Juvederm Smoothens the Way

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Beautiful, Cosmetic Surgery | 0 comments

Dermal fillers do exactly what they sound like: they fill the skin. Juvederm is one type of dermal filler which is used by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to manage the wrinkles and folds that come with aging and sun exposure. It is an injectable product mostly composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin and tendons of mammals so it is all natural. Juvederm is mostly used to soften smile lines around the nose and mouth, as well as fill in scars.  It can also be used to plump up the lips in lip augmentation procedures.

Juvederm was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the middle of 2006. It is gel-like in consistency and comes in a variety of thickness. Since it is an all-natural product, Juvederm is eventually absorbed by the body so whatever improvements it had done will disappear after 6 months to one year. Repeated injections will be required to achieve the desired results again.

The use of hyaluronic acid as a skin filler was first discovered by Columbia University scientists John Palmer and Karl Meyer in 1934. The first sources of hyaluronic acid came from cow eyes. Aside from dermal fillers, hyaluronic acid is also used in baking, as treatment for wounds, eye surgery and joint pain.

Juvederm compared favorably with a bovine-based injectable facial filler when it was being tested by the FDA. It was found to be more efficacious in correcting facial folds in patients, as well as safe to use, perhaps because it is cross-linked, in which the hyaluronic acid is chemically bonded to form a gel, making its filling and hydration effects last longer. In its natural form, hyaluronic acid will be absorbed by the body in about 30 minutes.

Juvederm is currently one of the dermal fillers of choice because of its cross-linked properties and efficacy. It is used in primarily in the US.

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Cosmetic Surgery | 0 comments

When people say it is always better to age gracefully, many people believe that it involves maintaining a youthful appearance. Not everyone is comfortable when they see the signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, crow’s feet, and other common issues. For this reason, Botox has become an increasingly popular cosmetic option for many people.

Botox is just one of the many names given to the neurotoxin botulinum toxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in both cosmetic and non-cosmetic medical procedures. For cosmetic procedures, they are mainly applied for wrinkles, lazy eye, glabellar lines (or severe brow furrows), and other facial creases. For non-cosmetic purposes, they are used to treat chronic pain, excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis), neuropathy, and other health problems.

The way Botox works is by relaxing the contraction of the muscles through the blocking of nerve impulses. They also work by weakening or paralyzing particular muscles. When the muscles no longer contract, they can relax and soften. Once administered, the effects can last from three to six months. For cosmetic procedures, they are very easy to administer – the neurotoxin is injected using a very fine needle to avoid any discomfort, and they only take a few minutes. To minimize bruising, patients are advised to stop taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks prior to the procedure, and to not use alcohol at least a week before the treatment.

There are also documented side effects from Botox, and these include headaches, symptoms of flu, nausea, blepharoptosis (drooping of eyelids), indigestion, and the usual temporary bruising. Doctors also found that men need higher doses of Botox as compared to women. Because of the temporary results of this procedure, many people have developed a dependence and addiction to it. It is best, therefore, to have experienced medical supervision when undergoing this procedure.

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