BOTOX ®, Juvéderm ™, Restylane ®, Radiesse ™
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a compound that temporarily removes the connection between the treated muscles and the nerves that provide impulses to them. When used judiciously, the result can be a dramatic improvement in facial lines around the eyes, the brow, the forehead, the nose, and even the mouth. Botox® can also very effectively treat the ‘orange peel’ look of the chin, and can be used to relax the down turning of the corners of the mouth that happens as we get older.
How is Botox® administered?
Botox® is administered via injections using very tiny needles. Minute quantities are injected either in the skin, or just below the skin, to treat the specific target muscles.
How long do the effects last?
The effects last for three or four months in most persons. Botox® does not gradually wear off over that time. Usually, the full effect is maintained for three or four months until there begins a tapering off of effectiveness lasting about two weeks.
Does Botox® have any permanent effects?
No. The effects of Botox® always wear off. Unlike plastic surgery, there are no permanent effects.
What about Juvéderm™ and Restylane® and Radiesse™?
While Botox® can treat lines caused by contracting facial muscles, not all facial lines are caused this way. Some, such as the lines that go from the nose to the corners of the mouth, are caused by gravity and the loss of collagen beneath the skin. Juvéderm™, Restylane®, Elevess™ and other compounds, collectively called dermal fillers, are products that, when injected into the skin, provide bulk that replaces the lost collagen. The result is a reduction in the severity of lines and creases caused by collagen loss. In addition to lines and creases, dermal fillers can also be used to cause the lips to become more prominent. As we get older, the lips tend to lose collagen and turn inward, creating a thinner lip line. Treatment with dermal fillers can restore the lip line to its youthful prominence.’
How long do dermal fillers last?
Like Botox®, the effects of Juvéderm™ and Restylane® and Radiesse™are not permanent. Usually their effects last 6 to 9 months, but this can vary. Their gradual absorption by the body also causes a more gradual loss of effectiveness over time in contrast to Botox®. We now offer ArteFill™, a new filler which lasts 3 to 5 years. For more information on ArteFill please click here.
Are treatments with Botox® and dermal fillers painful?
Botox® requires a series of tiny pricks that most persons do not consider a problem. Dermal filler injections are more uncomfortable, and for that reason a nerve block is usually used to make the procedure painless.
How soon are the effects of Botox® and dermal fillers apparent?
The effects of Botox® are usually apparent within a few days to a week, though improvement may continue for a month. The effects of dermal fillers are immediate.
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