What exactly is Hyaluronic Acid and how does that compare to Botox? I am considering some face touch ups, and want to explore all of my options.
Our skin cells are suspended and supported by a protein matrix (cement) composed predominantly of two proteins-collagen and hyaluronic acid. Synthetic hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane, Prevelle) is made to be used as a filler to augment the natural protein that is depleted by aging and fill folds, lines and wrinkles. It also adds a fuller, healthier more youth ful look. Many lines and wrinkles particularly on the forehead, between the eyes and “crows feet” area are caused by the repeated contractions of the underlying muscles in these areas. Botox cosmetic is a toxin which paralyzes these muscles and thus smoothes the lines out by preventing these contractions. It is one of the most amazing things to see.