Botulinum toxin – FAQ

What is Botulinum toxin ?

Botulinum toxin is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles. It is used to treat upper facial lines, including forehead, crow’s feet and frown lines.

How does Botulinum toxin  work?

Botulinum toxin works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles and gives your face a more relaxed and refreshed appearance.

How long does a treatment take?

Following a facial analysis by your doctor, the procedure only takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

How soon will I see a difference?

You can expect to see results within days after your treatment, but the full effect could take up to 2 weeks.

How is the treatment done?

A small amount of Botulinum toxin  is injected into the muscle with a very fine needle.

How long does the treatment last?

The effects usually last up to four months.

Are Botulinum toxin  treatments safe?

Botulinum toxin Cosmetic® is a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxins have been studied for more than 100 years. Botulinum toxin has been licensed in Canada since 1990 as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions. Botulinum toxin Cosmetic® has been approved for use since 2001.

What are the possible side effects of Botulinum toxin Cosmetic®?

Botulinum toxin and Botulinum toxin Cosmetic® can cause serious side effects. For more information, ask your doctor. Other side effects of Botulinum toxin Cosmetic® include: dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site,  tiredness,  headache,  neck pain,  eye problems such as double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes,  allergic reactions; symptoms of an allergic reaction to Botulinum toxin or Botulinum toxin Cosmetic® may include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.

Is Cosmetic® Botulinum toxin safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women?

You should not take Botulinum toxin if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breast-feeding. It is not known if Botulinum toxin can harm your unborn baby or pass into breast milk