Botox is a revolutionary product. It is a protein derivative produced by a micro-organism (just like penicillin) which is injected in small amounts into the muscles that are responsible for creating frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead wrinkles. One can also create a brow lifting effect simply by injecting it in the lower part of the eyebrow.
History of BOTOX
The medical advantage of Botulinum toxin (Botox) was initially recognised by Scott in the treatment of strabisms in the 1980s. The use of botulinic toxin (Botox) was then shown in ophthalmology to treat blepharospasm and nystagmus, and in neurology to fight spasmodic torticollis. Its use in dermatology to correct expression lines began in the 1990s. Botox is now recognized as an effective treatment for expression lines (lines between the eyebrows, on the forehead and crow’s feet) and excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis.
How Does BOTOX Work?
The nerves produce and carry a chemical substance (acetylcholine) which makes muscle contractions possible. The botulinic toxin (Botox) prevents the propagation of the acetylcholine and thus stops the muscle contractions.
The treatment takes 5 minutes, and lasts approximately 4 to 6 months. Stopping the treatments will not worsen the existing wrinkles. Moreover, managed by an experienced professional, you will get natural-looking results.
The product has been recognized for some time, well before its cosmetic use, and proven safe. It is believed that repeated treatments can prevent or slow down the appearance of wrinkles.
Juvéderm is a long-lasting, crystal-clear gel filling out lips, facial wrinkles and facial folds. The hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm is almost identical to that naturally found in the body. Juvéderm, once injected into skin, lifts the lip, wrinkle or fold. Once in the skin, Juvéderm works together with the body’s own hyaluronic to create volume. Unlike permanent implants, once the effect of the treatment has worn off, Juvéderm leaves the choice to repeat or choose another treatment.
Juvéderm is injected into the dermis and provides volume where the body’s own hyaluronic has decreased. One treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. The results can be seen immediately and no scars or other marks are left on the face. Even though the treated area can swell up and be red up to one day afterwards, it is quite possible to meet friends and work as usual.
Is the Treatment Painful?
Juvéderm is injected in small quantities directly under the skin using an ultra-light needle that may cause mild discomfort. The procedure is simple, and the results are almost immediate. To optimise comfort during this short procedure, an anaesthetic can be applied on the treated area.
Juvéderm is not made or taken from animals. Therefore there is no risk of allergy. Juvéderm is perfectly safe without any preliminary test.
How Long Will It Last?
The lasting effect of Juvéderm will vary from one individual to another, depending on different factors such as the tissue structure, the life style of the patient, the age and the expectations of the individual. However, we know that after six months, for most of the treated patients, the effects are still 50 to 80% visible. Most people will choose to get a touch up within the year following the initial treatment.
Latisse® is the only prescription medicine approved in Canada to stimulate eyelash growth. Latisse makes your natural eyelashes grow longer, thicker and darker. The effects of the treatment can begin to be seen in just eight weeks, with the spectacular optimum results achieved in twelve to sixteen weeks.
In your 20s, skin is generally free of the signs of aging. Start a medically supervised treatment plan now to protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun and environment.
Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily will help ward off early wrinkles and enlarged pores. Mild peels and topical treatments may help control acne. BOTOX® injections can prevent lines and filler agents such as Juvéderm® and Juvéderm Ultra Plus® can be used to fill out smile lines and augment lips.
For unfavorable size and shape of body features, surgery may be in order. Rhinoplasty, otoplasty and other aesthetic procedures can often be performed.
Decreased firmness and skin elasticity are a natural part of aging. Introducing anti-oxidants into your skincare routine can help prevent sun damage that leads to lines and age spots. Also, alpha hydroxy acids in conjunction with retinoids and topical antioxidants can restore a youthful appearance to the skin.
Non-invasive laser procedures may improve fine lines, brown spots, and broken blood vessels. BOTOX® injections can diminish laugh lines and create a smoother forehead. Fillers like Juvéderm® can be used to fill smile lines and augment lips.
For those in their 40s, damage caused by sun exposure becomes apparent. More aggressive skincare can help combat the visible signs
of aging. A combination of topical solutions like tretinoin (Retin-A), AHAs, and BHAs, along with microdermabrasion brings the
There are many procedures available to smooth and tighten skin. Photofacials, chemical peels, and topical treatments are effective in decreasing the signs of aging as well as minimizing pore size. Fillers like Juvéderm® can help restore volume in the mid-face and fill smile lines. For upper face and forehead lines, BOTOX® injections may be in order.
For those who choose the surgical route, face, brow, eye and neck lifts are very popular procedures.
By age fifty, regular skin examinations by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon are essential.
Maintaining natural moisture is more difficult. Peels and light therapy in combination with ultra-hydrating home care can help maintain the balance.
In all likelihood, more extensive facial rejuvenation procedures will be necessary at this stage. Depending on your appearance goals, comprehensive surgery can reverse signs of aging in the face, brow, mid-face, and neck areas.