What Is Botox?
Our BOTOX® Cosmetic patients want to look refreshed and vibrant, enjoying many of the benefits of plastic surgery without going under the knife. This simple treatment is designed to address signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX Cosmetic also has been proven to treat excessive sweating. Unlike many plastic surgery practices and medical spas, BOTOX is injected at our Bergen County NJ practice only by Dr. D’Amico, not by an aesthetician or other office staff member.
How It Works
BOTOX Cosmetic relaxes the facial muscles, specifically those that are used for smiling or frowning (called “muscles of animation”), by eliminating the muscles’ ability to contract and make the wrinkles. A cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, we most frequently use BOTOX on patients from surrounding areas and beyond to treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, across the forehead, and between the eyebrows.
Choosing BOTOX or Dermal Fillers
BOTOX relaxes facial muscles while fillers fill in the creases. In general, BOTOX is used to address wrinkles and lines on the upper portion of the face while dermal fillers improve the appearance of lines on the cheeks and around the mouth. In many cases, Dr. D’Amico combines BOTOX treatments with dermal fillers such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, Voluma, and Sculptra® for more complete facial rejuvenation.
How It’s Done
BOTOX is a very thin substance; therefore, Dr. D’Amico makes the injections with a very tiny needle. You will experience very little discomfort with the injections, and if you’re at all worried about that, we apply a cream anesthetic first. The injections themselves take only about 15 to 30 minutes to complete*, and the results of BOTOX injections generally occur after 48 hours, with the majority of the improvement found in about a week*.
After your treatment, you should not lie flat for four hours so that the BOTOX can settle. You might have a slight redness around the injection site for a few hours. The results of BOTOX injections usually last about 6 months*. It will be obvious to you when you should come in for another treatment, as the wrinkles will begin to reappear. Because our office is very busy, we suggest that you make the appointment for your next treatment when you have each treatment, spacing the next one about four months down the road.
BOTOX Cosmetic is very effective in reducing lines and wrinkles on the upper portion of the face. Dr. D’Amico will review your skin’s condition to establish the best treatment for your needs. The first step in achieving your cosmetic goals is to request a consultation with him. Serving the New York metro area Dr. D’Amico enjoys spending time with you one-on-one to understand your objectives and give his professional opinion about the procedures that are best for you. You will never feel pressured to choose surgery and you will even have a second consultation visit (included with your fee) to bring along family or loved ones and ask follow-up questions. The consultation fee is applied toward any surgical procedure you choose. We are also happy to schedule appointments by phone.
* = Results may vary