Botox Specialist

BOTOX® is the leading cosmetic treatment in the U.S. among both women and men. At her practice on the border of Little Italy and Chinatown of New York, NY, Dr. Melissa Chan offers state-of-the-art BOTOX® treatments aimed at helping patients reduce the signs of aging so they can look and feel their best.

Botox Q & A

by Melissa Chan, MD

How Does BOTOX® Work?

BOTOX® is a neuromuscular agent, which means it acts on the connections or pathways that travel between the muscles and the brain, binding with the nerves so normal signaling is interrupted. In wrinkle treatment, BOTOX® is used to treat so-called dynamic wrinkles that form over time as a result of repeated facial movements and expressions like smiling and frowning. These wrinkles occur when the facial muscles contract, tugging on the overlying skin can causing it to fold into lines and creases. When injected into these muscles, BOTOX® blocks the nerve signals between specific the muscles and the brain so those muscles won’t contract and lines and creases can’t form in the overlying skin. BOTOX® is most commonly used to treat wrinkles in the upper third of the face, including crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, frown lines that form between the brows and forehead lines.

What Happens During a BOTOX® Treatment?

Treatment begins with a careful assessment of the face to determine the best placement of the injections. During treatment, a very fine needle is used to administer BOTOX® to the treatment area. This needle is much thinner than a needle used for immunizations, and most patients experience very little discomfort beyond a small “pinching” sensation. Once treatment is complete, there may be some tenderness and minor swelling in the area, both of which will resolve soon after treatment. Although ice can be applied to the area, it’s important not to rub the treatment site to avoid spreading the BOTOX® outside the treatment site. The number of injections and amount of BOTOX® used during treatment will depend on the area that’s being treated and the extent of the treatment, as well as other factors. Most patients will see the initial results of treatment within a week or two of their treatment.

How Long Will Results Last?

The results of BOTOX® last for about four to six months, depending on the location of the treatment and other factors. Touch-up treatments can help results last indefinitely, and many patients report repeated injections help soften lines and wrinkles so the time between touch-ups can be extended.

Accepted Insurances

Dr. Chan accepts the following insurances and several more. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist you.

Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
Great West Health Care
Health First

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "One of the most professional MDs in the Little Italy/Chinatown area. She is understanding and takes her work very seriously."

    Rita C.
  • Yelp

    "I have referred several friends to her and they have all found her to be a very good doctor."

    J B.
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Chan is very knowledgeable and accurate in her diagnoses. She has referred me to excellent specialists when necessary."

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Melissa Chan, MD
70 Bowery, Suite 505
Little Italy, Chinatown

New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212-847-4934
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