Botox and Juvederm- what is the difference? Let’s get into the science and break them down to learn more.
Botox is a treatment that involves a very small amount of a specific purified protein produced by a bacteria called clostridium botulinum. The protein is injected with a very fine needle into the small muscles of the face, to temporarily freeze or weaken the muscle, which reduces the ability to squint, frown, or show excessive worry lines.
Botox is commonly used in the glabellar muscle to erase frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as on the horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, on the muscle that brings down the corner of the mouth, and in the neck.
Treatments typically last several months. The procedure is quick, only around 20 minutes, and requires no down time. There is no effect on the sensory nerves, so the injected areas will feel normal. The pain is minimal, as the injections feel like little bug bites and no sedation or anesthetic is required.
On the other hand, Juvederm is a form of hyaluronic acid, developed using filtration and molecule manipulation techniques. It treats moderate to severe facial folds, raises the upper part of eyebrows, smooths under eye hollows, enhances lips, increases volume and defines contours of cheeks, chin, and jaw line. It can also be used for minor rhinoplasty (reshaping of the nose). It typically last six months or more, which is longer than Botox.
Benefits of Juvederm include the ability to be used on all skin types with no risk of disease transmission or allergic reaction. Some facial areas require only a single treatment and results are immediate, with minimal swelling and pain.
Come see us to talk about these great non-surgical cosmetic procedures and how Botox or Juvederm can help you achieve the youthful, fresh complexion you desire!