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  • Are Dermal Fillers Affected by Sun Exposure?

    Myth: Dermal fillers are not affected by sun exposure.

    We’ve got bad news for you. Dermal fillers ARE affected by sun exposure. In fact, numerous studies have shown that exposure to ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight degrades the hyaluronic acid contained in Juvéderm and Belotero. If you want your results to last, try not to spend too much time in the sun. But if you do have to spend prolonged time in the sun, wear a high SPF and use a topical antioxidant to help fight free radicals.

    Similarly, while Botox isn’t affected by sun exposure in general, it isn’t recommended that you expose yourself to the sun the same day as your Botox treatment. The natural dilation of blood vessels in the skin increases circulation, which can diffuse the Botox quicker than desired.

    What Are Dermal Fillers Anyway?

    Dermal fillers such as Botox and Juvéderm help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face. As we age, our faces naturally lose subcutaneous fat. The facial muscles must then work closer to the skin’s surface, leading wrinkles such as smile lines and crow’s feet to become more apparent. The facial skin also stretches a bit, adding to this loss of facial volume. Sun exposure, heredity, and lifestyle also affect facial skin. Dermal fillers can be used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of recessed scars.

    How Does Botox Compare to Juvéderm?

    Though they both work wonders, Botox and Juvéderm work quite differently. Botox is a neurotoxin and works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released. To put it more simply, Botox injections temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. This is also why wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments.

    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. Botox is most effective on crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, and forehead furrows.

    During the natural aging process, hyaluronic acid found in the body diminishes. The result? Those annoying lines and folds.

    Juvéderm, on the other hand, 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. 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. Juvéderm works best on facial lines, wrinkles, creases and folds; acne, surgical scars or other skin depressions; sunken areas around the eyes or cheekbones; and thin or aging lips.

    You Make Juvéderm Special

    Unlike other dermal fillers, Juvéderm results are customizable, depending on your specific needs. Juvéderm allows you to pick from two different formulations – Juvéderm Ultra XC and Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC. Juvéderm Ultra XC is primarily for contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds, while Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC is a more robust formulation designed for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and facial wrinkles. Juvéderm proves that beauty can be custom made!

    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 proud to be the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to last up to one year with only one treatment.

    Whichever dermal filler you choose – Botox or Juvéderm – be sure to choose LaserAway!

    LaserAway Offers the Best Dermal Fillers Under the Sun

    LaserAway is the best in the business—and with good reason. LaserAway is proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. LaserAway hires only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, LaserAway uses only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. LaserAway aims to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable and satisfying. Want to learn more about Juvéderm? Botox? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to helping you turn back the clock with either Juvéderm or Botox—just remember to avoid the sun!

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