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What is Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved neuromodulator – an injectable that uses a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin type A. Botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles and prevents muscle contractions that are responsible for the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. These lines are called dynamic lines because they are formed from repeated facial movements like laughing, frowning, or smiling.


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Who is a Candidate for Botox?

Most healthy men and women who want to treat or prevent wrinkles can benefit from Botox treatments, as long as they do not have an allergy to botulinum toxin. Patients taking blood thinners or women who are pregnant will also have to wait to receive treatment or consider a different procedure. Dana Protomastro will discuss your medical conditions in detail with you at your consultation to determine whether Botox therapy is right for you.

Botox can be used to treat severe frown lines (glabellar lines) between the brows, crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, bunny lines on the nose, vertical forehead lines, and other facial wrinkles. It can also be used for a variety of medical conditions like an overactive bladder (urinary incontinence), chronic migraine, TMJ, and hyperhidrosis (excess sweating).

Botox Treatment

At the start of your treatment, Dana Protomastro will discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals to determine where your Botox injections will be placed. Botox is administered with a fine gauge needle and most patients tolerate the injections well without any anesthetic. However, we can offer a topical numbing cream to make sure you are comfortable. The entire treatment takes 30 minutes or less, depending on how many injections you receive. 

Recovery From Botox

Botox treatment requires minimal downtime and recovery. For 1-2 days, you should avoid direct heat, strenuous activity, and rubbing the injection site since mild swelling, bruising, and tenderness can occur. Exercise could also cause the product to shift, which can impact the look of your results. If you have any swelling or discomfort, ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers can help.

How Long Will Results Last After Botox Treatment?

On average, Botox lasts about 3-4 months but this timeline varies slightly for each patient. To maintain your smooth, wrinkle-free skin, you can schedule additional appointments as needed.

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Botox cosmetic treatment is a great way to rejuvenate your youthful appearance with natural-looking results. To schedule your Botox appointment in New York, give our office a call or fill out an online contact form today!