Wrinkle Treatments

What it can do for you

botoxNeuromodulators such as Botox® are a unique treatment in cosmetic medicine. It addresses the cause of “dynamic wrinkles” – the ones that form when you make facial expressions.

As we age, our skin loses its ability to spring back to its natural state after smiling or frowning, for instance. That lack of elasticity, combined with a loss of volume, means more and more of those dynamic wrinkles become permanent, aging your appearance.

Botox® is commonly used to reduce the appearance of:

  • frown lines and forehead wrinkles
  • crows feet
  • lines around the mouth

It is also used to lift the brow and corners of the mouth and contour the jaw-line and neck.

How it works

Botox® is the trade name for one of 3 purified botulinum neurotoxin complexes available. Tiny amounts are injected into specific facial muscles to temporarily weaken them. That’s why Botox® works best for lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movement.

For over twenty years, doctors have used Botox® to treat various medical conditions, including excessive sweating and migraines.

Because it treats the underlying cause of wrinkles, Botox® is also a great complement to other treatments, such as dermal fillers and Thermage.

Meeting your needs

The effects of Botox® therapy are temporary and require repeated treatments. The frequency depends on the depth and size of the wrinkles and your needs and lifestyle.

A professional assessment with Dr. van Aardt is necessary before you begin treatment.

The average treatment lasts 3 to 4 months, with the effects of the treatment starting to show within 3 to 5 days. It takes up to two weeks before you see the full effects and for some people, it takes more than one treatment to fully relax the muscles.

With repeated treatments, the effects last longer and wrinkles may completely disappear. However, it takes considerable time for the skin to heal where wrinkles have taken years to form. You might want to consider using Botox® to prevent otherwise inevitable wrinkles.

Dr. van Aardt offers two procedures at our medi-spa in Truro, Nova Scotia that combine Botox® with other anti-aging treatments to return your youthful beauty:

  • Soft-Lift combines Botox® with dermal fillers to restore volume.
  • Rejuva-Lift, Dr. van Aardt’s signature procedure, adds Thermage to tighten the skin, in addition to Botox® and dermal fillers.

To find out more, visit www.botoxcosmetic.com