BOTOX® Cosmetic in Vancouver, Richmond Area
What is BOTOX®?
For more than 20 years, women and men have been benefiting from this non-invasive treatment option. During this time, its dependable safety and effectiveness have helped it become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments worldwide. BOTOX® Cosmetic, available in the Vancouver and Richmond area from Dr. Owen Reid, is a preparation of botulinum toxin type A, a naturally occurring substance produced by bacteria. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by temporarily reducing the communication between nerve endings and muscles in the areas where it is injected. The effect is noticeable within 5-10 days, and it lasts for approximately 4 months.
What are the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic can be used to:
- Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Enhance the shape of facial features
- Change the shape of the face
- Eliminate excessive sweating
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How does BOTOX® reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles?
Lines and wrinkles are common signs of aging. In the upper face, many of these wrinkles are worsened by the continuous and excessive contraction of facial muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used strategically to reduce the activity of these muscles and the wrinkles they create. Dr. Reid will help you choose a dose that will deliver a noticeable aesthetic improvement while still maintaining some expression for a natural-looking result.
Commonly treated areas of the face include:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Vertical lines between the eyebrows
- Crow's feet wrinkles around the eyes
- Bunny lines on the side of the nose
- Vertical lines of the upper lip
How can BOTOX® be used to enhance your facial features?
BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used to enhance the shape of facial features. When injected near the tail of the eyebrow, Botox® can have a lifting effect that improves eyebrow shape and "opens up" the eye.
As we age, the upper lip becomes flatter with less of the red lip showing, and the corners of the mouth turn downwards. Dr. Reid uses BOTOX®, often in combination with fillers, to restore a more youthful appearance.
How can BOTOX® change the shape of the face?
Some women find their lower face to be too wide. In these situations, Dr. Reid can use BOTOX® to reduce the size of the jaw muscles, providing a subtle but noticeable enhancement in facial proportions.
How can BOTOX® be used to control excessive sweating?
Excessive sweating of the hands and armpits can add unwanted stress to social situations. As part of your consultation with Dr. Reid, he will review the treatment options, which include topical agents, BOTOX® Cosmetic and surgery. BOTOX® eliminates excessive sweating by interrupting the communication between nerves and sweat glands. The effect is noticeable within 5-10 days, and it lasts for 4-6 months.
Who will perform my treatment?
All BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments at our practice are administered by Dr. Reid in his Richmond office. Initial consultation appointments last 30 minutes. Dr. Reid will listen to your concerns and provide a comprehensive treatment plan. As a plastic surgeon, he is also able to present the advantages and disadvantages of all the available treatment options, both surgical and non-invasive. BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are most often performed as part of the initial consultation, but there is no obligation to go ahead with treatment at that time. If you choose to have a BeautiPHIcation treatment, this will be booked for a later date.
People seeking BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments often benefit from injectable fillers such as JUVEDERM™. BOTOX® Cosmetic can also enhance the results of a facelift.
What is the recovery like following BOTOX® treatment?
The active chemical in BOTOX® Cosmetic is carried in a small amount of solution that is injected with a very small needle. This allows for relatively comfortable treatment sessions. Bruises and redness are rare, so there is no need to arrange time off work or adjust your social schedule.