Cosmetic Injectable Neurotoxins and Fillers are types of medication that are used to enhance the appearance of your skin. Specialists introduce these medications into the muscles that cause wrinkles. By paralyzing or weakening these muscles, you can see instant results. There are many different types of injectables, including Botox, Juvederm, and Dysport.
Botox – The Original
Botox is the original neurotoxin. It is made from a bacteria known as clostridium botulinum. It works by blocking the chemical that allows muscles to contract, which weakens the muscle permanently. Botox was originally used for medical purposes, but doctors discovered that injecting it into the skin could smooth out wrinkles and give patients younger, more refreshed-looking faces. The injection is applied to a targeted area and it does not spread easily making it perfect for precision treatments.
Botox Treatment Areas:
- frown lines between the eyebrows
- forehead lines
- wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- chin wrinkles
Dysport is a neurotoxin that was created by the company Ipsen. It works in a similar way to Botox by blocking the chemical that allows muscles to contract. The major difference is that Dysport can spread more easily than Botox. The spreading properties can be especially helpful in dealing with special areas on the face.
Dysport Works Well For:
- Moderate to severe glabellar lines
- Raising the eyebrows
- Lifting the corners of the mouth
- Decreasing chin dimpling
- Reducing neck lines
- Slimming the face
Juvederm fillers are a type of hyaluronic acid filler with a small amount of lidocaine. It is not a neurotoxin like Botox. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar used to absorb water that is found within the connective tissues, skin, and joints. HA fillers have also been found to stimulate collagen production which adds to its cosmetic anti-aging properties. The lidocaine inside is an anesthetic used to relieve pain. Together, these ingredients retain skin moisture and softness, attract nutrients to the skin, and add natural volume, all while reducing the pain associated with injections.
Juvederm Treatment Areas:
- moderate to severe cheek depressions
- used to contour the chin
What is the difference between Botox, Dysport, and Juvederm?
Although most neurotoxins all have the same active ingredient, they have slightly different formulations that affect the dosage needed, how much they spread, and how fast they work. One main difference is that Botox and Dysport all contain an accompanying protein.
Juvederm is not a neurotoxin at all; it is part of a large family of cosmetic injections called dermal fillers. These dermal fillers work to plump up the area of skin suffering from volume loss instead of affecting facial muscles directly.
Who is a Good Candidate for Cosmetic Injectables?
Injectable neurotoxins work well on wrinkles and fine lines that are caused by the muscle contractions associated with facial expressions. However, people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have neurological diseases may not be the best candidates. If you have questions about what type of cosmetic treatment is right for you, call the experts at Youthology and schedule your consultation today.