BOTOX® Cosmetic vs. Juvederm®

Woman getting Botox and dermal fillers
If you want to reduce the visible signs of aging, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm® can deliver fast, efficient results in different ways. BOTOX® Cosmetic is a neuromodulator that relaxes muscles that cause wrinkles through repeated, daily contractions. Juvederm is a dermal filler that restores volume and replenishes naturally occurring, skin-healing compounds.

At the Laser and Skin Surgery Center, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Renuka Diwan has nearly 30 years of experience helping her Cleveland patients attain radiant, youthful-looking skin. She can help diminish the visible signs of aging that you’re unhappy with. Read on to learn about the differences between BOTOX® Cosmetic and Juvederm, as well as how Dr. Diwan can use them to help you.

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

One major cause of wrinkles is the repetitive contractions that our facial muscles make every day. You perform unconscious actions such as smiling, frowning, laughing, squinting, and furrowing your brow multiple times every day. Throughout your life, those recurring movements cause wrinkles.

BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces the hyperactivity of the muscles that control those contractions and allows the wrinkles in the treatment area to dissipate. It does this by blocking signals from your nerves that tell those muscles to contract. Importantly, it does not prevent you from making those movements consciously. You can still smile, laugh, talk, eat as usual and look natural.

BOTOX® Cosmetic can treat issues such as:

  • “Crow’s feet” creases
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Other cosmetic issues such as wrinkles below your eyes, drooping of the corners of the mouth, a gummy smile and neck creases and looseness.

What is Juvederm?

Another big reason people develop wrinkles is the age-related decrease in skin-bolstering compounds such as hyaluronic acid and collagen. Collagen is a protein that helps give your skin volume and structure. It also helps your skin heal itself. Hyaluronic acid helps support the structure of your skin and transfers nutrients to your skin from your bloodstream.

Once you enter your mid-20s, your body starts producing about 1 percent less collagen and hyaluronic acid per year. That’s where Juvederm comes in. Juvederm contains hyaluronic acid. When it is injected into skin creases, it fills and lifts the creases.  Juvederm can improve issues such as:

  • Deep wrinkles
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Sagging skin
  • Loss of lip volume

Does BOTOX® Cosmetic or Juvederm Last Longer?

Neither BOTOX® Cosmetic nor Juvederm is permanent. BOTOX® Cosmetic results last about 3-6 months, (sometimes longer)  and Juvederm lasts about 6-18 months or longer. After they wear off, lines and wrinkles will start to return.

However, if you choose to undergo further treatment, the results of your injections will be cumulative. That means the wrinkles and lines will be a little bit less pronounced and less severe every time they come back.

Contact Our Cleveland Dermatologist Today

Dr. Diwan has almost 30 years of cosmetic dermatological experience. She has dedicated her career to helping her patients achieve greater self-confidence by restoring a more youthful appearance of their skin. She strives to give her patients elegant, natural results they can be proud of.

Dr. Diwan serves Westlake, Strongsville, and surrounding areas of Cleveland. Call (440) 871-9832 today to schedule a consultation.