Wrinkle Reduction Specialist
At Maiden Lane Medical’s Queens, New York location, patients in and around New York can receive numerous wrinkle reducing treatments such as Botox® Cosmetic. Here, our doctors can assist patients minimize fine lines and crow’s feet to help them look youthful and rejuvenated.
Botox / Xiomin / Dysport
These products belong to the group of botulism derived agents. They block signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the muscle to relax and the wrinkles to soften. It is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye) and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to these products.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
It takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Topical anesthesia can be applied to larger areas. The product is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.
How Long Does it Last?
The effects will last four to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.
What Are the Side Effects?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect at the injection sites. Headaches, which resolve in 24-48 hours, can occur, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually resolves in three weeks. This usually happens when the product moves around so you shouldn’t rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lay down for three to four hours.
Who Should Not Receive this Treatment?
Will Insurance Pay For these products?
Insurance coverage varies, depending largely on the medical necessity of your condition. These products are not generally covered when used for cosmetic purposes unless you have an insurance savings plan. Check with your insurance carrier for coverage details.