We all know that aging is a natural part of life, but there are still plenty of ways to stay looking youthful. Botox is a fast and effective, non-surgical solution that can:
- Lessen the appearance of wrinkles
- Smooth and brighten the skin
- Reduce frown lines
- Lift areas of the face that appear to be drooping
- Relieve tension in tight muscle groups
Though Botox was initially developed for therapeutic purposes, it is now commonly used for cosmetic purposes as well.
Want to learn more about how Botox can help you look and feel like your best self? Call New Look Dental for safe and comfortable Botox treatments in West Kelowna!
Botox works by relaxing your muscles
When you receive a Botox treatment, your practitioner will inject the medication into the facial muscles using a fine needle. Once injected, the medication blocks nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This helps the muscles to relax, reducing the appearance of lines and smoothing out wrinkles.
Botox treatments are safe and well-researched
Although the idea of Botox may seem scary, you have nothing to worry about! These injections have been used by doctors in Canada for over 15 years. It is now one of the most common cosmetic procedures undergone by Canadians.
It is important to carefully select a practitioner to ensure that the medication is being safely injected. Doctors, nurses, and dentists can all be qualified to perform Botox treatments. Choosing an experienced and educated Botox physician is the best way to ensure that you get the beautiful, natural results you are looking for.
Preparing for your treatment is easy!
If you are considering cosmetic Botox, it helps to start with a consultation. Here, the practitioner will work with you to create a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired look. Many Kelowna Botox clinics like New Look Dental offer free consultations to ensure you get started with the information you need to make an informed decision.
Because Botox is non-surgical and minimally invasive, there is little preparation required for your first appointment. It is recommended that you avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen in the two weeks leading up to your appointment, as these medications can lead to bruising at the injection sites. Be sure to inform your practitioner of any medications you are currently taking prior to your treatment.
Botox treatments only take a couple of minutes
One of the most common questions we hear is “will it hurt?” The good news is, when it comes to anti-aging treatments, Botox is one of the quickest and most painless options! The needles used in this procedure are very fine, and your entire treatment will likely take less than 15 minutes. No anesthesia is required for Botox patients, but a numbing cream is occasionally used to make the process more comfortable.
For most patients, Botox treatments consist of several injections into various muscles on the face to address lines and wrinkles.
The team at New Look Dental will make your treatment as painless as possible
All of our Botox procedures are performed in our comfortable West Kelowna office. Dr. Andersen uses the smallest needles possible, and his years of experience make Botox treatments quick and easy for patients. Most of our Botox patients say they hardly feel anything at all!
There is no recovery time for Botox treatments
Most patients begin to see results within 4-5 days of treatment. After 14 days the muscles will have had time to relax and maximal results can be seen. It only takes one treatment to see a difference!
Once your treatment is complete, you can get right back to your regular activities! There is no need to alter your lifestyle following your appointment. However, there are a few things you should do to ensure a smooth and easy recovery:
- Avoid strenuous activities for 4 hours following your treatment. This will help to reduce the risk of swelling and bruising
- Do not rub or massage the area for 24 hours
- Lightly exercise the facial muscles by frowning, smiling, and raising your eyebrows
- Call your practitioner if you have any questions about aftercare or concerns about the healing process.
Receiving Botox from a qualified practitioner like a dentist reduces your risk of side effects. You may notice some light bruising, small red bumps, or mild discomfort immediately following your appointment, but these should subside shortly after.
Botox treatments are temporary
Botox treatments can last anywhere from 3-4 months, though some patients report results lasting even longer! It is safe to repeat Botox treatments with a qualified physician to maintain your results. If this is your first Botox treatment, your practitioner may wish to schedule a follow up appointment to assess the results.
The cost of Botox may vary between clinics
The price of Botox treatments is different from patient to patient and from clinic to clinic. With cosmetic treatments such as Botox, avoid choosing a practitioner because they are cheaper than others. This may lead to increased side effects and undesirable results such as an unnatural appearance.
In Kelowna, the average cost for a unit of Botox is $10-18 per unit, and the average treatment requires about 30-40 units. Some clinics offer flat rates, and it is not uncommon for clinics to charge a minimum spend for treatments.
While therapeutic Botox is typically covered by health insurance, cosmetic Botox is not. Your practitioner can discuss the price of your treatment at your consultation so you can decide if Botox is right for you. If you would like to learn more about Botox in Kelowna, just reach out to the team at New Look Dental!