NYC’s Leading Botox® Injection Specialists
What is Botox® Cosmetic?
Botox is one of the most well-known injectable wrinkle-reducers available in New York City. Clinically, the drug is described as a neuromodulator, indicating how it corrects specific signs of aging. Botox is a brand name for the chemical onabotulinumtoxinA, which is a strain of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Originally, onabotulinumtoxinA was used therapeutically to reduce the symptoms of strabismus and blepharospasm. FDA-approved Botox contains a small amount of the purified neurotoxin to safely and consistently reduce common signs of aging.
Botox® Treatment Areas
Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. Initially, approval was limited to the correction of glabellar lines, the vertical “11s”. Today, Botox is a common treatment for numerous cosmetic concerns that arise from regular muscle use. Examples include:
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Brow lift
- Crow’s feet
- Horizontal Bunny lines at the bridge of the nose
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin
- Chin “dents”/cleft chin
- Vertical necklines
What are the benefits of Botox®?
Botox is a quick and effective treatment to reduce facial lines, with no downtime. It can smooth out crow’s feet, frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal lines across the forehead and the lines on the neck. It is also beneficial in treating excessive sweating and TMJ.
Who are the ideal candidates for Botox®?
A good candidate is anyone looking to enhance their appearance by smoothing out unwanted lines or wrinkles or wants to stop excessive sweating in the armpits, soles of feet for hands.
What to Expect During Botox® Treatment at Sobel Skin
Using a micro-sized needle, Botox® is injected into certain muscles of the face and neck to relax them and lessen the appearance of wrinkles that result from our daily expression, such as crow’s feet, lines between the eyes, the horizontal lines across the forehead, to raise the corners of the mouth, decrease lines around upper and lower lips and decrease the bands on the neck.Tiny needles are used so there is virtually no bruising so no one will know a procedure has been performed. The medication relaxes the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. In this way, botox smoothes the lines in the skin that make you look tired or angry.
How to Prepare for Botox® Injections
Botox is generally considered safe for healthy adults. However, patients should discuss their medical history with their doctor to ensure they are good candidates. Botox may not be right for you if you:
- Have a known allergy to Botox or botulinum toxin.
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Have an active skin infection in the treatment area.
- Have a muscle or nerve disorder.
- Have breathing, bleeding, or swallowing problems.
- Have recently had surgery.
At your consultation for Botox treatment, talk to your doctor about your questions. It is common for patients to feel a little anxious about getting injections for the first time. The more open and honest you are, the more our team can work to alleviate your stress. Another way to make your Botox appointment less stressful is to schedule treatment at a time when you will not feel rushed.
Before getting Botox, inform your provider of medications and supplements you are taking. The following should be avoided before your appointment:
- Allergy medications
- Blood-thinning medication
- Fish oil such as Omega-3
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Muscle relaxants
- Sleeping aids
- St. John’s Wort
- Vitamin E
Patients should also avoid smoking and alcohol consumption for 48 hours before getting Botox. These habits can slow the healing process.
How long does Botox® last?
The results can be seen within four to five days and last three to six months with no downtime or surgery and little to no discomfort.
Recovery After Botox® Treatment
It is important to not lie down for a one hour after the Botox® injections, You do not want the Botox to migrate into another muscle group. Do not rub or massage the area where the Botox® was injected. You can exercise after one hour and resume your normal activities immediately.
Before and After Botox® Results
Dr. Howard Sobel is excellent with Botox® and fillers. I would not go anywhere else. I have referred my sister to him and she had a similarly good experience. He is extremely capable, very courteous and a pleasure to see. There are occasions when you will have to wait for him but he is well worth it. – N.D.
Will I look natural after Botox®?
A highly experience injector like Dr. Sobel will leave his patients with a natural, relaxed look. Someone with less experience and technique may leave a patient with a frozen or a “perpetually surprised” appearance.
Combining Botox® & Fillers
Can Botox® be used for conditions besides wrinkles?
Yes. Botox® may also be useful for migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms. Come visit our New York City office to talk about how BOTOX® can help you.
Botox® for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Excessive sweating can significantly degrade a person’s quality of life. It is not only physically uncomfortable but can also feel socially isolating. Focal hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating in a localized area such as the armpits, generally responds very well to Botox injections. The treatment works by blocking the nerve signals that stimulate the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat produced. The effects of treatment can last 3 to 4 months. In addition to the underarms, Botox can be used to reduce excessive sweating of the palms or soles of the feet. An experienced provider utilizes precise injection techniques to improve the comfort of this treatment.
Botox® for TMJ
The lower jaw moves with the help of the temporomandibular joints. There is one on each side of the face, connecting the mandible, the lower jawbone, to the skull. These joints move up and down and side to side to support talking, swallowing, chewing, and other motions. The TMJs rely on a network of ligaments, tendons, and muscles to sustain the proper movement. The masseter muscle is one of them. This facial muscle attaches to the joint on each side of the back of the mouth. Overexertion or overuse of the joint or its supporting structures can lead to chronic tension and inflammation that result in painful symptoms. Chronic tension in the masseter muscle is not only uncomfortable but may also enlarge the muscle, giving a square shape to the jawline.
Botox decreases muscle tension by blocking nerve signals. The jaw remains functional for chewing and all other normal activities, but the intensity of muscle contractions decreases. Reducing muscle tension, Botox injections can improve TMJ symptoms as well as the shape of the lower face.
Why choose NYC dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel?
Even though Botox® is not a surgical procedure, it is very important to choose a highly experienced and qualified physician when deciding to undergo treatments. Doctors who are less familiar with the technique could leave you looking “frozen” or perpetually surprised. Dr. Sobel is a top dermatologist in NYC for Botox®, who is intimately familiar with cosmetic treatments. He has successfully treated hundreds of patients at our Manhattan office. Not only that, but he also takes the time to talk with each candidate before beginning the injections to find out what he or she wants to achieve and to determine how best to correct the problem area(s) so patients can be happy again with their smoother, younger-looking faces. Dr. Sobel’s genuine care for each patient is what makes him one of NYC’s best for Botox injections.
Preventative Botox® Treatment
Botox® Side Effects
Side effects are rare. There might be a small bruise at the injection site for 1 or 2 days.
The most common side effects include:
Rare side effects include:
- Ptosis, which is an eyelid droop.
- Asymmetry of the face
- Lowered eyebrows
Are there risks to Botox®?
There are no risks to a healthy person. Botox should not be used when pregnant or breastfeeding. It should also not be used if you have any autoimmune disease.
How much does Botox® cost in NYC?
Dr. Sobel prices Botox by the area. Charges can range from $500.00 to $1,500.00
Botox in Manhattan, along with a variety of treatments including hair thinning (PRP), EmSculpt and Liposuction, is available at Sobel Skin. Contact our experienced, professional clinicians to help you put your best face forward with Botox injections.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in the best Botox treatment in NYC, schedule an appointment with Dr. Howard Sobel. To schedule, call our office at 212.288.0060 or fill out a form online for your initial treatment consultation.