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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 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

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

StarkMD is pleased to announce that our office will be open beginning on Monday, May 18th 2020 for all surgical and non-surgical procedures.

The office will open in accordance with CDC guidelines and our staff will practice new safety measures. This includes:

  • Our staff will be wearing masks, we ask that you wear a mask upon arrival.
  • Staff will take your temperature upon arrival.
  • If you're feeling sick, please call and we will gladly reschedule your appointment.
  • We will sanitize and clean the procedure rooms after each patient is seen.

To book your appointment, please call our office at 484-482-8809. We look forward to seeing you soon!

- Your team at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center