Harris Interactive Study on Aesthetic Injectables
1. Are aesthetic injectable products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic (Botuliinum Toxin Type A) and JUVÉDERM® dermal fillers safe?
BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meaning that extensive clinical data on their safety and effectiveness were reviewed by the FDA prior to approval. BOTOX is approved to treat 20 different conditions in more than 75 countries worldwide and has been approved in the US for more than 17 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. The same formulation was approved in 2002 as BOTOX Cosmetic for the temporary treatment of the vertical lines between the eyebrows, often referred to as the “11”.
2. How much do aesthetic injectable treatments cost?
Cost varies across the country based on a number of factors, including the amount of product needed to achieve optimal results and the areas of the face that are treated. At Laser Body Solutions, BOTOX Cosmetic typically starts at $800 but could be more if more than just frown lines are treated. Since positive effects of BOTOX Cosmetic can last up to four months, the cost is about $6-$7 a day. JUVÉDERM Ultra XC costs $625 for the first syringe and $300 per additional syringe if more is required. Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC is $25 more per syringe simply because it costs us that much more. JUVÉDERM® Voluma XC costs $800 for the first syringe and $400 for any additional syringe.
3. Will the results look natural?
Treatments such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers can enhance the way you look. Physicians often will use multiple products depending on the patients’ needs. BOTOX Cosmetic is often used to relax the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows, allowing the two vertical lines between the brows, often referred to as the “11,” to temporarily diminish in appearance. JUVÉDERM dermal fillers work differently, by instantly filling in and smoothing out wrinkles and folds that look like the parentheses along the side of your nose and mouth, creating a smooth, natural look and feel. In fact, the NWHRC survey* found that for those women who used or would consider using aesthetic injectable treatments, more than half (52%) reported that the treatments were appealing to them to obtain a “natural and refreshed” look.
4. How long do aesthetic injectable treatments last?
Treatments such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers are temporary. BOTOX Cosmetic effects can last up to four months, while JUVÉDERM dermal fillers deliver sustained results for up to six months or longer.
5. Will my insurance cover the cost of aesthetic injectable treatments?
Insurance providers do not typically cover cosmetic procedures. However, it is important to note that treatment with BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin Type A) for therapeutic purposes may be covered by some insurance carriers.
6. Are injectable treatments such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM painful?
Some patients report minor discomfort at the time of injections. Talk with your physician about pain-reducing options, such as a numbing cream, which can be applied prior to your injection. (At Laser Body Solutions, Dr. Gold uses Z-Caine, a numbing gel, along with cold packs to numb the area before the injections.)
7. Is there scarring?
No reports of scarring were documented in clinical studies evaluating treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers. Additionally, studies with JUVÉDERM demonstrated no increased risk of hyperpigmentation in patients of color.
8. How long do aesthetic injectable procedures take?
Many procedures can be performed quickly and require minimal down-time. Following a facial analysis by your physician, as well as a discussion of your desired outcomes, procedures such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers require only a brief in-office visit and take an average of 15 minutes to perform.
9. Do aesthetic injectable procedures cause bruising or other side effects?
Following treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic, some patients have reported minimal bruising aroung the injection site area, while the most common side effects following injection are temporary eyelid droop and nausea.
In clinical trials for JUVÉDERM dermal fillers, most side effects were mild to moderate in nature and lasted 7 days or less. The most common side effects included, but are not limited to, temporary injection site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching and discoloration
For information on other possible treatment-related side effects, speak with your doctor or visit www.KeepThe Wisdom.com for full prescribing information.
10. Will my face still have expression?
When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown, and look surprised without those lines – also known as the “11” – between your brows. Aesthetic injectable treatments such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers are technique-sensitive procedures, so make sure to visit a well-trained aesthetic-specialty physician for your treatment and discuss the optimal results you would like to achieve.
*Based on results of a Harris Interactive study from April 10-12, 2007 of a nationwide sample of 1291 U.S, adult females aged 25 years and older.
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