Botulinum toxin is an injectable that is commonly used to treat wrinkles and fine lines of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. Other uses of botulinum toxin include treatment of a gummy smile, excessive axillary sweating, prominent neck bands, thick jaw muscles, and TMJ pain. The most commonly known types of botulinum toxin are Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Juveau.
Botox: How Does it Work?
Botox injections block the signal from the nerve to your muscle, preventing contraction of the muscle. This, in turn, helps create a more relaxed appearance by softening the wrinkles and lines.
Botulinum Toxin Injection: How is it Performed?
Botulinum toxin injections take can be performed quickly and are relatively painless. There is no downtime, no swelling, and no anesthesia required. It is best to abstain from taking fish oil, aspirin, and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before treatment to minimize the risk of bruising.
Results of the injections take approximately five to seven days to show complete effect, and generally last between 3-6 months.
Botulinum toxin is often combined with other procedures including injection of dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments, to optimize the result.
When considering whether you are a candidate for treatment with botulinum toxin, it is important to seek evaluation by an experienced injector. Dr. Mahmood is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who has extensive experience with botox injectables, understands the complex anatomy of the face, and works with patients to achieve their aesthetic goals.
To learn more about neurotoxin procedures in NYC, contact the office of Dr. Umbareen Mahmood, Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon.