Jessica J. Krant, MD, MPH is a leading dermatologist in the NYC area who has been specialising in cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology including Mohs micrographic skin cancer surgery. She is a board-certified NYC dermatologist who is especially skilled in cosmetic, medical and surgical dermatology.
Dr. Krant serves on the Medical Council of the Skin Cancer Foundation, she is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in NYC and has consulted for industry, and presented at medical conferences as well as authored textbook chapters and journal articles for publication. She offers comprehensive care that is holistic.
Many dermatologists have been using Botox for ages to treat facial creases and wrinkles successfully. Rather than being a procedure, Botox is first a brand name and refers to a toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
There are many other brand names for the Botox procedure such as Dysport and Xeomin. A Botox treatment works by blocking the signals that the nerves send to the muscles. This leads to the inability of the muscle to contract, thereby making the wrinkles soften and relax. Botox is used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines. Botox will not be able to treat wrinkles that are caused by gravity and sun damage.
A Botox treatment usually takes just a few minutes and the use of anesthesia is not really required since it is a fairly painless procedure. A dermatologist injects Botox into the specific muscles of a patient with a fine needle. Most patients report experiencing only minor discomfort. It usually takes between three to seven days to take full effect. At least a week before the procedure is scheduled, the patient is advised to avoid alcohol. They are also asked to stop taking any aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before Botox treatment in order to reduce any bruising that might be caused.
The effects of a Botox injection usually lasts anywhere between four to six months. Wrinkles and lines begin to reappear when the muscle action returns gradually. They have to be treated again with more Botox treatments. Due to the fact that the muscles are being trained to relax, the severity of the lines and wrinkles are relatively less. Patients should keep in mind that most insurance policies do no cover cosmetic procedures like Botox treatments. For more information about your coverage details, it is important to check with the health insurance company in question.
While Botox has been known to have amazing results, there are a few side-effects to consider as well. The most common side effect of Botox is temporary bruising. Though rare, headaches which last between 24-48 hours, are also possible. Some patients also report the drooping of their eyelids which usually ends in about 3 weeks’ time.
This happens when the Botox moves around so it is important not to rub the treated area for 12 hours after the injection or lie down for three to four hours. It is important that people who suffer from a neurological disease or women who are breastfeeding or are pregnant do not use Botox treatments. Either way, like any cosmetic procedure, it is always prudent to consult with a doctor first before a Botox treatment is carried out.
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