Botox Cosmetic in Vancouver

Dramatically Reduce the Appearance of Dynamic Wrinkles

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Smoother, Younger and Revitalized

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 creases at the corners of your eyes (technically known as lateral canthal lines but more commonly known as crow’s feet), between your eyebrows (glabellar lines), and along your forehead. As we age, the natural elasticity of our skin begins to diminish. Elasticity is what keeps facial skin taut and youthful looking. As elasticity breaks down, sagging and drooping occurs, thus causing wrinkles.

Heights Laser Centre offers Burnaby BC patients to erase these facial lines and help restore a youthful appearance. For men and women in Vancouver, Botox Cosmetic is the best anti-aging solution on the market because of the long-lasting, beautiful results it provides. Botox Cosmetic is the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure to date. Through a simple, non-invasive procedure, you can enjoy a smoother, younger-looking, and more rested appearance.

Did you know that there are peer reviewed studies and medical evidence to suggest that Botox injections can be effective in what’s called “prejuvenation”? This means that the treatment can also delay the development of creases in the first place!

Experience The Heights Laser Centre Difference

  • Licensed Doctor Injector

    The Botox treatment is often performed by a nurse at many medical spas in Vancouver, but not at Heights Laser Centre! Your treatment will always be administered by a licensed, board certified physician. Our cosmetic doctor, Dr. Perhez Jaffer, has over 20 years of medical experience in Botox and is also one of the few elite physicians in Canada who has been trained in MD Codes™, a more precise and comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. He is recognized as an expert in Botox by Allergan, the product’s manufacturer.

  • An Informed Choice

    It’s important that you’re able to make an informed decision on whether the Botox procedure is right for you. During your private consultation with Dr. Jaffer, you’ll receive in-depth, medically accurate information to help you decide. We don’t brush over the details — we explain everything and even give you other options that may also be suitable for you, or alternatives if Botox is deemed unsuitable. Dr. Jaffer regularly participates in professional development courses and knowledge of the latest techniques ensures that he is always at the forefront of the field.

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    As a board certified physician-led practice, we have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2009 and have an A+ rating. Our excellent track record allows you to have unparalleled confidence in the quality and safety of the care you receive, in a relaxed and supportive setting. If you’re ready to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles or to address chronic discomfort with Botox, we are committed to achieving your personal goals.

What is Botox? How Does Botox Work?

Botox Cosmetic is an anti-aging injectable in medical aesthetics that dramatically reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles – those that are caused after years of natural facial movements and expressions by muscle contractions. Manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Allergan Inc., the product is a patented formulation of Clostridium botulinum, sodium chloride, and Albumin Human (a plasma protein). If you haven’t already heard, the rumours are true – Botox does feature the same bacterium that causes botulism but fear not. That’s the key ingredient.

Botox is a highly processed form of botulinum toxin A that’s Health Canada and FDA-approved to safely rejuvenate facial appearances.

When it is injected into a muscle, it blocks the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter, which means that it is a chemical message released by nerve cells to signal muscle cells to contract. By interrupting its release, Botox is able to restrict and decrease the affected muscle’s movement, which is why it is known as a neuromodulator. Limiting the contraction of targeted facial muscles prevents wrinkling, diminishing the signs of aging related to facial expressions.

Men and women love this rejuvenating treatment because of its long-lasting effects and safety. It is also a procedure that most of our patients describe as “painless”.

In one medical study published in the Plastic Reconstructive Surgery journal, participants were treated for frown lines between their brows, technically known as glabellar rhytides. After a single treatment, high levels of satisfaction were reported by participants up to 120 days afterward! Satisfaction extended to an improvement in their appearance and the associated minimal downtime and side effects.

Dr. Jaffer is committed to giving you the most natural-looking results possible from your anti-wrinkle injections. His technique is impactful but subtle, so you’ll look more youthful and refreshed without anyone noticing that you’ve gotten anything done.

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The Botox Journey to a More Youthful You

  • Your First Visit

    Dr. Jaffer and our staff provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone who walks through our doors. When you arrive at our medical spa, our team members will greet you warmly, offer you a beverage, and share an overview of what to expect during your private medical consultation with Dr. Jaffer for your injectable treatments.

    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 plan and help you become comfortable as his patient. He will review your medical history as well to make the procedure is suitable for you.

    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 Burnaby BC patients to take Omega 3 oil capsules daily.

  • Your Examination

    Dr. Jaffer will outline a course of action based on an examination and review of your concerns using MD Codes™, a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation. If muscle movement is causing your facial wrinkles, Botox injections can be an effective approach for reducing their appearance.

    Dr. Jaffer is conservative in the course of care he provides. In some cases, he may advise that Botox Cosmetic is unnecessary, or only a small amount is needed. If treatment is necessary, we will take photos before and after your procedure. This will let you see your improvement.

    The best candidates are individuals who are in good general health and do not have a neuromuscular disease, such as myasthenia gravis. This is unsuitable for those with a history of nerve damage or debilitating muscle conditions, such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

    Pregnancy and breast feeding are contraindications. People with skin problems in the injection site, droopy eyelids or significant facial asymmetry are not good candidates.

Your Botox Treatments

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Dr. Jaffer will numb the area to be treated with ice before the injections to minimize discomfort.

A very small needle is used to inject the Botox Cosmetic directly into the muscle where the wrinkle forms. Our patients often comment on how Dr. Jaffer’s approach helped put them at ease throughout the process.

Treatment time varies from person to person, but most patients are usually finished with in around 15-30 minutes. It’s a surprisingly quick procedure. This makes Botox injections the perfect lunch-break cosmetic treatment without the need to take any time off work! Plus, there’s minimal to no downtime.

Results aren’t immediately apparent, since it usually takes a couple of days for Botox to work. When the results do appear, you’ll have youthful skin again!

We will take a new set of photos so you can compare your appearance to the “before” photos. This can help you see where improvements took place.

Therapeutic Botox Treatments

Botox is approved by Health Canada for a variety of therapeutic treatments. Clostridium botulinum has a paralytic effect on the muscles. It inhibits the production of acetylcholine (Ach). Ach is a chemical that plays a pivotal role in creating contractions. Large amounts of Clostridium botulinum can be fatal. However, scientists found that when the bacterium is refined to produce a highly purified botulinum toxin protein, and this is delivered directly to specific muscles in tiny and controlled amounts, the results can be therapeutic. The targeted muscles relax, allowing such disorders as spasticity, chronic migraines and strabismus to be effectively treated.

If you are visiting us for a therapeutic treatment, your experience will begin in the same way as an aesthetic one. 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.

Hyperhidrosis
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 to treat your severe underarm sweating.

  • Dr. Jaffer will perform a test to determine how much sweat you produce. This will help him decide how much to administer.
  • A series of superficial injections are made in the armpit. Most 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 treatments for hyperhidrosis can last up to 6 months. It is covered by most extended health plans.

TMJ Disorders
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint, more commonly called TMJ, may cause jaw pain or tenderness, aching in or around the ear, difficulty chewing, or locking of the joint. If you often clench your jaw at night, 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.

Migraine Headaches
Individuals 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’ll receive injections in carefully selected areas of your head and neck. Treatment can reduce the occurrence and intensity of your migraines for up to 6 months.

Your Recuperation & Results

There really is no recovery period! You may resume normal activities after the treatment. However, we do not recommend strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours to prevent spread. It’s best to avoid rubbing the treated area as well for the same reason. Dr. Jaffer will also outline post-care guidelines to maintain the best results, which typically include:

  • Exercising 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

Avoid undergoing any other nonsurgical aesthetic treatments for a week or two after your injection. This includes laser and intense pulsed light treatments as well as facials. This is to minimize the risk of migration of the injected Botox to other areas of the face.

It is important to note that results are not always immediately visible, but instead, you will see improvement in the days following treatment, within 3-4 days. However, it typically takes 10 days for final results to present themselves.

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 the desired goals. He may also recommend dermal fillers to compliment results. After this visit, you can return to our medical facility as needed for additional treatments.

For most patients, results last about 3-4 months. Those who receive treatment for medical conditions can expect results to last for up to 6 months.

Dr. Jaffer emphasizes that fact that everyone’s body processes Botox Cosmetic differently. Therefore, some may need treatments more frequently, while others might enjoy the effects of Botox Cosmetic for 5-6 months. Over several years, you may notice the effect lasting longer as the muscles atrophy, but your ability to make natural facial expressions will be preserved.

Repeated injections have been found to prevent the development of static or dynamic wrinkles on the forehead and at the outer corners of the eyes. In a study of identical twins injected twice in the same period – in which one was treated with Botox for 13 years and the other as a control subject – doctors found that the twin who received regular treatments showed no evidence of wrinkles while forehead lines and crow’s feet remained evident in the other twin seven months after the last treatment. Further, Botox Cosmetic generally achieves results that last approximately four months; this scientific research shows that positive effects can last longer when you undergo repeated treatments.

Long Term Benefits of Botox

Botox teaches your facial muscles not to frown.
With long term use (over several years), the facial muscles can be trained not to make certain facial expressions as aggressively as they did before. Over time, you’ll still be able to smile, frown, and furrow your brow, but once you get used to the sensation of feeling less movement in those areas, you’ll be more aware of the movement as it wears off. And with this, you will naturally avoid excessive facial expressions. This leads to a softer, younger-looking face with fewer creases.

It makes you look brighter and less wrinkled.
Many medical professionals like Dr. Jaffer agree that those who receive treatment for 10 or more years will look younger and have fewer wrinkles. By staying true to your Botox regimen, you will always look good for your age.

Botox promotes elasticity.
As we age, our skin naturally begins to lose elasticity. As this breakdown occurs, sagging, drooping and wrinkling occurs. By religiously using Botox to treat your signs of aging, Dr. Jaffer can help restore your appearance to a more youthful one for years to come. It helps maintain elasticity by constricting movement of the muscles injected and preventing creases and further damage.

Do Botox Injections Damage Your Face?

Studies have shown that Botox does not ruin a person’s appearance when used in low but effective doses. It instead provides only temporary paralysis of the microscopic muscle nerve endings by blocking the chemicals necessary for action. This treatment allows the muscles to relax so the overlying skin does not wrinkle and crease. Unfortunately, when too much is administered, the treated muscles may not be able to move adequately to show expression. The result is an inability to move particular areas of your face that make expressions look natural. For example, too much in the crow’s feet can make a smile look less genuine.

Another issue with over-injecting is that sometimes, muscles that haven’t been targeted may contract instead to compensate for those that have been frozen. Consequently, creases may appear in places that weren’t there before.

Fortunately, you can drastically reduce this risk by choosing an injector who has a good understanding of facial anatomy, is well trained, and does not “over-inject.” That’s why it’s always a good idea to start at lower doses because you can always add more to achieve the desired results.

How Much is Botox in Vancouver - Heights Laser Centre

Botox is typically measured in units, and you’ll pay for each unit. The final cost of your cosmetic Botox treatment depends on number of units for a particular area, taking into consideration your facial structure and goals. Therefore it can fluctuate.

Typically, most may need around 20 units for the forehead area, 24 units for crow’s feet and 20 units for the wrinkles between your eyebrows. However, again, these numbers are just a rough average and you may need more or less depending on the severity of your concerns.

If you get this cosmetic treatment regularly, you’ll probably notice that the cost decreases simply because you won’t need as many units!

We want our patients to get the confidence they deserve without being held back by their financial circumstances. We happily accept several payment options, the details of which you can learn on our Financial Options page.

Although insurance companies do not cover cosmetic procedures, some do cover the cost of Botox therapeutic treatment for migraine headaches and hyperhidrosis (excess sweating). Get in touch with your provider to determine if your treatment would qualify!

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Testimonials

  • Amazing as always. My results from my procedure are subtle yet extremely transformative in my appearance which is what makes Heights Laser/ Dr. Jaffer so good at what they do. Love everything about this place! 5/5
  • Extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff. Makes you feel very welcome and comfortable. Dr. Jaffer really knows what he's doing and makes you feel very safe and makes sure you understand what's happening. 5/5
  • Dr. Jaffer is amazing at his profession. He gives great advice and never tries to pressure you into doing too much. He listens patiently and is on time for my appointments. Lovely staff, beautiful office, very calm, and wouldn't go anywhere else! 5/5
  • Staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and experienced. Dr. Jaffer was very accommodating and listened very well to my concerns. I am so happy with the final result. I am very excited to come back! 5/5
  • Dr. Jaffer is great! Always super friendly & does great work! I never look overdone! 5/5
  • My Experience with Dr. Jaffer was fantastic! I've highly recommended Heights Laser Centre to friends and family - I wish I had it done sooner. I learned what Botox is and does and never felt any pressure from staff or the doctor. Thanks! 5/5
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Benefits of Botox

Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical ways to prevent wrinkles in the upper face and brow area.

There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and very fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is used to treat dynamic ones. These appear over time after years of natural facial movements and expressions, such as smiling, squinting, frowning, or laughing. As the years go on, dynamic wrinkles get deeper and deeper, eventually turning into static wrinkles (wrinkles that you can see even when your face is at rest).

You can smooth away these dynamic wrinkles:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Vertical lines between the eyebrows
  • Horizontal Forehead lines
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Neck wrinkles

It can also help:

  • Achieve a slimmer jaw by injecting the jaw muscles
  • Improve and maintain elasticity
  • Smooth out your neckline

For those who have horizontal wrinkles across their neckline, Dr. Jaffer can use a technique known as a “Botox Necklace” to give you a smoother looking neck. To perform this technique, Dr. Jaffer injects small amounts around the neck muscles and below the horizontal lines. After a short visit and no downtime, you will be left with a smooth neck you won’t want to hide. It’s a great way to get rid of “Text Neck”, caused by looking down at your phone too much. Read More about Botox Necklace.

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 therapeutic treatment if you have one of the following:

  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • TMJ dysfunction (jaw pain from clenching your teeth)
  • Migraine headaches

Botox FAQ

At what age should I start to get Botox for my frown lines?

Dr. Jaffer stresses that there is no “right age” to start. It all depends on your cosmetic goals and desires, your facial structure, your genetics, previous sun damage, and your skin type. Some men and women age prematurely and start to notice wrinkles in their 20s. If this is something you experience, Dr. Jaffer recommends starting preventative Botox treatment to help fend off deep lines and creases later down the road. For those in their 30s or 40s, maintenance Botox will help correct wrinkles that have already started to develop. No matter what age you start, you will enjoy amazing benefits that boost your self-confidence, and that’s what counts.

Can I build a resistance to Botox Burnaby BC?

You will not build a resistance to this anti-aging solution. However, there are cases where it stops working because an immune response to the chemical makeup of the injection has developed.

When an immune response occurs, the body attacks the Botox injections exponentially faster. At that point the injections become ineffective. The immune response does not put health at risk, but it does mean that results won’t last as long. This is a very rare occurrence, and if it does happen, it is usually in those who have been regular patients for many years. But don’t be alarmed – even if you do become resistant you won’t have to live with those unsightly wrinkles for the rest of your life. There are other injectables on the market that provide the same amazing results as Botox and switching to one of those is easy.

Dr. Jaffer can offer other types of injectables to provide continued benefits.

How effective Is Botox for under eye wrinkles?

Botox is the perfect solution for those who want to get rid of not just forehead lines, but also those frustrating lines under their eyes. At Heights Laser Centre in British Columbia, Dr. Jaffer uses it to smooth out deep under eye wrinkles, leaving Burnaby patients with brighter, younger looking eyes. Before you receive your injection, Dr. Jaffer will show you to a spa-like, private room where he or a member of his team will apply ice to the area under the eye. This numbs the skin before the injection and helps decrease pain.

When treating under eye wrinkles with Botox, Dr. Jaffer will inject between 1 and 3 units directly into the muscle under the eye in order to provide the perfect results his patients want. Botox treatments are quick and easy for Burnaby BC residents and can be done in as little as 15 minutes. There isn’t any downtime associated with  treatments, and patients are able to return to their regular activities immediately following their injection. Results typically appear within a few days. Many patients won’t see their most noticeable results for 1-2 weeks.

Are Botox injections painful?

The Botox procedure is not typically painful, and any injection can hurt a little, however Dr. Jaffer applies ice to the treatment area prior to injections to minimize discomfort. He also uses a fine needle, which lessens the pain Burnaby BC 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 others, who almost invariably remark on how gentle their treatment was.

Will there be swelling or bruising after receiving BOTOX injections?

Swelling is minimal for most of our Burnaby BC patients. Ice is applied to the area before and after Botox treatment to reduce any potential swelling. However, it is very rare for Dr. Jaffer’s patients to bruise.

Will my face look frozen after Botox?

Dr. Jaffer’s approach will leave you with natural looking results. You will still be expressive and look more rested.

Will I need anesthesia?

No anesthesia is required for the Botox treatment. Cold packs can be applied to the area before treatment.

What are the risks of Botox treatment?

As with any medical procedure, there can be some risks or complications with Botox treatments. Some such as bruising or swelling can last for hours or days, and some may last just for the duration of the Botox treatment itself.

Rare risks include breathing problems, pain, headache or flu-like symptoms.

How long can I use Botox to treat facial signs of aging?

There is no limit on the amount of time, which is why so many men and women prefer this anti-aging treatment.

Does Botox work to treat my fine lines and wrinkles?

This is for dynamic wrinkles. These creases appear on the face naturally and are caused by years of facial movement and expression, such as smiling, laughing, frowning, and squinting.

Neck Rejuvenation with Botox

As we age, the muscle in our neck changes. This muscle is known as the platysma and runs vertically from our chin down to the area of the décolletage. Because our skin thins naturally with age as well, the platysma become more visible through the skin and creates something called “platysma bands”. Platysma bands represent an obvious sign of aging of the neck. These bands typically run vertically down your neck (but may appear horizontal as well), making your neck look older and less youthful.

Medical research has found that in order to reduce the visibility of platysma bands, nonsurgical efforts are focused on relaxing the muscles contributing to their appearance. This is done with Botox, in the same way it can relax the muscles on your forehead or around your eyes. A series of tiny injections into the platysma is all that you may need to rejuvenate the appearance of your neck.

Skin tightening may also be performed as a complementary treatment.

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