Ask the expert: Beauty corner with Dr. Vince Bertucci
Dear Dr. Bertucci:
I’m thinking of trying Botox to treat some wrinkles that bother me, but I’ve heard that it may be unsafe. Should I be worried? – Thanks, Jill
First and foremost, you should know that use of Botox to treat wrinkles is safe. Botox has been around now for 18 years and is used all over the world in millions of patients. It is a safe and well-researched treatment.
When you are doing research about treatment, it’s important to distinguish between Botox and Botox Cosmetic: Botox is used to treat patients with a variety of medical conditions, like neurological conditions, which require higher doses. Botox Cosmetic is used in much smaller doses. It is approved in Canada for the treatment of glabellar lines (the vertical “frown lines” between the eyebrows), upper facial rhytides (wrinkles) and lateral canthus (crow’s feet).
Botox smooths unwanted wrinkles on your face to give you a more rested and youthful look. Results are very natural-looking and you start to see them gradually over a one- to two-week period. The benefits generally last for three to four months.