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Botox - What is it and what does it do?

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

before and after pictures of botox

By now you've definitely heard of botox, but what does it do REALLY and how do you know if it's for you!

At GLOW, we work with Nurse Svetlana for our injectables and have been thrilled with the natural results as the perfect boost to our skincare routine.

Botulinum Toxin

What is Botulinum Toxin and what does it do?

Botulinum toxin, also referred to as neuromodulator is a purified substance derived from bacteria. Injection of neuromodulator blocks the release of acetylcholine, the main neurotransmitter that signals the muscles to contract. Without the signal, the muscle is not able to contract which results in diminished facial wrinkles appearance.

What to expect?

It can take 3-14 days before you notice any effect from botulinum toxins. The full effect will take up to 2 weeks. The results will last 3-4 months on average. After that you will begin to see the wrinkles and lines return.

Which areas can be treated with botulinum toxin?

Your injector will be able to address the areas of most concern based on your individual anatomy. The most commonly treated areas are forehead, between the eyebrow area (the elevens) and crow’s feet, the wrinkles around the eyes. Neuromodulators used therapeutically can help to alleviate symptoms experienced with bruxism (teeth grinding & clenching), and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). You can even get it on your upper lip to avoid a 'gummy' smile!

Common side effects?

· Pain

· Bruising at the injection site

· Bleeding

· Redness

Post care instructions include:

· Avoiding laying down and staying upright for at least 4 hours after botulinum toxin treatment.

· No exercise for at least 4 h post-procedure.

· Avoiding hot tubs and saunas for at least 24h.

· No make-up application after injection and keeping the skin clean.

Botulinum toxin types currently approved by FDA and Health Canada for cosmetic and/or therapeutic use:

Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Nuiceva®

All of the above brands are offered here at GLOW. Why not have a complimentary consultation to learn more! Book your complementary consult here

xo - GLOW


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