How Botox Works
Botox injections are one of the most popular options to treat facial wrinkles and creases. Botox is different than dermal fillers because it blocks signals to the muscles preventing them from contracting and future wrinkles from forming. It also relaxes the muscles making current wrinkles soften and lessen in appearance. Botox injections only take several minutes and require no anesthesia.
Some results are viable instantly with full effects taking between three and seven days. To get best results, do not rub the treated area for 12 hours after treatment and stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications previous to treatment to reduce bruising. Effects will last anywhere from four to six months. Over time with regular maintenance, lines and wrinkles will reappear less severe since the muscles have been trained to relax.
(Botox is $12 per unit)
Juvéderm™ is being touted as the next generation of facial fillers and wrinkle removers. It is a smooth gel filler that gently fills wrinkles and folds around the mouth and nose producing natural looking results while restoring youthful volume to the face. It is available in four formulas that are optimized for the depth of the area to be treated.
Areas that are best treated by Juvederm include:
Vertical Lip Lines
What is Juvederm?
Juvéderm™ consists of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring molecule in the skin. It absorbs water and maintains volume in the face. When HA levels decrease with age, wrinkles begin to form. Juvéderm™ injects small amount of HA back into wrinkled areas where it works with collagen and elastin to instantly provide volume and support to your skin.
(Juvederm is $500 per syringe)
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Botox Side Effects
Side effects are mild and Botox is generally well tolerated. The most common side effect is bruising and headaches which usually subside after 24 to 48 hours. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding should post-pone treatment until after pregnancy.
How does Kybella Work?
The active ingredient in KYBELLA® is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, KYBELLA®destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
How many treatments will I need?
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. Your healthcare specialist will help determine how many treatment sessions you need based on the amount and distribution of your submental fat and your personal treatment goals. Each KYBELLA®treatment session is given at least 1 month apart, and you should not receive more than 6 treatments. In clinical studies, 59% of patients received 6 treatments.
Juvederm Side Effects
Treatment sessions take about 15 minutes and provide immediate results with no downtime. Results typically last about 6-9 months and can be extended as long as desired with follow up treatments. Side effects with Juvéderm™ are rare with most being mild and short lasting. Side effects can include redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising and itching.
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