Botox is a FDA-approved neuromodulator that relaxes muscles to soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
A common question is, can a patient have alcohol after their Botox treatment? The simple answer is No!
Patients are strongly encouraged to avoid consuming alcohol before and after their Botox treatment.
Why avoid alcohol? There are a number of reasons.
Reason number one is that alcohol thins the blood which in turn can increase bruising. When receiving Botox, patients are injected in various areas using needles to pierce the skin. With any injection there is a small chance of bruising. However, drinking alcohol after a Botox injection can worsen a bruise that may otherwise have been unnoticeable under the skin.
Alcohol consumption after a Botox treatment will result in the widening of your blood vessels. This can cause swelling which then leads to additional complications to your Botox injections.
Have you experienced Botox shaming?
In a society where the idea of “My body, my choice” is so prevalent, surprisingly the idea of Botox is still a bit of a faux pas.
Why do we shame those who decide to have Botox?
Generally, people are judging Botox and the people who use it by “reality” TV shows or viral photos of ones who have bad Botox; these are extreme cases and shouldn’t be the bar that Botox is judged on.
Typically when a patient has good Botox, other than their appearance looking more refreshed and relaxed, it is hard for onlookers to tell if they have had injections or not.
Another argument some have is that they feel those who turn to Botox are neglecting their natural beauty.
The truth is….Botox is a popular product that has helped millions to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
As we age, noticeable changes start to take affect with one’s appearance. Our hair starts to turn grey, wrinkles and fine lines start to appear and we lose bone. As these changes start to become more noticeable this can start to discourage a person and they can feel insecure about how they look. The natural response is to remedy these signs of aging.
Botox is a safe product. It is neuromodulator that relaxes overactive muscles that cause wrinkles to appear, typically when we smile, frown or squint. It can be injected to treat frown lines, gummy smile, TMJ, facial slimming, wrinkles, chin dimpling and so on
Whether a patient wants to look younger or simply wants to look refreshed; Botox can help.
Our physical appearance can have a high impact on how we feel. Botox allows one to feel beautiful, young and positive about how they look. Patients can be as they see themselves beautiful and full of life.
Botox, one of the most popular anti-aging treatments out there and one of the most misconstrued. There are many misconceptions that surround Botox, and these can confuse someone who is wondering whether or not to have Botox injections.
Let us address 5 of the Top Misconceptions about Botox.
The 1st misconception, is that Botox will leave you expressionless. This is false.
It’s true that we have all seen the few celebrities who have had too much Botox resulting in no movement and frozen a look. This is not typical of a Botox treatment. Botox is a FDA approved neuromodulator which relaxes the overactive muscles that cause frowning, crow’s feet, and chin puckering etc. Administering the appropriate amount of Botox through a trained professional to the desired area will allow movement of the necessary muscles and stop overactive muscles. Therefore your expression will still be you, just without the fine lines.
2nd misconception, Botox is addictive. There are no addictive properties in Botox. Botox results are temporary, wearing off naturally after 3-4 months. If the use of Botox is discontinued, gradually wrinkles will slowly return over time as the aging process continues. Patients that are happy with their results and want to maintain them generally have regular Botox treatments at normal intervals for upkeep. It is up to the patient to decide when and if they would like to have their Botox done again.
The 3rd misconception, Botox is toxic. Botox is the purified protein version of the Botulinum toxin. Although Botox is not toxic, there are inferior brands of neuromodulators, misleadingly called “Botox”. These products do not have FDA approval and can cause damage. Take your time finding a reputable practitioner and make sure if you are getting Botox injections that the practitioner is using the the FDA approved brand Botox by Allergan.
Our 4th misconception is that Botox is painful. When receiving Botox, patients can expect to feel a needle as it is injected into the skin, however this is momentary and there is no continued discomfort or pain of any sort. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, Botox can be administered with little to no discomfort and with little to no bruising.
The 5th and last misconception is that Botox is only for one kind of person. Botox is for anyone and everyone age appropriate who wants to stop wrinkles or to start preventative Botox. Both men and women of various backgrounds and ages can benefit from Botox.
Botox misconceptions will always exist, but you can be rest assured that at Lasting Looks Clinic we will do everything we can to make you feel confident in your choice of practitioner by providing the best treatment and results for each patient.
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Many times people are not even aware that they are frowning.
As we age, the elasticity in our skin diminishes and repetitive muscle action creates a deeper line or furrow commonly known as “frown lines”.
Frown lines are caused by a group of depressor muscles that work to push the brows down and thereby create “angry lines” or a distressed look.
Botox works by allowing the injected muscles to lift up and gently separate, creating a soft brow lift which makes a person appear more relaxed.
A Botox injection relaxes and paralyzes the targeted muscles thereby lessening the appearance of frown lines, worry lines and crow’s feet. The target area takes on a more softened look and if a patient has a habit of frowning without meaning to, this will cease.
Botox can last up to 4 months and can be repeated when needed.
A question often asked is: Will the Botox Lip Flip give more volume to my lips?
The answer is no.
The Botox lip flip takes your existing lips and simply turns your lips upwards and outwards, revealing more of your lip.
The Botox lip flip should not be confused with adding volume to your lips. Your existing lips are injected with Botox only to the superficial layers of the muscle on the upper and lower lip.
Once the Botox starts to work, you will notice that the top lip will gently roll out, creating a subtle, sexy pout and the illusion of added volume.
If your desire is to have fuller lips, then dermal fillers are right for you. Dermal fillers are made of hylauronic acid which is naturally produced in your body and can add volume, accentuate the lip line, or create a more defined cupid’s bow. Lip fillers such as Juvederm or Teosyal can last anywhere between 6 months to 2 years.
Botox will wear off after 3-4 months and can be repeated when needed.
Visit a highly qualified practitioner to get a professional evaluation.
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Botox, when in a skilled practitioner’s hand, can be used in many other ways than just treating wrinkles. When Botox is injected into strategic areas, it can actually help add lift, such as in a Botox brow lift and in the latest, “Botox Lip Flip”.
Botox Lip Flips are quickly becoming the next beauty trend of today, as more and more influencers and patients are raving about this new treatment.
The Botox Lip Flip relaxes the muscles around the mouth which is called the orbicularis oris. This rolls the lip outward creating the illusion of a bigger lip. Those that find that their top lip folds under while smiling can greatly benefit from this treatment.
A Botox Lip Flip is both quick and subtle. Patients can have it done during their lunch break without anyone knowing that anything has been done.
Unfortunately, as the Botox Lip Flip has garnered popularity, many seek to get the same results without using professional methods. Some have begun to glue their upper lip to achieve a fuller pout using eyelash glue. This, of course, can have serious side effects such as tearing of the skin, scaring and nerve damage. The chemicals that are in eyelash glue can cause itching, irritation, redness, and blistering to the sensitive skin of the lip.
To achieve a fuller pout don’t use glue, use Botox.
Botox is commonly used to soften active facial muscles, reducing fine lines and wrinkles that are visible due to repetitive movements.
One area that is sometimes forgotten is the chin.
Botox can be injected into the chin, to target and relax the mentalis muscle. This can help in erasing dimpling and worry lines, creating a smooth appearance.
Botox can be especially beneficial to patients that suffer from a mental crease.
The mental crease is the indentation that appears between the lower lip and the chin, forming near the top of the mentalis muscle. It is usually a single deep groove that runs horizontally, but it also can appear as a combination of lines across the chin.
Botox can be used to relax the mentalis muscle in the chin with the result of either smoothing out the mental crease or reducing small dimpling in the chin.
It is very crucial to seek a professional that is experienced in injecting Botox into the chin, as over injecting Botox into the area can cause a patient to lose the ability to pucker one’s lips.
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Some patients have lines or deep wrinkles either caused by years of continuous muscle movement or bone loss due to age. These lines can remain visible even when a patient has a relaxed expression. This can make one appear angry, tired or older than they really are.
Botox is a neuromodulator which can freeze the contracting muscles that cause these wrinkles to appear when making facial expressions. This is not to say that Botox will leave a patient without any facial expression. A patient will still be able to express themselves just without the extra creases.
Botox is commonly used to treat expressive wrinkles on the upper face, frowns, horizontal lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox lasts around 3-4 months and can be repeated as needed.
Dermal fillers add volume to the creases and folds in the skin that have been lost due to years of facial movement and age. Dermal filler when placed in specific areas can also restore structure to the face, accentuating high cheek bones, defining the jawline and providing full lips. Patients can be confident that they will still be able to move their face without the worry of sagging jowls or thin lips that disappear when smiling.
Botox and Dermal fillers can help you achieve a more relaxed smoother appearance while still keeping your facial expressions.
“Lines of expression need botulinum toxin. Lines at rest need filler.”
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Botox is a neuromodulator that works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscle, which stops the muscle from contracting. This allows wrinkles to soften and to relax.
Botox is an FDA approved product and has been on the market for close to 25 years as a solution to visible signs of aging.
Preventative Botox does exactly as it describes; it prevents wrinkles!
Preventative Botox starts before any wrinkles or fine lines in your face are visible.
Patients in their mid to late 20’s or even in their 30’s can be great candidates for preventative Botox.
Botox that is properly administered will reverse mild lines and prevent them from developing into deeper wrinkles that appear even when a patient’s expression is relaxed later on.
Looking natural and youthful is what we all strive for.
As we age our facial muscles naturally weaken and become flatter, which leads to request Botox and Fillers to reverse the signs of aging.
Some striving for youth and beauty, have gone too far when it comes to Botox and Fillers. This can leave their face looking plastic and unnatural.
These results should not be a reflection of the beautiful natural results that practitioners strive for when it comes to Botox and Filler Injections.
Having too much of anything is never a good thing.
Botox works by blocking the signals from nerves to the muscle, which stops the muscle from contracting. This process allows wrinkles to soften and relax. A few patients that receive Botox injections want zero to no movement in their foreheads. These few that insist on excessive Botox injections can then resemble some celebrities that look completely frozen, with little to no facial expressions.
Over injecting Dermal Fillers will also produce an unnatural result. For example over injecting Dermal Filler into the cheeks and other areas can leave a patient looking very bloated, and the skin looking plastic. When too much Filler is injected, it stretches and weighs down the skin.
When Botox and Fillers are injected properly, patients will leave looking refreshed and renewed, and never overdone.
At Lasting Looks Clinic in Toronto our goal is to make patients feel more confident and youthful without looking unnatural or plastic.
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