Facts to Consider When Deciding Between Botox and Juvederm

If you’re considering a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment to get rid of lines and wrinkles, you’ve got plenty of company. According to the latest figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 16 million nonsurgical cosmetic treatments were performed in the U.S. in 2017, including 7.6 million BOTOXⓇ treatments and 2.7 million filler procedures. In fact, there have never been more options when it comes to treating the aging face — and for some people, so many choices can lead to a lot of confusion.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks: What’s the difference between wrinkle treatments like BOTOX and JuvedermⓇ? And which is the better option? At Stoll Dermatology, we know every patient is unique — and we want our patients to feel comfortable in the treatments we recommend to help them achieve their goals. If you’re confused about BOTOX and Juvederm, this quick review should help.

BOTOX vs. Juvederm: Similarities

At first glance, it’s easy to get these two wrinkle treatments mixed up:

Up to this point, they sound pretty similar, right? Read on.

BOTOX vs. Juvederm: Differences

When it comes to deciding which treatment is better for your needs, the differences between the treatments are what you really need to focus on.

They treat different types of wrinkles.

BOTOX works on so-called dynamic wrinkles — those lines and furrows that form when you make an expression, like smiling or frowning. Juvederm, on the other hand, is good for “static” wrinkles that are visible when your face is at rest. Static wrinkles tend to form as a result of age, gravity and good old genetics.

They’re used in different areas of the face.

BOTOX generally is used to treat wrinkles in the upper part of the face — specifically, the crow’s feet (wrinkles at the corners of your eyes), between your eyebrows and along the forehead. Juvederm is primarily used to treat lines and wrinkles in the lower part of the face, around the nose and mouth. It can also be used to fill in hollows in the cheeks and to plump up lips.

They use different chemicals.

BOTOX uses a very dilute form of botulinum toxin, a protein that prevents the release of neurochemicals associated with muscle movement. BOTOX works by blocking the nerve signals that “tell” facial muscles to contract, so lines and wrinkles can’t form.

Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring acid that helps your skin retain moisture so it looks and feels plump and resilient. It comes in five different “strengths,” each designed to treat a specific area or problem.

Different formulations allow for highly customizable results.

Get the results you’re looking for

Both BOTOX and Juvederm are very effective in treating specific types of wrinkles — and the best part: They can be used together to treat wrinkles in different parts of the face so you can feel confident you’ll look your youthful best. Ready to learn more? Let us design a treatment plan that helps you meet your goals. Call Stoll Dermatology at 424-307-0995 or book your appointment online today.

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