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Botox

A Safe, Painless, Effective Treatment That Removes Wrinkles
By now you have surely heard of Botox. It has been a part of popular culture for the last few years as more and more famous Hollywood celebrities use the treatment to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The use of Botox for cosmetic procedures was first documented by Richard Clark, a plastic surgeon from Sacramento, California in 1989. Botox is an effective, painless and safe treatment that has been approved by Health Canada to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, leaving the face with a rejuvenated look. Botox’s primary use is to temporarily improve the look of frown lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet lines courtesy of a liquid that is injected into muscles. The results from Botox injections typically last up to four months, but these results vary between patients. Following treatment, visible results of Botox are usually seen within 3–5 days. However, it can take up to 2 weeks to see full results. As mentioned, Botox is popular with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. We want you to be able to get the look of a Hollywood star, in a discrete environment at our private clinic.

Our medical professionals at Les Cours Medical Centre are experts at Botox injections so you get wrinkle-free, natural looking results in the safest manner possible. In addition to its cosmetic uses, Botox is also very effective for medical purposes such as the treatment of hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating. On average, patients will see an over 80% reduction of sweat production in the treated area. Botox has also proved to be successful at diminishing the pain associated with migraine headaches.

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In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger which is called acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells. The acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. When Botox is injected, it prevents the release of acetylcholine, which prevents the contraction of the muscle cells. The effect of Botox causes a reduction in muscle contractions, allowing the muscles to become less stiff.

By interfering with the targeted muscles’ ability to contract, existing frown lines are smoothed out and in most cases, become close to invisible within a few days. This is because the wrinkles that lie on top of the muscle relax and soften. Over 3-5 months the muscle that was injected will develop new receptor sites and the muscle will be able to begin retracting again. This means that you’ll have to have some new Botox injections if you want to continue enjoying noticeably smoother skin.

Why should you choose Botox?
There are many reasons why Botox is popular with so many people. Here are a few good ones:
It’s a safe and very effective treatment against crow’s feet, and makes patients look noticeably younger
It can keep frown lines from ever appearing courtesy of pre-emptive injections.
It can treat migraines with injections where tension is felt (temples, forehead, neck, shoulders)
It’s quick, simple and relatively painless solution for looking better, with no downtime

Botox for Hyperhidrosis
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which a person sweats excessively in relation to his or her body temperature. Although not a dangerous condition, it can make sufferers feel self conscious and embarrassed. Hands, feet and armpits are the areas most affected because of their high concentration of sweat glands. The cause of why some people have hyperhidrosis is unknown, although some surgeons believe it is caused by an over-active nervous system. This hypothesis makes sense, as many sufferers’ symptoms worsen when they are feeling anxious, nervous or excited.

How Botox works against hyperhidrosis
Botox works as prevention against hyperhidrosis by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive the chemical signals, the over production of sweat comes to a halt. Normal amounts of sweating continues in the rest of the body as sweating plays an extremely important role in keeping the body from overheating. Botox is a very effective treatment against hyperhidrosis. In a clinical trial, 81% of patients who were treated with Botox saw a 50% reduction in excessive sweating compared to only 41% of patients who saw the same results but were treated without Botox.

How long does hyperhidrosis treatment with Botox last?
6 months of noticeably drier skin is the average length you should expect from Botox injections. Botox is not a cure for hyperhidrosis, which means that your symptoms will gradually come back. When they do, just come back to Les Cours Medical and our medical professionals will treat you so you can keep enjoying less sweaty skin.

Botox for Migraines
What are migraines?
Migraines are a type of headache that can differ in severity, but can be excruciating for some people. Migraines often cause an intense throbbing in the head and can be accompanied by nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine attacks can last for hours and sometimes days and can leave sufferers unable to function in their daily routine. Although there’s a lot about migraines that isn’t fully understood, environmental factors as well as genetic composition appear to play a role. Chemical imbalances in the brain are also likely culprits. There are a variety of triggers that can cause migraines, some of these include: certain foods and food additives, stress, sensory stimuli, physical factors, changes in the environment and medications.

How Botox works against migraines
The use of Botox to help with migraine pain was actually discovered by accident. A number of patients who were using Botox injections for wrinkles on their face were migraine sufferers. These patients reported less headache pain following Botox injections to their brow and forehead muscles. How Botox helps relieve the pain associated with migraines isn’t entirely clear. One likely possibility is that it decreases muscle contraction, and muscle contraction could be a significant cause of migraines for many people. Another theory is that Botox may act on a brain-related chemical that is involved with pain and migraine mechanisms.

How long does Botox treatment last against migraines?
For chronic migraine sufferers, multiple injections of Botox are given around the patient’s head and neck through the course of 12 weeks (targeting 7 separate zones). If the migraines return after 3 months, Botox injections are once again administered. Botox treatment for migraines is most often administered to patients who suffer more than 14 days of migraine associated pain per month.

Clinical indications
With so many stories and rumours floating around about Botox injections, it’s important to know the actual facts. When administered by a highly skilled and trained doctor such as the ones at Les Cours Medical, Botox injections are a very safe procedure. There may be a tiny bit of swelling or bruising at the injection site immediately after the procedure, and a small amount of patients complain about headaches immediately afterwards as well, but these minor side-effects vanish quickly. You may have heard stories or have seen pictures where Botox injections went wrong. This happens when someone inexperienced and without adequate knowledge attempts to administer the Botox to a patient. If the injections aren’t injected into the right place, the Botox can spread and this can cause problems such as droopy eyelids, crooked eyebrows, cockeyed smiles, dry eyes or excessive tearing. Again, the most important thing you can do when deciding whether to try Botox, is to choose the right doctor. At Les Cours Medical, you can rest assured in knowing that every single doctor who administers Botox in our clinic is an absolute Botox expert.