Today you have more options when it comes to ways to help you look and feel your very best. Facial aesthetic services, in particular, are more convenient than ever and can complement your dental work and confident smile, creating a more youthful appearance.
Two of these aesthetic services, in particular, are the non-invasive options of Botox and Juvéderm. While both are safe and effective, you may be wondering what the differences are and which one is more suited to your particular needs.
What Botox and Juvéderm Have in Common
Both Botox and Juvéderm are cosmetic treatments that can increase confidence in your look and smile. They also have a few more things in common, including:
- Both are used to reduce the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles and improve the look and feel of the skin.
- Both are minimally invasive procedures, administered through injections, and are safe and effective.
- Both allow you to receive results while avoiding any invasive plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure and do not require an extensive healing period.
- Both treatments are highly convenient, usually taking only minutes to complete.
- Both provide results that are temporary instead of permanent.
- Both require administration by an experienced professional.
What is the Difference Between Botox and Juvéderm?
While Botox and Juvéderm have some things in common, they also have many differences that you need to know before choosing which will work best for you.
While both are FDA-approved for use as anti-aging treatments, each one operates on a different set of principles and approaches to reduce visible signs of aging. Let’s look at each one separately.
Botox is a dermal filler consisting of a neurotoxin that ceases or interrupts the signaling of nerve endings near or directly at the site of injection and essentially freezes the muscles located there. As a result, folds in the skin and wrinkles are stopped right where they are in the development process.
It is a popular choice for those looking to reduce the appearance of what is referred to as dynamic wrinkles. These dynamic wrinkles include furrows between eyebrows (glabella), wrinkles of the forehead or neck, frown lines, and Crow’s feet.
As far as how long each treatment lasts, you can count on it for approximately three to four months, so it’s best to schedule a regular treatment plan to maintain results.
In addition, Botox is unique from other treatments like Juvéderm in that it can serve as an aid to treat oral health issues and certain medical conditions as well, including TMJ and bruxism.
Bruxism is the often-unconscious clenching and grinding of teeth at night as one sleeps, causing not only damage to teeth but also resulting in headaches and severe pains in the facial areas. In many patients, facial muscle spasms or jaw joint misalignment can be the cause of bruxism.
At Lifetime Dental Health, Dr. Love can use Botox injections as a way to relax the muscles around the face and provide relief to patients for months at a time.
Botox is also a proven treatment to help reduce chronic headaches and provide support to orthodontic procedures and help patients better adjust to wearing dentures.
One way Juvéderm differs from Botox is that it is a dermal filler consisting of naturally occurring HA (hyaluronic acid) instead of a neurotoxin.
As a result, instead of freezing the muscles surrounding the injection site, the gel filler goes into the dermis skin layer, causing the retention of water in that specific area. In turn, volume in that location increases while also boosting the hydration of the skin simultaneously.
As a bonus, Juvéderm encourages your own body to produce larger amounts of collagen at the injection site.
You can use this method to fill in folds or wrinkles on the face and plump up the different areas that need it.
There are different formulations of Juvéderm, and the one you choose will depend on where on your face the treatment is desired. You can also select Juvéderm to plump up your lips for a more luxurious look.
Essentially, Juvéderm reduces deep facial wrinkles and corrects folds with volume correction and the increase in natural collagen production. Treatments last longer, usually between six months and one year.
Which One is Right for You? Botox or Juvéderm?
When making your decision between Botox and Juvéderm, much will depend on what your needs are and the outcomes you wish to achieve.
For example, if your cheeks or other areas of the face suffer from volume loss as you age or lose weight, boosting that volume with Juvéderm is a good option. If you want more voluminous lips, Juvéderm is also a good choice.
Botox is often the preferred option for reducing the appearance of those deep, dynamic wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, furrows between eyebrows, and wrinkles of the neck and forehead.
Learn More About Botox or Juvéderm and Which One is Right for You
Achieving a confident and healthy smile may start with your dentist, but you can take it even further by easing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or by adding volume to your face and lips to create more youthful and radiant-looking skin.
Whatever your current wants or needs may be, Dr. Love here at Lifetime Dental Health will take the time to discuss options, including the use of Botox or Juvéderm, and help you decide the next step to take. Highly experienced and certified, Dr. Love and her team will go the extra mile to ensure you create and maintain the smile you love. Give us a call today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.