discreet, convenient, effective Edmonton Botox treatments

Hemingway Medical Spa is your best choice for professional, discreet Botox® treatments. Injectables like Botox® and Xeomin® are typically used to treat crow’s feet, forehead creases, frown lines and other facial wrinkles.

Botulinum Toxin, the active ingredient in Botox® and Xeomin®, is an injectable neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Botulinum toxin is reconstituted in normal saline and injected directly into specific muscular tissue. Results can often be noticed within several days but it typically takes two weeks for full effect to be observed.

The mechanism of action involves inhibiting release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from the pre-synaptic membrane at the cellular level. Without acetylcholine in the synaptic space, muscle’s are not able to receive the signal required to ‘fire’ and contract. The results in a temporary weakening (controlled paralysis) of the targeted muscle. When used appropriately, Botox® dramatically reduces the appearance of the facial wrinkles of expression: horizontal forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and marionette lines.

Another cosmetic application of Botox® is an eyebrow lift, commonly referred to simply as a brow lift. When 3 to 5 units of Botox®  are injected into the orbicularis oculi, this allows the frontalis muscle to slightly lift the brow, 1 to 3 mm. This gives the patient a younger, more alert appearance. This is ideal for professionals who spend much of their day reading.

Edmonton Botox® treatments usually take less than half hour, meaning they can be done on a typical lunch hour. 

While Botox is primarily used as a cosmetic treatment for dynamic wrinkles and facial lines, it is also an effective treatment for focal Hyperhidrosis. Focal hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating in a specific body part, commonly the feet, armpits or hands. Therapeutic Botox®  substantially reduces sweating in any or all of those areas. The acetylcholine that is responsible for muscle contraction is also responsible for the stimulation of the eccrine sweat glands. By inhibiting the acetylcholine, sweat reduction is consequently reduced. Treatments with therapeutic Botox® for hyperhidrosis have been shown to cause significant improvement in physical, mental and emotional well-being.

To treat hyperhidrosis, injections are made in a grid pattern over the affected area. Treatments typically take less than half an hour and last 6 to 9 months.

Botox can also be used to treat cervical dystonia (severe muscle spasms in the neck), muscle spasms in other areas of the body, certain eye conditions and overactive bladder or incontinence caused by nerve disorders. It is also sometimes used to treat chronic migraines.

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The effects of a treatment last anywhere from three to nine months, depending on the condition and area being treated. Ask your doctor for a more specific time frame during the consultation prior to treatment.

Botox is typically used to treat fine lines and wrinkles in the face, however, at Hemingway Medical Spa in Edmonton, we also offer Botox as an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating in the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands or the armpits. Treatments work by inhibiting sweat glands in those areas from producing sweat. Treatments typically take less than half an hour and last up to nine months.

Botox can also be used to treat cervical dystonia (severe muscle spasms in the neck), muscle spasms in other areas of the body, certain eye conditions and overactive bladder or incontinence caused by nerve disorders. It is also sometimes used to treat chronic migraines.

Typical Botox treatments take less than half an hour to complete so they can easily be done during a lunch hour.

Aging - Filler Treatments

As we age, our skin naturally undergoes a process called biological aging. In this process, there is degradation and dehydration of the supportive extracellular matrix that is responsible for the youthful, supple, and voluminous appearance of the skin. This loss of fullness is compounded by the effects of gravity leading to subcutaneous fat pad redistribution causing deepening of facial folds and the formation of jowels.
There are also hormonal changes and skeletal remodeling..

Normal aging and lips: This is affected by flattening of philtrum columns, and loss of projection from cupid’s bow. Also maxillomandibular bony resorption, dental changes, and osteoporosis.

Areas that can be treated:
Tear trougs, nasolabial folds, cheek definition, lip border and volume, mouth grow, marionette lines and jowls, and nose shaping.

Dermal fillers:
Are a non-invasive way to minimize the appearance of aging by restoring natural volume.

Temporary fillers:
The most commonly used dermal fillers are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers. This is a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan (sugar protein) that is found in the extracellular matrix. HA fillers have excelled in use and have become the gold standard for fillers due to their safety profile and proven track records.

There are different brands of fillers that vary mostly on their cross-linking technology. Collectively, over a million syringes of HA fillers have been injected globally.

There is also a unique filler called Radiesse, which is composed of calcium hydroxyl appetite and lasts for much longer than traditional HA fillers. Lasts 1-2 years.

Permanent: Bellafill lasts 5+ years

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Dermal fillers are a solution to sagging of the cheeks, marionette lines, fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, deeper lines and folds, as well as nose and lip augmentations.

There are temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent fillers.

The longevity of fillers can be anywhere from six months to over a year (up to 18 months) depending on the amount injected, type of filler, and injection site. Over time, an enzyme called hyaluronidase will degrade the injected hyaluronic acid, therefore follow up treatments are required for maintenance.

The fillers used at Hemingway Medical Spa Inc. all contain lidocaine (an anesthetic used in procedures), and the cannula techniques also minimize swelling. Overall, most patients tolerate the procedure quite well.

The most common side effects include bruising, bleeding, and swelling.

Some risks associated with fillers are allergic/inflammatory reaction, redness, swelling, bruising, and formation of nodules/granulomas . More severe reactions are associated with intravascular injection. Although this is exceptionally rare, there are reported cases of skin necrosis, blindness, and even stroke.

With fillers, effects are seen immediately.

If you have a history of cold sores, you will put on an antiviral treatment for a short period of time before and after the procedure.

Treatment is not advisable for individuals with autoimmune disorders, pregnant and breast-feeding women.

The cost for the procedure varies depending on your unique treatment needs. The cost is typically between $650 – $2000.