Do I need to buy medical grade skin care products to improve my skin, or are over-the-counter products just as effective?
The answer is overwhelmingly, "Yes! Buy medical grade products that are specific to your particular needs. Do not waste your money on over the counter mass market products that over-promise much yet deliver little." There's no doubt all the commercial hype -- all the beautiful faces -- in the ads for OTC products are tantalizing and tempting, but do not be fooled. There are many great reasons to show medical grade products are a much wiser choice. For example: medical grade products have a higher concentration of active ingredients meaning your results will be more effective, medical grade skin care products are formulated to penetrate deeper into the live tissues of the skin while OTC products work only at the surface level, and medical grade products are proven and thoroughly tested to assure the greatest measure of effectiveness.
What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles between the brows. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Individual results may vary.
Within days, you may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days, and results can last for up to 4 months. Individual results may vary.
Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Prior to injection, you may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Most patients are in and out of the physician’s office without downtime following BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment. Side effects associated with the injection are minimal and include localized pain, tenderness, swelling, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising.
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will not radically change your facial appearance or make you look as if you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic is approximately $400. Please ask your health care provider for more information as pricing may vary.
Dermal fillers are used to replace the volume lost in the face that creates wrinkles, lines and folds. These wrinkles, lines and folds appear at rest, as opposed to those that appear during facial expression. There is very little to no downtime associated with a dermal filler procedure. In fact, most patients return to their normal daily activities right after their visit. Every patient is unique, so be sure to discuss your plans with your provider during your consultation.
JUVÉDERM® is an FDA dermal filler approved to last up to one year. JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is a smooth consistency gel dermal filler that helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds like your "smile lines" or "parentheses"— the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth.
BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is an injectable filler that quickly integrates into your skin. Once injected, it instantly smooths the lines and wrinkles in your face.
While BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler is made of the same material (hyaluronic acid) as some other dermal fillers, BELOTERO BALANCE® Dermal Filler has unique properties that allow it to adapt within the skin for soft and even correction. The versatility of the product makes it strong enough to handle deep treatment areas such as nasolabial folds (smile lines around the mouth), yet soft enough to treat more delicate areas such as vertical lip lines (thin lines that appear above the lip line).
RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler is an injectable wrinkle filler that works by immediately restoring facial volume to smooth out the signs of aging. Once injected, not only does it immediately add volume but also over time, RADIESSE Volumizing Filler begins to stimulate the production of the body's natural collagen for results that may last up to a year or more in many patients.