BOTOX® Cosmetic is commonly used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of facial wrinkles. It is injected under the skin into areas surrounding the eyes, forehead and mouth to smooth crow's feet, frown and worry lines, and lines on the neck. Made from a purified protein, BOTOX® injections block nerve impulses, weakening muscles to relax wrinkles and give the face a rejuvenated look. BOTOX® may also be useful for migraine headaches, excessive sweating, and eye and neck muscle spasms.
To read the FDA press release approving the use of BOTOX to treat frown lines, click here.
The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin is considered an inevitable part of the aging process for most people, resulting in creases, folds and hanging skin, on the face, neck, hands and other areas of the body. These changes in the skin often make you older, sad, angry or tired, and may not reflect the energy and youthfulness you still feel.
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel
Over time, permanent furrows and deep wrinkles develop in the skin as a result of aging, overuse and constant muscle contractions. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired, most often developing around the eyes and mouth, as well as between the eyebrows and on the forehead. Fortunately, dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel can erase these signs of aging to restore a younger, more refreshed appearance.
JUVÉDERM is an FDA-approved smooth consistency gel capable of restoring volume to the skin while smoothing away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. This injection is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration. But unlike other hyaluronic acid fillers, which usually have granular consistencies, Juvéderm is easily injected into the skin and produces immediate, natural-looking results.
Patients can achieve a fuller, younger appearance while still maintaining the natural features that define who they are. JUVÉDERM is most effective in reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth on both sides of the face.
Candidates For JUVÉDERM
JUVÉDERM injections are ideal for any patients who are unhappy with the signs of aging present on their skin and are looking to enhance their overall appearance. Juvéderm is the first hyaluronic acid filler FDA-approved for safe and effective use on persons of color. There are no major risks associated with this treatment.
In order to achieve satisfactory results, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations for their treatment and understand that JUVÉDERM injections will not completely alter your look. Your doctor will help you decide whether or not this treatment is right for you after a physical examination and discussion of your desired goals.
JUVÉDERM injections take about 15 minutes to administer in your doctor's office with no need for anesthesia. Your doctor may choose to apply a topical or injectable anesthetic to numb the treatment area and reduce the risk of any potential discomfort. The injection is then administered under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. After the injection, your doctor may gently massage the treated areas.
Downtime From JUVÉDERM
Once treatment is completed, patients can return to their regular activities right away, with virtually no downtime. For the first 24 hours after treatment, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure and consumption of alcoholic beverages to reduce the risk of complications after treatment. Some patients may experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling or itching, but these usually go away on their own after a short time.
The results of a JUVÉDERM injection are visible immediately after the procedure, and will continue to improve over the next few days as any swelling and bruising subside. Results are expected to last six to nine months, but in many cases last up to year, the only hyaluronic acid filler to last that long.
Most patients achieve their desired results in just one treatment session and may only require yearly touch-up treatments in order to maintain results. As always, the results of this procedure may vary, but most patients are more than satisfied with their enhanced appearance after JUVÉDERM.
Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a surgical procedure that removes excess folds of skin, fat and atrophied muscle in the upper or lower lids. As eyes age, the delicate tissue around the eyes begins to stretch and can produce sagging in the eyelid and bagginess below the eye.
However it can be genetic as well, some individuals have excess fat in the upper and lower area of their eyes even in their early teens.
Sometimes a blepharoplasty can improve an individual's vision. This is achieved by removing the excess fat and skin that may block the peripheral field of vision. Whatever the case, the main objective of the surgery is to give a younger, "fresher" look to the eyes.