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Lunchtime quick fixes without surgery are the most common cosmetic procedures done today. Looking better without surgery actually works, but only if the right injectable is done for the right problem by someone with extensive experience.
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(1) These numbers are based on estimates from data supplied by the Allergan Corporation.
Fillers fill wrinkles and depressions to smooth them out. These include Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse and Artefill. Toxins work completely differently. They relax the muscles that wrinkle the skin. These include Botox and Dysport.
Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.
Radiesse is a filler made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite microspheres. Injected like the other fillers, it is somewhat thicker, lasts a bit longer, but can be a little more traumatic. The slight increased chance of bruising is weighed against the increased length of duration. In my opinion, there is no wrong answer deciding between this type of filler or HA fillers. Slight increase in cost and bruising against slight increase in duration.
Artefill is a filler that is much longer lasting than the fillers above. It is made of microsphere enhanced collagen. While some like it, many physicians in my experience do not recommend it because while any lumps or irregularities that may occur with the products above will almost always massage out and go away pretty quickly, with Artefill, these can be long lasting.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. It gives you a subtle lift, helping to restore contour and a more youthful profile, for up to 2 years, in patients over the age of 21. It's different than JUVÉDERM® XC and works on a different area of the face. JUVÉDERM® XC smoothes out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, like parentheses. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, however, adds volume to the cheek area.
Sculptra Aesthetic works to replace lost collagen in a series of treatments. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. Usually done in the cheeks around the area of the nasolabial folds, it is designed to fill areas that have lost volume with aging. This is not really a filler. It encourages a slow rebuild of your own collagen.
Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are the two products most commonly used in this category. They work by relaxing the muscles that make the wrinkles. There is very little difference between these products as they are both variations of Botulinum. In Dr. Studin's experience Dysport starts to work a bit sooner and Botox Cosmetic is a bit more forgiving in terms of controlling distribution, and they last the same amount of time. Some patients are sure they like one or the other better, but most see little difference between Botox Cosmetic and Dysport.
This treatment is perfect for forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow's feet, the downturned mouth corners and many neck bands. Like fillers, they are done in a quick office visit and you can return to work and other activities without any telltale signs.
Fillers are injected to fill wrinkles, folds and reshape lips. Toxins weaken muscles to stop them from wrinkling the skin.