Whether you are looking for a botox treatment in Montreal’s city center, off island (Laval, South Shore) or the West Island, you will certainly want the best “Botox in Montreal” experience. As there are many clinics, med spas and other facilities offering this treatment, having a strategy to navigate the hundreds of clinics and injectors to choose from will save you time and potentially lower the risk of a bad experience.
How do I find the best Botox clinic?
The best Botox clinics in Montreal can be found by asking a friend or acquaintance whom they trust with rejuvenating their face. You may know many people who get regular injections, or detect that they have had “work done”. Remember, you want to ask the people whose results are the least detectable. Some patients actually put off treatment for years as they are unaware that the desired goal is a very natural looking result and not one that alters your appearance.
Secondly, family doctors and other medical specialists will definitely have a few potential candidates as it is a commonly asked question. General Dermatologists will also be able to guide you as their speciality is closely tied to cosmetics and they frequently refer their patients to injectable or laser specialists.
The most popular digital method of perusing the multitude of clinics is Google. Should you seek online guidance, here’s your strategic outline:
- Start Generally, then Narrow Down: Start with a basic query such as “Top Botox specialist in Montreal” and progressively hone your search. If you are adept at using Google as a search engine you know that you will have sponsored ads, organic results and the Google Business listings which are usually geo-targeted (will show up closest to your location).
- Review Feedback: Ratemds.com and Realself.com are reputable platforms to consider, in addition to the Google Business Page. Scan for recurring feedback (both commendations and critiques) to understand patient narratives better.
- Verify Expertise: Confirm that the clinic’s professionals possess board certification and pertinent knowledge and credentials.
- Explore the Clinic’s Web Online presence: A clinic’s digital footprint can hint at its level of professionalism and track record. Is the clinic well-established?
- Schedule an in person consultation: As you are decision-making, getting a first-hand experience of the clinic’s vibe when you meet with the expert will intuitively provide you with valuable information.
Yes, the profile and reputation of the clinic/medspa/facility is critical as it encompasses all aspects of customer service. However, the more important question is: who is behind the needle?
Who is the best person to go to for botox?
Considering the complexity of the medical act, an example of a highly credentialed injector is a board certified dermatologist who has extensive training in the field of cosmetic dermatology. In fact, a general dermatologist does not provide aesthetic/cosmetic services unless they have pursued this specialized pathway.
In Montreal, there are hundreds of general dermatologists that you can consult for skin related issues/concerns but only a hand-full have specialized and have a wealth of experience in cosmetics: injectable treatments as well as laser and light treatments to treat the skin cosmetically.
So you see, questions surrounding the best Botox place becomes less significant than the actual person administering the treatment.
How do I choose a Botox practitioner?
Choosing who you consider the best doctor for Botox and Fillers (Botox and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are complementary after all) is the most important decision you will make when it comes to how happy you are with your treatment results.
You should be able to answer the following questions with a confident “YES”:
- Have I verified the credentials/training/board certifications?
- Does the injector have a wealth of experience in years as well as number of treatments?
- Have I read reviews on various platforms and looked for consistency in feedback?
- During the consultation, was I shown photos of Botox “before and after” treatments to visualize what results can be expected?
- Was I educated as to how the treatment works, the maintenance required, and the pre and post care instructions?
- Do I find myself in a clean, medical setting?
- Does the injector offer a complementary follow-up to ensure I am pleased with how the treatment has rejuvenated and refreshed my appearance?
Opting for a specialist Botox practitioner drastically increases the probability that your procedures are not only cosmetically appealing but also customized to your distinct facial features. This reduces the possible negative outcomes (both in terms of safety and aesthetics) and optimizes your results.
You have made your choice and now wonder what areas to have treated to appear more youthful and rested with Botox?
Where to get Botox to Look Younger?
Enhancing your look with Botox is the result of treating areas that convey an aged appearance. Every face is different. A true specialist will alleviate your uncertainty and design your treatment to your individual facial features and address the lines/wrinkles that are most prominent.
The approach is not to ask what the best places to get botox on face are, rather to rely on expertise to bridge artistry and science so you can achieve global and harmonious facial rejuvenation.
Botox for the Upper Face
The Horizontal Forehead Lines:
- These are the horizontal lines that form across the forehead. They are often seen when one is surprised or raises their eyebrows. Over time, with age and repeated facial expressions, these lines can become more pronounced and can remain even when the face is at rest.
- How Botox Helps: Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it’s injected. When these muscles can’t contract, the lines on the surface soften and relax. By treating the horizontal forehead lines, Botox smoothes out these subtle or deep lines.
- Youthful Appearance: A smooth forehead is often associated with youthfulness. As the forehead lines diminish or disappear, the face takes on a more relaxed and youthful appearance, making one appear more refreshed and vibrant.
- The glabella is the area between the eyebrows, sometimes referred to as the “11 lines” because of the two vertical lines that can form there. These lines become more noticeable due to repeated frowning or concentrating.
- How Botox Helps: By injecting Botox into the muscles responsible for frowning, the muscle activity is reduced, leading to a softening of the lines between the eyebrows.
- Youthful Appearance: Softened glabellar lines result in a more relaxed and approachable look. Deep frown lines can sometimes give a person an unintentionally stern or angry appearance. By softening these lines, the face appears more open, friendly, and youthful.
The Crow’s feet:
- Crow’s feet are the fine lines that appear around the outer corners of the eyes. They are more visible when one smiles, laughs, or squints. Over time, these lines can become deeper and more noticeable due to the thinness of the skin in this area and repeated facial expressions.
- How Botox Helps: When Botox is injected into the muscles surrounding the outer corner of the eyes, it reduces the muscle activity that contributes to the formation of crow’s feet. This results in a visible reduction of these lines.
- Youthful Appearance: The eyes are often said to be the window to the soul. By reducing the appearance of crow’s feet, the eyes look more refreshed and vibrant, contributing to a more youthful and energetic overall appearance.
The Mid and Lower Face
- These are the wrinkles that appear on the sides of the nose, especially when one scrunches their face or laughs.
- How Botox Helps: Botox relaxes the muscles causing these wrinkles, leading to a smoother appearance on the sides of the nose.
- Youthful Appearance: A smoother nose area gives the face a more relaxed look, reducing the signs of age and stress.
Perioral Lines (Smoker’s Lines):
- These are the vertical lines that form around the mouth, often due to repeated pursing of the lips, such as during smoking or drinking through a straw.
- How Botox Helps: Botox can relax the muscles around the mouth, leading to a softening of these vertical lines.
- Youthful Appearance: A smooth mouth area without pronounced lines appears more youthful and less weathered.
Mentalis (Chin) Area:
- This pertains to the wrinkling or dimpling that can occur on the chin.
- How Botox Helps: By treating the mentalis muscle with Botox, it can reduce the dimpling and smooth out the chin area.
- Youthful Appearance: A smooth chin without dimples or irregular texture contributes to a younger, more refined facial appearance.
- This is the muscle responsible for jaw clenching and can lead to a squared jaw appearance.
- How Botox Helps: Injecting Botox into the masseter can reduce its size and activity, leading to a more oval and softer jawline.
- Youthful Appearance: A more oval jawline gives the face a softer, more feminine appearance which is often associated with youth.
- These are the vertical bands that can appear on the neck as a result of the aging of the platysma muscle.
- How Botox Helps: Botox injections can relax the platysma muscle, thereby reducing the appearance of these bands.
- Youthful Appearance: A smoother neck without pronounced bands gives a more youthful and sleek neck appearance.
- This pertains to the wrinkles that form on the lower eyelids.
- How Botox Helps: Botox can relax the muscles in this area, reducing the appearance of these wrinkles.
- Youthful Appearance: Smoother under-eye areas reduce the tired or aged look, giving the face a more refreshed appearance.
- This pertains to raising the eyebrows slightly to create a more alert and open-eyed look.
- How Botox Helps: By injecting Botox strategically, it can result in a subtle lift of the eyebrows.
- Youthful Appearance: Elevated eyebrows can open up the eyes and make one appear more awake, alert, and youthful.
- This refers to the widening or flaring of the nostrils, especially during expressions.
- How Botox Helps: Botox can relax the muscles that cause nostril flaring, reducing its prominence.
- Youthful Appearance: A controlled nasal flare gives a more refined facial expression and aesthetic.
The Depressor Anguli Oris:
- This is the muscle that pulls down the corners of the mouth, sometimes leading to a perpetual sad or frowning appearance.
- How Botox Helps: Botox can relax this muscle, preventing the downward pull and thus reducing the frown.
- Youthful Appearance: Uplifted corners of the mouth give a happier, more approachable, and youthful appearance.
Harmonious facial enhancement from Botox injections is not about administering an injection; it’s about understanding the nuances of facial anatomy, the dynamics of muscle interactions, and the artistry required to achieve natural-looking results. Your goal after all is to look younger and refreshed, as well as be confident that you made the right decision.
Where to get botox for the first time?
Each person’s face is unique, with distinct features, expressions, and areas of concern making the approach to Botox highly individualized. The best outcomes with Botox injections are achieved when your own goals are considered the priority.
- What is my motivation for seeking this treatment?
- What specific facial features or expressions make me feel that I look aged?
- What are my goals, and how do I envision my appearance after the treatment?
When you look in the mirror, you may see the reflection of someone who looks older than how you feel about your vitality. That’s the conversation to have with your potential injector. Think less about Botox areas and more about what feeling and looking more revitalized means to you aesthetically.
How much does the average person spend on Botox
The Botox injection price to target expression lines of the upper face costs $500-$800. The upper face areas are : horizontal forehead lines, glabella (frown lines), and crow’s feet. The reason for the range is because of the variability in the number of units required for a desirable outcome as well as the injection fee differences between practitioners. More experience and more solid credentials typically translates to a higher investment.
Areas treated Individually
As we have seen, the potential to rejuvenate with Botox is much more extensive than addressing only the upper face. There are so many possible combinations of targeted areas one could treat to achieve a more youthful appearance. Just considering the 12 areas described here, you have thousands of combination possibilities.
If areas are treated individually then the investment can be reduced to $250 in some cases, although it is uncommon to treat one single area and not address more global facial rejuvenation. If for example, a patient has perioral wrinkles, they most likely have dynamic or even static lines elsewhere on their face. It would look unnatural to have smoother, younger-looking skin only in partial areas.
You’ve considered your investment capabilities and goals and are ready to take the first step. What about the longevity of the effect?
How long does botox last?
Botox generally lasts 3-4 months, though some may see results up to 6 months. Hence on average, patients visit their injector three times per year to continue to benefit from the effects. Injecting the masseter muscle for facial reshaping typically lasts longer than 3-4 months and so a patient may have two visits per year. Possibly even every 9 months.
If you find your botox wearing off too soon (muscle contractions resuming causing expression lines), schedule a follow-up or have a discussion during your next visit. Factors of reduced duration could include insufficient dosage, inaccurate injection, stronger muscles in the treated area, quick metabolism, dilution concentration, and storage conditions.
Consult with Manish Khanna, MD FRCPC
Owing to its widespread acceptance, many perceive Botox treatments as simpler than they truly are. Choosing a board certified Botox injector from a reputable facility does ensure best practices and best results.
Dr. Manish Khanna, MD FRCP, is an expert cosmetic dermatologist with a focus on both Botox and dermal fillers. Over the span of over two decades, he has successfully completed thousands of procedures. Beyond ensuring safety and effectiveness, his aim is to enhance your look naturally, preserving your true essence.