Okay, you have started the fight against age. You notice lines and wrinkles emerge on your face – and you don’t like it! You know there are procedures out there to restore and preserve your youthful appearance, but are a little confused with what does what. You’re not alone. Every day here at Aesthetx, we hear from people in the Silicon Valley with the same questions as you.
Two of the more popular products on the market are BOTOX® and Juvéderm®. They are both effective, but different. Today we are going to look at how they are different and how to determine which may be right for you.
BOTOX® vs. Juvéderm®
Let’s first look at how these two injectables are alike. They are both nonsurgical cosmetic treatments designed to eliminate wrinkles. They are both in-office procedures which take 15-30 minutes to complete. Results of both are seen quickly and have short to no down time.
BOTOX® prevents muscle movement which cause wrinkles. It is a synthetic protein often used to reduce the visibility of crow’s feet and frown lines which develop from sustained muscle movement, particularly in the brow area above the eyes.
Its best applied to the upper face:
- Between brows (glabella)
- Around the eyes (for crow’s feet)
Its formulation includes a precise amount of a neurotoxin produced by a bacterium called clostridium botulinum.
BOTOX® blocks the nerves from sending signals to facial muscles to prevent contraction. The outcome is a relaxed facial appearance and a delay of wrinkle formations.
Juvéderm® is a soft tissue filler used mainly for lines around the mouth and nose. It is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler great for softening wrinkles and creases from the nose to the corner of the mouth (nasolabial fold). With age comes loss of facial fat. This can cause lines around the mouth that look like parentheses, cause the cheeks to flatten, or the lips to flatten.
Hyaluronic acid is natural to the body, so there is no risk for allergic reactions. Injected in the problem areas, mainly in the mid to lower face, it aids to plump up sagging facial areas and fill voids. Other products, like Restalyne, are also hyaluronic acid fillers.
Juvéderm® is a dermal filler that can treat:
- Sunken cheeks
- Nasolabial folds
- Lip lines
- Superficial lines
- Oral Commissure
- Thin lips
- Chin lines
So, if you are looking to fight the good fight of a youthful appearance, here is a good rule to follow: For the areas above your eyes that are showing signs of age, BOTOX® may be your best non-surgical solution.
For the areas around the mouth and chin, Juvéderm® could be the answer. Whatever the problem area, Aesthetx has the products and treatments to help. Contact us today for a consultation and we will put you on the right path to the anti-aging process.