Botox Specialist

Columbia Internal Medicine

Padma Sripada, MD

Internal Medicine & Medical Spa located in Castleton, NY

With more than 6 million injections given per year, Botox® continues to be the leader in cosmetic injections. Padma Sripada, MD, at Columbia Internal Medicine in Castleton, New York, serving East Greenbush, Valatie, and surrounding areas, understands this frustration and smooths your worst facial wrinkles and lines with a few easy Botox injections. To explore the many uses of the injectible, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox® is an injection that is most commonly used to soften the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines. It’s the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment, with many patients returning for maintenance injections after they try it once. 

Specifically, you can use Botox to reduce:

  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Smile lines
  • Frown lines
  • Dimpled chin

Botox has other medical uses, too. Doctors frequently prescribe the injections to treat chronic migraines, excessive sweating, uncontrolled muscle spasms, and more.

How does Botox work?

The main ingredient in Botox is derived from the naturally occurring toxin that causes botulism, a serious type of food poisoning. The substance works by blocking nerve signals that tell your muscles when to move. When these signals are blocked, your muscles are temporarily paralyzed.

Muscle movement in your face causes you to form wrinkles. When these muscles relax after Botox injections, the wrinkles become smooth. Your results last about four months, and your doctor creates a plan for you to come back for more once they wear off.

What can I expect at my Botox injection appointment?

At your appointment, you’ll sit comfortably. Your provider at Columbia Internal Medicine may apply a numbing cream to your face so you won’t feel the injections. Then, your doctor uses a thin needle to carefully place the injections near the wrinkles that you specified during your consultation.

Each area may need more than one injection. Afterward, it takes a few days for you to see the full results. If you’ve been maintaining them with follow-up appointments, you might notice that your results last longer than the standard four months.

What are the side effects of Botox injections?

Botox injections don’t involve surgery and are generally safe. Most patients tolerate them well but experience a few mild side effects for a few days following their procedure.

The most typical side effects of Botox injections are:

  • Numbness
  • Discomfort
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Skin redness
  • Dry mouth

Before your appointment, you’ll consult with the team at Columbia Internal Medicine to make sure you’re not at a high risk of complications from Botox injections. If they determine that the treatment is safe for you, they give you instructions to prepare for a successful treatment.

There’s nothing unusual about wrinkles, but their effect on your appearance may impact your self-esteem. To find out if you’re a good candidate for wrinkle-reducing Botox injections, call the office or schedule an appointment online.