History of Botox®
The medical use of the botulinum toxin (Botox®) was first recognized by Alan Scott in the 1980s to treat strabismus. The botulinum toxin (Botox®) was then shown to be useful in ophthalmology to treat blepharospasm and nystagmus, and in neurology to fight spasmodic torticollis.
Dermatological use of Botox® to correct expression lines began in the 1990s. Botox® is now recognized as an effective treatment for expression lines like frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines, as well for excess perspiration or hyperhidrosis.
How does Botox® work?
Nerves manufacture and carry a chemical substance (acetylcholine) which allows muscles to contract. The botulinum toxin (Botox®) prevents the propagation of acetylcholine and blocks the contraction of the muscle.
Treatment takes five minutes and its effect lasts from four to six months. Stopping treatment will not worsen existing wrinkles. In addition, if administered by a trained professional, the results are very natural.
The product has been very well known for a long time, well before its use for wrinkles, and is proven to be very safe. It is believed that repeated treatments can prevent or delay the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.
Juvéderm® is injected into the dermis to create volume where the body’s hyaluronic acid concentration has diminished. A treatment takes about 30 minutes. Results are immediately visible and treatment leaves no scars or marks. And although the treated area may swell and redden for a day, it is still possible to go about your daily activities.
Are the injections painful?
Juvéderm® is injected directly beneath the skin in small quantities with an ultrafine needle and causes minimum discomfort. The procedure is simple and results are evident almost immediately. To maximize your comfort during this brief procedure, the physician may anesthetize the treatment area.
Juvéderm® is not extracted from animals and there is therefore no risk of allergic reaction. Juvéderm® is perfectly safe without any need for a preliminary test.
How long does the product last?
Juvéderm®’s effect varies from one patient to another and depends on such factors as skin structure, lifestyle, age, and the degree of perfection desired by an individual. We do know, however, that after six months, in the majority of patients, the effects are still 50-80% noticeable. Most patients choose to have a retouch done within one year after initial treatment.