Cosmetic Procedures

Now offered at Complete Family Care by Dr. Valerie Duff

Botox vectorBOTOX® Cosmetic
No matter how well skin is preserved and pampered, everyone eventually develops facial wrinkles. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to remove many of the lines that accompany aging. Botox is an extremely quick approach to softening or removing the natural wrinkles between the eyes (glabella), on the sides of the eyes (crow’s feet), and on the forehead.

What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein toxin that is derived from a specific form of bacteria. Botox was originally used as a remedy to treat neck and facial spasms, but has also been FDA-approved to remove and smooth wrinkles in certain areas of the face.

How is Botox used?
Throughout the course of the day, the muscles of your upper face contract several times. Over time, these muscle contractions create virtual “creases,” or wrinkles in the skin. Botox is injected through a very small needle into the muscles that are responsible for causing these contractions. The Botox injection impedes the nerve impulse from reaching these muscles and eventually results in muscle relaxation, which causes the facial wrinkles to soften and disappear. Patients may experience slight discomfort during Botox injections, but the feeling lasts for only 5 to 7 seconds. An entire Botox treatment, which is performed in our office, generally lasts between 10 and 15 minutes.

After receiving Botox treatment, patients can return to their normal routines the same day. The facial muscles will relax within 4 to 5 days, causing wrinkles to either lessen or disappear completely. The muscles will continue to remain in a relaxed state for 3 to 4 months. Further treatment will be necessary to erase returning wrinkles. After several treatments, you will likely find that your Botox treatments are effective for longer periods of time.


 

Juvederm vectorJuvéderm®
Juvéderm is an injectable gel used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines between the upper lip and nose).

The Juvéderm family of dermal fillers is formulated with innovative HYLACROSS™ technology, resulting in a smooth-consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and creates a natural look and feel for patients. Juvéderm is the only hyaluronic acid filler that is FDA-approved to last up to one year with only one treatment.

How does Juvéderm work?
Young, healthy skin contains a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid. As you age, exposure to sunlight and other factors can reduce the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin. The loss of hyaluronic acid causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating facial wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm works to correct this by restoring hyaluronic acid in your skin, helping to diminish wrinkles and nasolabial folds.

For Botox injections there is a purchase minimum of 20 units and for Juvéderm there is a minimum of 1 syringe.  Please call to schedule a Free, No Obligation Consultation. Call 913-651-3111