Botox, Juvederm, Sculptra, Perlane, Restylane…
Botox™ is an injectable medication used to rejuvenate the appearance of wrinkled skin. It temporarily weakens the muscles that create wrinkles acting as a great alternative to surgery. Botox™ treatments offer excellent results with few side effects.
It is most commonly used to treat wrinkles in areas such as:
- Frown lines
- Smile lines (crow’s feet)
Botox™ is typically administered through a series of treatments lasting between 3 and 8 months. Oftentimes, two or three sessions are needed early on to get a good baseline result, similar to the use of collagen. The details and specific length of treatment are determined on an individual basis. After the series is complete, patients may require touch ups that occur less frequently and administer less medication.
Botox is the most common, non-surgical treatment used to temporarily smooth moderate to severe lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), expressionary lines located on the forehead, and lines around the eye’s known as crow’s feet (periorbital lines). The procedure is quick with no down-time.
What is BOTOX?
Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. The product temporarily blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles; reducing the activity in these muscles thus decreasing the appearance of lines/wrinkles.
When will I see results from a BOTOX treatment?
You may begin seeing improvement within a few days, with continued improvement during the following 3-4weeks. Results generally last up to four months.
How long does BOTOX last?
Results can last up to 4 months. If treatment is not continued then the lines will gradually return to the pre-treatment appearance.
Is Treatment with BOTOX painful?
The injection is performed with a very tiny needle making the discomfort very minimal. The procedure generally takes less than 15minutes and you may return to your normal activity immediately after treatment.
Are there any side effects to BOTOX?
The most common side effect is a minor headache that generally goes away within a few hours. Less common side effects are; nausea, migraine headache, respiratory infection, flu like symptoms, temporary eyelid droop (ptosis) and pain in the face.
What are the contraindications to using BOTOX?
You should not use Botox if you have an active infection in the area wished to be treated, if you have a sensitivity or are allergic to any ingredient in the BOTOX product. Any person with a neurological disorder such as ALS, Myasthenia Gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome can be at risk for serious side effects. You should also refrain from treatment if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
Juvederm™ is the latest technology of dermal fillers; it is used to replenish areas of the face where youthful fullness may have faded. It is made from a compound that naturally occurs in the body, known as hyaluronic acid, which fills in the space between collagen and elastin fibers of the skin. As the skin ages, the presence of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid is reduced, creating a loss of volume in the skin, thus generating folds and wrinkles. The effects of Juvederm™ are often long lasting and following injection, the area can actually be molded to create the desired natural look.
Injections of Juvederm™ fill the natural folds to restore a full and smoother appearance.
Common areas of injection are:
- Nasolabial folds (lines near the corners of the mouth running to the nose)
- Wrinkles on upper or lower face
- Lipstick lines
- Lip plumping
Similar to Juvederm™, Restylane and Perlane are dermal fillers used to replenish areas of the face where youthful fullness may have faded. Restylane and Perlane are made from a compound that naturally occurs in the body, known as hyaluronic acid, which fills in the space between collagen and elastin fibers of the skin. As the skin ages, the presence of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid is reduced, creating a loss of volume in the skin, thus generating folds and wrinkles.
The primary differences between the hyaluronic fllers is that the effects of Juvederm™ last the longest and Perlane is used as a deeper filler (often in the nasal labial folds). The choice between the dermal hyaluronic fillers is based on patient preference and any questions may be discussed with our administering RN.
Sculptra is a product that promotes the rebuilding of collagen below the surface of the skin. The treatments reduce signs of aging by restoring lost facial volume. Unlike the dermal fillers, the results may last up to two years or longer. This treatment however, does require 2-3 sessions 6-8 weeks apart. Sculptra treatments restore a natural fullness to the face by creating natural collagen that will age with you.
Sculptra treats areas such as:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Sunken checks
- Indentations (in the temple region)
- Hollows under the eyes
- Larger areas of the face
Sculptra uses a poly-L-lactic acid derived from natural components. The sculptra is injected in an area under the skin’s surface that demonstrates a visible loss of fat. This will naturally generate the growth of new collagen, thus results will become noticeable throughout the first few treatments. Following treatment sessions, the collagen will continue to develop increasing the volume of the area under the skin’s surface.
The number of treatments will depend on the patient and the desired are of treatment. Following treatment, the patient may experience redness, tenderness, minor swelling or bruising; these signs will subside within a few hours to a few days.