Botox is the number one anti-wrinkle, anti-aging treatment in Edmonton and around the world. Millions of men and women have experienced the benefit of Botox and indeed, Botox injections are the most common procedures performed at our clinic It is an extremely common procedure and one that, if done correctly, yields a completely natural and pleasing result.
Botox is a natural, purified protein that tends to block impulses from the nerves to the tiny facial muscles responsible for the deep muscle pull creases; consequently, the muscles relax so the undesirable creases gradually fade away. After treatment, the overlying skin usually remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing desirable facial expression to be unaffected, yielding a natural rejuvenation. In the hands of our skilled physician injector, you will still look like you–only more well-rested and youthful looking.
Dr. Nakatsui has been injecting Botox and fillers for over 20 years and is one of the premier injectors of filler and Botox in Edmonton. Our award-winning clinic has an exceptional reputation and track record. You can trust our Board Certified Dermatologist to give you the best possible results.
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The most common area Dr. Nakatsui treats is the glabellar furrows (otherwise known as frown lines)–the vertical wrinkles that appear between the eyebrows. These are the lines that make one look angry or concerned even when happy. After treatment, these frown lines normally fade yielding a more pleasant and more youthful appearance. In the photo above, our patient is trying very hard to frown but she simply cannot!
In addition, Botox can be used to lift the brows slightly if desired as a non-surgical brow lift. Many patients really enjoy this effect as it opens up the eyes slightly and makes your expression more inviting by counteracting the drooping and sagging that occurs with age.
The crow’s feet (otherwise known as smile lines) around the eyes are another commonly treated area and these aging lines usually respond very well to muscle relaxant injections. Horizontal forehead lines are the third most common area of injection. Injecting these wrinkles will help your face maintain its youthfulness.
Botox can also be used to treat bunny lines and dimpled, uneven chins and can even be used to shrink the large masseter muscles of the cheeks and slim the lower face. Other areas include the corners of the mouth, the lips, neck bands, and the jawline (otherwise known as a Nefertiti lift). Some patients also receive injections for their migraines and excessive sweating. However, not all patients are candidates for these treatments. For example, some patients will get heavy brows from injection of the forehead. After a consultation with Dr. Nakatsui, he will best be able to decide which areas should be treated and which should not.
It is true that the Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy have allowed their members to inject Botox and it is difficult for the patient to know who to go to. Unfortunately, many dentists and pharmacists have learned how to inject Botox through a weekend course. Just as you likely shouldn’t trust Dr. Nakatsui to do your teeth after a three day course, you probably shouldn’t trust a dentist or pharmacist to do your Botox after a three day course. See a Board Certified Dermatologist to get the best professional expert treatment you can get.
At our Edmonton clinic, Dr. Nakatsui personally performs all BOTOX COSMETIC ® injections and is committed to providing the best Botox in Edmonton. Unlike many other clinics and spas, there are no nurse injectors for fillers or Botox at Nakatsui DermaSurgery. Do yourself a favour and see someone who is a Board Certified Dermatologist to do your injections and get the best Botox results Edmonton has to offer.
Our clinic would typically charge between $90-$230 for the forehead, $160-230 for the glabella, $180-230 for the crow’s feet, and $80 for the chin. The variability in cost depends on the surface area that needs to be treated and the strength of the target muscles. For example, men sometimes need more Botox than women for the same area simply because they have bigger, stronger muscles, although this is not always the case. Some foreheads need more Botox as some people have more active foreheads than others, whereas other foreheads need less. As a result, we charge by the unit rather than by the region; if we didn’t, we would be charging more than necessary for some patients.
**Actual patient. Individual results may vary.
Botox injections are simple and safe if done correctly. Using a tiny needle, a very small amount is injected, very precisely, into the target muscle. There is a slight burning sensation as the fluid is injected. However, no anesthetic is required and normal activities can be resumed immediately, with the exception of bending over for a few hours after treatment.
In some individuals, the results may take up to 10 days to take effect.
The effects will last about three-four months on average, and the muscle action will return. The duration is determined by the individual’s rate of metabolism. When the undesirable creases begin to reappear, another injection is all that is necessary to maintain the desired result. You will need to have injections three to four times a year to maintain this positive effect.
Some studies have shown that the duration of the treatment benefits increase over time. The length of time the treatment lasts varies from patient to patient.
Yes. Botox and fillers are often injected on the same day. This is often referred to as a Soft Lift ™ and it refers to the use of Botox in combination with fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane at the same visit. A combination of these two injectables can give a more rejuvenated look than either one alone by treating the face as a whole, smoothing away lines, restoring lost volume, and enhancing facial contours. Dr. Nakatsui has performed over a thousand Soft Lift ™ procedures on patients interested in non-invasive treatment to rejuvenate the appearance of the face.
There is very little discomfort with injection, particularly when using extremely tiny 31G needles. On occasion, patients find the injections completely painless although there is more commonly a tiny sting associated with each injection. No anesthesia is required, although we will occasionally provide patients with topical anesthetic or light nitrous oxide (laughing gas) if they have needle anxiety.
Botox injections are effective in treating some muscle pull creases, but not all of them and the results are temporary. The injections will not improve the quality of the skin, such as fine wrinkles, texture changes, or uneven pigmentation. Treatment options for improving the quality of the skin include the 3D Rejuvenation Program, Pearl Fractional/Fusion treatments, and laser resurfacing. Botox injections will not improve sagging and redundant skin. Lifting procedures are necessary for these conditions.
This is a common question with new patients. Botox is very safe and has been used for decades. Dr. Nakatsui and his staff all receive Botox injections regularly. Rarely, there can be side effects, including bruising (which is temporary and can be treated with laser), transient swelling, or a slight transient headache. Very rarely, the medication can diffuse to adjacent muscles and cause temporary unwanted muscle weakening, although this is very uncommon.
When it comes to Botox, it is important to do your research and decide which is the best clinic in Edmonton. We feel it is to your benefit to go to a Board Certified Dermatogist. Dr. Nakatsui has 20 years of experience with Botox and thousands of patients with positive results. We have an outstanding track record and for these reasons and others, we believe that Nakatsui DermaSurgery is your optimal choice for the best Botox Edmonton has to offer.
Botox appointments can be made by calling the office at 780-482-1414. For your convenience, Botox appointments can also be booked directly online. There is a $100.00 refundable deposit required to reserve an appointment using the online booking service (please note there is a $20.00 administrative fee deducted from this deposit). If you cannot find a convenient time using the online scheduler, please call as there may be additional appointment times available that are not visible online.
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