Do you look in the mirror and wonder why you appear older, more tired, or less happy than you actually are? The cause may be wrinkles at the corners of your eyes, between your brows, and along your forehead. Heights Laser Centre offers Vancouver patients BOTOX® to erase these facial lines. Through a simple, non-invasive procedure, you can enjoy a smoother, younger-looking, and more rested appearance.
Wrinkles and fine lines in the upper face and brow tend to become visible when you make certain facial expressions. BOTOX®, a Health Canada – and FDA-approved product, diminishes signs of aging related to facial expressions by limiting the contraction of targeted facial muscles. This helps smooth away features such as crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead creases, and chin and neck wrinkles. Jaw slimming can also be achieved by injecting into the jaw muscles with BOTOX®.
In addition to its aesthetic advantages, BOTOX® can effectively reduce the symptoms of several medical conditions, radically improving your daily comfort. You may benefit from treatment if you have one of the following:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- TMJ dysfunction (jaw pain from clenching your teeth)
- Migraine headaches
Vancouver patients can feel confident in the safety and efficacy of their care. Dr. Perhez Jaffer has spent more than a decade helping patients achieve their personal goals and is recognized as an expert in BOTOX® by the product’s manufacturer, Allergan™. He regularly participates in professional development courses related to injectables and other aesthetic procedures. Knowledge of the latest techniques ensures that Dr. Jaffer is always at the forefront of treatment methods and that his patients can expect the best outcome possible.
Visiting Our Medical Spa
You’ll love getting BOTOX® at Heights Laser Centre because of the warm, friendly atmosphere and the expert treatment you will receive. Our patient-centered approach focuses on your comfort and the aesthetic result you want to achieve.
When Vancouver patients arrive at our office, our team members will greet them, offer them a beverage, and share an overview of what to expect during their consultation with Dr. Jaffer. During your appointment, Dr. Jaffer will take time to get to know you and listen to your concerns. This process will refine his approach to your treatment and help you become comfortable as his patient.
Preventative skin care and maintenance are essential and address a variety of aesthetic concerns. Dr. Jaffer will spend part of the consultation reviewing the daily regimen he recommends for you, which may include using sunscreen, rain or shine, along with topical Vitamin C serum in the morning and topical Vitamin A cream at night. He also advises most patients to take Omega 3 oil capsules daily.
Dr. Jaffer will conduct an examination of your face and features. He will outline a course of action based on your concerns and his examination. If muscle movement is causing your facial wrinkles, BOTOX® can be an effective approach for reducing their appearance and smoothing out your skin.
Dr. Jaffer is conservative in the course of care he provides. In some cases, he advises patients that they don’t yet need BOTOX® or only require a small amount of the product. If Dr. Jaffer believes you will benefit from treatment, an HLC staff member will take photos prior to your procedure. This will let you compare your “before” pictures to your “after,” pictures showing the improvement that BOTOX® has produced.
Aesthetic Treatment with BOTOX®
The treatment area will be iced prior to your procedure to improve your comfort. Dr. Jaffer will use a very small needle to inject the BOTOX® directly into the muscle. Patients often comment on how Dr. Jaffer’s approach helped put them ease throughout the process. Treatment time varies from person to person, but our Vancouver patients are usually finished with their appointment in 30 minutes.
Therapeutic Treatment with BOTOX®
If you are visiting Heights Laser Centre for a therapeutic treatment of BOTOX®, your experience will begin in the same way as an aesthetic treatment. However, Dr. Jaffer will ask questions in your consultation to learn about other solutions you may have tried and to listen to the symptoms you are having. This will help him provide you with the care you need.
Excess armpit sweat can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. If you have tried multiple antiperspirants and are frustrated with your results, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX®. As part of treatment:
- Dr. Jaffer will perform a test to determine how much sweat you produce. This will help him decide how much BOTOX® to administer.
- Vancouver patients typically receive a series of superficial injections in the armpit. Most people find the process very manageable.
You should notice a reduction in sweat within 3-4 days and full results within 10 days. Dr. Jaffer will meet with you 10 days to reassess and, if needed, adjust the dosage for future treatments you will receive. The effects of BOTOX® for hyperhidrosis can last up to six months and the procedure is covered by most extended health plans.
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint, more commonly called TMJ, may cause pain or tenderness in the jaw, aching in or around the ear, difficulty chewing, or locking of the joint. If you often clench your jaw at night, BOTOX® injections into the jaw muscles can minimize contractions and decrease your pain. You should note improvement within 3-4 days of treatment with full results in ten days. The results can last up to four to six months.
Patients in Vancouver who have migraines and who have tried other solutions should consider BOTOX® as a treatment option. It is most effective with muscle-related migraines.
As part of your care, you will receive BOTOX® injections in carefully selected areas of your head and neck. Treatment can reduce the occurrence and intensity of your migraines for up to six months.
What People Really Want to Know about BOTOX®
How long does BOTOX® last?
For most of our Vancouver patients, BOTOX® smooths out the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet, and other treated wrinkles for an average of 3-4 months. Patients who receive therapeutic treatment can expect results to last for up to six months.
When will I see a difference?
Dr. Jaffer tells aesthetic patients that they will see some reduction of wrinkles within 3-4 days of treatment. However, it typically takes 10 days for final results to present themselves. This timeframe is similar for therapeutic patients as well.
Are BOTOX® injections painful?
Patient comfort is a top priority at Heights Laser Centre. Dr. Jaffer applies ice to the treatment area prior to injections to minimize discomfort. He also uses a tiny needle, which lessens the pain Vancouver patients may otherwise feel. Dr. Jaffer’s experience with injecting BOTOX® allows him to be very precise and efficient with each treatment. The best way to know what to expect is by reviewing the experiences of our other patients, who almost invariably remark on how gentle their treatment was.
Will I bruise after my BOTOX® injection?
It is very rare for Dr. Jaffer’s patients to bruise following BOTOX®.
Will there be swelling in the treatment area?
Swelling is minimal for most of our Vancouver patients. Ice is applied to the area before and after BOTOX® to reduce any potential swelling.
Will my face look frozen after BOTOX®?
Dr. Jaffer’s approach to BOTOX® will leave you with natural looking results. You will still be expressive and look more rested.
After BOTOX®: Recuperation and Results
Dr. Jaffer is committed to giving Vancouver patients the most natural-looking results possible. Because his technique is impactful but subtle, patients often say that they look more youthful and refreshed without anyone noticing that they have received BOTOX®.
Following aesthetic treatment with BOTOX®, an HLC team member will take a new set of photos so you can compare your appearance to the “before” photos. This can help you see where changes took place. Dr. Jaffer will also outline post-care guidelines, which typically include:
- Exercise the muscles that were treated for an hour afterward
- Do not lie down for 4 hours after
- Do not participate in strenuous activity for 24 hours after injections
- Do not get in a hot tub, sauna, or whirlpool for 24 hours
Dr. Jaffer sees BOTOX® patients 10 days after their procedure to examine the treatment areas, ask about their experience, and answer any other questions. He will occasionally administer a little more of the product at the follow-up appointment to achieve a patient’s desired goals. After this visit, patients can return to our medical facility as needed for additional treatments, usually every three to four months.
Get in touch with Heights Laser Center to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles or to address chronic discomfort with BOTOX®. Vancouver patients can contact our medical spa online or by phone at (604) 298-4481.