Botox was originally used to treat neurological disorders and facial spasms characterized by abnormal muscle contractions. Botox is now most commonly recognized for the dermatological benefits it offers. The muscle that the Botox is injected into relaxes and blocks the facial movement that causes wrinkles to occur. The results of Botox can be seen as soon as two days after it is administered and can last as long as four to six months.
Botox works by interrupting the nerve's signal to the muscle, telling it to contract. Meaning, it blocks the nerve activity and causes the muscle to temporarily freeze, thus eliminating the wrinkle.
Botox may be used to treat:
- Frown lines
- Crows feet
- Facial wrinkles
Another option to treat facial wrinkles is Juvederm. Juvederm is a gel filler that literally "fills in" the skin where a wrinkle exists. Young skin naturally contains hyaluronic acid and as we age or are exposed to environment factors, the amount of it in our body is reduced. This process is what causes unwanted lines or wrinkles on the face. Juvederm replaces the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost.
Along with treating wrinkles, Juvederm is also used for lip augmentation.
While Botox is able to treat other medical conditions beyond appearance issues, Juvederm is used only for cosmetic enhancements.
Jill Larkin, M.D. in Perry and Elizabeth Swenor, D.O. in Petoskey are McLaren Medical Group's premier physicians who offer Botox and Juvederm services. For a consultation with Dr.Larkin, please call (517) 975-2300 or for Dr. Swenor call (231) 487-9355.