Botox and Juvederm
Dr. Randi Stern
MD CCFP FCFP
Pamela Lazakis, RN BsCN
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Frequently Asked Questions from Our Patients
What is BOTOX CosmeticÂ®? BOTOX CosmeticÂ® is a treatment for wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead wrinkles & crows feet.
Is it Safe? Yes! BOTOX CosmeticÂ® has been available for 20 years and has been used to treat many neuromuscular diseases. In fact it is used in children as young as 2 yrs. old to treat Cerebral Palsy and has been proven to be very safe through many years of extensive testing and research. BOTOX CosmeticÂ® is an approved prescription drug used to treat patients for cosmetic wrinkles.
Isnâ€™t it poison? Isnâ€™t it botulism? No, BOTOX CosmeticÂ® is NOT botulism and it will not cause food poisoning. Botulism is the name of an illness not the name of the product. BOTOX CosmeticÂ® is a natural, purified protein. It is an approved prescription drug that is used in very tiny doses.
How does it work? BOTOX CosmeticÂ® works by relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth and refreshed appearance.
What can I expect during the treatment? Generally, after the consultation, the procedure only takes up to 15 minutes. It is injected with a very tiny needle. It is so quick and safe that you can immediately return to your daily activities (and no one will know you have had it done!)
How quickly does it work? Is it Permanent? It can take up to 2 weeks for it to take full effect. No â€“ BOTOX CosmeticÂ® is not permanent. It lasts between 3-4 months on average but everyone is different.
Does it hurt? Most patients say it feels just like quick little pinches although everyone is different. Our patients usually say, â€śIs that all?â€ť
I donâ€™t want to look like a mask without expression â€“ will that happen?
We ensure you get the look you want â€“ as natural as you want. Your needs & interests are discussed during your consultation to ensure you are happy with the results.
What are the side effects? Side effects are very rare and are not permanent. Rarely, there can be a slight headache or some minor bruising which is easily covered up with makeup.
How much does it cost? The cost depends on the amount of BOTOX CosmeticÂ® that you require. A proper consultation with our clinic is required in order to determine what is right for you. Generally, the price ranges from $400 and up or $10.00 a unit.
Juvederm Cosmetic fillerÂ®
Frequently Asked Questions from Our Patients
What is JuvĂ©dermâ„˘? JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ is a "next generation" dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid â€” a naturally occurring substance in your skin. It combines with water in your skin to instantly restore lost volume, smooth out lines and wrinkles and enhance lips. JuvĂ©dermâ„˘â€™s smooth gel provides results that are not only instant but long-lasting and natural-looking.
What areas can I treat with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘? JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ smoothes unwanted lines, restores natural contours and enhances lips to give you a smooth, natural and refreshed-looking appearance.
JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ is best used to:
- smooth the lines around your mouth and nose
- enhance the size and shape of your lips
- reduce crowâ€™s-feet
- reduce laugh lines
- fill out your cheeks
What areas can I treat with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘? The most appropriate lines to treat with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ are those that are described as staticâ€”the lines you can see when your face is still. JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ can also be used to enhance, or "plump up", your lips, for soft, subtle results that leave you looking your best.
How long does JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ last? The unique formulation of JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ provides results that last up to 1 year*, longer than other HA dermal fillers.
*Applies to Juvedermâ„˘ Ultra, Juvedermâ„˘ Ultra Plus.
How long before I see results? Results are instant. You will see an immediate improvement in the treatment area. Most people need one treatment to achieve an optimal outcome. Supplemental "touch-up" treatments may be required to achieve and maintain the desired look.
What is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a complex sugar naturally found in many tissues of the body such as skin and cartilage. It binds to water to create more volume and elasticity in the skin to correct the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds.
How is JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ soft replenishing gel filler used in treatment? Your healthcare professional will inject JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ under your skin using a fine needle to smooth away fine lines, wrinkles, folds and scars. The smooth gel flows easily into the skin, providing a soft, natural look and feel. You will see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas.
What will treatment with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ soft replenishing gel filler accomplish? JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ smoothes away unwanted lines, restores natural contours and enhances lips to give you a smooth, natural and refreshed appearance. Most patients need only one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing or volume enhancment and the results last up to 1 year*, longer than other HA dermal fillers..
Is treatment with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ painful? JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Your doctor may choose to numb (anaesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort. The smooth consistency gel of JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ allows your doctor to administer it easily and smoothly.
How much does a treatment cost? The cost of treatment will vary depending on your specific needs and the area being treated. In general, treatments can range from $300 to $1,000.
What are the possible side effects? JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ is generally well tolerated. Possible side effects are mild to moderate in nature and lasts less than 7 days. They may include temporary skin reactions such as redness, tenderness and bruising.
Can people with different skin tones/colours be treated with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘? Yes. In fact, JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler with proven safety and effectiveness in persons of colour. Studies with JuvĂ©dermâ„˘ showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of colour.