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Patient Notice Regarding COVID-19

Our patients, visitors, employees and family are our top priority at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc. At this time we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness consistent with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while continuing to provide the highest level of medical care.

  1. We always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.
  2. Hand washing is strictly followed and sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. If you have traveled in the past 14 days to countries with widespread transmission or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  4. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  5. If we notice that you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, we will reschedule your appointment.
  6. If your appointment is rescheduled for the above reasons and you are in need of immediate treatment, please call your family physician for advice and instructions.
  7. We request that you refrain from bringing visitors to your appointment unless they are needed to assist you.
  8. Nonessential visitors will be asked to wait in their car or outside of the office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation

- Your team at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc.

How Botox® works

BOTOX® works by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Made from a safe, low dose of botulinum toxin, a purified protein, Botox works as a preventative treatment for younger patients and as an effective anti-aging treatment for patients who are already seeing wrinkles and fine lines.

Treatment areas

Botox is effective on a variety of areas. Each area generally requires a different amount of units, depending on your unique needs, to achieve a smooth, youthful appearance.

Around the eyes (crow’s feet):
5-15 units
Glabellar (frown lines):
10-25 units
Forehead lines:
10-30 units
Bunny lines:
5-10 units
Neck (platysmal) bands:
25-50 units
2-5 units
Corners of the mouth:
3-6 units
2-6 units
Jaw area:
15-50 units each side

Why choose Dr. Pontell for Botox® injections?

Dr. Pontell is a board-certified, fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon whose expert understanding of the facial structure and features makes him an ideal choice for Botox in Philadelphia. He performs all Botox injections personally, providing his patients with the finesse, precision and beautiful results that only a leading facial plastic surgeon can. As a trusted authority in the field, Dr. Pontell ensures his patients’ results appear natural, never leaving a patient with a “frozen” effect.

Dr. Pontell is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He holds membership with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery Society. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ABFPRS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is uniquely trained and highly qualified, allowing him to utilize innovative, safe, and effective techniques.

The benefits of Botox®

Botox is a safe, effective wrinkle relaxer that achieves many benefits for patients:

  • No surgery, no incisions, no downtime
  • Facial rejuvenation with injections only
  • Short procedure time
  • Relatively painless treatment
  • Minimaly recovery period, if any
  • Effectively smooths wrinkles
  • Can address many areas of the face
  • Can be used to help stop wrinkles from forming in the first place

Candidates for Botox®

Men or women who want to smooth away or prevent wrinkles are candidates for Botox in Philadelphia. In general, candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are 18 years old or older
  • Are generally in good health
  • Are not pregnant or nursing
  • Have no skin infections nor outbreaks in the Botox treatment area
  • Have no allergies to the Botox ingredients
  • Have no history of neuromuscular diseases

What to expect during treatment

During your Botox treatment, your skin will first be cleansed. Injections will be precisely given in specific areas, ensuring only the muscles causing the wrinkles are treated. This process takes about 20 minutes. Once it is complete, you can get right back to your day.

Botox® vs. Xeomin

Botox and Xeomin are similar injectable treatments that both achieve smooth, unlined skin. Xeomin is the purest form of botulinum toxin, the same substance as Botox.

Because it is so pure, Xeomin provides the lowest possible chance of causing an allergic reaction. It also has a lower chance that patients might build up a resistance to Xeomin over time.

Botox® vs. fillers

Aesthetically, Botox is designed solely to smooth lines and wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause the wrinkles to appear. Dermal fillers can also help to smooth wrinkles and lines, but they work in a different way.

Fillers replace lost facial volume with a gel-like substance. This plumps the skin, filling and smoothing the wrinkles. Fillers can also be used to enhance and sculpt the features, such as the cheekbones, jawline, and lips. Fillers last several months longer than Botox; in some cases, they can last up to two years or more.

Areas treated

  • Around the eyes

    Crow’s feet and fine lines around the eyes can be carefully injected with Botox, reducing or erasing signs of age.

  • Frown lines

    Also known as the “11s”, the vertical lines between the eyebrows can be softened and smoothed away to achieve a more pleasant, youthful appearance.

  • Forehead lines

    The horizontal lines on the brow are diminished or erased with Botox injections, covering the entirety of the forehead.

  • Bunny lines

    The fine lines on either side of your nose, commonly called bunny lines, can be smoothed and erased with Botox.

  • Neck (platysmal) bands

    Wrinkles and lines on the neck can be quite frustrating, especially when they accelerate faster than those on your face. Botox injections effectively erase these lines, leaving you more youthful and refreshed.

  • Eyebrows

    Lines are the eyebrows can cause a grouchy or tired appearance. With Botox, the lines vanish, leaving a more appealing, attractive appearance.

  • Corners of the mouth

    Drooping corners can make your mouth look like you’re permanently unhappy. With Botox, the corner of your mouth are lifted, creating a more youthful, pleasant appearance.

  • Chin

    Achieve a smoother, more sculpted chin with Botox. Botox banishes chin wrinkles to help you appear younger and more refreshed.

  • Jaw area

    Properly performed, Botox injections around the jawline can help to sculpt and define this feature, providing a more youthful, elegant appearance.

Medical uses of Botox

Botox can be used to treat a variety of medical concerns, including excessive sweating, TMJ, and migraines.

Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

If you’re suffering from excessive sweating, causing embarrassing wetness you can’t easily control. Botox injections can effectively treat this problem. Botox temporarily relaxes the nerves that signal the sweat glands to overproduce sweat. Patients are left dryer and more confident.

TMJ (temporomandibular disorder)

Clenching and grinding the teeth, or TMJ, is commonly treated with Botox. Botox injections effectively relax the muscles that are causing the problem. This treatment is an effective relief for 90% of TMJ patients.


The dehibiliating effect migraines cause can be successfully treated with Botox. During migraine treatment, Botox is injected into specific points of the head and neck. This relaxes the muscles that are causing the migraines, and relieves the onset of migraines and the suffering they cause.

After injection care

Expect a very minimal recovery period after a Botox treatment. There is no downtime required. There may be redness or small red bumps in the treatment area, which will usually fade within about one hour.

For the following two days after treatment, do not massage the area, as that may cause the Botox substance to spread to other facial regions. Do not drink alcohol, or strenuously exercise during this time.


Is Botox safe?

Botox is an FDA-approved, safe treatment.

Is there downtime after Botox?

There is no downtime after Botox.

What is the cost of Botox?

The cost of Botox varies based on the number of units required.

How long do Botox results last?

Results will last for 3-4 months.

What are the possible complications with Botox?

Bruising, redness at injection sites, flu-like symptoms, temporary facial drooping, and others.

Our services

Our practice, The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center, is dedicated to facial enhancement, rejuvenation, and renewal. We provide personalized, caring service, from our board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Pontell, and every one of his highly-trained, welcoming team. Our focus is facial surgery and non-surgical facial treatments, which is why we offer the most modern, advanced treatments, provided with the most cutting-edge, safe, and effective techniques. Every procedure, whether Botox or a full facelift, is performed with meticulous attention to detail, under the most thoughtful, customizing planning. After all, it is your face–your treatments should be perfectly done, and achieve simply beautiful results.

We provide a full range of treatments and procedures, such as the following:

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