Ever since Botox was approved for aesthetic use, a huge number of Botox injections are now conveyed for all sort of cosmetic purposes.

Botox was first used for cosmetic purposes in 2002 to treat frown lines and upper face wrinkles.

Presently, Botox is now the most common injection in the field of aesthetic medicine with over 6 million Botox procedures administered yearly.

What is Botox?

Botox is used to treat specific muscular conditions and eliminate wrinkles by paralyzing the target muscles temporarily. It is produced using botulinum toxin (neurotoxin) that is created by Clostridium botulinum.

Even though Botox is a strong toxic substance, it has various applications when used accurately.

To understand why Botox help eliminates facial lines and wrinkles, let’s find out how wrinkles are formed.

What are wrinkles?

First, wrinkles are ridges, folds, or creases in the skin. They appear as you get age. Also, most wrinkles appear in areas of the body that are more exposed to the sun, particularly the neck, face, arms, and the back of the hands.

What causes wrinkles?

Wrinkles are caused by repeated facial expressions such as repeated squinting, frowning, or smiling.

In addition, UV light causes wrinkles by breaking down elastin fiber and collagen fibers in the skin. The fiber builds the skin’s connective tissue, which is situated beneath the skin’s surface.

If the fiber breaks down, it makes the skin less flexible and weak. As a result, the skin starts to fall, causing wrinkles to form.

In like manner, constant smoking increases the aging process because it reduces the skin’s blood supply. Similarly, Alcohol dries up the skin, and a dehydrated skin will cause wrinkles to form.

What are the different types of wrinkles?

  • The Dynamic wrinkle

The Dynamic wrinkle lasts for a limited period, meaning it only appears during a facial appearance and disappears when there is none. In that case, if you frown, the wrinkles appear just when you are frowning.

  • Static wrinkles

Static wrinkles build up after some time because of the skin’s inability to unfold. Also, static wrinkles are permanent, so any static wrinkles began as dynamic a wrinkle.

How does Botox help?

Botox injection will help lessen our ability to demonstrate frequent and extreme facial expression by relaxing the targeted muscles. Hence, this will lengthen the time needed for dynamic wrinkles to transform into static wrinkles and prevent the static wrinkles. Also, it will help prevent the static wrinkles from bigger and deeper.

How is Botox prepared?

Botox is delivered by weakening the powder in saline and infusing it into the neuromuscular tissue. Consequently, it takes 1 to 3 days for the botulinum toxin to produce results.

In uncommon conditions, it may take five days for a patient to notice the full effect of Botox. Despite the fact that there is no set amount of fluid to add, most doctors add around 2 mL-3 mL of fluid to every vial.

Is Botox safe?

Botox injections are well tolerated and the treatment has little side effects. In rare situations, a patient may have a genetic tendency that causes a transient and moderate reaction to the treatment.

Also, about 1% of people receiving Botox injections forms antibodies that make resulting procedures ineffective.

While Botox can help eliminate facial wrinkles, it also comes with some undesirable effects. These include:

  • Mild pain, local edema, and numbness
  • erythema
  • Mild nausea
  • Malaise
  • Paralysis of surrounding muscles and unwanted weakness
  • Fatigue
  • The weakness of the lateral rectus
  • Neck weakness
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Flu-like illness
  • Swelling
  • Dry mouth
  • Decreased eyesight
  • Gallbladder dysfunction
  • Brachial plexopathy
  • Blurred vision
  • Bleeding
  • Rashes
  • Hives
  • Wheezing

What can I do after Botox?

  • Avoid touching the area where the Botulinum toxin was injected.
  • Do not engage in a strenuous physical activity.
  • Stay away from facial treatment like microdermabrasion, or chemical peels for 24 hours.
  • Do not take the blood thinning drugs after the treatment,
  • Can I shower after Botox?

Should I apply ice after having Botox?

A few specialists apply ice prior and after the procedure to help reduce swelling and bruising. If you feel pains at the injected area, put some ice on the area 24 hours after the treatment to ease the side effects. Avoid rubbing the area with ice to avoid any complications or irritation.

Taking a shower after Botox is fine, but if the water is hot it can affect the results negatively. When you shower, the heat will help stimulate the flow of blood to the face, causing the Botox to shift.

What is the recovery time?

The result of the treatment last from 2 to 5 months. In order to maintain the effects, you need to repeat the injections. Also, Botox treatment does not have a recovery time, meaning patients can resume their usual activities after some hours.

What is the cost of Botox?

The average treatment price of Botox is between $300 and $500 for every area injected. Also, the cost varies and it depends on the geographic area and the doctor performing the treatment.

In addition, the unit price of Botox and the in Edmonton is $10. The amount required depends on several factors including the patient expectation and the treated area and. Overall, the upper area of the face requires about 30 to 40 units to treat smile, frown, and forehead lines.

Can I reverse Botox treatment?

No, you cannot reverse the effects of Botox, so if you are not satisfied with the results, the effects will wear off after 12 weeks. 

Choosing a qualified and experienced Botox specialist in Edmonton will make sure you have the best results. On the other hand, if you are not satisfied, talk to your aesthetic doctor as they may give you better results. They may help you correct uneven and undesirable appearances.

Finally, doctors recommended you begin Botox as soon as possible, particularly while the wrinkles are still dynamic.  It is seen as a preventive treatment rather than a correction treatment.

Also, Botox will not eliminate deep static wrinkles alone; you must combine Botox with fillers for optimal results.


Dr. Kamal Alhallak is the director of Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre. Albany Centre provides a full portfolio of Aesthetics procedures, Laser treatment, and Cosmetic Injectables. For more information, please visit http://www.albanylaser.ca and book for a free consultation.