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BOTOX in Philadelphia

What is Botox®?

Botox is an FDA approved cosmetic product that temporarily makes moderate to severe facial wrinkles less apparent. Derived from botulinum toxin, Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the facial muscles in the targeted injection area, reducing activity in the muscles. Although initially developed to treat various medical conditions involving muscle spasm, the powerful cosmetic benefits have made Botox injections the most frequently performed nonsurgical aesthetic procedure.

How is Botox administered?

Dr. Stark uses a very fine needle to inject small amounts of liquid Botox directly into the targeted facial muscle or muscles. Dr. Stark possesses a surgeon’s knowledge of the facial anatomy, allowing him to identify the specific muscles to treat in order to arrive at the best possible result. The injection will only affect those muscles into which it is directly injected.

The procedure is short and relatively painless. No anesthetic is needed during Botox® injections. Some swelling may occur immediately after the procedure, but a cold compress may be applied to treat this.

Allergic reactions and side effects are very rare, however, pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding should not receive Botox injections.

What are the benefits of Botox?

By reducing the motion of muscles beneath wrinkles, Botox injections give the face an overall smoother, younger-looking appearance. After your Philadelphia Botox treatment, you can expect to see wrinkles, lines, and creases soften and abate.

Botox may be an ideal treatment for:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Vertical lip lines
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Dynamic wrinkles

In fact, Botox can be an alternative to facelift surgery for some patients. Botox may also help discourage the formation of future dynamic wrinkles, as the treated muscle(s) remain immobilized over the course of those months. The lifting, smoothing effects of your injections will last for four to six months, and your results can be maintained with further injections.

Additional wrinkle relaxers at StarkMD

While BOTOX is perhaps the best known of the wrinkle relaxer products, Dr. Stark also offers an array of similar products to cater to patient preference and his own judgement. These additional wrinkle relaxers include: 

  • Dysport 
  • Xeomin 
  • Jeuveau 

Each of these works similarly to BOTOX, but each has its own particular nuances. During your initial consultation, Dr. Stark will examine your anatomy and determine which is correct for your individual goals. It all goes toward the reduction of unsightly dynamic wrinkles.

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At the StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center, we recommend Botox because the results are so impressive and consistent. For many of Dr. Stark’s Philadelphia area patients, Botox has proven to be a safe and effective way to attain a more youthful, smooth, unlined face. To learn more, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

Meet the Doctor

Ran Stark, M.D. is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. He completed more than 10 years of additional training and residencies after completing his medical degree to become one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the Philadelphia area. His keen attention to detail, artistic eye, and practiced hands help him give his patients consistently exemplary results - but the difference is also in his manner. Dr. Stark makes your goals his own. He will always do the utmost to help you uncover the greatest version of yourself.

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  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plstic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • realself Verified Doctor
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

We at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center hope this post finds all of our patients safe and healthy. Due to the current COVID-19 situation starting Monday, March 16th, we will limit appointments to those that are necessary only (lacerations or emergencies, post-operative patients needing follow up, etc.). We are still open--feel free to call for questions or to schedule future appointments. Although a difficult decision, we feel this is an important one for the good of our community, our patients and their families. If you are currently scheduled to come in to the office in the next 2 weeks, the office staff will be in touch with you regarding the status of your appointment. For new consultations scheduled in the coming weeks or those of you who wish to schedule in the near future, we are offering video consultations via Skype or FaceTime to get your process started until we see you pre-operatively. Otherwise, you may reschedule your appointments for the soonest we have available after March 31st.

- Your team at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center