What is Botox?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a protein derivative of a toxin produced the bacteria clostridium shutterstock_189644732botulinum.  It works by blocking the nerve release of a chemical that causes muscle contraction.  As a result, certain muscles can be blocked for cosmetic and functional purposes.

Who would benefit from botox injection?

BOTOX®  injection addresses very specific areas of the face.  Wrinkles can be caused by aging, sun exposure, or muscle contraction.  Botox addresses the wrinkles that are a result of muscle contraction.  Most specifically, Botox treats the transverse and horizontal wrinkles of the forehead, the crows feet by the eyes, and some of the wrinkles below the mouth and chin.  In addition to making one look younger, the Botox can make certain people look happier and less angry.  Botox can sometimes even give someone the appearance of a browlift, while avoiding surgery.

Where is the botox injection performed?

BOTOX® injection is performed in the well lit physician’s office.

Why should I choose Dr. Graham to perform my Botox injection in Victor, NY?

Dr. Graham is a board certified plastic surgeon.  He has had specific training in botulinum toxin and other injectables.  As required by his advanced surgical training and board certification, he has an intimate understanding of the anatomy involved with botox injection and the specific indications for its use.

Is Botox safe? Can it cause an infection? What happens if I get an overdose?

Botox is extremely safe.  It does not contain actual bacteria, only the toxin that
the bacterium produces.Therefore, the Botox itself Botox-Logocannot cause infection, although you can get a local infection from bacteria on the skin.The lethal dosage of Botulinum toxin in humans is 3000 units.  Most people will have less than 50 units per treatment.  Therefore, it is extremely unlikely to get too much.  However, if too much is given in one area, and the injector is not careful, then this can result in undesired paralysis of surrounding muscles.

Please visit the BOTOX® Cosmetic website for more safety information.

How long does it take until Botox works? How long does Botox last?

Botox begins to work in 4-7 days.  It lasts for 3-6 months.

What are the risks of Botox injection?

Please refer to the following publication by the ASPS:

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