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Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. They're also used to treat conditions such as neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.
Botox injections use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA to temporarily prevent a muscle from moving. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.
Botox is a neurotoxin. These substances target the nervous system, disrupting the nerve signaling processes that stimulate muscle contraction. This is how the drug causes temporary muscle paralysis.
In order for any muscle to contract, the nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the cells to contract, or shorten.
Botox injections prevent the release of acetylcholine, which stops the muscle cells from contracting. In this way, the toxin helps the muscles to become less stiff.
XEOMIN (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a prescription medication used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults. XEOMIN contains botulinum toxin type A, a protein purified from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
When you squint or frown, the muscles between your brows contract, causing the skin to furrow and fold. Over time, as your skin ages and loses some of its elasticity, these repeated contractions can cause persistent frown lines.
Botulinum toxin type A – the active ingredient in XEOMIN – acts on nerve endings in muscles to prevent muscle fibers from contracting. By reducing these contractions, XEOMIN can temporarily reduce the lines on your forehead between your brows.
Juvederm is a brand of injectable hyaluronic acid filler. The company makes multiple types of hyaluronic acid fillers—Ultra, Ultra Plus, Vollure, Volbella, and Voluma —varying in product thickness and elasticity. Thicker, less flexible products are used to create definition (think: cheekbone and jawline), bouncier products are used to add volume (to cheeks or lips), and thinner products are used to add hydration without changes in volume or structure (like the under-eyes and lips). Since hyaluronic acid is naturally made and metabolized by the body, there are low rates of reactions to the products, and the product is slowly metabolized over time. The results typically last for six to 18 months, depending on the product and the injection location.
Compared to plastic surgery, the procedure is relatively quick (typically 30 minutes to an hour), minimally invasive, and requires little-to-no downtime. The results are instant and long-lasting but not permanent, allowing flexibility and less commitment to a certain aesthetic.
Hyaluronic acid fillers' biggest benefit compared to non-hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are dissolvable. This means that any cosmetic result can be reversed at any time, if desired.
The biggest misconception of dermal fillers is that one syringe can drastically change the appearance. One syringe of filler is such a small amount of product that it only tweaks an area. Of course, multiple syringes can be used for a full face transformation, but you can achieve small changes with filler.
Recreating structure and/or fullness of the lips
Recreating or building definition of the cheekbones and jawline
Minimizing under-eye hollowing
Minimizing smile lines
Restoring or creating fullness in the cheeks
Jeuveau, like BOTOX, uses purified botulinum toxin to temporarily relax the small muscle groups that cause wrinkles. When these compounds are injected into muscle tissue, they block nerve signals so that the brain can no longer instruct targeted muscles to move. Hence, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Jeuveau and BOTOX work similarly, but they are made from different manufacturers and are produced in different countries. Jeuveau also uses a slightly different form of botulinum toxin than BOTOX: Jeuveau contains prabotulinumtoxinA. Seeing as both are extremely interchangeable, it may be hard to choose the best option for you—Contact us today for a consultation to discuss which one would be more appropriate for your skin type.
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It is hyaluronic acid that is formulated to act like your body's own naturally produced hyaluronic acid. It helps visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles, including the lines that run from your nose toward the corners of your mouth and the lines that run from the corners of your mouth toward the chin.
Restylane is a filler that works by filling the creases in your skin. Restylane is used to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Restylane may also be used for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years.
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