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Smoothing Out Your Perception of Botox

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A Modern Softening of The Signs of Aging

When we hear the term ‘Botox’, images of aging-yet-wrinkleless women come to mind. We may even recall specific celebrities who have overdone it, paralyzing all movement out of their expression, and thus, losing the essence that made them a star. However, the indications for Botox are actually quite varied and a heavy-handed approach to aesthetic Botox use is falling out of style.

The History of Botox

Botox exists in nature in a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. Unchecked, this bacterium can cause botulism in humans. However, like many natural substances, the active portion of this bacterium can be harnessed and utilized in medicine. Its medical applications were first discovered by Dr. Alan Scott, an ophthalmologist searching for a cure for ‘strabismus’, known commonly as ‘lazy eye’ or ‘crossed eyes’. To this day, Botox is still used for these conditions.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is effective due to its ability to block muscle contraction. The active component inhibits the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that leads to nerve impulses. These nerve impulses would typically lead to muscle contraction; by blocking the impulse the muscle contraction cannot occur. Based on this mechanism, many doctors realized the indications of Botox spread well beyond the eyes.

Indications for Botox Use

Today, Botox is used for many ailments that are caused by dysfunctional muscle contraction. This includes, but is not limited to, cervical dystonia (involuntary neck spasms), chronic migraines, and bruxism (teeth grinding). Additionally, it has been found to relieve incontinence and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Training and Technique

Accuracy of placement and dosage is vital; when used incorrectly, Botox can cause asymmetry in muscular tension. For this reason, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia has made Botox injections a regulated component of our profession. Naturopathic physicians who wish to use Botox must be certified in prescriptive authority, possess adequate first aid training (NCLS or higher), and have completed extensive training and certification in the use of Botox.

Certification in Botox ensures the practitioner is trained in the medical, as well as the aesthetic, uses of Botox. Dr Katie Leah has completed all required certifications, as well as additional training in dermatology and anti-aging medicine. She advocates for a gentler approach than was traditionally used in aesthetic Botox treatment, resulting in a modern softening of the signs of aging.

What to Expect

Botox Treatment

  • Temporarily eliminates facial wrinkles for up to 4 months
  • Requires no downtime; have a treatment & return to work the same day
  • Is much less invasive than cosmetic surgery

Whatever your concern, Dr Katie Leah is happy to meet with you prior to your treatment for a consult, during which she will determine if you are a good candidate for treatment with Botox, provide a price quote, and outline how many injections you can expect. Contact us today!


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Dr. Maya Kuczma

Maya Kuczma, ND, is a freelance medical writer and Naturopathic Doctor at Integrative. The central focus to her writing and medical practice is identifying biochemical, environmental, and emotional triggers of illness. Her treatment plans are rooted in evolutionary biology and ancestral nutrition, and aim to utilize ancient wisdom to alleviate the stressors of our modern way of life.

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