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BOTOX

Botox injections offer a non-invasive solution for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as reshaping certain facial features. Our philosophy revolves around achieving subtle enhancements while maintaining a natural look. We prioritize individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique facial anatomy.

There is a common misconception that Botox erases facial expressions, but in reality, skilled injectors can preserve natural movement while smoothing out wrinkles. It's crucial to understand the intricate anatomy of facial muscles and strategically target specific areas to achieve the desired results. By selectively reducing movement in certain muscles while maintaining flexibility in others, we aim to create a refreshed and natural appearance.

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WHAT IS BOTOX?

Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox is used cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Botox works by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles, so the injected muscle can't contract. This makes wrinkles relax and soften and is typically used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Botox injections are usually administered by a qualified healthcare professional and are considered a safe and effective treatment for facial rejuvenation.

UNDERSTANDING BOTOX: TOLD BY

Dr. Shah and Dr. Chughtai

BOTOX BEFORE AND AFTER

HOW IS AESTHETIC SKIN NEW YORK DIFFERENT? 

Dr. Shah and Dr. Chughtai are esteemed practitioners in the realm of cosmetic enhancement. Allergan, the makers of Botox, possess a loyalty program with various levels based on a practice’s expertise with administering Botox. Both Dr. Shah and Dr. Chughtai are recognized by this program as diamond tier injectors of Botox- placing them among the top 5% of injector globally. Operating with an exclusive all-physician injection practice, they specialize in specific contouring and Botox applications not available at other practices.

Dr. Shah is a pioneer of innovative applications of Botox that redefine the boundaries of cosmetic enhancement. His repertoire includes groundbreaking techniques such as utilizing Botox for facial line refinement, regulating facial oil secretion, addressing masseter hypertrophy, and even diminishing pore size—a feat achieved by only a select few injectors worldwide. Additionally, Dr. Shah's profound understanding of facial anatomy enables precision and efficacy in every Botox injection. 

Dr. Shah's groundbreaking work has garnered widespread recognition and he is featured in numerous mainstream publications for his pioneering approach to botulinum toxin injections, particularly in the realm of Botox pore reduction. Dr. Shah stands as a trailblazer, being among the earliest adopters of using botulinum toxin to diminish pore size and sebum production. Additionally, he has authored a definitive chapter on Botox within a leading academic text, solidifying his status as a thought leader in the field of cosmetic medicine.

AREAS BOTOX CAN TREAT 

BOTOX AND FACIAL FILLERS

Botox is a highly effective treatment for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles, particularly those caused by repetitive muscle movements. When we make facial expressions like smiling, frowning, or squinting, the underlying muscles contract, causing the skin to fold and form wrinkles over time. These are known as dynamic wrinkles.

Botox works by temporarily blocking the signals between the nerves and muscles, preventing the muscles from contracting as strongly. By relaxing the targeted muscles, Botox can smooth out the overlying skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and preventing them from becoming more prominent.

By injecting Botox into these specific muscles responsible for creating these wrinkles, a skilled practitioner can achieve a more relaxed and youthful appearance. The results typically last for about three to four months, after which the muscles gradually regain their ability to contract, and the wrinkles may begin to reappear. With regular maintenance treatments, however, the effects of Botox can be sustained long-term, helping to maintain smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

BOTOX FOR JAW REDUCTION

Botox can be used to reduce the size of the jaw muscles through a procedure known as jaw reduction or masseter reduction. The masseter muscles are the large muscles on the sides of the jaw that are responsible for chewing and clenching. In some individuals, these muscles can become enlarged due to factors such as genetics, teeth grinding (bruxism), or habitual clenching.

Jaw reduction with Botox is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure that usually requires several injections into each masseter muscle. The results gradually become apparent over the course of a few weeks as the muscles weaken and decrease in size. While the effects are temporary and typically last for about three to six months, repeat treatments can help maintain the desired jawline appearance over time. Consult with one of our experienced providers to determine whether jaw reduction with Botox is suitable for your individual needs and goals.

BOTOX FOR PORE REDUCTION

Botox can also be used for pore reduction, although it's a relatively newer application compared to its more traditional uses like wrinkle reduction. Pores are tiny openings in the skin that release oil and sweat and are more noticeable when they become enlarged or clogged with oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. While Botox doesn't directly shrink pores, it can help reduce their appearance by targeting the underlying cause: oil production.

When injected superficially into the skin, Botox can temporarily reduce oil production by blocking the signals that stimulate the sweat and oil glands. This can result in less oil being released onto the skin's surface, which can help minimize pore size and improve overall skin texture.

BOTOX FOR ACNE

Acne is a common skin condition characterized by inflammation, clogged pores, and the formation of pimples, blackheads, and cysts. It's often caused by factors such as excess oil production, bacterial overgrowth, inflammation, and hormonal imbalances.

Botox works by temporarily blocking the signals that stimulate the sweat and oil glands, which can help reduce oil production and, consequently, the severity of acne breakouts. By decreasing oiliness, Botox may also help prevent pores from becoming clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, which are primary contributors to acne development.

BOTOX FOR HYPERHIDROSIS

For those suffering from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, Botox is a viable option to reduce the amount of sweat created by the body. Hyperhidrosis can affect various parts of the body, including the underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis), palms of the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), and soles of the feet (plantar hyperhidrosis). Botox is FDA-approved and when injected into the affected area, Botox temporarily blocks the release of the chemical messenger acetylcholine, which stimulates the sweat glands. By inhibiting this process, Botox can effectively reduce sweating in the treated area. 

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS

What is Botox?
   Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in medicine for various purposes, including cosmetic treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

How does Botox work?
   Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve signals to the muscles, preventing them from contracting. This relaxation of the muscles smoothens out wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a more youthful appearance.

What areas of the face can Botox treat?
   Botox is commonly used to treat wrinkles and lines in areas such as the forehead, between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), and around the eyes (crow's feet).

What are the benefits of Botox injections?
   The benefits of Botox injections include reducing the appearance of wrinkles, smoothing out fine lines, and achieving a more youthful and refreshed look without the need for surgery.

Is Botox safe?
   When administered by a qualified healthcare professional, Botox is considered safe. However, like any medical procedure, it carries some risks and potential side effects, which should be discussed with your provider beforehand.

What are the potential side effects of Botox?
   Common side effects of Botox injections include temporary bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as muscle weakness or drooping eyelids may occur.

How long does Botox last?
   The effects of Botox typically last between 3 to 6 months, depending on individual factors such as metabolism and the area treated. Over time, the muscle activity gradually returns and wrinkles may reappear.

Is there any downtime after Botox injections?
   There is usually minimal downtime after Botox injections, and most people can resume their normal activities immediately. However, it's advisable to avoid strenuous exercise and excessive facial manipulation for the first 24 hours after treatment.

Who is a good candidate for Botox?
   Good candidates for Botox are generally healthy adults who have realistic expectations about the results. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to determine if Botox is suitable for you.

How painful is the Botox injection process?
    Discomfort during Botox injections is typically minimal and brief. Some patients may experience a slight stinging sensation or discomfort at the injection site, but it is generally well-tolerated.

When will I see results after getting Botox?
    You may start to see the effects of Botox within a few days after treatment, with full results typically appearing within 1 to 2 weeks.

Can Botox be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
    Yes, Botox can be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers, laser treatments, or chemical peels to achieve more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

How often do I need to get Botox injections to maintain results?
    Botox injections are not permanent, and the effects gradually wear off over time. To maintain results, most people choose to undergo repeat treatments every 3 to 6 months.

Are there any restrictions or precautions before or after getting Botox?
    Your healthcare provider may recommend avoiding certain medications, supplements, or activities before and after Botox injections to minimize the risk of complications. It's essential to follow your provider's instructions carefully.

What happens if I'm not satisfied with the results of Botox?
    If you are not satisfied with the results of your Botox treatment, you can discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider. In some cases, adjustments can be made to achieve the desired outcome.

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