Botox® is an incredibly popular cosmetic treatment because of how quickly, safely, and effectively it smooths away wrinkles, like frown lines, that make you look continuously perplexed or upset. Eliot Y. Ghatan, MD, FRCPC, has extensive experience precisely injecting Botox to give you the results you desire. If you have questions about Botox or you’d like to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Ocean Parkway, Midwood of Brooklyn, New York, or use the online booking feature. (Dr. Ghatan also offers Xeomin, Dysport, and fillers).
What is Botox?
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin that’s injected to produce cosmetic results. It has been safely used for years to treat medical conditions such as chronic migraines, muscle spasms, and involuntary muscle movements.
For men and women who want to smooth away wrinkles, Botox has been the top minimally invasive cosmetic treatment for nearly two decades. When Botox is injected, it blocks nerve signals that trigger muscle contractions. As a result, the muscles relax and the wrinkles created by those muscles are significantly diminished or eliminated.
What facial wrinkles are treated with Botox?
As you get older, your face develops two types of wrinkles. Static wrinkles are caused by age-related changes, like the loss of collagen, thinning and dehydrated skin, and sun exposure. These wrinkles appear around your nose and mouth.
The second type, called dynamic wrinkles, develop as you repeatedly use the same muscles to make facial expressions. Since Botox relaxes muscles, it’s the perfect treatment for dynamic wrinkles, which include the deepest and most noticeable wrinkles on your face:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Forehead furrows
Dr. Ghatan precisely targets a few muscles to eliminate wrinkles, while leaving the remaining facial muscles unaffected. As a result, you still look natural after a Botox treatment.
What should I expect during a Botox treatment?
At your consultation, Dr. Ghatan reviews your medical history to be sure you don’t have any medical conditions that could cause problems during or after your Botox injection. Most people tolerate Botox, but if you’re pregnant or have certain neurological diseases, you shouldn’t get the injections.
Dr. Ghatan uses an ultra-fine needle to inject a small amount of Botox, administering about 4-10 injections, depending on the areas being treated. After your injections, you may experience slight redness or swelling, but these side effects don’t last long and you can cover them with makeup. As soon as your procedure is over, you can get back to your normal daily activities.
When will I see results and how long will they last?
You’ll see the results in 24-48 hours, which is the amount of time it takes for Botox to fully relax the muscles. Although your body gradually metabolizes the medication and the effect wears off, your results last up to four months.* You can get another Botox treatment as soon as your results fade.
If you’d like to schedule a Botox consultation to learn whether you’re a good candidate, call Dr. Ghatan Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery or book an appointment online.
*Individual results may vary