Botox Ottawa

Botox® Cosmetic is the most well-known injectable neuromodulator. Made by Allergan, it temporarily relaxes facial muscles to soften the look of dynamic wrinkles created by repeated muscle movement (think: frown lines and furrowed brows).

It works by blocking nerve signals to the muscles, so injected muscle can’t contract.
Originally developed for medical purposes such as cerebral palsy treatment, Botox has been FDA approved in treating crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown line treatments since 2002.



Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract. That makes facial wrinkles relax and soften.

Botox injections are most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Botox won’t help with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.


Botox is generally well-tolerated by a variety of people, but there are some contraindications for its use. If you’re hypersensitive to any botulinum toxin (botulism) or any of the other components included in an injection, you shouldn’t get Botox. 


The most common reason for getting botox is for beauty and cosmetic treatment. Simply put, botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles, making them temporarily disappear. Without wrinkles, your skin looks smoother and more youthful. You look younger and revitalized. 

Your appearance has improved, and along with that comes internal change. Your self-esteem will rise, and you will feel more confident.

There are also medical reasons to get botox and the results can be life-changing. Here are some of the medical issues that botox (botulinum toxin) can help with or in some instances, cure:

• Chronic Migraines – We treat patients who suffer from painful migraines by injecting botox into their head and neck every three months. They report immense improvement in the severity and frequency of their migraines after botox treatments.

• Excessive sweating – Patients who suffer from excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) show rapid improvement after botox treatment.

• Eye issues – A range of eye issues can be treated with botox, including drooping eyelids, eyelid muscle spasms (blepharospasm) and crooked eyes (strabismus).

• Facial ticks or twitching.

• Headaches.

• Teeth grinding (bruxism).

As you can see botox is a bit of a wonderful treatment that can be used for a wide range of health issues. This list is only some of the health issues that can be addressed with the use of Botox. 

Did you know botox was first used as a treatment for eye twitching and later recognized and approved for cosmetic use?

What is Botox Cosmetic?

Botox Cosmetic is an injectable wrinkle muscle relaxer. It uses botulinum toxin type A to temporarily paralyze muscle. This reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles.

Preparing for Botox Cosmetic

Botox Cosmetic is a quick, non-invasive treatment that requires minimal preparation prior to the procedure. It’s important to disclose relevant medical information such as allergies and conditions to your doctor before beginning the process. Ensure you are working with an accredited professional like a licensed physician or nurse practitioner for the best results.

Prior to beginning the treatment, it is essential that you remove all of your makeup and properly cleanse the area. Additionally, in order to help minimize bruising risk, please ensure that any blood-thinning medications such as aspirin are not taken prior to your procedure.

It’s essential that you communicate with your doctor if you’ve received a Botox injection in the last four months. Furthermore, to reduce any risks of bleeding or bruising, it may be necessary for individuals taking blood thinners to stop intake several days prior to their scheduled procedure.

What To Expect

Before the procedure

Generally, the process is not excruciatingly uncomfortable. However, if you are having certain parts of your body treated for hyperhidrosis – like your palms or soles – then it may be beneficial to receive some form of anesthesia prior to beginning the botulinum toxin treatment. Doctors usually employ one or more methods such as topical anaesthetics, cold packs and vibration massage in order to numb the area and reduce any possible discomforts associated with this procedure.

During the procedure

Botox injections are done in your physician’s office, using a minute needle to inject precise doses of botulinum toxin into the skin or muscles. How many botulinum toxin injections you’ll need depends on the size and extent of how much area needs to be treated.

Here are some additional details about Botox therapy that could help:

  • Botox is an outpatient procedure. You can be back in the comfort of your own home within a single day.

  • Discomfort is usually mild. Although the injections may be uncomfortable, your healthcare provider might administer a topical numbing agent to your skin prior to administering them. This ensures that you experience minimal discomfort as the procedure is over swiftly.

  • Anesthesia might be given. For those receiving injections for an overactive bladder, local or regional anesthesia may be administered.

After the procedure

To ensure the toxin does not spread, it is important to refrain from rubbing or massaging the injection site for at least 24 hours. Afterwards, you can immediately resume any activities as normal.

Before and after gallery

Are There Any Botox Side Effects?

Botulinum toxin injection has a range of potential side effects varying based on the area receiving treatment. Fortunately, most adverse reactions are only temporary and will diminish in 1-2 days. Here are some possible Botox side effects:

  • Pain, swelling, redness or bruising at the treatment site.

  • Flu-like symptoms.

  • Headache.

  • Neck pain.

  • Upset stomach (indigestion).

  • Temporary drooping eyelids (ptosis).

  • Eye irritation or redness.

How Quickly Can I Expect to See Results After Receiving Botox?

Within a mere three to four days, most people realize the effects they desire from Botox treatment. The full spectacle of the results will be visible within two weeks’ time.

How Long Do Botox Treatments Last?

After three to six months of Botox injections, the effects will begin to wear off. Consequently, wrinkles and other issues like migraines or excessive sweating could return. To preserve your desired results, it is necessary for additional treatments every so often – ask your primary healthcare provider how frequently they recommend you get treatment in order to maintain optimal outcomes.

Who Should I Look For?

To ensure the highest level of safety and accuracy, Botox treatments should only be entrusted to certify medical professionals, GlowUp Medispa, who has ample experience with this particular procedure.

How Do I Book An Appointment?

Get in touch with us today, and let’s start your journey to a comfortable, safe experience. We will kick off our work together by having an extensive discussion where you can express any uncertainties or worries that you may have about the entire process. Simply reach out via phone call or online contact form!