When our faces begin to show the signs of aging, people often think they need to go under the knife to turn back time. Cosmetic injectables such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVEDERM are popular, non-invasive treatment options that are safe and effective and work quickly to restore a more youthful, rejuvenated look. Here we tale a look at how these fillers work and the different wrinkles they treat.
BOTOX Cosmetic treats dynamic wrinkles
There are two different types of wrinkles – dynamic and static. BOTOX treats dynamic wrinkles, which form in the skin when a muscle contracts from facial expressions such as laughing or squinting. These wrinkles appear as forehead lines, crow’s feet around the eyes and the “11” frown lines between the eyebrows.
BOTOX is made of a purified protein that is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle. It relaxes the nerves just beneath the skin to prevent muscle contractions temporarily. This will diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles for up to six months. The treatment lasts for about 10 minutes or so, and the full effect will be seen a few days after treatment.
JUVEDERM for static wrinkles
Our skin loses volume and becomes less elastic as we age. Other factors such as sun damage, smoking, nutrition and genetics can also affect the appearance of skin and lead to lines and wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles will become static over time as well. Examples of static wrinkles include marionette lines, nasolabial folds, smile lines and wrinkles on the upper lip and under the eyes.
While BOTOX treats dynamic wrinkles, it isn’t effective on static wrinkles. Dermal fillers such as JUVEDERM work best on static wrinkles by adding volume and filling in wrinkles using a gel made with hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body. Results last for up to a year before additional treatment is needed to maintain results.
BOTOX and JUVEDERM are extremely popular non-surgical ways to bring a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance to your face. They can be used separately or together to tackle your concerns. Call our office today at (413) 782-0030 to schedule a consultation and learn more about cosmetic injectables.