BOTOX®: Injections in New York City, Fat Injections, Minimally Invasive
Botulinum toxin A, a purified protein made from botulism bacteria, binds to the nerve endings, preventing the release of the chemical transmitters that activate muscles. When injected into specific areas of the face, it paralyzes the small muscles that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, horizontal forehead creases, and other facial wrinkles. Botulinum toxin treatment decreases local muscle activity thereby preventing the appearance of “dynamic” wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial expressions. The effect generally lasts from three to four months. In some cases, after multiple treatments, results can last longer in between treatments. Typically, the frowning area lasts the longest, whereas areas around the mouth last the least long.
The procedure is often performed during patient’s lunch breaks or at the end of their day prior to going out for the evening. First, the skin may be treated with a topical anesthetic, if requested. A thin, fine-gauge needle is then used to inject the Botulinum Toxin into the skin and muscle of a specific part of the face. Most patients report a mild stinging sensation from the injections which rapidly subsides. The treatment can sometimes cause a brief headache and bruising can occur at the injection site. Applying ice packs over the treated site before and after the injections can reduce the discomfort, swelling and bruising. You can go back to work and resume regular activities right after treatment.
Botulinum Toxin can be used to improve the appearance of naso-labial folds between the nose and lips, and the fine lines above the lips. Vertical muscle bands in the neck can also be treated. New uses for botulinum toxin continue to be investigated for their safety and effectiveness.
New York plastic surgeon Eric Sadeh offers BOTOX injections, Restylane, Fat Injections and other minimally invasive techniques and procedures. Located in New York City serving Manhattan, Queens and Forest Hills.