Dr. Shondra Smith offers BOTOX, the leading treatment for wrinkle reduction, to patients in Lake Charles, LA and surrounding areas, including Jennings, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff, LA and Orange, TX. BOTOX is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet lines in adults.
Frequently Asked BOTOX Questions
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is made from botulinum toxin type A. All botulinum toxins have the same mechanism of action: blocking the release of acetylcholine (ACh) and preventing the muscles from contracting to maintain the aesthetic effect.
What Is Botulinum Toxin?
The botulinum toxin type A, which is basically what Botox and Dysport are made from, are the same bacteria that cause botulism. That sounds scary, but it’s not. In the 1950s scientists discovered that when the botulinum toxin was injected in very miniscule amounts into a muscle it temporarily stopped the muscle from contracting. That research led to the creation of neurotoxin..
Who Is A Good Candidate For Neurotoxin Injections (Botox Or Dysport)?
If the wrinkles you seek to address are on the upper third of your face, then Botox injections could be a great option. Neurotoxin blocks the nerve messages sent from the muscles to the brain, so the brain never receives the message to contract the muscle and the muscle stays at rest. On the upper third of the face, wrinkles form by repeated muscle contractions under the skin when we make expressions, such as frowning, squinting, showing surprise, and others. Make a frown and you can feel the muscles around your eyes, between your brows, and on your forehead engage. When neurotoxin stops these muscles from contracting, wrinkles don’t form above them. Botox works on crow’s feet around the eyes, the 11s between the brows, and on forehead lines.
If your wrinkles aren’t tied to muscle contractions, but are due to sun damage, declining collagen, and natural aging, such as smile and parentheses lines, they need to be treated with dermal fillers; neurotoxin has no effect on these wrinkles.
Dermal fillers and neurotoxin work in entirely different ways. Dermal fillers are injected and simply return volume, pushing upward depressed skin or filling areas where volume has decreased (the cheeks). The most popular dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, which works by binding with water molecules and plumping and filling the wrinkle or crease. Dermal fillers work on what are called static wrinkles; these are the wrinkles that show themselves at all times.
Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators. They use the botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze a muscle that is forming a wrinkle above it. Neurotoxin works on dynamic wrinkles – wrinkles that are formed by muscle contractions when we perform common behaviors such as frowning or squinting.
Does The Botox Injection Hurt?
No. The needle used in this procedure is a 30G insulin needle. We use a separate syringe for each injection for two reasons. First, the needle stays sharp and is, therefore, more comfortable. Second, each syringe has the exact dose of product for the area treated.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Neurotoxin (Botox Or Dysport)?
Neurotoxin works on the upper third of the face. It erases or dramatically lessens the appearance of crow’s feet on the outside of the eyes, vertical lines between the brows (the 11s), and on forehead lines.
What Is A Neurotoxin (Botox Or Dysport) Session Like?
Neurotoxin was the original “lunchtime procedure” because it only takes about 10-15 minutes and you can go right back to work or your other typical activities immediately afterwards. Dr. Smith injects Botox with a very tiny needle (the same size needle used to inject insulin in diabetics), and it isn’t injected very deeply. Most patients equate the feeling of the Botox injections to that of a pinprick. Numbing cream is not required.
The only thing that’s important afterwards is that the patient not rub the injected areas for the next 24 hours. This can cause the neurotoxin to migrate to an unintended muscle and create problems such as a droopy eyelid (ptosis) or incomplete paralysis of the site.
How Long Will My Botox Appointment Take?
Your total appointment time will take between 15 and 20 minutes. This includes the informed consenting process and the actual Botox injection.
I Heard That Botox Is Poisonous. Is This True?
As previously mentioned, these products are in a class called neurotoxins. They are actually derived from a product produced by the Puffer Fish. They are meant to temporarily stop muscle movement. The facial lines that are treated with neurotoxins are created by muscle movement, which bulks up the muscle and makes deeper lines appear. When the movement is stopped, the muscle shrinks and the lines appear less noticeable until the muscles in that area start to move again.
What Are The Most Common Side Effects Of Botox?
The most common side effects are rare and can include nose and throat irritation, headache, injection site pain, injection site skin reaction, upper respiratory tract infection, eyelid swelling, eyelid drooping, sinus inflammation, and nausea.
How Often Do I Have To Be Retreated?
The effect of Botox will last anywhere from 3-6 months on average.
Will My Lines Come Back And Look Worse After Botox?
No. If left untreated, the lines that return will be the same as before they were initially treated with Botox.