What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified liquid which inactivates the muscles which cause undesirable facial expressions and wrinkles. It is a highly concentrated derivative of the bacterial substance which causes botulism, but the doses are so low and the sites of administration so specific that the effects are strictly isolated to the small muscles which are targeted for treatment. It has been used for years to treat patients with certain muscular disorders. More recently, BOTOX® has been getting attention as an anti-wrinkle treatment that is quick and convenient with minimal side effects.
Wrinkles are formed over time as the facial muscles contract to laugh, smile or frown. As these muscles contract, lines are worn into the skin, resulting in each individuals unique pattern of facial wrinkles. BOTOX® works by attaching to the nerve terminals and blocking the action of chemical neurotransmitters. This prevents the muscles from contracting, allowing the skin to relax reducing or even eliminating the overlying wrinkles.
BOTOX® has a long term safety record. Since the early '90's, BOTOX® has been used to help patients who suffer from blepharospasm, a muscular disorder that makes it difficult, if not impossible to normally open the eye. BOTOX® use is not limited to the face. It can be used to correct many muscle spasms such as voice box spasms and neck spasms.
We use a micro needle to inject a small amount of BOTOX® into the tiny muscles in the area around the wrinkle(s). Pain is minimal and most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. Injections are normally given every four to six months since the effects of the treatment diminish over time. Usually, results are seen within the first few days following injection. The duration of benefit is often extended with each successive treatment, therefore the second treatment often lasts longer than the first, and so on.
Because everyone’s anatomy is a little different, the intensity and duration of BOTOX® effect varies somewhat from person to person. The intent is not to cause complete paralysis of the treated muscle, but to weaken them enough to cause the lines to relax and diminish visibly.
The FDA has approved BOTOX® for use on the vertical “frown” lines between the eyebrows but it is commonly used for treatment of the horizontal lines on the forehead and "crows feet" too. It can also help with the bands of muscles at the front of the neck. Newer applications can shape facial expression by raising the brows and corners of the mouth. BOTOX® treatments are highly effective, and in most people will create a more alert, refreshed and younger appearance. Often, depending on the lines or wrinkles treated, BOTOX® can produce a friendlier, less “stern” look, too.
JUVÉDERM™ is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that provides a smooth, long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid, is a naturally occurring, biodegradable complex sugar found in the human body and in all living animals. Among other things, hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and adds volume, contributing to the overall appearance of the skin.
Collagen, Sculptra and JUVÉDERM™ are kinds of dermal fillers that can be used to contour the face. JUVÉDERM™ dermal fillers can be administered in a smooth-flowing injection, providing physicians with a high level of control for individualized, tailored facial contouring and for achieving a smooth and natural look.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved three different formulations for JUVÉDERM™#153;, providing physicians with the flexibility to tailor each treatment to the particular needs of the patient.
The three forms of JUVÉDERM™ are:
All other currently approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers utilize a gel particle suspension formulation. These gel particles can be seen under magnification as opposed to the smoother formulation used in JUVÉDERM™.
The ability of cells to produce hyaluronic acid diminishes with age, often resulting in the formation of facial wrinkles and folds as the skin loses volume. Administered in small doses by intradermal injection of JUVÉDERM™ directly into moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the bottom of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth), temporarily filling and augmenting the treated area.
In addition, the JUVÉDERM™ treatments contain the highest concentration of non-animal, cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any dermal filler currently available. These unique attributes provide optimal results with a single treatment in the majority of patients and deliver sustained results for up to six months or longer.
The JUVÉDERM™ fillers are the only hyaluronic acid dermal fillers developed using the proprietary Hylacross technology, a technologically advanced manufacturing process that results in a malleable, smooth gel that flows easily into the skin and creates a smooth, natural look and feel.
The three product formulations include:
The "JUVÉDERM™ injectable gel" a the ‘next generation’ of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and is the latest advance in dermal filler options from Allergan.
These products should only be administered by a trained and qualified health care provider. Further product and patient risk information is available by visiting www.Juvederm.com .
Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., the only company with a global facial aesthetics franchise offering the most comprehensive array of innovative products, including: BOTOX® Cosmetic.