Juvederm vs. Botox – What’s the Difference?

facelift_ab-2When considering Juvederm vs. Botox, most people think they’re about the same thing. After all, they’re both cosmetic treatments that are typically used to improve the appearance of the face and other areas of the body. But there are some important differences that you’ll need to take into account when deciding which treatment may be the best for you.

Juvederm vs. Botox – What They Do

Juvederm is an injectable gel that is designed to remove skin lines and restore volume. It does so by replacing a substance known as hyaluronic acid, which we can lose over time as we age. In addition, Juvederm contains lidocaine, which helps make the injection area more comfortable for the patient. A doctor injects Juvederm into the deeper layer of the skin known as the dermis.

Botox is also an injectable treatment used to enhance appearance. However, it works by blocking impulses from nerves that cause muscles to form wrinkles. Rather than injecting Botox into the dermis, a doctor injects it into muscles. Like Juvederm, Botox should only be injected by a trained doctor.

Which One is Better?

The answer to that question is key to comparing Juvederm vs. Botox. For example, Botox is typically the preferred choice of people who want to eliminate wrinkles around the eyebrows. However, if Botox can’t eliminate a patient’s brow wrinkles completely, Juvederm may be later used to smooth them out more. For people wanting to get rid of laugh lines, Juvederm is the better choice. Botox can sometimes make it difficult for a patient to be able to use his or her mouth properly, and Juvederm does a good job at eliminating wrinkles in this area of the face.

If you would like to learn more about Juvederm vs. Botox, get in touch with Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins and schedule a consultation. Call 972-298-6641 or contact us online.

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