BOTOX Cosmetic

wrinkle-reduction-injection-louisianaEver since it was officially approved in 2002 by the FDA for aesthetic use in the treatment of wrinkles and lines, Botox Cosmetic has reigned supreme. For nearly a decade and a half, this injectable has been the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure by far. In the past two years alone, over 7 million Botox procedures have been performed!

The reason for all of this adulation? Botox Cosmetic works, reducing or eliminating the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, forehead lines, and crow’s feet. And a Botox Cosmetic appointment only takes 15 minutes and there is no downtime.

Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure performed by dermatologists. Tiny injection of Botox Cosmetic placed directly into targeted muscles can be used to soften lines and wrinkles including frown lines, forehead lines, and even crow’s feet. A few expertly placed drops around the mouth can improve lip lines and turn up the corners of your mouth. Botox Cosmetic injections take just a few minutes in the office and there is no downtime at all. Our doctors have extensive experience in performing this procedure and train others on proper injection techniques.

How Does Botox Work?

neuromodulator-old-metairie-louisiana-injectionBotox, also called botulinum toxin A, is a purified protein that is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Administered in very small amounts, doctors can use botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze a muscle by blocking the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that signals muscles to contract. Botox has a long history of medical use for the treatment of conditions such as of spasms of the eyelids, abnormal head position, migraine headaches, overactive bladder, and other health issues.

It was an accidental discovery in the late 1980’s that turned botox into a rising star. An eye doctor whose husband was a dermatologists made the observation that when she injected botox around the eyes to treat eyelid spasms wrinkles around the eye and forehead seemed to disappear. Over the next several years this husband and wife duo pioneered the use of botulinum toxin for cosmetic treatments and finally published their findings in 1991. Wrinkles and creases on the forehead, brow, and around the eyes are caused by repeated muscle contractions from actions such as frowning, smiling, and squinting. When injected into the muscles under those wrinkles, Botox temporarily paralyzes those muscles, reducing or eliminating the appearance of the wrinkle on the skin. With an aging population concerned about looking older, Botox Cosmetic was a natural fit.

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How Long Do Botox Cosmetic Results Last?

Results from Botox Cosmetic injections take from three to eight days to fully show themselves. Those results usually last from three to four months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and another treatment with Botox Cosmetic is needed. A big bonus for patients who use botox regularly is that it lasts longer and the lines and wrinkles appear less severe over time.

 

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Botox for Hyperhidrosis

Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of severe sweating in the underarms. Many patients who have already tried topical aluminum chloride (Drysol), oral glycopyrrolate (Robinul), or various anti-perspirants find that Botox injected into the underarms provides them much-needed relief for up to 6 months. And, insurance carriers will often assist in the coverage of this treatment.

Botox Cosmetic for Men

Botox Cosmetic isn’t just for women any longer. In 2013, 385,000 men received “Bro-Tox” injections. That number was up 310 percent from 2003. The reasons are the same as for women — the desire to eliminate some of the lines and wrinkles and take a few years off their appearance.

Why are More Men Now Flocking to Botox?

There are different theories about the increased use of Botox Cosmetic by men:

  • The stigma about having something like Botox injections has largely passed.
  • The recession that hit in 2008 hit older men hard. Older men in their 40s and 50s have had a harder time getting their jobs back, and two-thirds of those workers say they have seen or experienced age discrimination on the job or when looking for a job. They are feeling like a younger appearance will help them compete better.
  • As more women have Botox and other injectable treatments, the men in their lives don’t want to be left behind.
  • The procedure is quick and without downtime, so it doesn’t take a big commitment in time.

So, what are you waiting for guys? Let Drs. Farris and Rogers, both of whom are experts in facial anatomy and the underlying muscle structure, take a few years off your face with some Bro-Tox. They are thoroughly experienced in the injection of Botox Cosmetic to achieve exactly the results you seek.

Botox Cosmetic Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does it take effect right away?

A: It takes several days to effect and may be as long as two weeks.

Q: How long does it last?

A: Botox lasts 3-4 months. With repeated injections, it may last even longer so we encourage our patients to keep regular appointments for Botox.

Q: Does it hurt?

A: There is minimal injection pain associated with the treatment. You can apply a topical lidocaine cream (EMLA cream) before coming to the office to make it more comfortable.

Q: Will I still be able to make expressions?

A: Yes! This procedure doesn’t make you look “frozen” or like you’ve had cosmetic surgery. This is why EVERYONE loves Botox.

Q: What are the side effects?

A: The most common side effect is bruising. You may also get swelling and redness at the injection site and in rare cases eyelid drooping. Please contact our office immediately if you have any reaction or problem.

Dysport vs Botox Treatments

Dysport is another wrinkle-relaxer, that acts similar to Botox. Studies suggest that it can take effect slightly sooner than Botox, and probably lasts just as long. Our office has considerable experience with Dysport, since Dr. Farris served as an investigator in the pre-approval clinical trials.

Botox Cosmetic and Old Metairie Dermatology

If you’re tired of those forehead lines and crow’s feet, it’s time to join the legion of Botox Cosmetic fans. Dr. Farris is a national trainer for Botox Cosmetic and has been specially selected to train other physicians on proper injection techniques. Drs Farris and Rogers are experts in facial anatomy and its underlying muscle structure, so they know exactly where to place your Botox injections to achieve the younger look you desire.

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