Collagen stimulators are injectable materials placed into the deeper layers of the skin that stimulate the body's own collagen production. It's your own collagen doing the work so it looks very natural. A consultation with Dr. Wong is required prior to starting treatments. You can choose to have your treatments done by Dr. Wong or her Registered Nurse. You can treat several areas of the face at once. Our goal is often for lifting but you also get the benefit of a natural glow to the skin with reduction of crepey skin. Typically you require 2-3 treatments about six weeks apart. You require 1-2 syringes each time. Your treatment schedule and dose is based on how saggy your skin is on your face. Your cost will be determined by how many vials you need. Each vial is $1200 and so your cost ranges from $1200-$2400 per session. Results usually last around two years or more. Generally there is little to no down-time after treatments. The injected areas may be tender or slightly bruised or puffy for a few days. You must massage the treated areas with clean hands five times a day, for five minutes each time, and for five days (the rule of 5/5/5). This rigorous massage schedule helps to reduce the risk of small lumps developing. You must not put makeup on the injection sites for two days after and you must avoid situations where there is a lot of dust or dirt or risk of contamination so as to reduce the risk of infection. Be aware that the results achieved are slow and cumulative with each treatment. You must be patient. If you desire a faster result, we suggest dermal filler injections instead. Results vary depending on how efficient you are in producing new collagen. Confounding factors can be age, smoking, metabolism, etc. Photos will be taken before each treatment and your progress will be documented in follow up sessions. You must text or call our mobile phone if you have any question or concerns. See our private contact page.
Injectable prescription drugs that are regulated by Health Canada. You must have an in-person consultation with Dr. Diane Wong prior to receiving Botox or Dysport injections. You may then have your treatment and follow up with either Dr. Wong or her RN. You may make a request. It is recommended you attend a follow up appointment in 2-3 weeks after your very first Botox treatment so we can assess the results and provide a "touch-up" if needed. We will take photographs before and after treatments. They remain confidential in your medical records. Do not worry if you are new to all of this. The majority of our clients seen in Aurora are newbies too, or "Botox virgins". Most are nervous about risks or what they will look like after the treatment. They are afraid of looking stiff or frozen or "done". Our philosophy and approach is to keep it natural. Dr. Wong will do a personal consultation which usually is 30-45 minutes, after which you may have a treatment if you feel comfortable and ready. Your actual treatment takes only about 5-10 minutes. There is a consultation fee which is waived or reimbursed if you do decide to go ahead. However, you are not obliged to do a treatment. Many people are unaware that the name "Botox" is now commonly used to refer to any neuromodulator. But in fact, In Canada there are about half dozen brands which are approved for use. The most common in North America are Botox and Dysport. Dr. Wong only uses these two brands which are tried and true, and effective with a very high safety profile. Both have been studied and used for over twenty years. Neuromodulators treat dynamic wrinkles which are caused by muscles when they contract or over-activate. Neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport "relax" the muscles to create a more relaxed appearance which is less angry, stressed, or tired-looking. Your eyes typically look brighter as well, as if you have more energy. Results typically take a few days to 2 weeks and last 3-4 months. Most clients are extremely happy with the results as they look natural but more rested and vibrant. Common areas to treat are the dynamic muscles of the face. The Health Canada approved uses include the frown lines between the brows (often called the #11's), as well as the horizontal forehead lines, and the crow's feet around the eyes (laugh lines). The cost for your treatment depends on the areas treated and the muscle activity. Each person is different. Typically each area treated costs about $250-$300 so the complete upper face typically ranges from $500-$750. There are other areas in which Botox or Dysport can be injected such as into the masseter muscles to slim the lower face shape and to decrease the discomfort or temporomandibular (TMJ) pain you can get by repetitively clenching or grinding your teeth. Dr. Wong will discuss the risks/benefits in your face-to-face, in-person consultation. The sterile, disposable needles we use are very tiny and there is little discomfort. We are extremely gentle, experienced and considerate of your comfort level. We never rush. We pay close attention to your needs. There usually is no down-time caused by bruising or redness but you are restricted for four hours following the treatment. You cannot rub at the treated area or lie down or exercise strenuously for four hours. To note, do not shower or wash your face or hair for four hours after, or get a hair cut since you may inadvertently rub at your face or lean back too far. These restrictions aim to reduce the risk of eyelid ptosis (droop). Adverse events are very unlikely to occur with following these instructions. You are provided with our clinic cellphone number where you can call or text us if you have any questions or concerns.