Botox Injections

If you’re looking for Botox in NYC, Schweiger Dermatology Group has some of the most talented and experienced providers who specialize in Botox injections. Botox is a purified protein, used to relax the overactive muscles of the face.  The treatment takes only a few minutes and is performed in the office.  The effects of Botox take 7-10 days to develop and last 3-4 months after a single treatment.  Botox is most commonly used to treat and prevent wrinkles between the eyebrows, horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, and crows feet.  There is no downtime after Botox treatment, which (combined with the excellent results it delivers) makes it one of the most popular dermatological treatments.  As we tell the many patients who ask us, ‘what is Botox’, its an excellent treatment for anyone who would like to treat or prevent wrinkles without surgery.

Facts About Botox

Many patients ask us, ‘what is Botox?’  The answer is fairly simple; Botox is a purified protein that is used to relax the overactive muscles of the face.  In order to understand exactly what this means, it is helpful to know how Botox works and the areas in which Botox is used.  Botox is injected through tiny injections directly into the muscles of the face.  Once placed in the muscles, Botox blocks the neurotransmitter that signals for muscle activity.  The result is a relaxed muscle that does not contract repetitively, therefore allowing for the softening of deep wrinkles and the prevention of new wrinkles from excessive facial movement.

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is a purified protein called onabotulinumtoxinA.  It is injected directly into the muscles of the face via a series of tiny injections into the skin.  Once placed in the overactive muscle, Botox blocks a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.  By blocking this neurotransmitter, Botox prevents to overstimulation of muscle contraction in the treated area.  When the overactive muscle is relaxed, it allows for wrinkles to soften and prevents permanent wrinkles from forming due to repetitive muscle movement.

Where to Have Botox

There are many areas of the face that can benefit from Botox treatment.  The most common areas are the glabella (between the brows), the crows feet (next to the eyes) and the horizontal lines on the forehead.  Some people have all three of these areas treated and some people find that they only need treatment of one of these areas.  There are other areas that can be treated with Botox, depending on the patient.  For example, eyebrows can be lifted by relaxing the muscles that pull them down, providing a youthful and relaxed appearance.

What to Expect During Botox Treatment

During your appointment for Botox treatment, we will first discuss your goals and the needs of your skin.  The treatment itself takes only a few minutes and is performed in the office.  Immediately following the Botox treatment, you may have very minor redness over the treated muscles, but this resolves within a few minutes.  There is no significant downtime following Botox treatment.  The muscle-relaxing effects of Botox take 7-10 days to fully develop; the improvement lasts 3-4 months after a single treatment.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox slowly relaxes the overactive muscles of the face, with the full effects being seen 7-10 days after the treatment.  Once the effects of Botox have taken place, existing wrinkles on the skin begin to repair themselves and wrinkles that may otherwise form from overactive muscle activity are now prevented.  The effect of muscle relaxation lasts from 3-4 months following the single Botox treatment.  Botox is one of the most popular dermatological treatments.  It is used to not only treat wrinkles, but also to prevent wrinkles from developing in the first place.  As more and more people have Botox treatment, the question of ‘what is Botox’ will be answered for many people.

Benefits of Botox Injections

Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are other injectables used to remove wrinkles on the face by relaxing muscle movements that cause these wrinkles. These treatments relax the muscles on the forehead and in between the eyes, which not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles but also prevents new wrinkles from forming. When we think of erasing wrinkles on the upper face and relaxing muscle movement – we look to Botox and other neurotoxins to help solve the issue. Many cosmetic patients start adding Botox into their skincare regimen in their early 30s as a preventative measure against wrinkles, much like the use of sunscreen. Botox for migraines is also a common and effective treatment for migraine head aches. The best treatment areas for Botox are: