Botox® & Juvederm

Nowadays, more and more nonsurgical options are available to those who want to undergo cosmetic procedure without going under the knife. Two of these most popular procedures are Botox and Juvederm. These are both solutions that are injected into the surface of your skin to treatfine lines, wrinkles, scars and creases. But what are the difference between the two? The main difference between the two is that Botox is a muscle relaxer while Juvederm is a tissue filler.

Let us talk first about Botox. The injectable solution inside a Botox injection is a refined solution of botulinum toxin type A. This special neuromuscular blocking toxin works to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles by blocking the chemical acetylcholine that triggers muscle responses. The result is a temporary paralysis of muscles at your injection site, which smoothes your skin and creates a more youthful looking appearance.

On the other hand, Juvederm as a dermal filler uses a hyaluronic acid-based gel that actually "fills in" wrinkles and rejuvenates aging skin. The solution in Juvaderm also plumps weak or deteriorating skin tissue, temporarily correcting the effects of reduced collagen levels and a loss of skin elasticity. Unlike BOTOX®, which is designed solely to correct wrinkles, Juvaderm can also be used to fatten lips and correct fat loss in other areas of your face.

But which between these two is the treatment you should go for? If the lines and creases on your face only appear when you squint or frown, then Botox is what you need. If your lines can be seen when your face is resting or if your facial expressions make your creases more noticable, you likely need an injectable filler or combination of Botox and injectable filler. If you need more information about these two procedures, it is best to talk to your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon about it.