Saturday, April 21st, 2012
For both men and women alike who are looking to turn back the clock, injections such as Botox and dermal fillers are excellent options to eliminate facial wrinkles and help restore a youthful appearance without having to go under the knife for a facelift. Millions of patients successfully use Botox and dermal fillers each year to eliminate wrinkles, erase time, and look years younger.
Both Botox and dermal fillers are simple, non-surgical procedures that are performed quickly and require no recovery time. But different fillers are more appropriate for different areas of the face, and it important to know what is going to work best for you and your areas of concern.
Botox works by relaxing the facial muscles in the areas of injection to smooth away expression-related wrinkles. It is most commonly used on the forehead area to diminish the look of forehead lines caused by years of raising and lowering eyebrows and hard, vertical frown lines found in-between the brows. Botox is also used to treat crows’ feet and can sometimes be used around the corners of the mouth to relax smile lines. Botox injections take just minutes to administer, making it a simple, convenient procedure. Some patients do report seeing immediate results, but it often takes a few days for the full effect to become noticeable, and patients can often go up to six months or even longer before results begin to fade.
Instead of relaxing facial muscles like Botox, dermal fillers such as Juvederm XC work by actually “filling” in lines and wrinkles and restoring lost volume and fullness. The first Hyaluronic acid (HA) filler to be approved by the FDA, Juvederm is a safe and effective way to fill in and eliminate facial wrinkles, particularly around the mouth. Juvederm is most often used on smile or “parentheses” lines between the nose and corners of the mouth as well as vertical lines that can form in other areas around the mouth. Like Botox, Juvederm injections take just minutes. Results are immediate and can last up to a year.