How Does Botox Treat Strabismus?
Botox treats strabismus by slowing the hyperactive eye muscle that causes your eyes to cross unintentionally. It is also an incredibly popular treatment for blepharospasm. Blepharospasm, also known as uncontrolled blinking, is when your eyelids constantly close or narrow significantly.
Botox starts to work for blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm within 24 to 48 hours. The full effect is felt after just one week, and the benefits last between two and three months before wearing off.
15. How Does Botox Help With Cervical Dystonia?
Cervical dystonia is an incredibly painful and inconvenient condition characterized by uncontrollable muscle spasms in the neck. It most commonly presents itself with a symptom called torticollis, or twisting your head and chin to the left or right and down towards your shoulder. Other people tip their head forward and chin downward, a symptom known as anterocollis.
In over 75% of people suffering from cervical dystonia, Botox injections are effective in treating the uncontrolled spasms and pain associated with them. If you move your neck uncontrollably when you’re excited or upset, you’re unaware of physical movements not caused by your condition, you have hand tremors, headaches, or radiating pain from your neck to your shoulders, you have one raised shoulder, or you have an enlarged neck muscle or head tremors, we recommend Botox injections every 11 to 12 weeks.
While cervical dystonia is often caused by neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, it can also be triggered by a genetic mutation, a psychological disorder, traumatic injury to the head, neck or shoulders, antipsychotic medications, or other environmental factors. If you were not born with the condition, your doctor may be able to help you determine the trigger.
The most important thing you need to know about Botox for cervical dystonia is that you need to use electrical signal diagnostics, or electromyography, to target the specific muscles that are hyperactive. The Botox dosage for treating cervical dystonia can range from 50 units to 400 units depending on the size of the hyperactive muscles and the severity of the condition.
16. Can Botox Improve My Sexual Health?
Another surprising benefit of Botox is the improvement of sexual health. In the case of women with spasming pelvic floor muscles or vaginal contractions, sex can be incredibly painful. Botox injections alleviate this pain by stopping the muscles from contracting uncontrollably. Botox injections for vaginal pain are perfectly safe, and the results can last between six months and two years.
Botox injections can also improve the sexual health of men. If you suffer from premature ejaculation, injecting Botox into the penis can relax the muscles and delay ejaculation. This is currently being tested through a third-party clinical trial, but Allergan holds the patent for using Botox to treat erectile dysfunction.
17. Can Botox Treat My Severely Cold Hands?
If you suffer from extremely cold hands, the cause may be hyperactive muscles around the blood vessels. This constriction causes poor circulation. Botox relaxes the hand muscles allowing for better blood flow to the fingertips and palms of the hands. Relief can be experienced for up to three months.
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The benefits of Botox are numerous. From uncontrollable muscle spasms to urinary incontinence, there’s a lot Botox injections can treat. To find out if Botox in Toronto is right for you, contact the dedicated medical professionals at Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre in Guelph, ON today to schedule your initial consultation.