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Choosing the Anti-Aging Injectable That’s Right for You
Women are just looking younger nowadays! Since the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for its wrinkle reducing properties just five years ago (just five!), anti-aging has never been the same.  Almost immediately after approval, other products hit the market.  Why?  Largely because the results were phenomenal; dramatic reduction in age-related wrinkles—frown lines, crow’s feet, everything.  Hollywood starlets as well as en mode Main Street moms have never looked the same.

Though there are other Anti-Aging Injectables (AAIs), Botox, Juvéderm, and Restylane have established themselves as the leaders.  So are there differences between them?  Absolutely.  The human face is simply too complex for any one product to do it all.  The following is a quick look at exactly what these elixirs of youth do best and how you can use them best on your particular face.

Botox is still very widely used for wrinkle reduction because the results speak for themselves.  Derived from highly purified botulinum toxin, Botox is a muscular paralyzing agent that works wonders on some of the most tell-tale signs of facial aging; stubborn vertical frown lines between the eyes, and unsightly crow’s feet occurring in the outside folds of the eyes.  It delivers consistent results and is well tolerated by all patients.  After the world got comfortable with using an actual paralytic toxin for wrinkle reduction, Botox has never left center stage.
  According to San Francisco plastic surgeon William Binder, it’s important to get someone who really knows how to use Botox in order to get the most out of it.  In the hands of an artist, your skin will look much smoother and younger.  The most common mistake is using too much.  Applied improperly by an unskilled practitioner, well, you’ve seen the results.  There’s no need to name names, but think of some of the Hollywood faces that you’ve seen that look like plastic surgery disasters.  Chances are that part of what’s going on is the Botox mask; the flat, unemotional, almost shiny, sometimes reddish look.  Luckily, this will wear off in four to six months.  

What Botox can’t do, Juvéderm (usually) can, and it’s become wildly popular recently.  As we age, the proteins in the lower layers of our skin degrade somewhat. The result is skin that lacks youthful tone and plumpness and has many small wrinkles. While good moisturizers (ask your Body Beautiful technician for what’s best) can plump the skin somewhat, they have their limitations.  Moisturizers just can’t add much volume to the skin; and the volume they do add is largely limited to a shallow layer of the dermis.

  Juvéderm is usually the answer to this inevitable thinning of the skin.  Technically speaking, it is a hyaluronic-acid filler.  Juvéderm has the consistency of a gel, and is one of the only treatments that can actually add volume to the skin.  Megan Fox is a perfect example of what Juvѐderm can do, as are Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba. The list is long and the results are spectacular.  

Of particular interest is how long Juvéderm lasts. While Botox can wear off in four months, a typical Juvéderm treatment commonly lasts nine months!  There are three “thicknesses” of Juvéderm, the first two are for mild to moderate skin thinning and fine wrinkles, the third for more severe aging damage.


Juvéderm is arguably the hottest AAI today. It is everywhere in Hollywood.  It delivers awesome results for the tough-to-treat wrinkles that run from the folds of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Turn on the TV and have a look for yourself; you’ll see very few of these infamously stubborn signs of aging—that’s Juvéderm.


What about the lips?  What Juvéderm does for facial skin, Restylane does for lips.  Restylane is another hyaluronic-acid filler that is particularly suited to treating thinning lips associated with aging. Once again, look at Megan Fox. Sure, she’s naturally beautiful, but she’s also on record as being a very satisfied Restylane user.  For women who naturally have thinner, less voluptuous lips, Restylane can be perfect for them.  Also note that results typically last up to six months!


In summary, Botox is still, and probably always will be, a superb treatment for stubborn frown lines and crow’s feet.


Juvéderm is huge now for its ability to add tone and fullness to thinning skin and stubborn mouth wrinkles.  It is extremely versatile and can last up to nine months. Restylane is an excellent alternative to more invasive collagen plumping procedures for movie star voluptuous lips.  Ask your Body Beautiful tech to pick the Anti-aging product that’s right for you and your unique face!


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Ask your doctor if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for you!


Ask your doctor if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for you!


Ask your doctor if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for you!


Millions of men and women of all skin colors and ethnicities have realized the benefits of being treated with BOTOX Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin Type A). You can too! When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown, and look surprised without those lines between your brows. For more information, talk to your doctor or visit Ask your doctor the one question that really matters: IS BOTOX Cosmetic right for you?

  What is BOTOX Cosmetic?  

BOTOX has been used therapeutically for more than 17 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries and remains the most-studied botulinum toxin and one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. In 2002, the same formulation- under the label BOTOX Cosmetic- was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people ages 18 to 65.

  How does BOTOX Cosmetic work?  

During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles responsible for frown lines between the brows. By blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract, BOTOX Cosmetic enables them to relax. The effects are very localized and, when administered by an experienced physician, do not affect your ability to smile, laugh, or otherwise show expression. Botox Cosmetic is the only product of its kind that has been approved for us in this area.

What are the common side effects?

The most common side effects following inject include temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection. Patients with certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome may be at increased risk of serious side effects.

Is there any chance of serious side effects?

Serious heart problems and serious allergic reactions have been reported rarely. If you think you’re having an allergic reaction or other unusual symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing, call your doctor immediately.

What is the treatment like?

BOTOX Cosmetic is a quick and minimally invasive procedure consisting of a few tiny injections. Your doctor will determine exactly where to administer these injections to achieve the best results for you. No anesthesia is required, though he or she may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream prior to injecting. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes, and there is no downtime afterward. Discomfort is minimal and brief. Localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and/or bleeding/bruising may be associated with the injection.

Will I still be able to make facial expressions?

Although you may see a marked improvement, a treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic does not make you look like you’ve “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes frown lines is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.

  How soon will I see a difference?  

You can expect to see results within days after your treatment, and the appearance of the area between your brows may continue to improve for you up to a week. By day 30 in a phase 3 clinical study, 89% of patients judged the severity of their frown lines between their brows as moderate or better. Visible results have been shown to last up to 4 months. After that, many patients are ready to return for a follow-up treatment. Your own results may vary- be sure to talk to your doctor about what you can expect.

  How do I know if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for me?  

If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 with moderate to sever frown lines between your brows, you may be a candidate for BOTOX Cosmetic. Ask your doctor if BOTOX Cosmetic is right for you.

  How can I be sure I’m getting real BOTOX Cosmetic?  

Only licensed and trained healthcare professionals have the experience necessary to administer BOTOX Cosmetic. Allergan, Inc., the maker of BOTOX Cosmetic, is the only source for healthcare professionals to purchase the product, and each US FDA-approved vial label has the “Allergan” hologram.

  How parentheses appear…  

As you age, your skin changes. For example, it reduces production of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). Over time, the loss of HA in your skin results in facial wrinkles and folds, like those “parentheses” around your mouth.

  …and disappear  

JUVEDERM injectable gel replaces the HA your skin has lost, bringing back its volume and smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds. A breakthrough in HA dermal, fillers, JUVEDERM is the first smooth consistency HA gel and the only HA filler that’s FDA approved to last up to a year!

  What makes JUVEDERM different?  

While other HA fillers on the market have a more granular consistency, JUVEDERM injectable gel is the first smoothconsistency HA gel. This is due to an innovative manufacturing process called HYLACROSS technology. HYLACROSS gives JUVEDERM its unique smooth gel properties as well as an optimal gel structure that holds up over time. That’s why JUVEDERM injectable gel is the only HA filler that’s FDA approved to last up to 1 year.


Are you ready to smooth out your parentheses or other facial wrinkles and folds?

Ask your healthcare professional about JUVEDERM injectable gel.

JUVEDERM injectable gel

  Juvederm Ultra XC (Ultra 2) is an injectable gel, 3D hyaluronic acid, with 0.3% Lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Juvederm Ultra XC treats moderate lines around the lips and corners of the eyes, and those close to the surface of the skin.  
  Juvederm Ultra Plus XC (Ultra 3) is an injectable gel, 3D hyaluronic acid, with 0.3% Lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC (Ultra 3) is a thicker gel, that can smooth wrinkles between the nose and corner of the mouth, and around lips.  
  Juvederm Ultra 4 is an injectable gel, 3D hyaluronic acid, with 0.3% Lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Juvederm 4 is the thickest gel, and works on the most noticeable folds and lines, and improves the contour of the face.  
  Restylane Touch® - A New Instant Aesthetic Treatment  
  Q-Med, the Swedish bio-technology company which makes Restylane, the UK’s leading injectable filler for aesthetic beauty treatments, announces the arrival of Restylane Touch®.

Press Release from Q-Med

What does Restylane Touch® do?

Particularly suited for banishing those very fine give-away lines across the forehead, around the top lip, and diminishing the appearance of crow’s feet, Restylane Touch® is a welcome addition to the Restylane® treatment range.

Women, and a growing number of men, are looking for anti-ageing solutions with proven safety and efficacy thaat enhance looks in a subtle and natural way - a gentle lift to the brow, lines smoothed but not to the detriment of facial expression, lips that look a little fuller but still feel natural and soft.

With the arrival of Touch, Restylane® is now able to offer the total facial rejuvenation experience. The combination of new Restylane Touch® with Restylane® and Restylane Perlane® creates a one stop treatment of choice for diminishing lines in all areas of the face, revitalising looks instantly and providing even greater patient satisfaction.

What is it?

Like its sister products, Restylane® and Restylane Perlane®, Restylane Touch® is made from a non-animal source of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA occurs naturally in our bodies and attracts water to plump up our skin. As we age, HA diminishes and facial lines and wrinkles start to appear. Restylane comes to the rescue by plumping the skin to smooth out lines, wrinkles and folds.

How does Restylane Touch® differ from Restylane® and Restylane Perlane®?

The gel particles in Restylane Touch® are considerably finer than those found in Restylane® and Restylane Perlane®. As a result, Restylane Touch® is a much smoother gel that is ideal for treating superficial and fine, tell-tale lines and wrinkles. Restylane® and Restylane Perlane®, with their larger gel particles, work best on deeper facial lines and folds, such as the naso-labial lines which run from the nose down to the mouth, and deep, vertical lines between the eye brows. Restylane Perlane®, which has the largest particles of the three products, is particularly suited to the body of the lips, whereas Restylane Touch® might be selected to enhance the border of the lips, and to diminish vertical lines along the upper lip.

Although the gel particle size in Restylane Touch® is smaller than its sister products, its ability to plump the skin and smooth lines is comparable to the established characteristics of Restylane®. Depending on the area of the face being treated, practitioners might use all three Restylane® products together to achieve the patient’s desired results.

Who is Restylane Touch® for?

Like the existing Restylane® products, Restylane Touch® is ideal for women who seek a non-animal, safe and natural facial rejuvenation treatment. Restylane® presents a treatment choice for people who are Botox® or collagen shy.

Botox® is not an option for everyone. There are those who are resistant to the idea of a treatment derived from a toxin (botulinum toxin) and are worried about the long-term side effects. Unlike Restylane®, Botox® is injected into the muscles associated with facial expression. As a result, these muscles are relaxed and cannot contract - thereby reducing lines. However, facial expression can often be lost as a result. At a more fundamental level, for many the ability to grimace or frown - or indeed raise their eyebrows - is part of their essential character and personality.

Unlike collagen, and several other HA soft tissue fillers (e.g. Hylaform®), Restylane Touch® and its companion products contain no animal derivatives. Apart from the ethical argument against the use of animals for aesthetic purposes, with Restylane® there is no risk of disease transmission, or allergic reactions in patients who are sensitive to beef, chicken and dairy products. The inconvenience of a skin test, which - with some injectables - usually takes place two weeks prior to treatment, is avoided with Restylane®.
  Important Treatment Considerations for Patients  

In the US, JUVEDERM injectable gel is indicated for injection into the mid-to-deep dermis for correction of moderate to sever facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds) and is generally well tolerated. The most commonly reported side effects are temporary injection-site redness, swelling, paint/tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps and bruising. Exposure of the treated area to excessive sun and extreme cold weather should be minimized until any initial sweeling and redness have resolved. If laser treatment, chemical peel, or any other procedure based on active dermal response is considered after treatment with JUVEDERM injectable gel, there is a possible risk of an inflammatory reaction at the treatment site. Patients who are using substances that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as with any injection, may experience increased bruising or bleeding at injection site. You should inform your physician before treatment if you are using these types of substances. As with all skin-injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. JUVEDERM injectable gel should be used with caution in paitnets on immunosuppressive therapy, or therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response, as there may be an increased risk of infection. The safety of JUVEDERM injectable gel in patients with a history of excessive scaring (eg, hypertrophic scaring and keloid formations) and pigmentation disorders has not been studied.

  JUVEDERM injectable gel should not be used in patients who have severe allergies marked by a history of anaphlaxis or history or presence of multiple severe allergies. JUVEDERM injectable gel should not be used in patients with a history of allergies to Gram-positive bacterial proteins. The safety of JUVEDERM injectable gel for use during pregnancy, in breastfeeding females, or in patients under 18 years has not been established. The safety and effectiveness of JUVEDERM injectable gel for the treatment of the areas other than facial wrinkles and folds (such as lips) have not been established in controlled clinical studies.  

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