Do you know the difference between Juvederm and Botox? You will by the end of the blog post!
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. Dermatologists Dr. Joseph N. Myers, Jr. and Dr. James G. Simpson at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC 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 in your Charleston, SC dermatologist office and last six to nine months.
Botox is also a cosmetic skin treatment delivered by injection with a fine needle by your doctor. Made from small amounts of purified botulinium toxin, it is usually used to smooth out wrinkles and lines that form around the eyes and forehead. It works by temporarily halting the activity of the targeted muscles, which decreases the appearance of wrinkles. Botox takes just a few minutes to deposit; its effects can last between three and 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 your Charleston dermatologist will help determine which cosmetic treatment is best for your situation. Call Magnolia Dermatology today!