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Who wouldn’t want to hold back the hands of time? It’s inevitable that time will pass and your appearance will change with it. Until someone discovers the fountain of youth, we’ll have to rely on medical science to get rid of age signs like wrinkles and fine lines. Luckily, there are plenty of solutions available and many of them are an excellent choice for providing your appearance with a little rejuvenation.
The question then becomes, “Which is the best option for me?” You’ll want to speak with your doctor about what solution would most closely give you the results that you’re after. However, some of the more popular cosmetic solutions are the series of injectables that Botox and Juvederm are part of.
Why choose Botox or Juvederm over, say, a facelift or necklift? It’s not necessarily a binary choice, however many people prefer to opt for injectables over surgery for a number of reasons. Perhaps the biggest reason why someone would choose fillers over plastic surgery is the lack of invasiveness. Cosmetic surgery is a major procedure that requires anesthesia, recovery time, and after care. With Botox or fillers, it’s a simple and quick injection that is just a pinch and you get the cosmetic benefits quickly with no need for downtime.
Additionally, injectables last for a finite amount of time. If you don’t like the results, they go away in a matter of months. Surgery is a lifelong commitment, barring more corrective surgery. For many people, the ability to not have to commit is a major benefit.
While often grouped with fillers, Botox is actually quite different from other injectables. That’s because its mechanism is completely different. Botox is a type of neurotoxin that is injected into a facial muscle in order to paralyze it. By blocking where the nerve meets the muscle, the skin on top appears smoother. This temporary muscle paralysis lasts about 4-6 months and has a high success rate of reducing the appearance of frown lines and wrinkles. It generally takes about 7-10 days before the results reach maximum visibility.
Fillers, like the popular brand Juvederm, operate differently from Botox. While Botox temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles to smooth out wrinkles and lines, fillers do what you would imagine. They fill up the injection site. These fillers add volume to the treated area which smooths out the signs of aging. It can also be used to plump up the lips for a fuller smile. When we’re young, we have more fat in our faces. That’s why our skin looks so smooth and our faces full. As we age, these fatty deposits diminish, which makes our faces thinner and show lines. By using fillers, that full youthfulness can be restored. Juvederm lasts even longer than Botox, providing visible benefits for up to 2 years.
Botox and Juvederm, while both used in the face, are effective in different areas. That’s why it’s not uncommon to use both in combination. Botox is great at reducing wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement such as laughing and squinting. Fillers are perfect for the cheek area where volume gets lost over time. When used in the right areas, both injectables offer you a complete solution for looking younger.
Your doctor can provide you with many services that can complement your Botox or Juvederm treatments. For example, laser treatments can reduce other signs of aging like scars, skin discoloration, or enlarged pores. Ask your doctor about what other treatments may be suitable for you.
At one time or another, we all want the ability to reclaim a bit of our youth. For many of us, that means seeking a solution that will make our appearances seem rejuvenated. Every year, millions of people opt for treatments that will restore some of the youthful appearance in their faces. What specific treatment you end up choosing will be entirely up to you depending on comfort level and other factors. Many people enjoy the effects of Botox and fillers like Juvederm because they give the aesthetic benefits without the major surgery required of a procedure like a facelift. If you’d like to know more about these injectables or are curious what kind of treatment would be best for you, book an appointment online with us today. Dr. El Asmar and the team at Vermont Med Spa are dedicated to providing you with the treatments you need so you can be confident every time you look in the mirror.