Is it too early to try Botox or Juvéderm?
You’ve finally turned the big 3-0 – just what every young woman dreads. And now you’re probably starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles beginning to develop. At this age, you may also start to notice your skin is drier and duller in color. This is because the rate of new cells being produced by your skin is beginning to slow. You may also notice more fine lines around key areas such as your eyes and mouth. Unlike your in teens and twenties, now when you smile, these lines may not disappear. Collagen (which gives skin its strength) and elastin (the stretchy part of your skin) continue to get weaker. This is when wrinkles start to form as “expression” lines. Pursing your lips when smoking can exaggerate these lines.
Genetics, Lifestyle, and Luck
How well your face reflects your age, however, depends on a combination of genetics and lifestyle. It seems as though some people are genetically programmed to age slower with regard to skin texture, tone, and laxity. Lifestyle factors that can speed the pace of aging skin include smoking, the use of tanning beds, and sun exposure. The sun begins leaving its mark during the first years of life. Freckles in young kids, for an instant, is a sign of sun damage. The amount of sun you got as a child has a lot to do with your skin’s appearance today.
Luckily, both Botox and Juvéderm can help you achieve a more youthful appearance, and in the case of Botox, it can actually prevent wrinkles from even forming if used early enough. We’ll give you an in-depth look at both treatments:
It’s never too early to start a preventative skincare regimen. Frown lines, forehead furrows and crow’s feet are due to repetitive folding of skin from normal expressions. Many people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s try to fix these wrinkles and folds once they’ve developed. But by injecting earlier, people can keep them from ever happening. Basically, if you slow down the use of these facial muscles beginning early in adult life, the lines and folds never get a chance to develop. But how exactly does Botox prevent these wrinkles from forming in the first place?
Botox is a highly purified toxin that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet. It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Essentially, the injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin. Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the “pincushion” look in some chins, soften the smoker’s lines around the mouth and soften vertical neck cords.
Most people say that the injections feel similar to getting vaccinated
What can you expect during your first Botox procedure? You’ll generally receive a consultation beforehand to determine the best treatment for your needs. And when you do undergo treatment, a topical numbing gel will be applied fifteen minutes prior. Six to eight injections will be administered into the underlying muscles. Most people say that the injections feel similar to getting vaccinated – that is, they feel only a few seconds of mild discomfort as the Botox enters the injection site. A few hours afterward, the injection site may look red and feel irritated.
Immediately following the injections, you’ll be required to contract the treated muscles. Your physician will ask you to frown, raise your eyebrows and smile and pucker your lips. It sounds silly, but this helps to evenly distribute the Botox throughout the injection site. Your physician will also tell you to refrain from exercising, bending over, lying down or rubbing the area for the first 24-48 hours after treatment. This ensures that the Botox settles in the right place and doesn’t migrate elsewhere.
Since Botox works by weakening facial muscles, full results are generally seen within five to seven days. You’ll see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over time, in addition to the early effects seen shortly after treatment. Your results will continue to improve until about two weeks after the procedure. At that time, you’ll be looking your best. The effects of Botox will gradually wear off over the next four to six months, and the wrinkles will need to retreat.
As our skin ages, the dermis gradually loses its major constituents: collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This loss challenges the full, firm look of youthful skin. Dermal fillers are excellent solutions for reducing or eliminating wrinkles and scar depressions, and for replacing volume loss in the soft tissue of the lips. One such dermal filler is Juvéderm. Juvéderm is a revolutionary dermal filler that instantly banishes wrinkles around the mouth and nose. With just one treatment you’ll get natural-looking results that last up to one year. Because Juvéderm’s dermal gel is smooth rather than granular, a single injection of it makes skin looks smooth, natural and youthful. This is because the unique formulation of Juvéderm’s gel promotes hydration of the skin as well as restores volume to the skin and its underlying structures.
Juvéderm is comprised of a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that, when injected into the skin, smooths wrinkles and folds.
Juvéderm reverses the aging process. How? Juvéderm is comprised of a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that, when injected into the skin, smooths wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule found in the human body, and its primary function is to bind and absorb water, creating volume in the face. During the natural aging process, hyaluronic acid found in the body diminishes. The result? Those annoying lines and folds. Juvéderm corrects this by restoring hyaluronic acid in the skin, helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and folds.
What happens exactly during a Juvéderm procedure? Before applying the Juvéderm injections, the physician will mark strategic points on your face as guides to the appropriate injection sites for the filler. Then he or she will clean the injection sites with antibacterial soap and administer a topical anesthetic to numb the area. The actual injections take only a few minutes. Afterward, the physician will clean all the marks and apply an ice pack to the treatment site. It’s important that you don’t apply pressure to the treated areas as this could result in the displacement of the Juvéderm filler.
Juvéderm produces immediate results, and these results continue to improve for one to two weeks as Juvéderm softens and draws moisture into the area. And you can expect these results to last up to 12 months. In fact, Juvéderm is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to last up to one year with only one treatment.
Be Beautiful, Be Proactive
Combining a proactive approach in treating and preventing wrinkles with good skincare, sunscreen, and a healthy lifestyle should prevent most wrinkles from ever forming. It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com.