You've likely heard of both Juvederm and Botox treatments from television commercials, magazine advertisements or even friends who have experienced them first-hand. These two dermal (skin-related) products are both very popular for their anti-aging features. Juvederm was approved by the FDA in 2006; Botox has been used for cosmetic procedures since 2002. It has also been helpful in treating medical conditions including profuse sweating, chronic migraine headaches and involuntary muscle spasms around the eyes. Our medical staff at A E Skin in Encino want to educate their current and future patients on the procedures they offer, starting with the difference between these two products.
Juvederm is an injectable facial filler made from hyaluronic acid, a protein which occurs naturally in the tissues of mammals, including people. Its main function is to soften the crease that settles between the outside of the nose to the corner of the mouth (called the nasolabial fold). It can also be used to augment the lips.
Part of Juvederm's appeal is that since it has organic components, adverse reactions are rare and the body eventually reabsorbs the substance. Typically the treatments take a few minutes with Dr. Alex and you will enjoy the results for six to fifteen months.
Botox is also a cosmetic skin treatment delivered by injection with a fine needle by your doctor. Made of purified protein, Botox is used to smooth out wrinkles and lines that form around the eyes and forehead. It works by temporarily relaxing the targeted muscles, which decreases the appearance of wrinkles. Botox takes just a few minutes to deposit. You will see the results in as early as three days and you will enjoy the results for up to four months, depending on the patient.
What's the difference?
Their main differences are where they are injected and the evidence of their results. Juvederm works by plumping up areas around the nose and mouth that have gradually lost their own hyaluronic acid, giving way to "smile" or "marionette" lines. It's designed to be most noticeable when the facial muscles are at rest. Botox, on the other hand, is helpful in smoothing out wrinkles around the eyes and forehead that become more prominent during expressions such as surprise, laughing or frowning.
If you've been noticing some extra furrows and grooves are beginning to multiply on your face, talking with Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD will help determine which cosmetic treatment is best for your situation. Contact us for a free consultation.