BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription drug that, when injected, temporarily paralyzes muscles. It contains a purified and safe form of botulinum toxin A, which is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. Manufactured by Allergan, Inc., it is used to treat permanent furrows and deep wrinkles in the skin that are formed by the continual contraction of facial muscles. In addition to its cosmetic applications, it is used to treat a number of medical problems, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain, and migraines.
Applications for BOTOX Cosmetic
Although originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eye and muscle spasms, BOTOX Cosmetic was quickly recognized for its cosmetic value. Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines. BOTOX Cosmetic is used to treat the following:
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
Procedure and Results
Using a very fine needle, BOTOX Cosmetic is injected directly into facial muscles that are causing furrows and lines. Receiving the injections requires no anesthetic, but some doctors choose to numb the area to be injected with ice packs or a topical anesthetic cream. Results can usually be seen within a few days of treatment, and typically last up to four months, although areas that are treated on a regular basis may retain results longer. Injections should be given only by qualified medical professionals.
Deep wrinkles and furrows may be a part of aging, but they don't have to be permanent. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm Injectable Gel are a quick and easy solution. They work to erase these lines and restore a younger, more refreshed appearance.
Juvederm is a safe, FDA-approved formula that lasts up to one year. It contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize the mild discomfort that is sometimes associated with receiving an injection. The injection of hyaluronic acid-a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration-is administered directly to targeted areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds while also smoothing the skin. It is an effective technique for restoring a youthful plumpness to the skin.
Juvederm can benefit many problem areas of the skin. On the face, it is an effective treatment for the lips, skin under the eyes, temples, cheeks, chin and jaw line.
In addition, Juvederm may be very successful in filling scars, such as those formed from acne, that leave a depression in the skin. The formula's ability to plump the skin can make these scars less noticeable and therefore provide a boost in self-esteem to affected patients.
Patients seeking to tone targeted areas of the body which are unresponsive to diet and exercise have turned to liposuction for many years as an effective option to achieve their desired body contour. While effective in producing a slimmer appearance, patients often experienced "lumpy" results and long recovery times due to the destruction of nearby nerves, blood vessels and other tissues in the treated area. Now, patients can achieve their desired results in a faster and safer method using targeted fat reduction with VASER® Lipo.
The unique VASER® Lipo treatment combines new patented technology with advanced surgical techniques to gently dissolve and remove excess fatty tissue from the abdomen, hips, "love handles," "saddlebags," thighs, arms, back, knees, neck and chin. The VASER Lipo procedure uses ultrasound energy to eliminate fat while leaving nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue largely undisturbed. Without damage to this tissue, patients experience little pain and achieve much smoother results than with traditional liposuction.
During the VASER Lipo procedure, the area to be sculpted is filled with a special saline solution that makes the fatty tissue easier to dissolve. The VASER System also includes epinephrine, which shrinks blood vessels to help reduce bleeding and bruising, and lidocaine, an anesthetic agent that helps numb the site. A thin-grooved probe is then inserted to soften and break up fatty tissue on contact using ultrasound waves. Suction and massage of the sculpted site removes emulsified fat while leaving surrounding tissue relatively intact.
VASER Lipo is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient's personal preferences.