Juvéderm: Better than Botox?

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Botox has long been the leading cosmetic procedure in the quest for a younger looking visage, but many veterans of this procedure lament the loss of their ability to express regular facial features. This diminished facial muscle strength is a result of the paralytic effect of the acetylcholine-blocking brotulinum toxins contained in Botox.

Reigning supreme as a more natural alternative to Botox is Juvéderm, an injectable dermal gel filler used to reduce facial wrinkles, plump thinning lips, add volume to sunken cheeks and cheekbones, and fill hollow spaces left by scars, especially those left by acne. It has even been used for aesthetic reasons in areas extraneous to the face, such as the knee. This is because, unlike Botox, it does not cause muscle paralysis.

Juvéderm is comprised mainly of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural complex sugar found in the skin, muscles, and tendons of all living organisms. It retains water and thus hydrates the skin, resulting in a plumping effect. It gives the skin a smooth, natural look and feel.

The FDA approved Juvéderm in June of 2006 based on a double-blind, randomized and controlled clinical trial. 439 subjects of differing ethnicities were injected with the substance and followed for six months afterwards. They were injected with the Juvéderm in one nasolabial fold and Zyplast, a bovine-based collagen, in the other. Juvéderm proved more persistent in wrinkle correction. There was no hyperpigmentation or hypertrohpic scarring in the non-Caucasian patients. Also, 88% of subjects expressed a personal preference for Juvéderm.

One woman, a 39-year old newspaper employee with two daughters, expressed her delight with the success of the procedure. “The results look fabulous and made my lips large enough to wear brighter shades of lipstick without smearing any on my teeth,” she told CosmeticSurgery.com. “I didn’t want to look like Angelina Jolie; I just wanted fuller, natural-looking lips.”

Juvéderm differs from Botox in that it adds volume and elasticity to facial features, whereas Botox removes wrinkles and labial folds caused by repeated facial expressions. Unlike Botox, a synthetic material, hyaluronic acid is biodegradable and easily absorbed by the body over a period of approximately nine months. Also unlike Botox, because Juvéderm is made of natural materials, an allergy test is not required prior to receiving an injection. This eliminated preparation time for the treatment. Unfortunately this does mean that patients must undergo repeat injections in order maintain their youthful look, but it also means that undesired changes will fade away much quicker that a more permanent facial filler. “Permanent fillers can turn into permanent problems,” says Dr. Michael Coverman, M.D., board certified Austin dermatologist. “If you don’t like the changes, you must wait two years for the substance to dissolve.”

Juvéderm treatments are very short and noninvasive, with minimal recovery time required. Patients could receive the injections over their lunch break. Very rarely patients may experience redness or swelling in the treated area, but when these symptoms do occur, they disappear within days. An anesthetic is also not usually required, as it is for Botox. The Juvéderm gel has a smooth consistency, which helps to minimize the discomfort that sometimes occurs during the injection procedure of other dermal formulas.

You can purchase Juvéderm wholesale from Ace-medica.com to get the brand name quality product at the lowest price available.

Works Cited

“Juvederm”. (January 31, 2011). Drugs.com. February 12, 2012. http://www.drugs.com/juvederm.html.

“Juvederm Treatment”. (April 4, 2010). Articles Base. February 12, 2012. http://www.articlesbase.com/medicine-articles/juvederm-treatment-2098175.html.

“Chasing Botox: Juvederm”. (2012). CosmeticSurgery.com. February 12, 2012. http://www.cosmeticsurgery.com/articles/archive/an~226/.

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