For a long time Botox was the only product in the cosmetic world that was regarded as a wrinkle reducer. In addition to removing wrinkles, Botox has been used for much much longer for therapeutic reasons to reduce spasticity in children and also used for pain management. Botox is now used to treat migraines, for TMJ problems, for excessive sweating and lastly for overactive bladders. More recently Botox has had some competition from other wrinkle reducers such as Xeomin and Dysport.
All of the wrinkle reducers now available work on the same premise of relaxing the muscles that when tight cause us to develop wrinkles. Each different company offers slight variations in the substance used as well as the dosing required to correct wrinkles.
At BC laser we offer Botox and alternative treatments for wrinkles as well as Botox therapeutic for many purposes. Call us on 604 580 2464 to book an appointment.
For more information about individual treatments and products visit these pages:
- Botox for wrinkles
- Botox for migraines
- Botox for TMJ – Botox can be used to treat this jaw problem.
- Botox for excessive sweating
- Botox for overactive bladders- For those who have urinary incontinence, Botox may be used to treat this condition for the short term. For a longer term solution treatments such as Thermiva have been proven to be very effective.
Botox cosmetic use for wrinkle correction is used in very small doses compared to its use in therapeutic conditions such as migraines, excessive sweating and for pain. Botox has been studied for more than 25 years and has proven to be safe even in the larger doses used for therapeutic treatments. Botox is measured in “units” . This means that for every Botox unit there is a set amount of product. Botox powder comes in 100 or 200 unit vials and is reconstituted with saline usually to the 100 or 200 units as per the vial and instructions given by the manufacturer. Therefore there are 100 or 200 units in a vial and typically Botox cosmetic treatments are done by area or by the number of units used. Note that for Xeomin and Dysport the “unit” is different and may require more product to be used for the same areas. Typically Dysport has 300 units in a vial and approx three times as many units may be injected into an area than for Botox. You would still receive the same amount of the active ingredient in every unit.