Everyone wants flawless, radiant, and beautiful skin to enhance their overall appearance. Hectic work schedules and unhealthy lifestyle habits can lead to premature aging, causing signs like wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. 

The cosmetic dermatology Forest Hills team provides minimally invasive aesthetic procedures like Botox to restore your skin health and a more youthful appearance.

Introduction to Botox

Botox is a minimally invasive injectable cosmetic treatment that involves a prescription medicine known as botulinum toxin. Botox injections significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox aids in the treatment of:

  • Frown lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead furrows
  • Bunny line 
  • Smile lines 

Mechanism behind Botox

Our skin is elastic due to collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins. These provide strength and structure to your skin, nails, hair, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and other connective tissues. 

The skin has the ability to contract or expand and return to its original position. This is possible through the movements of muscles underneath. As you age, collagen and elastin are diminished, and your skin loses its elasticity and cannot return to its normal position after contraction or expansions. This results in wrinkles and fine lines on your skin. This can be prevented by restricting the muscle movement.

Botox is an excellent neurotoxin that blocks the brain signals to the affected muscle. The connection between the brain and the target muscle is inhibited; thereby, signals to contract or expand do not reach the nervous system. This temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles. As the muscles relax, the skin texture improves and appears smooth. 

Benefits of Botox

This is a safe and effective cosmetic procedure that yields the following benefits:

  • Less invasive 
  • Minimal trauma to the surrounding structures
  • Painless procedure except for the needle sting 
  • Provides natural-looking results 
  • Retains your normal facial expressions 
  • No downtime 
  • Quick recovery
  • Well tolerated by patients 

Side effects of Botox

Botox injections are accompanied by a few side effects, namely:

  • Mild redness and bruising at the targeted site
  • Pain and swelling
  • Neck pain
  • Eye irritation 
  • Temporary drooping of eyelids 
  • Flu-like symptoms 

The procedure involved

During your first visit, your doctor evaluates your skin condition and determines if you need topical anesthesia to numb your skin. 

Tiny needles are used to inject small doses of Botox in several areas during your treatment. The procedure takes around 15 to 20 minutes. Botox injections are convenient, and you can get back to your daily routine right away. 

You may notice significant improvement in 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to 4 months, after which you can get another procedure to maintain your results. 


Botox significantly improves your overall appearance and quality of life. Flawless, radiant, and youthful skin achieved helps boost your self-confidence.