Botox treatment

Use neuromodulators for cosmetic or medical purposes

Noticeable results no surgery and no recovery time

Eastport Dental Centre offers in-office Botox and Xeomin treatment.

Find out more about what Botox treatment is and its main benefits for you if you choose this solution for cosmetic or medical purposes.

Is Dr. Alex Newman authorized to administer neuromodulators like Botox or Xeomin?

Dr. Alex Newman was trained and certified to administer Neuromodulators like Botox, Xeomin and Dysport at the University of Alberta.

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Why choose Botox treatment?

There are many different reasons that patients choose to receive Botox/ Xeomin treatment from wanting to remove fine lines and wrinkles and achieve a more youthful appearance to treating more severe conditions such as TMJ pain, bruxism, or chronic migraines.

Since the early 1980s, it’s been known that this protein can be safely used to control facial muscle spasms and tics, treat eyelid tremors and other ocular problems, and control excessive perspiration.

It’s also been proven to significantly reduce chronic frontal tension headaches and migraines.

And, as you’ve probably already heard, it’s especially effective in reducing dynamic wrinkles.

Botox® is probably the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure in North America today.

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How do Botox/Xeomin/Dysport Cosmetics work?

Neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are used to relax wrinkles.

Originally discovered as a toxin, they evolved into a safe therapeutic drug and a purified form of botulinum toxin A is now widely used for cosmetic and medical treatments.

They have a proven safety record and are approved by Health Canada and more than 20 countries around the world to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines.

Neuromodulators work by blocking the nerves that contract muscles, softening the appearance of wrinkles.

While the results are dramatic, it will not radically change your facial appearance.

The muscles are simply relaxed, so you can still frown, smile, or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases.

The effectiveness of Botox for this application is really quite amazing. Unfortunately, its benefits don’t last forever.

The effect of Botox gradually wears off and patients need maintenance injections every 4 to 6 months to maintain a smoother facial appearance.

On the flip side, the non-permanence of the treatment makes it easy to try out in order to see how you feel about it, without the pressure of deciding on any long-term alterations.

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What is a Botox Cosmetic treatment like?

The procedure is fast, simple, and minimally invasive, and no anesthesia is required.

The whole treatment is typically completed within 15-20 minutes.

Injections are administered with an ultra-fine needle directly into the area being treated.

Discomfort is minimal and brief, and once complete, usually completely gone.

Most people return directly to work or normal activity following treatment.

Some patients experience minor temporary bruising at the injection site, but this can easily be concealed.

Botox is most effective on wrinkles that haven’t quite set yet, caused by muscles contracting while moving your face.

These are called expression lines, or dynamic wrinkles.

Typical dynamic wrinkles include frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet around the eyes, and forehead lines.

The presence of these wrinkles can add years to our appearance, often making us look angry, tired or worried when we’re not.

By relaxing these muscles you won’t form dynamic wrinkles.

Relevant muscle relaxation is usually observed 2 to 14 days after the treatment and the effects persist for approximately 3-4 months.

Continued treatment can prevent new wrinkles from forming.

Due to general weakening of the injected muscles, the clinical effect may last considerably longer.

Neuromodulators are clinically proven to last up to 16 weeks and they are used as a temporary cosmetic treatment for patients between the ages of 18 and 65.

Once the Botox begins to wear off, the muscles will return to their normal tenser state.

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What are the health risks of using neuromodulators?

In April 2002, the FDA granted approval for the use of Botox in treatment of frown lines.

Over the last 20 years, Botulinum Toxin Type A has been evaluated in more than 200 clinical studies, and has been widely used for more than 15 years.

There is no chance of getting botulism from a Botox injection.

There are possible side effects, but the treatment is generally considered safe if one is healthy and does not suffer from certain illnesses or neurological disorders (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome).

If too much toxin is injected, or is injected into the wrong facial area, a person can occasionally experience temporary eyelid muscle drooping which could certainly be an aggravation, but this occurs very rarely when administered correctly.

For safety reasons neuromodulators should not be used during pregnancy and nursing.

You should not use Botox if you are allergic to botulinum toxin or any other ingredients in neuromodulators.

Side effects are rare and generally not serious. Please discuss any risks with your physician for more information.

Make sure to tell your doctor about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you take, including vitamins and supplements.

After the treatment you may experience a slight headache or have swelling or bruising around the injection site.

You may be asked to keep your head elevated for the next 6 hours and to avoid touching the treated area.

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Is Xeomin better or worse than Botox?

Xeomin is the first neuromodulator that does not need to be refrigerated before use, which may simplify distribution.

Xeomin also has no additives, just botulinum toxin type A.

This may mean that there is less risk of developing antibodies against Xeomin than other available neurotoxins.

The body develops antibodies in response to a foreign invader and attacks.

In theory, antibodies could prevent a neurotoxin from having its desired effects.

The effects of Xeomin occur within one week, and the results last from three to six months, making it comparable to Botox in terms of both onset and duration of action.

Xeomin should not be used interchangeably with other botulinum products.

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Will I look unnatural after a Botox/ Xeomin Cosmetic treatment?

In the hands of a skilled and experienced injector, Neuromodulators (Botox & Xeomin) can help you look rested and refreshed: still you, but rejuvenated.

You and your physician will together determine a plan to keep your expression natural and animated.

As the muscle-relaxing effect of neuromodulators is dose-dependent, the degree of muscle contraction impairment can be controlled by the amount of BOTOX that is administered into an area.

While you may have earned every one of your worry lines, you don’t have to show them if you don’t want to!

If dynamic wrinkles are starting to make you look older or more negative, neuromodulators like Botox or Xeomin can help restore the rested, confident appearance you desire while it could also help treat more serious conditions like bruxism/grinding.

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Are you interested in Botox® Treatment?

If you feel that you are a good candidate for Botox treatment and are interested in learning more, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.