Facial Filler & Botox
As an Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, our area of work extends to the entire facial area, not just the mouth. Our doctors are trained in cosmetic procedures including the placement of facial fillers and Botox. Through aging, the skin loses elasticity, which then creates the frown lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows that are associated with an older appearance. At Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group, Dr. Del Valle and Dr. Shahgoli, are able to remove these lines, and assist in providing a more youthful appearance with Botox. The only FDA-approved prescription treatment for moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65 is Botox. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ranked Botox as the most popular physician-administered cosmetic procedure in the United States since 2008.
What is Botox?
Botox is a drug that is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. Used in very tiny amounts, that is then mixed with saline, Botox is used for cosmetic and medical purposes. Cosmetically, Botox can assist in removing wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles where the wrinkle has occurred.
Botox is a neurotoxin. It is derived from Clostridium botulinum, which is an organism that is found naturally in soil and sediment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic. For most patients, when administered by a doctor, Botox is a safe and effective treatment. We do not recommend it for patients who are pregnant or nursing, or who are currently battling an infection anywhere in their body. Botox can spread throughout your body.
Botox procedures consists of several tiny injections and can be performed in under 10 minutes. No anesthesia is required; however your oral surgeons, Dr. Del Valle and Dr. Shahgoli, may numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to treatment. Minimal and brief discomfort is typical, in addition to slight, temporary bruising at the injection site. Results are typically seen in days and may continue to improve during the first week after treatment.
Though most often thought of as a cosmetic treatment, Botox is also used to treat medical conditions including migraines, excessive sweating, some muscular disorders, and even some bladder or bowel disorders. Currently, Botox is used to treat over twenty different medical conditions.
Botox is also used for therapeutic and rehabilitative reasons, such as a muscle relaxant to relieve pain associated with chronic clenching and grinding of teeth (TMJ disorders). For TMJ, a Botox injection is often required to relax the jaw muscles prior to surgery.
How long does Botox last?
For most patients, your Botox injections should begin to take effect within three days following injection and will then continue to last for 3 to 4 months. First time Botox users may find that their Botox results diminish in less than 3 months.
Dr. Del Valle and Dr. Shahgoli provide all of their surgical treatments in an environment that places safety first, using modern equipment, and where staff are experienced in anesthesia techniques. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (212) 287-2483.