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What Is BOTOX® and How Does It Work?

BOTOX® Procedures in Rockville Centre, Long Island

Learn More About BOTOX® Treatments

BOTOX® is among the most popular cosmetic skin treatments. This procedure can virtually eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, especially in the forehead. Many people are interested in this treatment but want to know more specifics before they commit. The team at Long Island Dermatology is here to make sure you have all the information on BOTOX® before you commit to the procedure. We’re experts in cosmetic dermatology located in Rockville Centre, Long Island, and we’d be happy to work with you. Our team is the community’s trusted source for a variety of cosmetic procedures designed to make our patients look and feel their best.

What Is BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is the brand name by which we refer to a toxin known as Clostridium botulinum. While this long, unfamiliar name may seem daunting, the toxin is not dangerous in the small amounts used in BOTOX® and other cosmetic solutions. Today, we use this toxin to weaken muscles that cause wrinkles, especially in the face. The use of BOTOX® has been FDA-approved for the cosmetic appearance and the elimination of wrinkles since 2002.

How Does BOTOX® Work?

The process by which BOTOX® works is relatively simple. Once injected into the muscle, BOTOX® blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract and tighten. When the muscle is no longer tensed, any wrinkles and fine lines begin to relax, disappear, or subside. While this treatment reduces your overall amount of wrinkles, it does not eliminate those caused by sun damage.

The Ins and Outs of the BOTOX® Procedure

BOTOX® is a quick and easy procedure that produces very little discomfort. In fact, the whole treatment typically only takes a few minutes and does not call for anesthesia. During the procedure, your dermatologist will use very small needles to inject BOTOX® into specific muscles in the face. Once the toxin is injected, you’re good to go! You should begin to see results within a week of treatment at Long Island Dermatology, which can last up to six months. Your dermatologist will make you aware of a few precautions you should take before the procedure, such as avoiding alcohol and anti-inflammatory medications.

Is BOTOX® for You?

While this treatment is safe for most people, some individuals are not good candidates for BOTOX® for cosmetic purposes. If you’re pregnant or currently breastfeeding, you shouldn’t consider BOTOX® as a treatment option. Those with certain neurological diseases also should not undergo this procedure. Be sure to be upfront with your dermatologist about your medical history. BOTOX® is a very safe procedure, as long as we’re aware of potential complications and pre-existing conditions!

Finding Out If This Treatment is Covered by Insurance

Some medical treatments are widely covered by insurance policies. However, BOTOX® and other forms of cosmetic dermatology generally are not among them. Nevertheless, you should still check with your insurance provider to determine whether your procedure will be covered. Certain plans may cover cosmetic treatments.

Get the Facts on BOTOX®

There are lots of myths surrounding BOTOX® and other cosmetic procedures. Our team wants to make sure you have accurate information before scheduling your BOTOX® treatment. Here are some fast facts on what to expect before, during, and after treatment:

– You will feel some slight discomfort during the procedure. Many patients compare the feeling to a pinprick.
– You may experience bruising and soreness after the injection. This should subside after a few days.
– Expect to refrain from strenuous physical activity after treatment. Take it easy for at least six hours after the injection.
– Don’t take ibuprofen or blood thinners after the procedure, as they can contribute to bruising.

Contact Long Island Dermatology Today

Do you think BOTOX® may be the treatment for you? Now that you know a little more about the injection and how the procedure works, be sure to talk with our experienced dermatologists. At Long Island Dermatology, our team would be happy to consult with you about your cosmetic goals. We’re located in Rockville Centre, Long Island, within close proximity to major roads and highways. Take the first step toward your aesthetic goals by contacting our team today.