At The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Westchester, BOTOX is a favorite of women and men concerned about early signs of aging. Though the development of crow's feet, forehead furrows, and frown lines is natural, it's become quite common to seek a little help in correcting these tell-tale signs of age. Even people in their 20s are getting BOTOX, which can help delay the onset of changes in the upper face.
If you're curious about how BOTOX treatments in Westchester, NY, can create natural-looking results that take years off your appearance, request a consultation online, or call our practice at
(914) 241-3003. We serve women and men from Manhattan, NY; Greenwich, CT; and other nearby communities.
Are You a Candidate for BOTOX?
BOTOX Cosmetic uses a chemical that acts as a muscle relaxer to temporarily reduce wrinkles at the muscular level. When administered by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, this highly effective product is well-tolerated by patients. A treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic can greatly reduce the following concerns:
- Crow's feet
- Glabellar lines (vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Neck bands
During your consultation, your doctor will evaluate your concerns, paying close attention to the areas you'd like to improve. He or she will be able to make a recommendation for which products would be best, as well as their proper placement. Depending on the concerns you wish to treat, you may be a better match for Dysport® or XEOMIN®, other injectables that work in a similar way as BOTOX. You may also be a good candidate for injectable dermal fillers. These products can all be administered in a single session for a more enhanced improvement.
A typical BOTOX procedure is a relatively quick and straightforward appointment. Most patients are finished within 30 minutes, making it a popular option for working professionals or anyone short on time.
Your doctor begins by cleansing your face for optimal safety. He or she may also mark your face for accuracy when injecting. Your doctor then administers the product to the targeted areas of your face in a series of injections that lasts for only a few moments. Each injection feels like a quick pinch. After your procedure, your doctor may give you a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Although many patients undergo BOTOX as a solitary procedure, some use it in conjunction with other non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers or even laser resurfacing. At The Center for Dermatology, your satisfaction is our primary concern. During your initial consultation, you and your practitioner work together to develop a treatment plan that effectively meets each of your needs.
Meet Dr. Bank
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David E. Bank, M.D.
Founder and director of The Center for Dermatology,
Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, Dr. Bank has achieved many impressive accomplishments, including:
- Yale and Columbia University graduate
- Certified by the American Board of Dermatology
- Over 25 years of experience in nonsurgical facial rejuvenation
- Principal investigator for numerous FDA clinical trials
- Nationally recognized BOTOX expert
- Frequently featured in the local and national media
Your Recovery & Results
Following your treatment, you'll be able to resume most regular activities immediately. Keep in mind that your head should remain upright for several hours in order to ensure proper distribution of the product. Activities that require you to lean forward or lie down, including washing your face, should be avoided for approximately 6 hours following your treatment.
Unlike injectable dermal fillers, the effects of BOTOX aren't immediately visible. Though you may see some improvement after the first 24 hours, it can take up to 14 days before the final result is achieved.
The results of your BOTOX treatment will typically last between 3 and 6 months.
Common Questions About BOTOX
Before undergoing any type of elective procedure, it's normal to have a lot of questions. Read below to get answers to some of the most common questions about BOTOX injections.
How much do BOTOX injections cost?
When people talk about the price of BOTOX, they either refer to the cost per unit or the overall treatment cost. BOTOX costs can vary depending upon the amount used and areas treated. Usually, the 3 areas of the face that are most likely to be treated are the forehead, crow's feet, and glabella lines. Typical costs start at $500 to $800, and could be as high as $1,000. One thing to keep in mind is that the skill and experience of the injector are the most important considerations when choosing where to get BOTOX treatments.
How safe is BOTOX Cosmetic?
Very safe. Our BOTOX patients have the benefit of Dr. Bank's extensive experience, which includes his time as a principal investigator in FDA trials for both BOTOX and Dysport®.
BOTOX was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002 and was used to treat other medical conditions for many years before then. Because of its muscle-relaxing properties, BOTOX was originally used to treat eyelid twitches, overactive bladder, and other conditions caused by muscle spasms. Thanks to its FDA approval, the safety and reliability of BOTOX is well documented. Thousands of men and women around the world undergo treatments every day, and the product remains one of the nation's most popular non-surgical aesthetic treatments.
Can BOTOX prevent wrinkles?
It is true that getting BOTOX injections can delay the development of fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX works by preventing nerves from sending signals to tiny facial muscles that would otherwise contract hundreds of times each day when our expressions change. Those repeated movements gradually etch lines and wrinkles in the skin, such as crow's feet and furrowed brows. These are called "dynamic wrinkles." By softening the muscle contractions, BOTOX slows the development of these wrinkles.
For the wrinkles and lines that develop in other areas of the face, lost volume as we age is often to blame. Dermal fillers, such as Restylane®, provide an effective counterpoint to BOTOX for many patients.
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Do I need BOTOX Cosmetic or an injectable filler?
Although BOTOX and fillers are both injectable products intended to reduce wrinkles, they work in very different ways and are used for different types of wrinkles. The active ingredient in BOTOX (as well as Dysport and XEOMIN®), botulinum toxin type A, temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause wrinkles. Therefore, it's best for lines such as crow's feet, horizontal forehead lines, and vertical lines between the eyebrows (the 11's), which are caused by repetitive movements when we make facial expressions.
Fillers use other ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid gel, to physically plump wrinkles from beneath the skin, reducing their appearance and smoothing them out. Fillers are generally more appropriate for treating wrinkles caused by the natural aging process, tissue loss, and gravity, such as the nasolabial folds. If you're unsure which product is better for you, we can help you decide during your consultation.
Will my treatment areas feel numb?
Numbness is not a common side effect of BOTOX treatments. It doesn't affect the nerves that cause sensation. When the treatment is performed by a skilled and experienced injector such as Dr. Bank, BOTOX is extremely safe.
Will my results look natural?
One of the most common concerns among our patients is that they won't be able to make their normal facial expressions. Rest assured, we take a very careful, conservative approach to BOTOX injections, with the philosophy that you look your best when you look the most natural.
When administered by a trained medical professional, such as those at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, BOTOX creates a noticeably refreshed appearance and reduction in the lines and wrinkles of the upper face without unfavorable side effects.
Is there any way I can make my results last longer?
After several months, BOTOX is harmlessly metabolized by the body and filtered away. However, there are some things you can do to ensure you get as much enjoyment from your results as possible. The best way to prolong your results is by closely following your practitioner's instructions after your injections. With repeated injections over time, many patients experience a "biofeedback" effect, such that the muscles "learn" to stay more relaxed, even after the BOTOX itself is gone.
During your consultation, your physician will give you a more precise prediction for the longevity of your results. The rate at which your BOTOX wears away depends on several different factors, including where on your face it was used and your own physiology. Once you notice your results beginning to fade, you will want to schedule your next treatment. Some patients notice that once they undergo several treatment sessions, their results tend to last longer, requiring treatments less frequently.
Can BOTOX Cosmetic replace cosmetic surgery?
Although BOTOX is useful for smoothing away lines and wrinkles, it can't completely replicate the results of plastic surgery. For patients with significant skin laxity and very deep wrinkles, surgical options such as facelift surgery may create the results they want. During your consultation with Dr. Bank, you'll discuss your desired goals and how to best achieve them.
Are there any side effects of BOTOX Cosmetic?
As with any clinical procedure, side effects are possible. However, BOTOX is generally tolerated well. The most common side effects are minor and temporary and can include redness, swelling, tenderness, itchiness, and bruising around the injection site. These usually resolve themselves within a day or so and don't interfere with daily activities.