Botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox) is one of the most important substances to hit the field of facial rejuvenation. This substance is the most popular way to reduce facial wrinkles, short of a surgical facelift. Botulinum toxin can be used as a wrinkle treatment to smooth:
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What is botulinum toxin?
Smiling, frowning, squinting and even chewing – basically any facial movement can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. They can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is an injection of botulinum toxin.
Botulinum toxin type A and botulinum toxin type B are both purified substances, derived from a bacteria. Injections of this substance blocks muscular nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so that it can’t contract and diminishes your unwanted facial wrinkles.
Botulinum toxin can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels, dermal fillers or microdermabrasion to further improve your results. This combination of therapies can even help to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
How Does It Work?
Injections of botulinum toxin may seem like a simple procedure since it’s just a few injections, but it’s actually both an art and science that only an experienced healthcare professional should do. There are 43 muscles in your face and it’s vital that the person who performs botulinum toxin injections understands and pinpoints the correct spots to optimize your treatment. A very thin needle is used to inject small amounts of botulinum toxin into specific muscles. By carefully choosing specific muscles, your healthcare provider weakens only the wrinkle-producing muscles, preserving your natural facial expressions. Botulinum toxin treatment injections usually take less than 15 minutes. The number of injections you need will depend on multiple factors, including your facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. Crow’s feet, for example, usually demand two to four injections. Furrows above your brow could take five or more.
No anesthesia is required. There is no down time or recovery time.
You may notice results within a few days, but it can take up to 10 days to see the full effect. This improvement typically lasts about three to four months. When the effects of botulinum toxin begin to fade, your muscle reactions and the wrinkles will return.
Special considerations, risks and recovery
You may resume normal activities immediately. Don’t rub or massage the treated areas for 3-5 hours after your treatment because it can cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to another area of your face. If this happens, you could have temporary facial weakness or drooping.
Although generally safe, side effects and complications can include:
- Bruising and pain at the injection site
- Flu-like symptoms
- Temporary facial weakness or drooping
- Very rarely, the toxin can spread beyond the treatment area, which can cause botulism-like signs and symptoms such as breathing problems, trouble swallowing, muscle weakness and slurred speech.
Dermal fillers and injectables are used to recreate lost volume and smooth areas of the skin that have aged and wrinkled over time. At the Sunnyvale Weight Loss & Spa we use hyaluronic acid fillers: Juvederm®, Juvederm® Ultra Plus and Voluma®. They can be used to plump lips, smooth out wrinkles on the forehead or around the face.
How does Juvederm® Ultra (XC) work?
Juverderm Ultra adds 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 (nasolabial folds).
Juvederm Ultra works immediately by adding volume to smooth away wrinkles. A clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm Ultra is specifically formulated to act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid. You can use Juvederm to visibly reduce moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds for a younger-looking you.
How does Juvederm® Ultra Plus (XC) work?
Just like Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus adds 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 (nasolabial folds). Both are a constructed clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid that is specifically formulated to add fullness like your body’s own hyaluronic acid.
The gel particles in Juvederm Ultra Plus are larger than those in Juvederm Ultra, which makes Juvederm Ultra Plus a good choice for wrinkles that benefit from a deeper injection into the skin. It is also longer lasting due to the thicker product molecules.
How does Juvederm® Voluma (XC) work?
The loss of midface volume is a hallmarks of facial aging and this occurs in varying degrees of severity. One of the most noticeable changes is the loss of cheekbone definition. This used to be addressed with surgery to tighten the overlying skin and lift the deeper soft tissues, and now volumizing fillers are being. This provides a similar ‘lift’ without surgery. The goal is to restore volume in the midface to create a natural, youthful face. Juvederm Voluma is the first filler formulated with lidocaine that is FDA approved to restore age-related volume changes in the cheeks. Juvederm Voluma is unique in that the HA is cross-linked through a process called Vycross that helps provide an excellent lifting capacity. This special cross-linking also helps to avoid degradation, making Voluma last almost twice as long as other fillers. Studies have shown that it can last up to 2 years. And since it is an HA filler, it can be molded and shaped into the desired contour after injection.
Biocompatible with the human body, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus and Voluma is eventually broken down naturally and cause your own collagen production. During your consultation, your healthcare professional will decide which product is right for you.