Everyone wants to maintain a young, youthful appearance while our bodies chronologically age. Throughout history, people have been searching for a “Fountain of Youth” for centuries trying to reduce the physical effects of aging. Fortunately, BOTOX ® has been used successfully for many years to help reduce wrinkles and therefore combat the physical appearance of aging, specifically on the face. Here is what you need to know if you are considering BOTOX ® as a method of resisting signs of aging:
While you might have only heard of BOTOX ® more recently, it has actually been around for quite a long time. In the 1980’s BOTOX ® was used by ophthalmologists to treat optic muscle disease. BOTOX ® is a Botulinum toxin product that is produced by the bacteria Colostridium Botulinum. You might have heard that BOTOX ® is dangerous, because in large doses it causes botulism. The bacteria, however, is very safely used within the cosmetic and medical communities in small doses (Types A and B), to help treat problems like chronic migraines and other health issues.
In the cosmetic community, BOTOX ® helps reduce or eliminate fine lines such as crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles in the forehead area by blocking the release of a specific chemical that triggers muscles in the facial area to contract causing wrinkles. Treatment with BOTOX ® produces a smoother, wrinkle-free appearance for an extended amount of time.
BOTOX ® is a very popular non-surgical treatment to help rid the face of wrinkles. If you are a healthy person then you are likely a candidate for BOTOX ®, but you can find out for sure by consulting with a medical professional qualified to perform BOTOX ® injections. Finding the proper plastic surgeon is essential so you get the full effects of BOTOX ® treatment and avoid any risks or complications that can result from someone not properly qualified or experienced with the procedure.
The treatments take place at a doctor’s office or medical spa. Dr. Taranow offers BOTOX ® injections right here in our NYC plastic surgery office. After being cleaned, a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the area or areas where the BOTOX ® is being injected. The needles that are used are very fine and do not cause much pain. Depending upon the amount of BOTOX ® that is being injected the procedure will take anywhere from a few minutes to possibly 20 minutes.
The doctor will mark the areas that will be injected before performing the procedure. The BOTOX ® is then injected into the muscle where it contracts. There really isn’t any recovery time because this isn’t a surgical procedure. However, it is advised that you stay out of the sun for a few days.
The effects of BOTOX ® injections typically last 3 to 6 months, and it will take up to 2 weeks to see the full results of the treatment as the Botulinum causes the muscles to contract over time. However, initial results can often be seen within a few days of the injections.
Side effects are mild and include headache, bruising and pain at the injection site. The type of BOTOX that is used is a purified form of the bacteria and cannot cause botulism when used correctly and injected by a certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
If you have a few areas that you are worried about the treatments can be done at the same time. If you find you like BOTOX ®, you can set up repeat appointments with the doctor to have the BOTOX ® injections repeated and maintain the youthful appearance they produce, without a lapse in between.
If you are considering BOTOX ®, please be sure and select a qualified medical professional to perform the injections for you, whether or not you choose Dr. Taranow. Going to a “Botox Party” at a friend’s house or getting discount injections at spas can be very dangerous and potentially cause you a lot of harm. If you have any questions, you should ask, and proceed only once you have answers to all your questions, and full confidence in the safety of the procedure and the professional performing the procedure. If you have any questions about Dr. Taranow or about the BOTOX ® procedure, please ask us – we are happy to answer your questions and address any of the concerns you might have while considering the procedure.
If you are ready to take the next step, setting up your consultation with NYC BOTOX ® expert and plastic surgeon Dr. Douglas A. Taranow is only a phone call or click away! Use the form on this page or call us at (212) 772-2100 today!