The cosmetic enhancement market is an ever-growing industry of procedures and products, and with so many choices available, that can lead to a bit of confusion about which product is right for your needs. While only a certified doctor can properly guide your decision, it’s important to do a little research on your own ahead of time. That way, you’ll know what questions to ask your doctor once you get there! Here’s a little information about three of the most common injectable wrinkle reduction products available.
Botox is a purified protein that is injected directly into the skin. Its purpose is not so much to fill as it is to freeze. It works by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses, which allows the muscles surrounding the wrinkles to relax. The effects of Botox can last up to four months, or even longer with follow up treatments.
Essentially a collagen stimulant, Radiesse, like Botox, is injected directly into the skin. However, unlike Botox, it does not freeze the skin. Rather, it is a volumizing filler. The results from Radiesse injections are immediate and, because the production of collagen continues for several months after treatment, benefits may last long after the initial treatment. In fact, some people have reported that the results have lasted up to a year!
The fact that Juvederm is a smooth gel filler means that your discomfort during the procedure is minimized. Ideally used for areas around the mouth (think ‘smile lines’), the effects of Juvederm, like Radiesse, can last up to a year. Juvederm works to replace hyaluronic acid, which is a hydrating substance that our bodies naturally generate, but which also naturally depletes over time with exposure to sunlight and other elements.
Remember, only you and your doctor can determine which product and procedure will work best for you. But, by researching your options first, you will be able to narrow down your choices, which in turn will make the decision easier for you.