Questions about Botox

Botox is a botulinum toxin injection that is used to treat and prevent wrinkles by blocking muscle contractions. Over time, frowning, squinting and even sucking a straw can cause deep wrinkles and Botox injections temporarily block the muscles from use, resulting in smoother skin.

Here at Allan Centre, Dr. Allan is a believer in Botox. This injection has been proven to last up to six months and results from the first treatment are usually visible within a week. Nurse Cathren and Dr. Allan have been working together to help patients achieve the results they want.

Here are some of the most common questions patients are asking about getting Botox at the Allan Centre.


How do I achieve a natural look?
Helping patients understand the end result is one of our main goals when we administer Botox. We address the patient’s primary areas of concern and make sure they understand how Botox works as well as explain the cost.

Does it hurt?
This varies from individual to individual but most of our patients say the injections feel like a little pinch. We can provide topical numbing cream or ice prior to the injections but most people find this step unnecessary.

What are the possible side effects?
Swelling, bruising, redness and pain are common side effects that some patients will experience. It is also not uncommon to have a slight headache after treatment. Ibuprofen can be taken to manage the discomfort. In rare cases side effects can include, facial drooping or drooping of the eyelids.

Who can administer Botox?
Injections must be supervised by a doctor. Doctors and trained nurses understand how all the muscles in your face work and can better anticipate where the injection site should be placed for optimal results. Nurse Cathren works closely with Dr. Allan to help patients get the results they are seeking.

Botox must be mixed
Botox comes in a powder form and must be combined with saline so that it can be injected. The ratio of how it is diluted can often drive the cost and mislead patients.

What is the cost?
This varies from patient to patient, but we make sure our patients understand the cost and the results up front. We do not over-dilute the Botox or give patients a false sense of the cost. We want the product to work it’s very best and we make sure that our injections are as effective as possible. Administering Botox this way insures results will be more effective.


~The Allan Centre