Botox® Cosmetic is a physician-administered treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe lines and wrinkles between the brows. It is the only treatment of its type approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is intended for use on people from 18 to 65 years of age.
Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines between the brows to form over time.
Nearly 90% of men and women surveyed in clinical trials rated the improvement in the appearance of frown lines between their brows as moderate to better 1 month after treatment. Results vary. Results can last for up to 4 months, and may vary. Botox® Cosmetic was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65 and almost 3.3 million procedures were performed in 2005 alone. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ranked Botox® Cosmetic as the most popular physician-administered aesthetic procedure in the United States for the fourth year in a row (surgical and nonsurgical combined).
JUVÉDERM® dermal filler was FDA-approved in June 2006 for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds (those lines that extend from your nose to the corners of your mouth).
What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM ® is a gel implant that includes hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar that bolsters skin elasticity, providing a smooth and supple appearance. It is biocompatible, supplementing the body's natural hyaluronic acid, which age has depleted.
How Does JUVÉDERM® Work?
The transparent JUVÉDERM® gel is injected with a syringe into the mid- to deep dermis of your face. The dermis is the subsurface skin layer that contains connective tissue, nerve endings, sweat and oil glands, and blood vessels.
JUVÉDERM® improves your appearance by lifting and adding volume to the wrinkles and folds in the treatment area. After six to nine months, the biocompatible compound is naturally absorbed into the body.
A JUVÉDERM® advantage is its pliant gel consistency, which may provide a smoother, more natural-looking appearance than some of its more rigid predecessors. Another advantage is that JUVÉDERM® may last longer, maintaining the improved appearance for six to nine months. The benefits may last even longer if you have a follow-up treatment a few weeks after the first treatment.
JUVÉDERM® Side Effects: Side effects with JUVÉDERM® are rare, but may include redness, tenderness, or pain at the injection site. If these occur, they usually subside within three days. Rarely, discoloration may occur, but this is reversible. Firmness, swelling, bumps, and bruises are also rare side effects, which should subside within seven days.
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