Botox & Filler

What is Botox?

Botox is one brand of a purified form of botulinum toxin type A, a chemical toxin that is produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Other brands available in Canada include Dysport and Xeomin.

What is botox used for?

Botox injections are widely used for cosmetic treatment of several types of facial wrinkles.

Botox can be used in adults to temporarily improve the appearance of:

  • vertical frown lines (also called glabellar lines — lines between the eyebrows that are caused by the muscles that contract when you frown, squint or concentrate)
  • horizontal forehead lines; and lines radiating from the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet).

Botox is also being used to help patients with hyperhidrosis (over active sweat glands)

How long does the effect last? 

The improvement in the appearance of your wrinkles usually lasts for 3 to 6 months. Repeated injections are required to maintain the effect. With continued use, the effects may start to last longer.

What do Botox injections feel like? 

When injections are to be given into the skin or muscles just under the skin, most people are able to have them without any local anaesthetic, as they are not too painful. They have been described as feeling a bit like an ant bite. However, it depends on the area being injected, so ask your doctor.

The injections are done using a very fine needle. The number of injections will depend on why you are being treated and the size of the area being treated.