Botox & Fillers

Aesthetics Specialist Located In Staten Island, New York

What is Botox®?

Botox is a cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that is used to “freeze” or “paralyze” muscles. A Botox injection blocks the nerve signals to the muscle, which means that it cannot contract. Since these contractions are responsible for highlighting and deepening existing wrinkles, Botox injections serve to give your face a smoother, younger appearance. It is also a simple way of preventing certain types of wrinkles from forming or deepening.

Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi uses Botox to treat:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet (outer eye wrinkles)
  • Platysmal bands (neck wrinkles)
  • Décolleté lines (chest wrinkles)
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Chin dimpling

Botox may also be used to lift your brows, eliminate a gummy smile, and for medical purposes. For example, Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi injects Botox to stop hyperhidrosis, or severe underarm sweating.

How long does it take to get Botox®?

Botox injections can take less than 20 minutes. With such a quick treatment time and little to no downtime required, it’s possible for just about anyone to find time to get Botox injections. Botox appointments can be made to fit your work schedule, your lunch break, or before picking up the kids from school. It is that easy and convenient as the scheduling possibilities are endless.

What kind of results can you expect from Botox®?

Results from a Botox session typically take up to 14 days to be fully noticed, but you may see results as early as three days after treatment. As Botox begins to more fully freeze the treated areas, you’ll see lines soften and wrinkles diminish in appearance. Depending on the severity of your wrinkles and the surface area that you want to have treated, you may need more than one Botox session to achieve the desired results.

What to expect from Botox® injections?

During Procedure

How long the procedure takes will depend on the areas that are being treated as well as the volume of Botox being used. Because the needle used for treatment is so fine, no numbing or anesthesia is usually required. Your injector will be able to pinpoint the precise points on your face that require an injection, so it can be a quick procedure that is virtually painless. If you’re nervous about experiencing pain or discomfort, be sure to tell your provider so that he or she can apply a numbing agent if needed.

During Recovery

There is no recovery time following a Botox treatment. You may feel residual soreness or swelling around the injection sites immediately after treatment, but it’s important not to rub or massage the area to prevent the Botox from migrating.Some people find it helpful to apply a cold compress or take an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol to reduce swelling and discomfort, but any discomfort typically subsides within 24 hours of treatment.

Is Botox® safe?

It is easy to be alarmed at first by the idea that Botox is made from a bacterial toxin. However, Botox has a long history backed by extensive research making it one of the safest cosmetic treatments available to patients today. It has an over 99% success rate and can treat a wide range of cosmetic issues.

What are the possible side effects of Botox®?

You may have some temporary side effects after a Botox injection. These could include:

  • Bruising. This is the most common side effect and will go away.
  • Headaches. Typically, these are rare and end in 24 to 48 hours. 
  • Eyelid drooping. This happens with only a small percentage of people and usually goes away within 3 weeks. It usually happens when the Botox moves around, so don’t rub the treated area.
  • Crooked smile or drooling
  • Eye dryness or severe tearing
  • Mild pain or swelling around the injection site
  • Flu-like symptoms or a general unwell feeling
  • Upset stomach
  • Numbness
  • Weakness in nearby muscles

When will I see results following a Botox® treatment?

When used to treat wrinkles, Botox produces results in 24-48 hours. While Botox gradually wears off, your results last up to four months, then you can choose to have another treatment to maintain your results.

If you have Botox to treat excessive sweating, you may notice the difference in two to four days, with optimal results in two weeks. You’ll have significantly less sweating for up to seven months. Keep in mind, for both treatments your individual results may vary. 

When might I need dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and collagen stimulators. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in your skin and is essential for hydration. Collagen stimulators are biocompatible ingredients such as small particles of calcium that trigger collagen production.

When Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi injects a dermal filler, it plumps, lifts, or adds volume to the targeted area. Dermal fillers effectively:

  • Diminish frown lines
  • Diminish marionette lines
  • Plump lips
  • Lift cheeks
  • Lift eyebrows
  • Soften smoker’s lines
  • Augment your chin
  • Add midface volume

Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi also uses dermal fillers to add volume under your eyes and in the temple area.

What is a non-surgical rhinoplasty?

A nonsurgical rhinoplasty improves the appearance of your nose by injecting dermal fillers. Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi may recommend dermal fillers to:

  • Straighten your nose
  • Restore symmetry to a crooked nose
  • Fill in a flat bridge
  • Hide scars and depressions
  • Diminish a bump on the bridge
  • Change the angle of the nose tip

You may experience minor bruising and swelling, but unlike surgery, you won’t need downtime.

How long will my dermal filler results last?

Women love dermal fillers because they produce immediate results and the results last six months to two years, depending on the type of dermal filler used for your procedure. You can have another dermal filler treatment as soon as your results start to fade. Just keep in mind that your individual results may vary.

If you’re ready to restore a more youthful appearance, call Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi or schedule an appointment online.

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