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Lethbridge Plastic Surgery answers your Botox questions… We had quite a few questions about Botox come in on our Instagram page and thought they’d be worth addressing in a blog post. Read on! 👉

What is the complication rate of unintended blepharoptosis?

This is a very uncommon complication of Botox. It’s something that’s well described. As far as an actual rate of it, in the literature, I’m not sure what that is… but I know from my personal experience in my practice, the rate of it is essentially zero at this point.

I think a lot of people may confuse brow ptosis with actual blepharoptosis. Brow ptosis is more common after a Botox injection, and that involves injecting the Botox a little too close to certain part of your brows which can cause them to be a bit lower on your forehead.

True blepharoptosis is where you paralyzed your levator muscle that elevates your eyelid. When you get a real blepharoptosis, you get Botox into that levator and your eyelid is essentially half-closed on your eye and you can’t open it.

Again, in our practice, it’s very, very rare. If I had to put a number on the rate, it would be much less than 1%.

Should I be leery of people in the health industry who are now starting Botox biz?

We understand that the choices for cosmetic injectables can be overwhelming and it’s time to dive into this more thoroughly. Let’s break down the guidelines and regulations to gain a better understanding of the industry and what you can expect from your injector.

When seeking injectable treatments only YOU can decide what level of risk is acceptable; all medical procedures come with risks and choosing the right professional can help reduce your risks.With injectable clinics opening now more than ever, many businesses – not just doctors – are looking to supplement their existing income by making a move into the world of aesthetics. Physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and nurses can inject Botox and fillers in Alberta once they’ve completed additional educational requirements. An order by an authorized prescriber is required before nurses may administer Schedule I medications and/or substances. Because there is no official certification program in Canada for toxin and filler injections, the education, training, experience, and expertise between injectors varies greatly.

At Lethbridge Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, we believe board-certified specialists, especially those with extensive training and experience with facial anatomy remain the safest choice for facial injections.

Why does it matter?

Although all injectors must undergo some training to perform injections, they still might not have the experience or knowledge necessary to provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

What many people don’t realize is that facial injections are not one-size-fits-all; they should be tailored to your goals, your specific facial anatomy, your medical history, your unique aging process, and other factors that can drastically affect your results. Be cautious of trends that give the “same set of lips” to each patient. If an injector seems to follow one basic recipe for all their patients, they might not be able to give you the best results.

Another factor to consider when choosing your injector is that injectors are responsible for diluting (reconstituting) some of these products to the appropriate concentration for the type of treatment they’re doing. Although all injectors should follow guidelines laid forth by the companies that produce them, we’ve unfortunately realized that this is not the case. If you come across Groupons, discounted, or cheap injectables that seem too good to be true – it’s because they are. Ubiquitous injectable marketing leads people to believe that facial injections are a quick fix… and they can be, but not every cosmetic issue can be addressed in a single session, nor can a single injection provide long-lasting results. As wonderful as injections are, they’re not always the best solution to address facial rejuvenation concerns.

An experienced, board-certified aesthetic specialist can guide you through all your options, including minimally invasive laser treatments and surgical procedures. They can advise you towards the option that will be the best investment of your time and money.

An injector with less training and no surgical offerings may not be as discerning. Some may even try to “add more units or syringes” (ie. expensive to you) in an attempt to achieve a result that simple cannot be achieved with injectables.

If you have questions about Botox and any other medical aesthetic procedure, we’d love to hear from you! Put them in the comments below or send us a message on Facebook or Instagram.

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