Wondering what injectable muscle relaxers, such as Botox, and fillers, such as laViv, can do for you? If you're considering a facelift, these products may make it postponable, if not completely unnecessary. And fillers can vastly improve the appearance of scars, too. If you have liposuction, you can have your own fat injected. If not, there's a menu of other choices -- natural and synthetic, semipermanent and permanent.
Muscle relaxers paralyze tiny muscles to stop the expressive movements that etch-in frown lines, crow's feet, neck bands, and brow furrows. This is accomplished with an injection of botulinum toxin A or B.
- Brand Names: Botox Cosmetic, Myobloc (not often used for cosmetic reasons), and Dysport
- Cost: About $400 per area, but prices vary considerably.
- Lasting Power: 3 to 6 months. Over time injections are needed less frequently to maintain