Botox® – FAQs

Read below commonly asked questions about non surgical procedures (Botox®)


What is BOTOX Cosmetic?

A tiny amount of Botox® is injected into the muscles creating the dynamic wrinkle you are treating. When Botox® is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle relaxes. As the muscle relaxes, the dynamic wrinkle overlying the muscle is smoothed away. In time the wrinkles at rest also soften.

What areas of the face are commonly treated with Botox®?

The most common areas treated are the frown lines, crows feet to the side of the eyes and forehead lines. As well the brow can be elevated (ie medical browlift) with Botox® and other fine lines can be treated such as ‘bunny line’ over the nose and fine lines around the mouth as well as chin.

Will Botox® give me a fake, frozen look?

Not if you are treated by an experienced physician such as Dr Bartlett. As a surgeon, Dr Bartlett has an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy and will be able to determine the right dose and location of Botox injection. The treatment only relaxes the muscle injected so the other elements of facial expression remain active. It has no effect on sensory nerves, therefore you will have normal feeling in the treated areas.

How long do the effects of a Botox® treatment last?

The effects of a Botox® treatment usually last three to four months, at which time another injection is required. After several treatments, the effects of Botox® may begin to last longer.

Are Botox® treatments safe?

Botox® has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a number of disorders caused by overactive muscles. The cosmetic use of Botox® for wrinkle management is an extension of this. It has been proven to be very safe through extensive research and testing.

What are the treatments like?

A tiny amount of Botox® is injected, very precisely into the muscles being treated. The procedure usually only takes one to two minutes to complete and you can resume normal activities immediately. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is used, there is minimal or no discomfort associated with the injection and an anesthetic is not necessary. Occasionally there may be a slight temporary bruise at the injection site which can be covered with make-up.