Botox® vs. Juvederm Dermal Filler
Common signs of aging such as wrinkles, lines, and folds show most conspicuously on the face. Therefore, many people are keen and self-motivated to seek anti-aging skin care solutions for the face to reduce the appearance of these aging signs. Among cosmetic injectable treatments, Botox® is a highly popular wrinkle reduction option that is accepted all over the world.
However, in recent years, dermal fillers such as Juvederm have also become increasingly popular as a deeper and longer lasting cosmetic dermatology treatment for the face. Dr. Steven Zimmet is an experienced dermatologist providing both Botox® and Juvederm facial filler treatments to his patients in and around Austin, TX.
While Botox® and Juvederm cosmetic filler are both injectable treatments designed to reduce wrinkles and lines from the face for a temporary period of time, but both are essentially different treatments in various ways.
Botox® treatment is created from botulinum neurotoxin, which is considered as one of the most potent biological agents in the world. This toxin has the ability to cut the communication between the nerve and the brain, causing the nerve to go into a state of paralysis. Very tiny amounts of botulinum toxin are used in Botox® treatment to target the wrinkle forming muscles on the face. The treatment is injected directly into the muscle, causing it to relax immediately. This allows the wrinkle on the surface of the skin to fade away naturally.
Juvederm dermal filler, on the other hand, is produced from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found in the body. The role of this substance is to provide support to the skin, and stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. When Juvederm gel is injected into the deeper layers of the skin, it instantly works to plump the affected area of the face, add volume and allows the wrinkles and lines to fade away. Juvederm also promotes the production of fresh collagen in the skin, which ensures longer lasting results.
As an experienced dermatologist, Dr. Zimmet will recommend the appropriate injectable treatment to different patients in Austin, TX and surrounding communities. While both Botox® and Juvederm are FDA approved anti-aging skin care treatments, but they are designed for different areas of the face. Botox® has been approved for the temporary reduction of frown lines between the brows or on the forehead. Last year, the FDA also approved Botox® for the cosmetic reduction of crow’s feet around the eyes.
Juvederm facial filler, on the other hand, is more suited for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. It is more suited when the signs of aging are more conspicuous and the patient has suffered loss of volume, which is causing the facial skin to sag and resulting in deeper wrinkles and lines. Among various dermal fillers available today, Juvederm is the leading cosmetic dermatology solution. It can reduce nasolabial folds, augment the lips, and reduce the appearance of laugh lines.
Duration of Results
Results with Botox® can last for about three to six months on average. In case of Juvederm filler treatment, the results may last for up to one year, or even more in some cases.