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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Neuromodulators (Botox)

What Are Neuromodulators?

Botox is used for many purposes in the medical world. Cosmetically, it is used for the treatment and prevention of wrinkles which are caused by repeated movements and facial expressions. Commonly treated areas include forehead, frown lines, and crow's feet. Botox can also be used to help slim the lower face by relaxing the powerful jaw muscle and producing a more oval shape vs more square.

are they safe?

Yes! They have been available for 20 years and have been used to treat many issues. Extensive research and testing has proven them to be safe for cosmetic purposes when administered by a qualified injector. Women who are pregnant, actively trying to conceive a pregnancy, or breastfeeding cannot receive Botox.

will It Poison Me?

No, it is not toxic to you and it is not a poison. The product is a natural, purified protein, it is NOT the bacteria that causes botulism. Botox is a Health Canada approved drug that is used in very tiny doses for cosmetic purposes.

How Do I Know It Won't Be Toxic To Me?

Typically for a cosmetic treatment, you will receive fewer than 100 units. To make you ill, you would have to receive over 35 times this dose all at one time directly into a vein, which would NEVER happen!

how Does It Work?

Neuromuscular blockers work by simply relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth and refreshed appearance. 

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

Generally, after the consultation, the procedure only takes 15 minutes, often less. There is no downtime, you can do it during your lunch break and no one would know!

How Long To See Results/ How Long Does It Last?

It can take up to 2 weeks to see final results. Typically you will start noticing results in 3-4 days. Results are not permanent. The effect will last 3-4 months but everyone is different. 

How is It Done? Does It Hurt?

It is injected with a very tiny needle. Most patients say it feels like a little pinch.

what Happens When It Wears Off?

When neuromodulators wear off and you stop receiving treatments, you will simply return to the state you started. You will never look worse! If you started using neuromodulators at a younger age and prevented static lines from forming, your skin will just be that much more relaxed looking than had you let those lines form, even if you stop treatment. The "aging clock" will simply resume as normal.

How Much Does It Cost?

BlushMD charges $10 per unit. The amount of units needed depends on the areas being treated and individual goals and anatomy of the patient. Someone in their 20s or 30s looking to prevent forehead lines may only require 5-10 units. Someone looking to treat their forehead, frown lines, and crow's feet will require more. This will be discussed during your consultation. 

What Are The Side Effects?

Side effects are rare and are not permanent, most patients do not experience any side effects at all. Occasionally there can be some minor bruising or a slight short-term headache.  A very rare side effect (less than 1% of patients), is eyelid drooping which can last for a few days to a few weeks. All if this will be discussed further during your consultation.

Where Does It Go In My Body?

Neuromodulators (Botox), stay local in the muscle that it was injected into. After the injections, it is simply metabolised slowly by the body and broken down into natural by-products.

Dermal Fillers (Juvederm)

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Young skin is smooth and elastic because it contains large amounts of hyaluronic acid (HA). As we age, the amount of HA in the skin gradually diminishes resulting in the skin becoming dryer, thinner, and more wrinkled. HA fillers are a long lasting, but not permanent form of HA. The gel mimics the naturally occurring substance in our bodies by adding volume to the skin. When injected under the surface of the skin, the gel adds volume and smoothes facial lines and folds, and can be used to enhance and reshape features.

How Does It Work?

-A small amount is injected directly into or under the skin to add volume and restore hydration. HA is naturally integrated into the tissue and allows for the free passage of important nutritive elements like oxygen and hormones. Water also binds to HA, which adds to the filling effect.

What Are Fillers Used For?

BlushMD uses Juvederm. Different products within the Juvederm line are used for specific areas of the face. The product best suited for one area of the face may not be the same as another area. Filler can be used in the cheeks to create more defined cheek contours, restore lost volume, provide an overall youthful lift, as well as reduce the appearance of under eye bags and nasolabial folds! Filler can also be used in the lips to define the shape, restore lost volume and correct asymmetry. 

Do The Injections Hurt?

Pain is very individualized and depends greatly on one's tolerance. Prior to treatment, Dr. Wade applies a very good topical numbing cream which takes about 15 minutes to take effect and allows for the injections to be much more comfortable.

What Is Involved In A Dermal Filler Treatment Session?

The treatment typically takes 15-45 minutes, depending on the areas treated and the the number of syringes used.  Filler is injected with a very thin needle into areas of concern. Results are typically immediate. Swelling may be apparent right away, (especially in the lips), but usually subsides within a few days.

Can The Material Be Removed?

HA fillers are a natural material, so they dissolve with time. If you are not happy with the result or there is an unexpected complication, there is a medication called hyaluronidase which can assist in dissolving the filler.

Does It Contain Animal Products?

No, the HA fillers which are available in Canada are almost identical to that which is already present in the body. Since it is not made from animals, there is no risk of transmitting disease from animals or eliciting allergic reactions to common foods such as eggs, meat, or chicken.

Are There Any Precautions I Should Take Before Treatment?

Yes. If you are on any medications that cause bruising, you should check with your doctor to see if you can stop taking it 3-5 days prior to treatment. This may include aspirin (ASA), Motrin, Advil, and other prescription medications such as anticoagulants. Never stop taking prescribed medications without the consent of your doctor. Skyn by Ashlyn will always err on the side of caution, and will not provide treatment if there are any contraindications such as certain underlying medical issues or medications.

How Long Does The Effect Last?

HA filler dissolves naturally with time, and without touch-ups will eventually totally disappear from the body. How long a HA filler treatment lasts is very individualized, depending on many factors such as the structure of the skin, lifestyle, age, and metabolism. Certain products in the Juvederm line may last longer than others. Typically, about 50-80% of the effect remains after 6 months. The injected material will gradually disappear until your skin looks just as it did prior to treatment. You can repeat the treatment whenever you feel the need depending on the results you are going for.