Botox New York City
Botox (technically known “botulinum toxin type A”) is an injection that’s used to smooth skin creases that are caused by facial movements such as smiling or frowning. Botox works by blocking the muscular nerve signals, which weakens the muscles so they can’t contract to form wrinkles in the overlying skin. The result is a more youthful, refreshed look.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
You are a good candidate for Botox if you are bothered by winkles on your face such as frown lines, crow’s feet, or forehead creases. You must also be in good health, live in New York City (or be willing to travel), and be motivated to follow Dr. Cangello’s instructions. If you are pregnant or breast feeding you should not have Botox treatment.
You will meet with Dr. David Cangello in our New York City office. Dr. Cangello will discuss your medical history and the results that you want to achieve from Botox. During the consultation, you need to be honest about your allergies, medications, personal habits, and previous surgical procedures. Make sure to tell Dr. Cangello if you are taking NSAIDS (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) or blood thinners as they can increase the chance of bruising from injection.
Dr. Cangello will conduct a physical examination of your face to determine if Botox will create the look you desire. Depending on your anatomy and skin elasticity, Dr. Cangello may suggest ancillary procedures such as dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, fat grafting or surgery as an alternative or as an adjunct to Botox.
Preparing For Botox
Botox injections are a quick and safe way to reduce wrinkling. However it is a medical procedure and should be performed in a medical facility. Botox injections should also be administered by an experienced health professional who is knowledgeable about the anatomy of the face. A board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Cangello, is highly skilled in using Botox to create a safe, natural and aesthetically pleasing outcome. To minimize the chances of bruising with the procedure, Dr. Cangello recommends you avoid taking aspirin, any medicine containing ibuprofen (ie. Motrin, Alleve, Advil, etc.) herbal medicines or anything that is known to have a blood thinning effect, two weeks prior to your planned procedure. If you have taken one of these medications within the two week period prior to injection, it is still possible to have the procedure done as long as you understand the risk of bruising is slightly greater. Should you have an important event planned that you have to attend, you may want to schedule your injection a week or more in advance.
Your Botox injections will be performed at Dr. Cangello’s New York City office. Botox is administered using very fine needles that are injected into specific points of your facial muscles. Most patients feel a very tiny pinching sensation during the injection and do not feel a lot of pain. If you choose, topical numbing medication or ice can be applied to the skin prior to injection to minimize any discomfort caused by insertion of the fine needle. The Botox injections will take less than 15 minutes.
The Recovery Process
For approximately four to six hours following your Botox injections, Dr. Cangello will advise you to keep your head upright and to avoid strenuous exercise. You will also be advised not to rub the injection areas. Otherwise you can return to normal activities after the treatment. Some patients experience a small amount of redness or swelling at the injection site. This usually resolves within a half hour to an hour. You may use cover up (make up) immediately after the injections to hide any signs of having had the procedure.
Depending on the severity of your wrinkles, you may require more than one Botox treatment to achieve your desired results. You will begin to see the effect of your Botox treatment in the first two to three days and the results are fully apparent within by two weeks. Dr. Cangello asks that you come in at two weeks post procedure if you feel that you need any touch up. The resulst of Botox usually last three to four months.
Please call our New York City office at 212-644-4416 to set up a consultation and learn how you can benefit from Botox.