For many facial rejuvenation patients, the thought of injecting something into a highly- visible, highly sensitive area such as the face is a little unsettling. There are a number of topical cosmetic skin treatments that can create a younger looking appearance like chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments, and eMax™ laser skin resurfacing treatments. However, AYA’s licensed nurse injector and licensed estheticians thought it may be of some benefit to dispel some of the rumors surrounding wrinkle treatments with Botox® Cosmetic and Juvederm® XC.
I’ve heard that Botox® is really a toxin.
While it is true that Botox® is manufactured with a highly purified form of the botulinum bacteria, precise injection of the product poses no harm if performed by a licensed nurse injector or physician. In fact, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Botox® was first used in the late 1960s to treat neurological disorders.
Injectable wrinkle treatments require constant up-keep.
Actually, most injectable treatments for wrinkles produce results that last anywhere from 4 months (Botox® Cosmetic) to over a year (Sculptra™ Aesthetic). The exact time frame will of course depend upon the patient and the product used, but it does not require more frequent treatment than most other cosmetic skin services.
Botox® treatment is really expensive.
Most physicians charge for wrinkle injectables based on the size of the area to be treated or the amount of product used. Depending on the severity of your wrinkles, price may fluctuate. AYA Medical Spa offers regular, monthly specials on cosmetic services (including injectables) that are accessible via their specials page, Twitter account, and Facebook fan page. Additionally, many cosmetic injectable manufacturers offer rewards programs that compensate repeat customers with additional rebates, special discounts, and even give-away’s.
All of the injectables do the same thing, they’re just competing brands.
There are two very distinct types of injectables designed to treat wrinkles: those that relax muscles and those which fill the deep creases created by wrinkles. Botox® is a muscle relaxing product that is best suited to treat wrinkles of the forehead, around and between the eyes. Juvederm® is facial filler with gel-like consistency that makes them better for re-plumping wrinkles on the side of the nose, mouth, and along the cheeks.