The beauty of a BOTOX ® Cosmetic treatment is that it’s a simple, 10-minute, non-surgical process. A few tiny injections, and within days there can be a noticeable improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between the brows that can last up to 4 months. Results may vary. And there’s no recovery time. You can even do it on your lunch break.
• Your doctor will administer several tiny injections of BOTOX ® Cosmetic directly into the muscles that cause those moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.
• Your doctor will determine where to administer the injections by examining your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The location, size, and use of the muscles that create a furrowed brow vary markedly among individuals.
• No anesthesia is required, although your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.
• You can expect to be in and out of the physician’s office without downtime. You may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows within days. Improvement may continue for as long as a month, and could last up to 4 months.
Botox Vs Restylane?
Botox (botulinum – a toxin) injections are another method to regain your smooth and soft look. Botox injections are an FDA (food and drugs association) approved treatment. Botox is a purified protein that is derived from bacterium clostridium botulinum, a toxin that causes food poisoning. Botox is a simple treatment and, according to ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), botox is the fastest growing treatment available.
Wrinkles crop up with the use of facial muscles. Botox is injected into targeted muscle with a fine needle. Botox simply inactivates those muscles that produce wrinkles. Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine, a chemical which transmits nerve signals to contract the muscles.
So, it is a mechanism of muscle inactivation. This process weakens the muscles that produce frown lines. With botox these lines are smoothed out and become almost invisible within a week. Botox is mainly used to counteract crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and forehead lines and is injected in small doses. Botox injection can also be used for migraine headaches. It also decreases sweating on palms, under arms, and at hairlines. If too much toxin is injected or if it is injected at the wrong place in the body, side effects such as a droopy eyelid muscle can originate that lasts for a week or more.
Restylane is a new injection filler that has advantages over other injections existing on the market. Restylane is an FDA approved non-animal, biodegradable, crystal clear gel that is based on a natural substance, hyaluronic acid, which adds facial curves, fills depressions, levels facial wrinkles and shapes lips. Hyaluronic acid is formed naturally in our body. It is a substance of connective tissues. Allergic reactions are fewer as this acid is produced by our body itself. Restylane is also suggested to those people who want to enhance appearance and fullness of lips.
Although both of these treatments are wrinkle banishing and both of them are FDA approved, Restylane is a natural substance and contains no animal ingredients. Therefore, pre-testing is not required for allergic reactions. Soothing effects of restylane can last up to one year whereas Botox effects last for 3 to 6 months. Although Botox treatment causes minimal pain it may cause a slight temporary bruising at the injection site. It also cannot improve wrinkles of sun-damaged skin. Botox cannot be used during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or used on neurology patients.
Both products are equally good but their applications vary with the patient’s condition, requirements, and circumstances under which the product has been used.
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