In this video, Dr. Zuckerman performs Botox Cosmetic injections on a patient’s forehead and between her brows.
How safe is Botox Cosmetic?
Botox Cosmetic is extremely safe. It was initially approved by the FDA in 2002 and has since become widespread and been approved for additional uses. The only risks involved with Botox are unintended drooping or the brows or looking “frozen”. You can avoid these minor risks by visiting Dr. Zuckerman, an expert injector as a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Does Botox work less well over time?
No, if anything the opposite. Your body does not build up “resistance” to Botox. In fact, over successive treatments, the targeted muscles that would otherwise form wrinkles become weaker. This leads to a slightly longer lasting treatment and helps prevent wrinkle formation long-term.
Can I go back to work after a daytime appointment?
Yes, many of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients do return to work immediately post-treatment. You may experience slight redness at the injection sites in your forehead, but this will resolve within one to two hours. In addition, these sites are very small and overall level of redness or irritation will be minor. Many of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients do cover any redness at the injection sites with makeup post-treatment. The needle Dr. Zuckerman uses for Botox injections is a 32 gauge needle, the smallest gauge needle on the market for medical use.
Can I wear makeup before and after treatment?
Dr. Zuckerman will clean the treatment area, removing any makeup, pretreatment. You are free to reapply makeup immediately after treatment. Many of Dr. Zuckerman’s patients do cover any redness at the injection sites with makeup post-treatment.
How do I avoid looking completely “frozen”?
It is important that your injector understand facial anatomy to avoid overdosing or injecting in suboptimal locations. Dr. Zuckerman often has first-time or second-time Botox patients visit the office for a small follow-up treatment 8-14 days after the initial treatment for a touch up, so he can very accurately determine how many units a patient requires in a particular area. Especially for younger patients in their twenties or thirties, Dr. Zuckerman will also limit forehead injections to high up on the forehead, well away from the brows. This technique will result in the patient still being able to move their brows and be expressive.
I’m afraid of needles. Can I still undergo Botox?
Unfortunately, Botox is only made in an injectable form (via a needle). However, this needle is extremely small: a 32 gauge, which is the finest needle available for medical use. Dr. Zuckerman is able to perform the treatment within a couple of minutes, and most patients only feel small pinpricks during. If needed, he is happy to apply numbing cream to the targeted areas. Finally, patients do not see the needle generally as the injections are being performed given the targeted locations on the face.
Should I visit a doctor for Botox injectable treatments in New York City?
If you visit Zuckerman Plastic Surgery for your injectable treatment, you can be certain that Dr. Zuckerman will recommend and perform the best treatment option for you in a safe and comfortable manner. In general, the use of injectable fillers has become so widespread that unfortunately not only may your injector not be a board-certified physician, if you undergo injections in a non-medical setting, an injector may have little formal medical training. Dr. Zuckerman recommends you visit a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for these injections (if you aren’t able to visit Zuckerman Plastic Surgery!). In New York City, there many options for injectables treatments, and many medical offices also offer injections by a registered nurse or physician’s assistant (PA), often at a lower price. These injectors are required to be overseen by a physician, so if you are considering these practitioners due to price, Dr. Zuckerman recommends that you confirm with the office ahead of time that there is a physician on the premises and inquire to what degree the physician oversees the injector’s activities.