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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

 
 

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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.

 
 

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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.

 
               by Steve Crotzer, DC
 
 

Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa

 
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  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!  
 

   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!

 
 

   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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