Aging happens to everyone, but you don’t need to live with proof of the aging process on your face anymore. If you struggle with fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss, we have the solution. At Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT, we offer cosmetic injectables like Juvederm and Botox that will erase your lines and wrinkles and restore volume to your face so that you can look as young as you feel.
What Is the Difference Between Juvederm and Botox?
Botox and Juvederm are both forms of anti-aging medicine. They are both cosmetic injectables that temporarily treat and correct the signs of aging, but they do so in different ways. Botox targets and relaxes the muscles whose repetitive movements lead to lines and wrinkles. Juvederm is a collection of dermal fillers that treats and corrects volume loss and can enhance the features in different areas of the face.
Botox: Addressing the Root Cause of Wrinkles
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that form from repetitive muscular movements on the face. Years of making expressions finally catch up with your skin and lines and wrinkles begin to form and don’t disappear when your skin is at rest. This is because the aging process leads to a decrease in skin elasticity so your skin can’t bounce back as easily anymore. Botox treats dynamic wrinkles by targeting the muscles responsible for those movements and relaxing them.
How Does It Work?
Botox works by specifically blocking the nerve signals responsible for sending messages to the dynamic muscles of the face. When these nerve signals are blocked, the muscles can no longer contract and the skin finally gets a chance to rest. As the ingredients settle into the muscles and perform their job, lines and wrinkles slowly begin to disappear.
What Areas Does It Treat?
Botox is FDA-approved to treat a few different areas of the face. When injections are administered into the muscles in the forehead, moderate to deep forehead lines will disappear. It also treats the lines that form at the outside corners of the eyes that you typically see while smiling, known as crow’s feet. Botox will also treat frown lines also known as glabellar lines that develop between the eyes above the bridge of the nose.
How Long Do Treatments Take?
A typical injection appointment takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes in total. The benefit of this treatment is that it’s quick and appointments will not monopolize your day. You won’t have to arrange your day around your appointment but instead can schedule at a time that’s most convenient for you.
Is There Any Downtime?
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Results are not instant. You will not walk out of your appointment looking completely different because it takes time for the ingredients to affect the muscle and the nerve signals. You will begin to notice results from your treatment within two to three days after your injection and your results will continue to improve in the week following your treatment as your skin takes on a smoother appearance.
How Long Do Results Last After an Injection?
Results last anywhere from three to six months. The total time that your results will last depends on how quickly your body metabolizes the ingredients in Botox. For some people, that happens as soon as three months, for others that happens around four months, and for those who are slow metabolizers, their results last for five to six months. When your results begin to wear off, you can schedule a follow-up treatment to maintain your wrinkle-free skin.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment?
If you have moderate to severe lines and wrinkles on your face, such as forehead lines, frown lines, or crow’s feet, you are most likely a candidate for this treatment. The best way to confirm your candidacy for this treatment is to schedule a consultation with an injector. An injector will review your health history to make sure that you have no allergies, analyze your problem areas, and develop a Botox treatment plan that is right for you.
Juvederm: A Solution for Volume Loss
Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process. As hyaluronic acid production begins to decrease within the body, the skin reacts and shows the signs of aging such as drooping, sagging, and hollowness. This cosmetic injectable provides those who have experienced volume loss in their face with a solution to restore a youthful appearance. It also provides those who want to add subtle enhancement to their face with the opportunity to do so naturally.
What Is it?
Juvederm is a collection of dermal fillers designed to restore volume beneath the surface of the skin to lift, plump, and smooth the skin from the inside out. It is composed primarily of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid which closely resembles that which is produced by the body naturally. Hyaluronic acid in the body works to keep the skin smooth and hydrated.
How Does It Work?
When injected beneath the surface of the skin, the different Juvederm formulations can treat the signs of aging by restoring volume to the skin and addressing aging issues in different areas of the face. Injections can also subtly enhance the features for those who want to create subtle yet natural-looking changes in their appearance.
What Does It Treat?
There are five different formulations of this dermal filler that contain different hyaluronic acid-based particle sizes to effectively treat a specific area of the face. Some formulations will specifically treat lines and wrinkles that form due to volume loss, as well as a formulation that can lift the sunken cheeks.
There is a formulation that will enhance the lips and erase the vertical lift lines that form around the mouth due to the aging process, and there is a specific formulation that can enhance the profile by creating a more aesthetically pleasing chin shape.
The Vollure XC formulation addresses lines and corrects facial wrinkles, including parenthesis lines. Results last up to 18 months. The Juvederm XC formulation also treats lines, specifically those that form around the mouth, and results last for one year.
The Voluma XC formulation adds volume to the cheeks as a way to lift, sculpt, contour, and treat nasolabial folds. Results last for up to two years with optimal treatment.
The Voluma XC formulation that treats the cheeks can also be injected deep into the chin to create a more aesthetically pleasing profile. After the initial injection, results will show up immediately and they will last up to one year.
If your lips have thinned as a result of the aging process or if you just naturally have thin lips, two different formulations can augment your lips, make them fuller, and more defined. If you have developed perioral lines, which are vertical lipstick lines around the mouth due to aging, Juvederm can erase those lines and create a much smoother appearance. The Volbella XC and Ultra XC formulations both treat the lips and last for one year.
What Do Injections Feel Like?
How Soon Will I See a Change in My Problem Areas?
The benefit of these dermal fillers is that results are immediate. You won’t have to wait around to see a change in your lines, lips, chin, or wrinkles but instead will get to see an instant plumping, lifting, and smoothing effect. Your results will continue to improve in the days following your injection as the ingredients within these dermal fillers settle into your skin.
How Long Will My Results Last?
Different formulations within this family of injectables last for different amounts of time. All of these formulations are long-lasting and provide results that last from one to two years in total.
Will I Look Like a Different Person?
The goal of these dermal fillers is to treat and correct the signs of aging and provide subtle, natural-looking enhancement to the face. However, your injections will only be as good as your injector. That’s why you must choose a skilled and experienced injector who understands the art of facial anatomy and knows how to create the most natural-looking results.
You can rest assured that when you choose Advanced Dermatology Center for your injections, you will be under the care of experienced professional skin care experts who will listen to your concerns and make every attempt to give you the results you’re hoping for.
Am I a Candidate for this Treatment?
If you have experienced volume loss due to the aging process and want to restore that volume to your face for a youthful glow, or if you want to enhance different aspects of your face for a more aesthetically pleasing result, you are most likely a candidate for treatment.
During your initial consultation, one of our experienced injectors will review your health history, analyze your problem areas, and determine if you are a candidate for this treatment. If we determine that these dermal fillers are right for you, we will develop a treatment plan based on your needs so that you can get the best results possible.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether you want to treat dynamic lines and wrinkles or volume loss, or both, we have a solution that will help you get the results you’re looking for. Botox and Juvederm are reputable brands in the cosmetic world that you can trust to give you the results you are looking for. Contact us today at Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT, and schedule your initial consultation to see if these cosmetic injectables are right for you.