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Is Botox for me?
Written by Dr. Lydia Waterson   

Q. Is Botox for me?

A. BOTOX® botulinum toxin type A has been used for over 20 years for the effective treatment of many medical conditions. It's been approved for medical use in Canada and more than 75 countries for 20 different medical applications. BOTOX® Cosmetic has become the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America, receiving a 97 percent satisfaction rating among users. Approximately 5.4 million Botox procedures were performed last year in North America alone! This is an indication of how safe injecting Botox® is. Side effects and complications can occur and Botox® must be injected by doctors or qualified practitioners with specific skills, adequate training and experience to ensure safe, optimal results. It is advised that your treatment be done by a medical professional in a clinical setting, as it is a medical procedure and there is always the remote possibility of a side effect that needs to be handled in a medical setting.

Botox® is an effective anti-aging preventative treatment that acts as a muscle relaxant with effects that last for several months. The FDA approved Botox® as a temporary treatment for frown lines and other facial wrinkles such as crow's feet and forehead furrows, where it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. Botox® treats chronic, persistent migraines, persistent muscle spasms in the eyelid, face, neck, shoulders and excessive sweating of armpits and hands. After three to six months, the effects fade. To maintain treatment, you will need follow-up injections every few months.

Dr. Lydia Waterson -

Internationally accredited since 1986, Dr. Lydia Waterson practices at The Coliseum MediSpa in West Vancouver, specializing in and providing popular treatments in aesthetic medicine.


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