Botox in New Orleans
Neurotoxin injections administered by a highly experienced, board certified doctor
As the most well-known option for reducing lines on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes, neurotoxin injectables like Botox and Dysport are a patient favorite. Our New Orleans Botox patients love how a quick treatment helps them look more youthful and softens harsh expression lines without downtime.
- How does Botox work?
- How is Botox different from Juvéderm or Restylane?
- How is Botox different from Dysport? What about Newtox (aka Jeuveau)?
- Does Botox or Dysport treatment hurt? How safe is it?
How does Botox work?
Botox® Cosmetic works by weakening the muscles where it is injected. Once the tone of these treated muscles is weakened, the overlying skin flattens and the wrinkles they are causing disappear.
Botox Cosmetic or Dysport® is most commonly injected into the small muscles between the brows, in the forehead, and around the eyes, but is used in other areas of the face and neck as well. It works well in any area where small, specific muscles create wrinkles and paralyzing them can improve the appearance of those wrinkles. This paralysis is temporary, typically lasing about 4 months.
How is Botox different from Juvéderm or Restylane?
This approach is different from fillers for the aging face. Fillers such as Restylane®, Juvéderm®, and Radiesse®—as well as autologous fat injections—all work by filling in wrinkles and restoring volume. While Botox can treat wrinkles by weakening muscles that make you look angry or tired, it can’t add fullness to your face where volume has been lost. That’s why it is an excellent idea to use both methods, often in different parts of your face, to complement each other. We can guide you through the options and choices and will advise you on what we think will work best for you.
How is Botox different from Dysport? what about Newtox (aka Jeuveau)?
Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Jeuveau are very similar in that they are all neurotoxins, but are made by different companies. They act very similarly, though a few patients will find one or the other works better for them like many drugs. Patients who are happy with their current brand needn’t switch.
Does Botox or Dysport treatment hurt? How safe is it?
Very small amounts of Botox Cosmetic or Dysport are injected through a tiny needle into the muscles to be paralyzed. Discomfort is minimal and lasts only a few seconds. If desired, we offer patients the option of administering numbing cream, and/or nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) with their Botox Cosmetic and/or Dysport injections.
There are few known side effects to Botox® Cosmetic. If any of the Botulism toxin reaches a facial muscle not being treated, partial weakness of that muscle may last for several months. (It is for this reason that you are requested not to massage the injected areas for 12 hours following injection.) In the event of an area of unwanted muscle weakness, the only “treatment” is to wait for the effect of the toxin to wear off in a few weeks to a couple of months.
Neurotoxins have been used safely in the treatment of facial wrinkles for decades and by millions of patients. The choice of Botox, Dysport, or Jeuveau for a given individual can be determined at the time of consultation. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome—such as a short-term headache or bruising for a few days—occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.