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Botox vs Juvederm: All You Need To Know

Wrinkles and fine lines are inevitable as part of the aging process. But they make us look so tired and far less attractive than when we were younger. And this can potentially affect your self-image and esteem, especially when the aging signs occur prematurely. For fast results, Botox and Juvéderm treatments are touted as the best hot tickets in aesthetics today. They can reverse facial aging signs leaving you looking naturally younger and attractive. Millennials are realizing that they can prevent aging by starting by being proactive and treating areas they know will be their trouble areas later, thus preventing the aging process from happening as it would without treatments.

When over the counter wrinkle creams and prescription-strength medications can’t quite do the job, or for proactive reasons, it’s time for dermal fillers and Botox to step in. Most patients will ask, what’s the difference between Botox and a dermal filler like Juvéderm?

Relaxer Vs Filler

Botox cosmetic is a purified protein that works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles, fine lines, and folds. We call these muscle relaxers, but I feel it’s better the change this name to “Wrinkle Relaxers”, as this is what we are looking for. It’s great for reversing the aged look brought on by wrinkles and is also used as a preventive measure by millennials avoiding the emergence of wrinkles. Botox is the name brand most people are aware of but there are 4 players in the game now that are used as “wrinkle relaxers”: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau.

Juvéderm facial fillers are sterile gels made from the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid – a natural sugar found in skin. It works by filling in the grooves and lines thereby eliminating wrinkles and smoothing out your skin. Juvéderm is the name brand most people are aware of, this line of fillers is made by Allergan, as it Botox, but there are other fillers available made by other players in the game, but this blog is focused on Allergan products to keep it simple.

Wrinkle Types

This is the major difference between Botox and Juvéderm before and after effects, the types of wrinkles they work on. Both treatments are fantastic for smoothing out the wrinkles on your face but do not work on the same type of wrinkles. Both treatments are fantastic for plumping and defining lips.
Juvéderm is perfect for wrinkles that are present when your face is at rest, whereas Botox is perfect for wrinkles that appear on movement. Furthermore, Juvéderm is your best option for restoring volume to hollow, tissue-depleted areas.

So, if you have wrinkles that are there when your face is at ease, those will need Juvéderm. When wrinkles appear when you smile, laugh, cry, or show any other emotion, then you’ll need Botox for those. Some treatments work best in combination of both injectable treatments, especially where you want both volume and precise definition.

Juvéderm is great for nasolabial (nose to mouth) folds, oral commissures (mouth to chin) folds, the frown lines (11’s or between the brows), the upper lip, and to the cheekbones. Botox works awesomely on forehead furrows, frown lines, crow’s feet, laugh lines around the mouth, and platysma bands (neck bands)

Time and Results

Both treatments work fast, and the results are noticeable within a couple of days after your session. Both treatments can provide natural-looking results and it all depends on the expertise of your specialist. Both injectables get safely absorbed by the body over time, so the results are not permanent. You can expect Botox results to last anywhere between 3-4 months. Juvéderm results depend also on the concentration of hyaluronic acid. The highest concentrations provide results that may last a year or longer.

Pain and Discomfort

Both Botox and Juvéderm are applied using very small needles, so there is minimal pain or discomfort. For Botox, some providers may apply a topical numbing cream though this is only necessary for extra sensitive people. The Juvéderm injection has a small dose of anesthetic to help with any pain.

Botox Vs Juvéderm: What’s Your Best Treatment Plan

When you wish to improve your looks without undergoing cosmetic surgery, then Botox and Juvéderm offer perfectly effective and widely proven anti-aging treatments. While both are FDA approved injectables, they operate on totally different principles and are best on different types of wrinkles. Board certified doctors and nurses will often recommend a combination of both treatments for comprehensive aesthetic outcomes.

For expertly administered Botox and Juvederm injections in Calabasas, CA book a consultation with Dr. Lawrence Osman or call us at 818-225-0122.