Botox injections raise several questions, fears and uncertainties from women and men who would like to treat their wrinkles and rejuvenate their faces. The fear of getting a frozen, inflated and unnatural appearance is part of the concerns when meeting the patient (s) for a personalized pre-injection evaluation. Is it possible to get injections and maintain a natural look? Dr. Tremblay, dermatologist and medical director at MédIME answers some of the most frequently asked questions about facial rejuvenation using Botox injections.
The 3 most frequent questions about Botox
Question #1: What is the use of Botox in the treatment of facial rejuvenation?
Dr Tremblay: As part of a cosmetic treatment, Botox is mainly used in the upper part of the face (forehead, glabella, crow’s feet), but sometimes it can also be injected in the chin, neck and jaw muscles according to patient needs. Botox is mainly used to correct and prevent expression wrinkles and sagging eyebrows caused by excessive contraction of facial muscles. Botox is injected directly into the muscle at the location of the wrinkle to relax the voluntary or involuntary contraction of the muscle responsible for the wrinkle.
Question #2: I considered a Botox injection but I’m afraid to stay with a frozen expression that will completely change my morphology. Basically, I fear I won’t recognize myself afterwards.
Dr Tremblay: Botox is a drug used for many cosmetic and medical indications. Its action is to relax the muscles, not to paralyze. When used for cosmetic purposes, to relax the muscles of the forehead, glabella and crow’s feet, the dosage and the injection sites are personalized. For each patient, I take the time to consider the contraction strength of each muscle group to obtain an individualized result that will look natural. The goal is to balance the expressive muscles, not to freeze them.
The judgment, artistic ability and the experience and expertise of the physician are key considerations in achieving your goals in facial rejuvenation. The doctor/patient dialogue is also an important factor that leads to the understanding of your desires and your expectations.
Every face is unique therefore; the same formula is not applied on patients with different needs. The mark of a well done injection results in a refreshed and youthful appearance, without being able to identify what has been done.
At MédIME, we advocate a natural approach and are listening to your expectations in order to offer you a bespoke treatment that will ensure your satisfaction.
Question #3: How long does the result of a Botox injection last and will my skin be worse if I decide to stop the injection treatments?
Dr Tremblay: The effects of Botox last an average of 4 to 6 months. Patients will therefore return two times a year to redo the injection if they wish to maintain the effect of rejuvenation of the upper face. (forehead, glabella and crow’s feet). Following the first treatment of Botox, if patients do not wish to receive it again, the skin gradually returns to baseline.
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More info about Botox
Botox is available at MédIME. For more information about Botox injections at MedIME, visit the page: BOTOX Cosmetic® for the treatment of facial lines at our Montreal clinic.
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