Beauty Beat. Wipe Away the Years. Under the Juvederm & Botox Needle

January 9, 2008 • Beauty


This has got to be the most embarrassing thing I have done since…I can remember. Not that I had some tweaking done (who hasn’t), but that I am showing you, the world, the most hideous pictures of me EVER taken. Talk about warts and all! Am I crazy? Possibly. Am I horrified? Yes. Do I look good now? Yes! Would I do it again? In a New York minute!

Last year I tried Botox for the first time. I was with Carol who got the whole schmere of Botox and Juvederm. I believed I wasn’t ready (old enough) for Juvederm. What a difference a year makes.

A little over a month ago I visited Dr. Cheryl Karcher, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.D. at Sadick Dermatology ( in New York. She herself is gorgeous so I was ready and willing to except whatever she was going to recommend as gospel. She gave me the bad news. I’m no longer fooling anybody (OK, she didn’t use those words). Dr. Karcher pointed out that my nasolabial folds (those parenthesis  around the mouth) were becoming pronounced and my cheekbones were fading into oblivion. Fine lines were also starting to creep around my eyes.

Dr. Karcher explained there are two types of expressions that cause wrinkles. She calls us all frowners and squinters. I’m a squinter. That explains my "laugh lines." She was going to reverse the signs of aging and replace what was lost by creating a "vector." She mixed lidocaine with the Juvederm so the injections wouldn’t hurt. OK, they hurt a little, but it was bearable. More like a sting.

Most cosmetic dermatologists just fill in the nasolabial folds. Dr. Kracher beleives in replacing what is lost, so she began by injecting Juvederm where my cheeckbones used to be. Immediately I could see the parenthesis begin to diminish. They were forced to stand at attention as they were pulled up, so to speak. I could see a major difference with one half of my face completed! By the time she was done giving me cheekbones again, I needed very little Juvederm in my nasolabial folds. She then injected a little Botox in my forehead and around my eyes.

While the Juvederm results were immediate, the Botox took a couple of weeks to kick in. By the time I went back for my after shots last week, I forgot I had any work done. I look like me. Just me 7 years ago!

Juvéderm™ is an injectable filler that has a smooth consistency. It’s a gel made of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally
occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and
hydration. Injected under the skin it instantly restores your skin’s volume
and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or
“parentheses.” Juvederm is the only hyaluronic acid filler FDA approved to last up to a year.

BOTOX® is a simple, nonsurgical, physician-administered
treatment that can temporarily smooth moderate to severe frown lines between
the brows in people from 18 to 65 years of age. It is the only treatment of its
type approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Results typically last up to four months.

To learn more visit Botox and Juvéderm

Or schedule an appointment with Dr. Karcher yourself!

Dr. Cheryl Karcher, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.D.
Sadick Dermatology
911 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

-Lauren Dimet Waters

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