Botox

Botox Injectable Filler in Metairie LA

There are a variety of ways to rediscover the younger you at our practice in Metairie, New Orleans, with the most popular being treatments on your skin or body to reduce wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, and/or unsightly scars.
Various ways and treatments can help you overcome any of the aforementioned conditions and afflictions. Healthier skin equals a healthier you. Here are a few of the treatments that are offered to help you find healthier looking skin, or perhaps your own version of the fountain of youth.

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botox new orleansWhat is Botox?

Botox is a true superstar in the aesthetic industry. Every year since it was first approved by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of facial wrinkles, Botox injections have been the most popular cosmetic procedure performed worldwide. Botox is one of the most famous brand names in the world. Why all the adoration? Because it works. Botox is the master of what are known as “dynamic” wrinkles. These are the type of wrinkles that form due to muscle contractions from frequent behaviors such as squinting or frowning. Dynamic wrinkles can be found mostly on the upper third of the face. You know them as crow’s feet, the 11s, and forehead lines.

How does Botox stop wrinkles from forming?

As you probably already know, Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin type A, the very same bacteria that cause botulism. While that sounds scary, it’s not. Decades ago, doctors found that when the botulinum toxin is injected inminiscule amounts into a muscle it temporarily stops the muscle from contracting. It does this by blocking the nerve signals from the muscle to the brain. For the decades that followed, the botulinum toxin was used to treat conditions such as involuntary eyelid spasms and, more recently, migraine headaches. But when it was approved to treat the facial wrinkles caused by musclecontractions Botox (as the aesthetic use of the botulinum toxin was now called) became a superstar. By blocking the nerve signals that trigger muscle contractions when a person squints, for instance, Botox keeps the wrinkle that forms on the skin’s surface from appearing. This temporary paralysis of the muscle lasts four to six months before the body then absorbs the now-inactive Botox. At that point, the muscle will begin to contract again and the wrinkle will return. But you can maintain your results by scheduling another Botox appointment with the Cleft & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center.

How is Botox different than dermal fillers?

Botox is actually categorized as a neuromodulator, not a filler. This means Botox (along with Xeomin and Dysport) blocks the nerve signals and stops muscle contractions. Dermal fillers, as their name implies, “fill” the wrinkle from beneath. It’s a totally different approach. Dermal fillers are injected beneath a wrinkle and basically fill in the space, pushing the depressed skin (the wrinkle) back upward. Dermal fillers only work on the other type of wrinkle, the static wrinkle. Static wrinkles develop from sun damage, decreasing collagen production, personal habits, and the like. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times, not just when you perform a behavior such as squinting (dynamic wrinkles).

Who is a good candidate for Botox?

As mentioned above, Botox only works on wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, mainly on the upper third of the face. But if you have crow’s feet, forehead lines, or the 11s between your eyebrows Botox is the perfect answer.

How long does a Botox appointment last?

Botox sessions take less than a half hour. The needle used for the injections is miniscule, so anesthesia isn’t needed. Patients return to work or their normal activities immediately afterwards.

Are there side effects with Botox?

Patients can have very minor bruising at the injection sites, and possibly a slight headache for a couple hours afterwards. Allergic reactions to Botox are very rare, but if you’re concerned the Cleft & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Center team can test you before administering any Botox. It’s important that the patient not rub the injected areas for 12 hours after their appointment, as this can cause the Botox to migrate and affect unwanted muscles. Rubbing the sites can lead to temporary drooping of an eyelid, for instance. Otherwise, as the millions of people who use it regularly can attest, Botox is very safe. How long do results take to show and how long do they last? Unlike dermal fillers, which immediately push the skin back up, Botox results are not immediate. It takes from three to seven days for the botulinum toxin toparalyze the targeted muscle. From there, your results will last from four to six months before the Botox is absorbed by your body and your wrinkles return.

How long do the results of Botox last?

Botox usually provided outstanding results for a time period between three and six months up to a year. If you are happy with the results as most people are and want to maintain your look, it makes sense to look into our monthly Botox membership deals.

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