We all develop wrinkles as we age, but not all wrinkles are caused by the same things. Some wrinkles are caused by sun exposure and gravity, but others develop because of the way we contract our facial muscles. BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces or eliminates the appearance of facial wrinkles by causing these muscles to relax. Manhattan cosmetic surgeon Dr. Basil Pakeman is pleased to offer BOTOX® and other skin care treatments to patients throughout New York City. Please call Manhattan Surgical Care at 212-308-1566 to learn more.
How BOTOX® Works
BOTOX® works by relaxing certain repeated muscle contractions that lead to facial folds. Brow and frown lines occur because of repeated contraction of face muscles, such as when you smile, laugh and frown. Repeatedly frowning or furrowing your brow over time can make these lines stubborn. And as we age, these lines become more stubborn thanks to loss of skin elasticity. For lines that are caused by sagging skin and loss of volume, a dermal filler such as Radiesse may be more effective.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injection that is approved for cosmetic use in more than 75 countries worldwide. It is injected into the areas surrounding the eyes, forehead and mouth to smooth:
- Lines between the eyebrows
- Crow's feet
- Forehead lines
- Lip lines
These lines are called "dynamic wrinkles," meaning they are formed by the action of your muscles and not by gravity and external effects alone. By interrupting electrical signals between the nerves and muscles, the muscles are prevented from contracting temporarily. BOTOX® treatment is quick and easy. The whole process takes about 10 minutes in our office, and the results last about 3 to 4 months before the effect starts to fade. At this point, you need to be re-treated with BOTOX® to maintain the rejuvenation effect. Although these results are not as dramatic or long-term as those offered by certain cosmetic surgery procedures, many patients are interested in non-surgical methods that produce effective results, albeit temporarily.
BOTOX® is a minimally invasive, non-surgical rejuvenation treatment that most people are good candidates for. Consider some of its advantages to determine whether it can benefit you:
- Rejuvenation results without surgery
- Minimal to no downtime
- Lets you go back to your normal activities right away
- No incisions or sutures
- Restores a younger, fresher facial appearance
All medical treatments can cause side effects, but BOTOX® Cosmetic has been safely used for wrinkles for more than 20 years. Dr. Pakeman can tell you whether the injection poses any risks to you, but generally BOTOX® is a very low-risk, effective way to soften facial wrinkles.
To find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic can reduce your facial wrinkles, and if you live in New York City, please contact Manhattan Surgical Care to schedule a consultation with experienced cosmetic surgeon Basil Pakeman, MD, FRCS.