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Botox And Dermal Fillers

Updated on May 12, 2011

Botox (Botulinum ToxicType A) is a cosmetic treatment, prescription medication that is injected into the muscle used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows and around the eyes. How it works, Botox temporarily paralyzes facial muscles blocking the nerve. When we smile or frown we are causing wrinkles and fine lines. The procedure only takes about 10 to 15 minutes and the results last 3 to 4 months and wrinkles and fine lines disappear almost immediately.

Facial Anatomy: Botox is injected into about 3 major muscles on the face. The frontalis also known as the forehead, this muscle elevates the eyebrows and skin of the forehead. The muscle in and above the eyebrow is the Corrugator, which is the muscle between the eyes and runs vertical down to your nose, and forms those famous elevens that we all want to get rid of. And lastly we have the orbicularis oculi which we generally call crows feet.

Who can administer Botox? Any healthcare provider can administer Botox, of course plastic surgeons, physician assistants, nurses and even dentist. Don't worry they all undergo special training and have to be certified in most states. Although botox parties are becoming very popular, friends are letting friends with absolutely no training inject there Botox, which can become very dangerous. If the needle is injected to deep, past the muscle it can cause droopy eye. It is treatable by prescription eye drops, but it can take weeks and maybe months to cure so stick with a trained professional.

Price: Botox can run you $400 to $600 dollars per Dr's Visit, but some doctors charge by the number Units of botox you will need. In most cases the average person needs about 30 units and 1 unit can cost $12 to $16 dollars.

Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, collagen, Radiance and Juvederm are used for smoothing facial folds mostly around the mouth known as smile lines and also lip and cheek enhancement. Juvederm the most popular filler is a natural complex sugar which occurs naturally in the skin. Its moisturizing feature gives skin its elasticity. Juvederm can last from 1 year up to 5 years and can run you $600 to $800 dollars per Dr's visit.

The difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers: Remeber Botox is a muscle relaxer, it weakens the muscles that cause movement which leads to wrinkles. Dermal Fillers such as Juvederm is thicker and fills creases like the smile lines around your mouth resembling parenthesis. Here are a few instructional videos down below to get a visual on how the procedures are done, enjoy.

Botox Treatment

Juvederm Treatment

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