There are two particularly important substances — collagen and hyaluronic acid — that play important roles in keeping facial skin looking smooth and supple. Collagen is a protein that provides skin with structural support, while hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in all living cells that attracts and binds water, hydrating the skin and giving it volume.
As the skin ages and is exposed to environmental pollutants and ultraviolet rays, collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin diminish, the skin loses structure and volume, and unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear, like those "parentheses" lines around your nose and mouth.
Other lines, like glabellar lines (the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows which often look like the number "11"), are formed by repeated and involuntary contraction of the muscles between the eyebrows. As the skin becomes less elastic, excessive contraction of these muscles may cause visible, deep wrinkles between the eyebrows to form, even when the face is relaxed. Frown lines can have a negative effect on one's overall facial appearance by creating a sad, angry, or tired impression.
As a world leader in medical aesthetics, Allergan is deeply committed to the Science of Rejuvenation™ — that is, to developing and delivering high quality, science-based aesthetic solutions and experiences. Allergan is the only company with a global facial aesthetics franchise offering aesthetic specialty physicians and their patients the most comprehensive array of innovative aesthetic products. Allergan's Total Facial Rejuvenation™ portfolio is where science meets beauty. The portfolio includes BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA).
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in adults younger than 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).
BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) should only be administered by a licensed health care professional like Dr. Barbour, who is well trained in the anatomy of the face.
JUVÉDERM® is the first and only smooth consistency gel formulation, and the only HA dermal filler developed using the proprietary HYLACROSS™ technology, a technologically
advanced manufacturing process that results in a malleable, smooth gel. JUVÉDERM® flows easily into the skin and creates a smooth, natural look and feel.
All other HA dermal fillers currently on the market have a granular consistency gel. These granules can be seen under 2.4X magnification as opposed to the smooth consistency gel of JUVÉDERM® dermal filler.
In addition, JUVÉDERM® contains a high concentration of non-animal, cross-linked HA. This unique attribute provides optimal results with a single treatment in the majority of patients and delivers sustained results for up to one year.
JUVÉDERM® dermal filler is biodegradable and has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in patients of color. Studies with JUVÉDERM® demonstrated no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color. It can be administered in a smooth-flowing injection, providing physicians with a high level of control for individualized, tailored wrinkle treatment and for achieving a smooth and natural look.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the following formulations of JUVÉDERM®, providing physicians with the flexibility to tailor each treatment to the particular needs of the patient. Product formulations include:
JUVÉDERM® Ultra, a highly cross-linked formulation for more versatility in contouring and volumizing of facial wrinkles and folds
JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, a more highly cross-linked robust formulation for volumizing and correction of deeper folds and wrinkles
The key component in JUVÉDERM®, hyaluronic acid, is a naturally occurring, biodegradable complex sugar found in the human body and in all mammals. Among other things, hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and adds volume, contributing to the overall appearance of the skin.