BOTOX® and Other Wrinkle Reducers

Botox® and Xeomin® target wrinkles, fine lines and signs of aging by relaxing muscles beneath the skin, with the goal of creating a smoother, more youthful appearance.

When visiting Bloor Village Cosmetic Medicine you will receive individualized and specific treatment designed to achieve youthful, natural-looking results . Dr. Alves will perform your consultation and wrinkle reduction treatment in the comfort of our brand new clinic, located in Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

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His expertise and experience ensure that every procedure is performed safely and accurately, while minimizing potential side effects. We want to help you achieve your aesthetic goals so you can start feeling better about yourself!

Common Questions about Botox® and Xeomin®

How does it work?

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® both work by relaxing the muscles underneath the skin. This minimizes current wrinkles, and prevents the creation of further wrinkles, to create a smooth and refreshed appearance. This happens by blocking the muscle cells from receiving nerve cells’ messages to contract, and thus are known as neuromodulators.

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How is it administered?

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are administered by injection using a very thin needle to avoid any pain, bruising or swelling. The Botox® Cosmetic or Xeomin® is injected directly into the muscle tissue and takes several days to take full effect. Maximal benefit is typically seen after two weeks*(see disclaimer).

These non-surgical wrinkle treatments are most commonly used to target muscles in the forehead, around the eyes and other areas of the face. But Botox® and Xeomin® injections have also proven effective in reducing wrinkles in the neck and upper chest, as well as treating excessively gummy smiles and controlling hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

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How long does the procedure take?

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® treatment typically takes only several minutes. Prior to treatment you will be invited to our Toronto clinic for a medical consultation with Dr. Alves, during which he can also answer any questions you might have. This will be scheduled for upwards of 30 minutes. Your appointment will be scheduled for upwards of 30 minutes for Dr. Alves’s consultation.

As with any medical procedure performed at Bloor Village Medical Cosmetics your safety and aesthetic outcome are our utmost concern, and so only Dr. Alves will perform your procedures. We do not allow nurse injectors to practice at our facility.

The procedure does not leave any indications that it was performed and you may go about your day right away.

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Who should not have BOTOX® or XEOMIN®?

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® should not be used in pregnant or lactating women, as well as people who have had a previous allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients. Anyone with a serious neurological or immunological disease will need to consult with Dr. Alves to determine their ability to undergo treatment.

Can people tell I’ve had BOTOX® or XEOMIN®?

No one should be able to tell that you’ve had Botox® Cosmetic or Xeomin®, but they should notice that you look more refreshed, relaxed, and youthful.

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Is BOTOX® or XEOMIN® permanent?

Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® are not permanent. The muscles that were treated will lose their ability to contract and your frown lines will smoothen in several days. These muscles will be temporarily paralyzed for 12 to 16 weeks*(see disclaimer), after which they will slowly begin to work again. Each successive treatment will work longer than the last!

What happens to the BOTOX® and XEOMIN® once it is in my body?

Botox® Cosmetic/Xeomin® will stay within the muscles it was injected in. Over time the body will slowly break down the product and you will regain the function of the affected muscles.

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How much does it cost?

The price of Botox® and Xeomin® are calculated on a “per unit” basis. This means that each individual will need a specific amount of product to achieve the results that they are looking for. Therefore, the cost of the treatment varies by each patient depending on the areas and amount of product needed.

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What are the potential side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic® and XEOMIN®?

The vast majority of patients do not experience any side effects. Common and minor side effects include local irritation, minor bruising at the injection sites, and headache. Rare but temporary side effects include short-term paralysis of unintended muscles or serious allergic reaction. Dr. Alves undertakes a thorough discussion of side effects for all procedures. Please feel free to discuss any and all concerns with him at the time of your free consultation.


Contact us today to see if BOTOX Cosmetic® or XEOMIN® is right for you!

Call 647-347-7516 or send us a message online to schedule your free consultation. Our clinic is conveniently located in Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

All patients must undergo medical consultation with Dr. Alves prior to receiving any treatment.

Botox® Cosmetic is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.
Xeomin® is a registered trademark of Merz, Inc.

*Disclaimer: Similar results are not guaranteed. Individual results are dependent upon multiple factors including the procedure and the patient’s age, metabolism and activity level.

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Clinic Hours

  • Mon 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tue 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thu 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat Appointment Only
  • Sun Closed

Meet Dr. Alves

Dr. Philip A. Alves HBSc, MD, CCFP