Botox Cosmetic is the most popular minimally invasive procedure in the country by far. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were more than 6.3 million Botox treatments last year. By comparison, the second-most common procedure only had 2.2 million treatments. If you can believe it, Botox’s popularity is still growing!

The number of procedures rose by 3 percent in 2013. There are several reasons why people seek out the treatment, and RealSelf recently discussed one of the more prevalent motivations. As people grow older, they begin to develop deep wrinkles around their eyes and mouths. Many don’t give them a second thought—until they realize these age-related changes make them appear angry all day long.

If you are curious about getting a Botox Cosmetic procedure, why not sit down with an expert to discuss the treatment? At Shafer Plastic Surgery in New York, we can arrange a private consultation with Dr. David Shafer. Dr. Shafer is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has created instructional DVDs on Botox to teach cosmetic surgeons from around the country.

To speak with Dr. Shafer about your concerns and goals, call us at 212.888.7770.

  1. Learn How to Prepare for Your Cosmetic Procedure

    Botox is minimally invasive, so you won’t need to worry about too much pre-treatment preparation, but surgeons recommend taking a few precautions to ensure that you get the best results. For example, it’s ideal to avoid alcohol and garlic for 48 hours before the appointment. It’s also a good idea to stop taking blood-thinning medications for the week prior to the cosmetic treatment, unless you depend on them to treat a medical problem.

  2. Avoid DIY Fillers at All Costs

    The Smart Beauty Guide reports that certain e-commerce websites sell fillers to consumers online. These fillers are illegal, and they’re extremely dangerous to your health. They can lead to irreversible scarring and can even send you to the emergency room. You should only trust an experienced surgeon with cosmetic treatments.

    Botox is a very delicate procedure, and an expert surgeon will be trained to understand which facial muscles to target and which to leave alone. People have 43 muscles in their faces. Are you confident that you could identify where to inject filler?

  3. Follow All Aftercare Instructions

    The success of the procedure greatly depends on the expertise of the surgeon, but it also depends on the patient. The surgeon will provide instructions for Botox aftercare, and it’s important to follow them to the letter. For example, the surgeon might tell the patient not to lie down for approximately 90 minutes after the cosmetic procedure.

If you are interested in New York Botox treatments, call us to learn more. We offer consultations, so you can discuss your goals with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who can offer suggestions on the procedure or combination of treatments that will work best. To arrange a meeting in New York, call us at 212.888.7770.