Laughter, sadness, anger, and surprise – your face shows all of your emotions to the world. A lifetime of emotions leads to wrinkles, crow’s feet, and laugh lines. We have a solution for you, Botox® Cosmetic Treatments in New York City, NY.
All these signs of emotion can leave you looking older than your years – but thanks to today’s technology, we can significantly reduce their appearance on your face. With Botox® Cosmetic treatment at Laser and Mohs Dermatology in NYC, you will be able to see a visible improvement in the wrinkles on your face – and you’ll have smoother skin for up to four months.
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine (onabotulinumtoxinA) that the doctor injects into your muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. People 18 to 65 years of age are eligible. At our practice, Dr. Quintana administers Botox® Cosmetic as a simple, nonsurgical treatment into the area you’d like to improve. If you’re concerned about pain or have sensitive facial areas, we’ll be happy to apply an ice pack or anesthetic cream to the area.
The purified protein from the injection goes to work immediately on the facial muscles that are causing wrinkles. You will begin to notice visible improvements over the next month.
Botox® Cosmetic treatments can improve:
- Worry lines in forehead
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Smile lines
- Laugh lines, from nose to mouth
- Crow’s feet
- Neck Area
What to Expect with Botox® Treatment
After identifying your trouble areas, your doctor may ask if you prefer to numb the area before the injections. If you choose to do so, the doctor can inject local anesthesia into your skin, otherwise, you can use a numbing cream or cold spray. Once Dr. Quintana numbs the area sufficiently, she will begin to inject tiny amounts of Botox directly into the skin or the underlying muscles where your wrinkles are most evident. The number of injections will depend upon the extent of the area that will be treated. Botox is essentially an outpatient procedure that can be done in minutes in the doctor’s office.
To be able to effectively eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles, Botox acts by temporarily paralyzing muscle activity, specifically on the areas that are prone to wrinkle formation. The botulinum toxin is able to block certain chemical signals that cause muscle contraction from the nerves, which results in the temporary relaxation of the facial muscles that lie directly under your wrinkles.
The effects of Botox usually begin to show a few days after the treatment. You will notice the wrinkles on your forehead, the frown lines in between your eyebrows, and the crow’s feet from the corners of your eyes begin to fade as the paralyzing effect of the treatment starts to take effect on the underlying muscles. The wonderful wrinkle erasing effects of Botox can last between 3 to 12 months, after which you will need follow-up injections to maintain the desired effect.
How Long Does Botox® Cosmetic Last?
Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. Your results may vary – be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Is treatment with Botox® Cosmetic painful?
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Before injection, your physician may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following Botox® Cosmetic treatment.
Will I still be able to make facial expressions?
Although the results are visible, treatment with Botox® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
Botox® Side Effects
The most common side effects associated with Botox® Cosmetic injections are redness, bruising and swelling. These local reactions are temporary and can be diminished by applying ice to the area. Botox® Cosmetic can cause a temporary eyebrow or eyelid ptosis (drooping) or asymmetry. This reaction is also temporary. Side effects are minimized when Botox® Cosmetic is injected at the recommended dose and administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Dr. Quintana discusses all benefits and possible side effects during your one-on-one consultation.
Best dermatologist ever. Wouldn’t go anywhere else in new york city. They did an incredible job with my botox. So much so that I went back for laser hair removal. – Anonymous
Dr. Quintana can help you decide if Botox or any of the following anti wrinkle procedures are right for you: