Botox FAQ

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What is Botox?

Botox, also called botulinum toxin type A, is an injectable compound that inhibits the communication between nerves and muscles. Botox weakens the ability of a nerve to stimulate a muscle to contract or move.

How does Botox Work?

Botox is a medical treatment that involves injecting medicine directly into specific muscles of the face. After being injected into the muscle, Botox will prevent or weaken a particular muscle movement. This limitation of muscle movement allows for Botox to be effective in a variety of clinical situations.

What do Botox Injections Treat?

Botox can be used to treat many different conditions by Dr. Sean Weiss.

Aesthetically, Botox is used for a variety of indications.  These include the following:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Gummy smile
  • Narrowing a wide jawline
  • Masseter hypertrophy
  • Chemical brow lift

The common areas that Botox is used to smooth lines and wrinkles include:

  1. 11 lines between the eyes
  2. Forehead horizontal creases
  3. Crow’s feet around the eyes
  4. Smoker lines around the lips
  5. Banding lines in the neck

Botox injections can also be used to treat a gummy smile. When patients smile there are times when they have excess movement of the upper lip that allows for the appearance of both teeth and the gum line. Using a conservative amount of Botox, the muscles that raise the upper lip can be slightly weekend to prevent full movement of the upper lip. This can significantly soften and improve a gummy smile.

Some patients have a wide jawline secondary to a large muscle called the masseter.  This muscle may be large due to clenching/grinding or patients can be born with a large muscle. This muscle can be injected with Botox to weaken it and cause it to shrink. This can have a slimming effect on the lower third of the face. This is a common treatment for patients of Asian descent and patients with a history of grinding or clenching.

What Functional Conditions can Botox Treat in the Head and Neck?

Functionally, Botox can be used to treat:

  • Facial Nerve Synkinesis
  • Hyperhydrosis (excess facial or underarm sweating)
  • Bruxism (grinding and/or clenching of teeth)
  • Migraine Headache

Do Botox Injections Hurt?

Botox injections by Dr. Weiss are extremely well tolerated. Dr. Weiss and his team take many steps to ensure your comfort during injections.  We use the smallest needle possible for Botox injections. We will also use multiple fresh sharp needles during the injection to limit discomfort. The injections themselves take between two and seven minutes.

How Long do Botox Injections Last?

Botox injections results are temporary. The average patient will need a repeat injection 3 to 4 months after their injection. There are some patients who are lucky and who maintain longer-lasting results.

At What Age Should a Patient Start Using Botox?

In my opinion, age is not a factor in the decision making process of when to start Botox. You should consider starting Botox when you begin to see fine lines or wrinkles in the areas of repetitive muscle movement that do not go away when the muscle is at rest.  This can occur in patients in their 20s or may not occur until patients are much older.

Can Botox be Used to Prevent the Formation of Wrinkles?

Botox is commonly used in a preventative method to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles in the forehead, the 11 lines, crow’s feet, and smoker’s lines.

Cost of Botox in New Orleans?

I understand that patients are concerned about the cost of Botox, but this should be a secondary concern for patients. The most important decision you will make is the decision on who you choose to perform the injections. You should value the skill and talents of the injector, as this is the single most important factor in ensuring a positive result.

With this in mind, it is likely that more experienced and highly trained injectors will have a higher price than less experienced and trained professionals. Generally speaking, there is not a huge difference in overall cost between the highest-priced and lowest-priced cost of Botox. The cost will depend on the number of areas treated and the units required. Our staff will be able to give you a cost for Botox in New Orleans and Metairie over the phone if requested.

Why Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon for Your Wrinkle Injections?

Dr. Sean Weiss is a double board-certified, fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon. His knowledge of facial anatomy and injection techniques are superior others. Dr. Weiss prides himself on excellent results and delivers treatments that are specific to your individual concerns and desires. When considering needle injections into the face, shouldn’t you trust your face to a facial plastic surgeon?

How do I Schedule a Consultation for Wrinkle Treatment in New Orleans?

To schedule a consultation to learn more about Botox Dr. Sean Weiss call (504) 814-FACE. (504) 814-3223. We look forward to seeing you.