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. 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 & Mohs Dermatology of New York, 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. Call us today at (212) 391-8600 to schedule a consultation with New York Dermatologist, Dr. Adelle Quintana.
Dr. Quintana Discusses BOTOX®
What is BOTOX®?
Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine (onabotulinumtoxinA) that is injected into your muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines, crows feet, and other deep dynamic wrinkles. Dr. Quintana performs Botox® injections as a non-surgical treatment to improves these areas.
To be able to effectively eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles, Botox® temporarily paralyzes 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. You will begin to notice visible improvements over the next month. People 18 to 65 years of age are eligible for treatment.
BOTOX® Vs. Xeomin®
Xeomin® is often called “the naked injectable” because it only has the botulinum toxin in its formula. Unlike Botox, Xeomin is formulated with additional proteins along with the botulinum toxin. Certain people can have a reaction to these other proteins; these people may not have the same reaction to Xeomin.
What Areas Are Treated With Botox®?
Like all neuromodulators, Botox® works on “dynamic wrinkles.” These are the wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, in contrast to “static wrinkles” that are caused by sun damage and aging. Static wrinkles would be treated with dermal fillers such as Restylane, or Juvéderm. Dynamic wrinkles generally occur on the upper third of the face, the expressive area. Areas that can be treated with Botox® include:
- Worry lines in the forehead
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Smile lines
- Laugh lines, from nose to mouth
- Crow’s feet
- Neck Area
What Dr. Quintana’s Patients Say
“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 is probably the best dermatologist I’ve been to over the years. Knowledgeable, current with all the latest information, wonderful personality, connects with each patient, and well organized office. Her staff reflects her high standards and care.” – Betsy P.
After a thorough consultation and identifying your trouble areas, Dr. Quintana may ask if you prefer to numb the area before the injections. If you choose to do so, you can get injected with local anesthesia or a numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area. Once the area is sufficiently numbed, Dr, Quintana will begin to inject tiny amounts of your 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 at our office in New York City.
Before & After BOTOX®
Are Cosmetic Injections Painful?
The effects of your injections 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.
Results vary by the patient, depending on your individual metabolism. At a certain point, the body absorbs the now-inert botulinum toxin. Visible results have been shown to last for about three to six months. Be sure to talk to Dr. Quintana about what you can expect and when to schedule your next appointment.
Will I Still Be Able to Make Facial Expressions?
Although the results are visible, treatment with Botox® 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
When injected by experienced injectors, such as Dr. Quintana at Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York, side effects with Botox® are rare or mild. The most common side effects that a patient may experience include 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 the recommended dose is injected and administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Dr. Quintana discusses all of the benefits and possible side effects during your one-on-one consultation.
Can I Get Cosmetic Injections During Pregnancy?
Although there are no studies concerning the relationship between neuromodulators and pregnancy, it is thought that since the botulinum toxin stays in a very isolated location that it wouldn’t affect a pregnancy. But generally pregnant women should not have injectables during their pregnancy.
Schedule a BOTOX® Consultation
Dr. Quintana can help you decide if Botox® or any of the following anti-wrinkle procedures are right for you: