When we get older, our muscles naturally begin to weaken and the soft tissue surrounding our muscles fall. We all want to look our best, so many of us hit the gym harder to keep our bodies toned, but what about our faces? The gym cannot benefit aging facial features that make us look older, tired, or even angry, but Botox Cosmetic can. Men and woman worldwide trust Botox Cosmetic because it has been around for more than half a century. Botox is a registered trademark of the highly esteemed pharmaceutical company Allergan – known for doing abundant research and developing safe and effective products.

What is Botox Used For?

Botox is the #1 non-surgical cosmetic treatment to temporarily iron out wrinkles. When Botox is injected properly, it will induce temporary relaxation of specific muscles and soften moderate to severe lines. It is mostly used for the upper face to soften wrinkles on the forehead, eliminate furrowed brows and relax crow’s feet, but it can also be used to contour the jaw line, relax the masseter muscle and eliminate chin dimpling.  Another common use for Botox is to decrease over-active sweat glands in the armpit region, palms of hands, soles of the feet and hairline region. People commonly make the mistake of thinking that Botox is for the lips, but they are actually thinking of a filler, which is used for lip augmentation. Botox may sometimes be used for wrinkles above the upper lip, but it will never be used for the lips on their own.

Although Botox is most famously used for cosmetic reasons, it was originally used strictly for medical reasons such as, eye spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, migraine headaches, leaky blatters and even cerebral palsy in children.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox comes from purified non-animal protein manufactured naturally from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. When a small amount of Botox is injected near a selected muscle, it is absorbed into the nerve producing a localized blockade of muscle contraction function. Botox prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine – what causes muscle cells to contract and shorten – and the results are temporary paralysis of the muscles. After several months the body breaks down the Botox and all muscle function comes back – as do the wrinkles and the sweating.

History of Botox

Botulinum toxin was first researched to be used as a biological weapon during WWII. Nothing ever came from that line of research, but it did open up the doors for Dr. Edward J Shantz and his colleagues. Shantz developed the purified botulinum toxin type A (what is used as Botox today) and began researching it’s more beneficial features. In the 1960’s Alan B. Scott started injecting botolinum toxin type A into monkeys, discovering its muscle relaxing effects. In 1978, human research trials began and in 1988, drug-maker Allergan acquired the rights to the purified botulinum, changing the name to “Botox” and a year later the FDA approved botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of a variety of medical issues. It was actually a Canadian eye-doctor by the name of Jean Carruthers, who discovered the wrinkle smoothing properties of Botox after using it to treat patients for eye spasms. The rest is history.

Who is a Candidate for Botox?

There are two schools of thought on who should get Botox, but it really depends on your specific goals.

The first school of thought is to use Botox injections to soften existing lines and lift areas of the face that have begun to fall. Every person ages at a different speed so there is no specific age that it is recommended. Individuals with dynamic and static expression lines are perfect candidates for Botox. Huge improvements will be seen after a single treatment. Some people are told they look up to 10 years younger!

The second school of thought is to use Botox injections as a preventative method for aging. Woman and men in their early to late 20’s can use tiny amounts of Botox to prevent resting lines from appearing in the future. If Botox is used before resting lines naturally appear, less treatments will be required and muscles will remain muted even after the Botox dissipates.

Helpful Guidance

Finding a medical expert that specializes in injections and has a portfolio of happy clientele should be your first step. A medical expert can be identified by their education, experience, and portfolio. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

A medical expert will help develop a treatment plan that is suitable to your needs and will help you achieve your desired look. The procedure will take 30 minutes or less and will be relatively painless.

Always make sure you are receiving the Botox treatment and not a different product. You can verify this by asking to look at the bottle. Botox is packaged in a glass vial with a purple or orange lid labeled BOTOX. Look for the Allergan hologram on the side.

Word to the Wise: Botox is measured by unit and it is mixed with a precise measurement of saline solution before being injected. Some clinics water down their product by using less of the active ingredient and more of the saline solution, making it far less effective. Do yourself a favour and visit a clinic with highly trained and honest medical professionals!












Spring Towards Healthy Skin!

With the season changing, so should your skin care regimen. As we head into the warmer weather, your skin care routine needs to be adjusted in order to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.

Lighten Up

The heavy moisturizing cream that you used in the wintertime may be a little too heavy during spring and summer months. Instead, switch to a sheer, lightweight moisturizing sunscreen, such as EltaMD’s UV Daily SPF 40. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, it increases skin’s smoothness and significantly decreases wrinkles over time, while the 9% transparent zinc oxide offers some serious broad-spectrum UV protection without the pasty white, chalky residue – it’s so light, it’s almost invisible! For those of you on the more sensitive side, this moisturizer is also fragrance-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic.

Makeup palettes should lighten up as well. Set aside your dark lipsticks and shadows and opt lighter neutrals and soft pinks. For daytime use a lip gloss rather than a lipstick, and replace your heavy liquid foundation with a mineral powder or tinted sunscreen (EltaMD’s Tinted UV Physical SPF 41).

Scrub Down

Sloughing off dead skin is a must in any skin care routine, regardless of the season. Regular exfoliation helps you get a closer shave, prevents in-growns, and allows your serums and moisturizers to penetrate deeper. Stay away from products with large, jagged granules, which are quite harsh on facial skin and cause little microscopic scratches on the epidermis, which can lead to a multitude of issues such as broken capillaries, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.

Professional microdermabrasion devices use fine crystals, which pass over the skin with a vacuum or air pulsating wand. This process gently “sandblasts” dead skin cells and rough patches left behind from the dry, winter air, leaving you with a noticeably refreshed complexion immediately after your treatment.

Chemical peels are ideal for eliminating surface-level blemishes and imperfections. A peeling agent (aHA or bHA) is applied to the skin and as a result, the uppermost layer of dead skin slowly peels off. In just a matter of days, dull, rough skin is replaced by a smoother, more radiant complexion. There are a number of at home products that can be used to maintain the results of your chemical peel in between sessions that contain aHAs or bHAs, depending on your skin’s needs. Drier skins, for example, may want to opt for products containing lactic acid (a hydrating aHA derived from milk), like the PCA Nutrient Toner, while those prone to break outs should look for ingredients like salicylic acid (a bHA derived from willow bark that works against P. acne bacterias) such as Circadia’s Cleansing Gel with Salicylic Acid.

Rehydrate From the Inside Out

Those of us with dry skin know all too well how miserable of a feeling it is to have skin that feels less like a baby’s bottom and more like a sheet of sandpaper. Dry/dehydrated skin can cause all sorts of discomfort, such as peeling, flaking, cracking, redness and itching. The good news is you can avoid that all-over itchy feeling by taking time to keep your body well hydrated from the inside out.

The obvious solution to dry skin is to slather on a good moisturizer or hydrating cream, but we often forget that what we put into our bodies is just as important (if not more) as what we put on. By consuming at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day (or more, for people who are highly active and sweat a lot), not only are you flushing out toxins and other impurities from your body, but you are also maintaining your skin’s hydration levels and elasticity — remember: dry skin ages a lot faster!

If you’re looking for an instant fix, oxygen facials are the way to go. Popular amongst A-list celebrities (some self-confessed fans include Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow), oxygen facials use fine mists of oxygen infused with medical grade hyperbaric oxygen and vitamin serums to instantly plump, hydrate, and smooth skin. The germicidal action also makes it extremely beneficial for acne sufferers, and the lightening and vaso-constricting capabilities give instant results for rosacea. The procedure is a quick 30 minute procedure that is beneficial for all skin types and can be repeated as often as once a week.

Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

When was the last time you looked at your makeup bag (and I mean really looked at it)? Some important factors to consider while debating whether or not it’s time to toss and replace a beauty product are the type of makeup, how it’s been stored, and whether or not you’ve had any cold sores, skin rashes or eye infections. Some cosmetics shouldn’t be kept longer than 3 months, while others (such as nail polishes) can be stored for a couple of years. The following is a general guideline for how long your makeup should be kept:

  • Mascara: Three months
  • Lipstick: One year (some people say longer, so do what’s comfortable)
  • Powder: Up to two years (but wash your applicator regularly)
  • Foundation: 12 to 18 months (oil-based products last longer)
  • Eye and lip pencils: Up to three years (sharpen regularly)
  • Brushes: Wash every 2 to 3 weeks
  • Sponges: Wash weekly, discard monthly

Shave Smart

Let’s be honest here — how many of us actually took the time to shave our legs in the winter as often as we do in the summer? After all, if you’re covered up all day or snowed in from a polar vortex, why bother?

Before you grab the razor, take a few extra minutes to exfoliate your entire body to remove any dead skin from your neck all the way down to your toes. Once you’ve finished shaving, apply your moisturizer while your skin is still a little damp, which helps to lock in moisture and greatly reduces your chance of getting razor bumps.

For those of you who are tired of shaving everyday to avoid that cactus-like feel, laser hair removal is a permanent solution for unwanted hair. Modern, high tech laser treatments can painlessly reduce hair growth on any area of the face or body is as little as 4 to 6 sessions. Designed to be the most outstanding laser hair removal system of modern cosmetic laser technology, the Cutera CoolGlide Nd:YAG at NewDermaMed is the only laser technology that is safe and effective for all skin types. Staying true to its name, the CoolGlide handpiece cools and soothes as it glides along your skin, greatly reducing any feelings of discomfort during the treatment.