Botox Injection

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Cosmetic Botox treatment Injection in Edmonton

“Botox Cosmetic is the world’s number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment because it’s safe, predictable, and very effective.” - Dr. Kamal Alhallak, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical sciences

This treatment has become part of our everyday life. it can significantly reduce wrinkles and fine lines and is a minimally invasive treatment.  

Cosmetic Botox treatment Injection in Edmonton

“Botox Cosmetic is the world’s number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment because it’s safe, predictable, and very effective.” - Dr. Kamal Alhallak, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical sciences

This treatment has become part of our everyday life. it can significantly reduce wrinkles and fine lines and is a minimally invasive treatment.  


Botox infographics



The first approved uses for it in the United States date back to 1989 when it was used for uncontrollable muscle spasms. In 2002, it was approved for cosmetic use on facial muscles to correct “frown lines” (those little lines between your eyebrows that make you look angry or tired). Now, it is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. The effect of botulinum toxin is to cause calculated muscle weakness to reduce some upper face wrinkles. It can be used for crow’s feet, smoker’s lines around the mouth, and marionette lines at the corner of the lips.

This injection is now used for medical conditions aside from muscle spasms. It’s effective against severe underarm sweating and some other “off label” uses that have become an accepted practice but aren’t necessarily approved.

“Cosmetic Botox is made from botulinum toxin type A,” said Dr. Kamal Alhallak. “bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species produce this protein, the pharmaceutical grade of this toxin is highly purified and approved for sub-dermal injection"

“The Cosmetic use of neurotoxin has proven to be very safe and effective for almost everyone. At Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center, it’s easily one of our most popular treatments to rejuvenate one’s face and to look younger.”

What to Know:

 It’s important to know a few things:

  1. it is not a permanent treatment. The effects wear off over time, and a new round of injections will be needed.
  2. It’s not a filler and can't be used to plump up the skin (like Juvederm),
  3. it can be injected into the upper face, whereas fillers are more appropriate for other areas.
  4. It helps only to correct the dynamic lines, which is the one we see when making facial expressions. However, it has little effect on static deep wrinkles (permanent wrinkles).
  5. It's not used to paralyze the muscle completely, as this will give you a frozen face. it is injected strategically to clam down unintended facial expressions and to prevent and correct some wrinkles.

Who can’t use Botox?

While it's safe for nearly everyone, there are some people we wouldn't recommend it to.

Tell your doctor or physician's assistant if you have:

  1. Allergic to the active ingredient
  2. Skin infection in the area that’s being worked on
  3. ALS, Lambert-Eaton syndrome or other diseases that affect your muscles or nerves
  4. Breathing problems, including asthma or COPD
  5. Droopy eyelids or weakness in forehead muscles

“It only takes about 10 minutes for the Botox injections,” Dr. Alhallak said. “Maximum effect takes about two weeks, so I always tell my patients to plan if they have an event that they want to look their best for.”

As a Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Alhallak pays special attention to the cases where it can have the maximum effect.

Is it painful?

It’s not really. It’s a simple injection. The area is often numbed, either with a topical anesthetic or with an ice pack. After the anesthetic wears off, there might be some slight discomfort, but it’s usually very mild and goes away in a few hours.

What to expect

Before the injection

Topical numbing creams, cooling the injection sites, and/or vibrations can be applied to reduce the injection discomfort.

During the injection

Different healthcare practitioners are authorized to perform cosmetic injections (physicians, pharmacists, and nurses). The injector uses a thin needle to deliver the medication to the subdermal layer of the skin. The treatment requires multiple injections to cover some large muscles in the upper face such as the forehead and frown lines

After the injection

Take it easy for a couple of hours after the injections. Don't rub the area or take a hot shower after your appointment.


It can take up to three days for the treatment to be noticeable, however, it takes two weeks to see the maximum results. The results last between four to six months with recommended maintenance appointments twice a year.


Forhead lines botox fillers

What are the side effects?

 For the most part, the side effects are minor and rare, but some have been reported.

  • Injection site pain
  • Slight swelling
  • Rash
  • Asthma
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Neck pain

If you’ve had an injection and you’re having a hard time breathing or notice a significant rash has developed, you need to seek medical attention immediately. Other side effects such as drooping eyelids are the results of improper injection techniques in the treated areas.

Does Botox make my face numb?

 No. It shouldn’t as it is not an anesthetic. If does paralyze the muscles, but it shouldn’t result in numbness. If the numbness persists for a couple of days, you should call your physician.

How long does Botox last?

In most cases, it lasts three to four months, but that can be affected by several factors. Diet, smoking, age, how well you care for your skin, and how much sun exposure you get can all affect how long it lasts. in general, it lasts for 3-6 months. The effect of it last longer as we age, and less as we keep doing it.

what would I expect for the cost?

We charge $10 per units, therefore the price varies according to the area. Please read this post about the average cost

What is the difference between Botox and Dysport

Both of the treatments are very similar and work towards skin rejuvenation. However, there are some differences between Botox and DysportRead more about it here

Are Filler and Botox the same?

No, In summary, Botox freezes muscles to soften wrinkles caused by facial movement while fillers use hyaluronic acid and other substances to plump areas with lost volume.


Botox injection results

Can I combine Botox with Juvederm?

Yes, we can combine it with Dermal Fillers at the same appointment, especially if the wrinkles are deep. Some deep wrinkles occur if you don't treat the frown lines on time. As a result, they become pronounced and deep. So you may need both injections to correct them. Dr. Alhallak combines Fillers and it during skin tightening and wrinkle reduction treatments.

Botox safety 

“The most important factor in receiving safe and effective injections is to choose the right practitioner,” said Kamal Alhallak. “Be certain that the person that you get your injections from has experience and training. This is something you want to have done under the guidance of an experienced doctor.”

Be sure to tell your practitioner about any illnesses you have, any medications or herbal remedies you take, and even if you use illicit drugs. You don’t want to find out that your herbal pills are causing you issues with your Botox.

Most importantly, tell your practitioner everything, even if you think it might be minor. Drugs and even vitamins and minerals interact in ways that you might not expect.

If you notice any side effects, contact your practitioner right away. Let them know so that they can help you decide if there’s anything you need to do.

Avoid taking ASA or NSAID such as Ibuprofen to reduce the risk of bruising. Other post-treatment recommendations include staying upright for a couple of hours, applying pressure, and icing the area to help with swelling and bruising.

Is it safe to go to a Botox party

We strongly advise not getting it done at a Botox party. It is not safe to get any type of injection outside a professional medical setting. Moreover, no one will take your medical history or keep records. The environment is not suitable or approved to perform such a delicate cosmetic injection. Furthermore, This kind of practice is illegal and not covered by any practice insurance. It is common to see that the medication used at these parties is diluted (similar to getting cheap watered-drink in a bar). There is no way to know how watered down the solution is and what is the actual number of units you are getting.

Common areas for Botox 

  • Forehead/Frown lines: These are lines or creases developed on the forehead. These lines can start small and deepen over time. We call these lines "timelines." it helps softness forehead lines or prevent deep lines from forming.
  • Smile lines: Smile lines or crow’s feet are fine or deeps lines that we see when we smile. Botulinum toxin injection or Dysport softens muscles around your eyes and mouth.

Botox treatment for lazy eye?

Did you know Botox was originally used for children with lazy eyes? Long before we used it for wrinkles and everything else, it was used safely and effectively for this problem.  The trouble is that it doesn't last long and re-injections are necessary.  Results can be variable and effects can be variable as it takes effect and wears off.  As an eye surgeon, I recommend definitive treatment with eye muscle surgery by a qualified professional to see if it is right for you.

What is a lazy eye?

Lazy eye is a vision development disorder in which an eye fails to achieve normal visual acuity, even with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Amblyopia typically begins during infancy and early childhood. In most cases, only one eye is affected. But in some cases, amblyopia can occur in both eyes. If a lazy eye is detected early in life and promptly treated, reduced vision can be avoided. But the untreated lazy eye can cause permanent loss of vision in the affected eye. It's estimated that about 2 to 3 percent of the U.S. population has some degree of amblyopia.

Free consultation

The best way to know if you're a good candidate for Botox injections is to come in for a free consultation with Dr. Kamal at Albany laser and cosmetic center. Dr. Kamal has a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a genuine passion for his work. He strives to help people in Edmonton reach their aesthetic goals.

Therapeutic Botox is FDA Approved for loss of bladder control, migraine,  overactive bladder, and other neurological and muscular disorders. (We do not offer Therapeutic Botox at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre)

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Jawlines contouring

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Jawlines Contouring in Edmonton

Jawline Contouring in Edmonton

Jawlines Contouring in Edmonton

Jawline contouring is a procedure to reshape and define the jawline. In the past, people who wanted to change their jawline and facial contouring used surgery. Surgery is often expensive, invasive procedure, painful and comes with a lengthy recovery period. The good news is there are non-invasive jawline contouring procedures that also provide satisfactory results without the pain and long recovery time. These contouring methods include:

  • BOTOX® Injection
  • Injectable Fillers
  • Ultherapy and Fotona 4D lift
  • PDO threads

The BOTOX® Injection for jawline contouring:

BOTOX®, from Botulinum toxin A, has been a superstar of the aesthetic surgery industry for many years for lines and wrinkles correction. The toxin works by relaxing the masseter muscle, which is the jaw muscle responsible for chewing. This simple procedure is almost painless and has a minimal recovery period. The results are almost instantaneous and improve within a few weeks after the procedure.


When will results be seen?

Results will take about one week to start showing and get better over time. You will see the best results four to six weeks after treatment. While the results are not permanent, jawline contouring with Botox can last up to six months. The treatment depends on the relaxation of the masseter muscle and any activity that can work the muscle can reduce the effectiveness of the treatment. Chewing for long hours and anything other activity that involves moving the lower jaw continuously can reduce the results. It is best to come for touch-up injections at least twice a year to maintain optimal results.



What are the side effects?

Botox for jawline contouring has the same side effects as other Botox procedures. Common side effects include

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising



Jawline contouring before and after in Edmonton



Fillers for jaw contouring:

Injectable dermal fillers are effective for jawline contouring. Unlike Botox which relaxes the jaw muscles, fillers work by adding volume to parts of the jawline and the face that are saggy or drooping.

How does filler work for jaw contouring?

Dermal fillers fill the void in the face and jawline, making you appear fuller and more beautiful. This noninvasive procedure can be a standalone solution or combined with Botox for more satisfactory and longer-lasting results.

What Is in a filler injection?

There are different types of fillers, some Dermal filler injections are comprised of hyaluronic acid gel such as Juvederm and Restylane. Some fillers act as collagen-stimulators including Sculptra and Radiesse.

Who should use filler injection?

Dermal fillers are perfect for people with an age-induced or genetically weak or receding jawline. It is also ideal for patients with dimpling, sagging jawline, creases, wrinkles, and lines.



When Will I See Results?

The results of dermal filling injections for jawline contouring are instant. You start seeing the results immediately after the procedure, which takes less than 45 minutes. However, the results are not permanent and are usually effective for 6-24 months.

before and after jawlines contouring



Is the procedure painful?

You may feel a slight discomfort as the needle enters your skin, but the procedure is largely painless. This is because the area around the jaw is less sensitive and most dermal fillers have an anesthetic effect.


Ultherapy and Fotona

Ultherapy is a non-surgical procedure that tightens the skin using ultrasound technology. This non-invasive treatment is effective for contouring the jawline by tightening the skin around the area. It can also revitalize skin on the chest, face, sternum and more. Read more about Fotona here

How Ultherapy works:

Ultherapy is short for ultrasound therapy. It works by concentrating ultrasound energy on the skin to stimulate the natural production of collagen in the body. Collagen is the substance that gives the skin its firmness and supple texture. Aging reduces the body’s ability to produce collagen, leading to saggy skin, wrinkles, and lines.

When will I see results

Ultherapy requires time to work because it stimulates the body to produce collagen. You can start seeing results three months after the treatment because the body requires time to produce significant amounts of collagen.

Is It painful?

Ultherapy is not painful, however, you might feel tingling during treatment and a slight puffiness after your session. Possible side effects include numbness, swelling, and inflammation. Ultherapy helps tighten the skin around the jawline, resulting in firmer skin. It offers excellent results for sagging, drooping and other age-induced facial problems. Two to three sessions are enough for optimal performance. However, maintenance sessions may be required to sustain improved collagen production in your skin.

PDO threads

Another non-surgical jawline contouring technique is a minimal-invasive procedure that uses PDO or polydioxanone threads. The PDO thread procedure is a skin lift treatment that helps correct saggy skin for a firmer and sharper jawline.

What does the PDO thread procedure involve?

The PDO thread lift procedure involves inserting small threads into the skin with extremely fine needles or cannulas at strategic spots to deliver an instant lift. Based on the size of the area and the number of threads the procedure requires, a session can take up to 30 minutes to one hour or more. PDO thread lifting is minimally-invasive and a local anesthetic is applied to the target areas for a mild numbing effect. You may feel slight discomfort during the session, but improved techniques continue to lower the pain patients experience during the procedure.

The PDO thread is a collagen-stimulator and over time will promote the body’s natural ability to produce the substance. Within 12 months of the procedure, the body will absorb the threads and the collagen production will continue to keep the skin firm and supple.


Effects of PDO thread lift

This procedure has three main effects on the body including:

  • Mechanical skin lifting which provides instant results
  • Collagen stimulation which promotes cellular rejuvenation
  • Neovascularization for improved skin texture, elasticity, and fine lines.

Side effects of PDO thread

PDO thread lifting has some side effects including:

  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • A sensation of mild tightness up to two weeks after the procedure

In rare cases, the PDO procedure may cause infection, salivary duct damage, nerve damage, and nodules formation. Apart from jawline contouring, the PDO thread lift is also effective for crow’s feet, jowls, and wrinkles.

Albany Laser and Cosmetic Center in Edmonton is an award-winning medical spa and cosmetic clinic. We offer many aesthetic procedures such as non-surgical nose jobBotox for smile lines,  non-surgical butt lift,  acne treatmentpeelingskin tighteningbody slimming

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