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Pokertox: Botox for Poker Face of a Gambler

Poker players are taking their level of intensity to the next level and visiting their cosmetic surgeons. “Pokertox” is the new name coined for Botox injections designed to enhance a players, “Poker face.” In order to avoid giving their opponents any sign of facial emotion that could tip off whether they’re playing a good or bad hand of cards.



The common reaction of Poker players is to raise their eyebrows if they have a bad hand. By placing Botox in certain areas, that natural reaction can be minimized. Botox injections are most commonly known for treating facial wrinkles. Botox’s active ingredient is the purified neurotoxin botolunim. When the brain is directed to laugh, frown, or in this case, raise the eyebrows, it sends a signal that travels through a nerve to reach the muscle tissue. A physical corresponding action, like a muscle contraction occurs.

However, when Botox is injected that neurotoxin simply immobilizes the nerve’s message and stops the contraction from happening. This doesn’t mean that the person will lose the ability to contract their muscles; instead it will just stop the face from making micro-movements. When micro-movements are made throughout the face, they begin to form fine lines and hard to treat deep wrinkles.

The process will need touch ups every 3 to 4 months, but the effects of the treatment may begin to last longer (6 to 8 months longer) after repeated treatments. After injection treatment, results will begin to show in five to seven days, just in time to plan a Poker tournament with your worthiest opponents.

Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon and an expert in treating patients with Botox, and other skin tightening injections such as Dysport, and Xeomin.

About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar, MD, FAAD, FAACS, is the founder and medical director of the New York Cosmetic, Skin, & Laser Surgery Center. Dr. Rokhsar is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Rokhsar is double board certified in dermatology and micrographic dermatologic surgery, being one of the few select dermatologists in the country who is also fellowship trained in laser surgery. A researcher and innovator, Dr. Rokhsar is the creator of the non-surgical nose job and has been instrumental in the research and development of laser systems such as the Fraxel, CO2, Mirady, Vbeam, Themitight, and Ulthera devices. An Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, Dr. Rokhsar actively teaches the cosmetic dermatology clinic to the resident at Mount Sinai. An expert injector of fillers, and a trainer for many companies, patients fly in from around the world to see Dr. Rokhsar in his Garden City and Manhattan offices in New York.

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