Physical appearance matters a lot to people. This is the reason why millions of people spend for various skin treatments. As a matter of fact, in the data of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS), a total of 13 million skin-related procedures were conducted in 2012 alone. The top list of the most popular procedures include botulinum toxin (also popularly known as Botox), use of soft tissue fillers, application of chemical peel, as well as laser hair removal and even microdermabrasion. The specific procedure that was conducted the most was Botox, which was conducted 6.1 million times in the said year.

However, it is not just vanity that makes people spend for these procedures. This is because physical appearance has an impact to the confidence and self-esteem of any person. Aside from that, there are times when it is necessary to undergo Botox procedure, for example, because having a firm facial skin is vital to their job.

In this regard, if you are planning to undergo some skin treatments, specifically, anti-wrinkle procedures, there are few things that are worth researching first. These are specifically about the various modern solutions to your problem.

Botox

As mentioned in the 2012 report of ASPS, Botox tops the list of the most popular skin-related procedures in the United States. Specifically, the number means that approximately 17,000 procedures, on the average, are being conducted every day throughout the country. However, have you ever wondered what Botox means in the first place?

Generally, Botox is a kind of neurotoxin protein that is produced from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is considered as the most poisonous substance, which can kill a person with only as little as 0.0000007gram. Even though that this substance is highly toxic, using it in minute doses can treat some muscle spasms. Commercially, it is widely being used for various cosmetic treatments since it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002.

Facial skin lifting is the most common use of Botox when it comes to cosmetic procedures. This is because its effects last relatively longer than the other non-surgical procedures. Specifically, a shot of Botox may last up to eight months. Depending on the condition of the person to whom this will be administered, its effect may only last between six to nine months.

JuveDerm

There is another procedure that has been gaining reputation to the people in the recent years. This is called JuveDerm, which is generically known as hyaluronic acid gel. It is also being used to correct facial wrinkles and even folds, including nasolabial folds or the lining from a person’s nose to the mouth’s corners.

Like Botox, this is also injectable. One reason why it is becoming more and more popular is because a single procedure may last even longer than the effects of having Botox. Particularly, these dermal fillers have effects that can last from nine months up to a year.

Aside from that, other people prefer this because they believe that it is less toxic than Botox. This is because hyaluronic acids are naturally-occurring sugars found in the body.