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Discover the many benefits of BOTOX at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery

The word “Botox” has become associated with beauty, celebrity, looking youthful, and anti-aging treatment. But, what is “Botox” exactly, how can it help you specifically, and when is the right age to start getting Botox treatments? These and many more questions can be answered at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Northern Brooklyn. Dr. Renata Khelemsky is a double board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon and offers comprehensive facial evaluations and skincare recommendations to every first-time patient.

What is Botox?

Powerful anti-aging neuromodulator

Botox Cosmetic is widely known as the foremost cosmetic injectable treatment for frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines. As a neuromodulator, Botox first came onto the market in 2002 and was the first FDA-approved cosmetic product to treat severe wrinkles and lines. Botox contains an active ingredient known as botulinum toxin Type A, which is used to reduce the activity of your muscles from making repeated movements. Specifically, it works by temporarily preventing the nerve impulses from reaching the muscle, thus relaxing the targeted muscle even when you animate your face. Because the skin is attached to the muscles of the face, the skin appears smoother and free of fine lines and wrinkles when the muscle is in its relaxed state.

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The History of Botox

Derived from the botulinum toxin, Botox works to relax your dynamic lines but has also been recommended for the use of:

  • Alleviating chronic migraines
  • Treating excessive sweating
  • Lessening the clenching of the jaw and grinding of teeth
  • Treating involuntary muscle spasms, such as excessive eye blinking

In these conditions, Botox prevents your nerves from sending signals to muscles that trigger these symptoms. With repeated maintenance, Brooklyn Botox patients often experience long-lasting relief from these issues.

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“Dr. Khelemsky brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Khelemsky came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

—Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Khelemsky will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

—Botox patient | RealSelf

“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Khelemsky… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Khelemsky, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

—Blepharoplasty patient | RealSelf

How do I know if Botox is right for me?


Your facial movements define your emotions - smiling, frowning, laughing. However, the chronic and repeated use of certain muscles in the upper face causes wrinkles to appear at rest over time. In some patients, these wrinkles can be strikingly visible due to thicker and stronger facial muscles. Additional factors to consider are genetics, sun damage, environmental pollutants, and dietary health — all of which can make your skin appear more aged.

What are dynamic lines?

With repeated facial contractions, the lines on your forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes, begin to imprint along the surface of the skin, which become more and more visible over time. After the age of 20, one percent of collagen is lost each year—leaving your skin with less elasticity and more prone to wrinkles. Botox is effective in treating the following:

  • Crow’s feet (wrinkles along the sides of the eye)
  • Forehead lines (horizontal wrinkles along the forehead)
  • The 11s (Glabellar lines, or vertical wrinkles between the brows)
  • Vertical lip lines (vertical lines encircling the upper and lower lip)
  • Lateral eyebrow shape (Botox can subtly raise the lateral brow)

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During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky will assess which areas are affected by dynamic lines and outline your treatment plan for natural-looking, transformational results. Dr. Khelemsky would like to see you through the entire cycle of your nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, from injectable treatments to skincare treatments. By maintaining a long-lasting and trusted relationship with patients, Dr. Khelemsky gets to know each patient’s developing tastes and wishes through time, which promotes an incremental and natural approach to facial rejuvenation.

When should I start Botox?

If you are bothered by lines and wrinkles along the forehead, between the brows, or around the eyes, you may consider Botox as a cosmetic solution. There is no “right” time to start Botox; rather, there may be the right time for you. Today, younger patients in their 20s and 30s seek gentle and low-dose treatments with Botox to relax dynamic wrinkles that are just starting to be visible. The benefit for younger patients is that the smoothness of the skin is maintained throughout the early aging process when wrinkles would otherwise become increasingly visible.

On the other hand, patients who already have a more consistent appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are able to have Botox injections for smoothing and rejuvenation. Usually, patients in their 40s and 50s require higher doses of Botox than younger patients to fully relax and alleviate the associated wrinkles.

Is Botox safe during pregnancy?

Botox Safety

If you are pregnant or nursing, it is not advised to undergo injectable treatments such as Botox or JUVÉDERM® fillers. Unfortunately, there have not been clinical trials demonstrating the safety of Botox or fillers during pregnancy, and thus, their effects remain largely unknown. While such treatments have an excellent safety record among adults, there is limited information about such treatments affecting a fetus or newborn baby, and are thus not recommended for expecting or nursing mothers.

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Is there a Botox alternative?

Your Botox Alternatives

You do have options when it comes to neuromodulators similar to Botox. Here are other FDA-approved options similar to Botox and that are used for minimizing the appearance of dynamic lines and wrinkles. These products are all made with the same active ingredient — botulinum toxin Type A, which relaxes the contraction of muscle tissue. However, it is important to note their slight differences.


Xeomin is an excellent primary option, as well as one for patients who no longer respond to Botox or Dysport treatments. Xeomin is FDA-approved and offers effective results. Made with the same active ingredient as Botox, Xeomin has one key difference in its molecular structure - it is manufactured without the use of protein additives and is thus known as the purest form of botulinum toxin Type A.

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Proteins have been implicated in the development of antibodies against injectables, which may reduce their efficacy over time. This lack of proteins in the Xeomin formulation may help to prevent the onset of resistance. Before choosing a specific brand of neuromodulator, it is important to review any prior experience you may have had with Botox or other injectables.


This neuromodulator has gained popularity in recent years and is referred to as “NEWTOX.” It was FDA-approved in 2019 and has the same active ingredient as Botox - botulinum toxin Type A, making it another excellent Botox alternative. Jeaveau undergoes a proprietary purification process that may lead to a clinically more effective response over Botox for some patients.

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However, Botox and Jeaveau are both neuromodulators that relax muscle tissue to minimize wrinkles, and when used by an experienced provider, they both have the ability to produce similar results.


An excellent alternative for patients who are new to wrinkle reduction injections. One important difference between Botox and Dysport is that they are dosed very differently. In simple terms, one unit of Botox is equivalent to three units of Dysport. Therefore, the appropriate dose for your treatment will differ from Botox, and these two products are not interchangeable.

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Additionally, Dysport has slight differences in its molecular structure compared to Botox. Patients may see a faster onset of results than with Botox. Dysport also has a greater ability to spread in the area where it is injected, which may be desired as fewer injections are used to relax the muscle. However, both Dysport and Botox work similarly to relax the muscle into which they are injected, causing a decrease in movement and thus a decrease in wrinkling of the overlying skin. For this reason, both Dysport and Botox have the ability to produce similar cosmetic results.

Botox Procedure


Before your Botox Brooklyn patients' skin must be clear of make-up, debris, or any infection. You will receive pre-treatment instructions to ensure a safe and satisfactory cosmetic treatment, like avoiding blood-thinning medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain herbal supplements that may increase your chance of bruising. Your Botox treatment will take about 10 to 20 minutes. A fine needle is used to treat the areas discussed in your treatment plan. Many patients find the slight sensation of the injection very tolerable, while others request the use of numbing medication for more comfort.

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Botox Recovery & Results


Botox has little to no downtime, and most patients resume their daily activities after their treatment. However, it is crucial to refrain from touching or massaging the areas, laying down, applying pressure to treated areas, or strenuous exercise for approximately six to eight hours after treatment. Your results are noticeable in about three days but become more visible as the week progresses. With treatments of Botox Brooklyn patients may experience a noticeable enhancement in their appearance up to three to four months and can be repeated as needed to maintain optimal results.

Schedule your Botox consultation with Dr. Khelemsky today


Dr. Khelemsky is a master injector and laser specialist, providing facial rejuvenation using Botox and dermal fillers to smooth lines and wrinkles and add balance and contour to the face. To further highlight the benefits of Botox and filler, Dr. Khelemsky believes in using high quality skincare for overall skin aesthetics. Dr. Khelemsky strives to see her Brooklyn Botox patients throughout the year and especially during seasonal changes to help create the optimal plan for skin health and nourishment.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large.

Dr. Renata Khelemsky is a fellowship-trained and double board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Renata achieves beautiful and natural transformations by working with her patients’ features to accentuate their unique beauty. Each personalized consultation begins with an in-depth analysis of the face, focusing on the multiple layers that determine our unique beauty.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FDA-approved Botox is widely used in over 96 countries and has a long-standing history of safety and effectiveness. RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery is a top-tier boutique facial cosmetic surgery center led by double board-certified facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Renata Khelemsky. You can be assured that you are receiving authentic Botox Cosmetic products and the highest quality service.

Complications are rare with an experienced facial cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Khelemsky. Still, some treatment side effects may include bruising, swelling, soreness at the injection site, or a minor headache. Additionally, patients may rarely experience mild asymmetry of results, which can be evaluated and adjusted with a follow-up visit. Dr. Khelemsky will ensure that your future treatments will be properly tailored to ensure your satisfaction.

Botox and dermal fillers effectively treat fine lines and wrinkles; however, they are very different treatments. Dermal fillers are designed to add volume to areas of the face that experience volume loss, whereas Botox prevents muscle contraction for an overall smoother appearance. While they both minimize lines and wrinkles, Botox is largely used in the upper third of the face, where facial expressions create dynamic wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, can be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the lower two-thirds of the face by directly filling the hollow in the skin. Dr. Khelemsky will discuss the best treatment for your concerns during your personalized consultation.

During your consultation, Dr. Khelemsky will assess your facial concerns and create a customized treatment plan for you. The number of Botox units will vary from patient to patient, as well as individualized aesthetic goals such as maintenance treatments to optimize your results.

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