Wrinkle Management – Excessive Sweating
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox, Xeomin)
The administration of Botulinum Toxin Type A is one of the most highly recognized non-surgical cosmetic procedures available today with an estimated 4.5 million procedures performed in the US in 20161. When administered by a skilled professional, it is a safe and effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles (those that deepen when a muscle contracts), as well as for excessive sweating.
1 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank Statistics, American Society of Plastic Surgery. 2016.
Effective Wrinkle Treatment
Botox is one brand of botulinum toxin type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Another, similar brand used in our office is called Xeomin. They both work by blocking the release of a natural chemical called acetylcholine, which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles. When injected, it paralyzes muscles and temporarily prevents them from contracting. Within the next 3-5 days, the injected muscles begin to weaken, thereby diminishing or preventing wrinkles caused by the contracting muscles.
Botulinum toxin type A is commonly used to treat the following areas:
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Lip depressors
- Neck bands
A good candidate for this simple procedure would be someone who is in good health looking to prevent or reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Most people notice them first around the eyes (also known as crow’s feet), lines in the forehead, frown lines between the eyes or around the mouth, or even lipstick lines around the mouth.
Our trained staff will evaluate your skin thickness, type, degree of wrinkling and personal goals for the most effective use of botulinum type A toxin injections. This procedure is often combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures like dermal fillers for minimally-invasive enhancements to your overall appearance. These injections have been used safely for many years, and are an extremely popular choice for both women and men who desire fewer wrinkles and want to retain a more youthful, and softer look.
Excessive Sweating (Hyperhydrosis)
Botulinum toxin type A is also a safe, effective treatment for excessive underarm sweating when anti-perspirants or other topical treatments are ineffective. Botox has been shown to decrease perspiration by up to 87%.
How Botulinum Toxin Type A Injections are Performed
Following an analysis and a discussion of your desired outcome, the procedure itself takes about 15 minutes to perform. A minute amount is injected very precisely into the areas being treated. Discomfort associated with the injection is minimal (often compared to the sensation of a bug bite). No sedation or local anaesthetic is required, although topical anaesthetic is available upon request.
The injections are quick, simple and have no downtime—you may resume normal activities immediately. Do not rub or massage the treated areas for a few days. You may experience temporary localized swelling, bruising and discomfort as a result of the injection. Treatment results are typically visible within one week and generally last 3-4 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
BOTOX® is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Xeomin is a different brand, but works in the same way. Used in small amounts, they paralyze muscles and prevent them from contracting, thereby diminishing or preventing associated wrinkles.
Results can vary for each individual; the average is three-to-four months when proper BOTOX dilution is used.
Those who can be licensed to administer BOTOX injections are limited to:
- Physicians actively licensed by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
- Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners actively licensed by the College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, who are injecting with sufficient education and training in this procedure, and with support from a physician
- Licensed Practical Nurses actively registered with the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta who are injecting with additional education and training in this procedure, and with support from a physician
- Aestheticians, medical aestheticians and dentists are NOT licensed to administer BOTOX in Alberta unless they meet the above criteria
BOTOX has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. In 2001, Health Canada approved its use specifically for wrinkle therapy. BOTOX® has become the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America, with an estimated three-million treatments performed annually.
It is important to ensure your BOTOX® procedure is administered by a fully-licensed practitioner who:
- Is licensed in Alberta for injections (please see FAQ ‘Who can perform BOTOX injections in Alberta?’)
- Has experience in injections and cosmetic procedures, with additional training in injecting BOTOX®, and who is prepared and qualified to handle any complications
- Has a very strong knowledge of facial anatomy
- Is someone you are completely comfortable with and trust