Botox Cosmetic Treatments in Vancouver
Botox Cosmetic is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures worldwide and it is one of the most popular treatments in our Vancouver clinic. Dr. Jean Carruthers, with her husband, Dr. Alastair Carruthers, pioneered the cosmetic use of Botulinum A Exotoxin (Botox) and have remained at the forefront of research and teaching about this procedure. They are well known in the Vancouver cosmetic surgery community and around the world for their pioneering of Botox treatments and other procedures and are amongst the most sought-after cosmetic physicians for Botox Cosmetic treatments.
Common Cosmetic Treatments Using Botox
Botox Cosmetic started as a treatment for brow furrows and glabellar furrows. It soon was realized that the brows would also elevate when the brow depressor muscles were treated with Botox, giving the eyes a more open, lifted look.
Botox has been used to treat:
- horizontal forehead lines
- crows feet
- mid face over active zygomaiticus major, risorius, and masseter muscles
- vertical lip lines (orbicularis oris)
- the mouth frown (depressor anguli oris – DAOs)
- in the mentalis to treat the apple dumpling chin
- vertical platysmal bands in the neck
Botox Cosmetic can be combined with the use of soft tissue fillers to achieve optimal cosmetic results in areas such as:
- the lateral tails of the eyebrows
- in the preceptal skin of the upper lids
- under the inferior crow’s feet
- in the malar area
- and also in the peri-oral region including in the lips and in the nasal-labial and melomental folds (marionette lines)
Botox Cosmetic can also be used with lasers and other energy-based devices in order to improve the tone and texture of the skin. We very often use Botox with treatments that are light based such as Intense Pulsed Light (or IPL), or with Thermage radiofrequency treatments and pixelated CO2 laser treatments such as the UltraPulse Encore’s Deep FX and Active FX.
Cosmetic surgery is yet another aspect of cosmetic treatment that combines well with Botox. About 80% of middle aged women have one brow slightly higher than the other. Before the surgical procedure is performed, a Botox treatment can be used to equalize the height of the brows so that a perfect upper lid blepharoplasty can be performed. The use of Botox also reduces the size of scars by providing a relaxed, tension-free environment during the healing process. Therefore, in our face lift procedures, we use Botox in the platysma muscle in order to stop drag on the incision line so that the scar is very refined and unobtrusive. Other surgical procedures we use Botox for include lower eyelid blepharoplasty repairs and in peri-oral surgical procedures.
Botox Cosmetic treatments are a relatively quick and simple procedure. Each injection takes only seconds, and discomfort is minimal. Occasionally, one may experience some minor bruising or a slight headache, but you would be able to resume your normal daily activities that day.
Botox treatments are noticeable within a few days and usually last 3-4 months and re-treatment may then be entertained.
Before and After Photos of Botox Cosmetic
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