Botox® and Dermal Fillers: Botox® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It is a protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a nonsurgical treatment that can temporarily reduce moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles in people 18 to 65 years of age. During treatment, very low doses of Botox® Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines. The treatment is usually done in less than 15 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement that can last up to months.
Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.
Botox®: How Does it Work
Botox® works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
Botox®: The Treatment
Botox® procedures do not require anesthesia and usually take just a few minutes to perform. The protein is injected into the muscle using a fine needle in order to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy. It is recommended that patients avoid alcohol for about a week before the procedure.
Botox® Injections for Men:
Botox® Cosmetic is certainly not just for women. If you are a man and think it’s time to do something about those moderate to severe glabellar lines between your brows, talk to your doctor about whether Botox® Cosmetic is right for you.
– 6% of total Botox® Cosmetic procedures are performed on males (313,714 procedures)
– Houston Botox ® Cosmetic is the most popular minimally invasive physician administered aesthetic procedure for males (314,000 procedures).
Juvederm® Dermal Filler
Juvederm® is the only hyaluronic acid filler with FDA approval to last up to one year. Juvederm®, an injectable gel, is the ultimate “next-generation” smooth consistency gel dermal filler. This filler helps to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth). Juvederm® injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face.
What makes Juvederm® different from other dermal fillers?
Juvederm® is the ONLY hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA approved to last up to 1 year. The unique manufacturing process provides a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results. It also works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers currently on the market are made of granular consistency gels. And, Juvederm® is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color.
Juvederm® is indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).
What will treatment with Juvederm® injectable gel accomplish?
Juvederm® injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. And one treatment could smooth your lines and wrinkles for up to 1 year. Ask your doctor what you should expect from your initial treatment and when they would recommend rescheduling another appointment.
Is treatment with Juvederm® injectable gel painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The smooth consistency gel of Juvederm® allows your doctor to administer it easily and smoothly. And, Juvederm® is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort.
Can people with different skin tones/colors be treated with Juvederm®?
Yes. Juvederm® injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has proven its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. Studies with Juvederm® showed no increased risk of hyper-pigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.
How long does Juvederm® last?
Juvederm® has demonstrated results that last anywhere between 9 and 12 months however results are temporary; touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal results.