Two of the most common options for minor plastic surgery of the facial features are Botox and Juvederm. You might have seen both of them when you visited your plastic surgeon or dermatologist's office, and you may wonder what the differences are between them. Both treatments are similar in that they treat wrinkles, they are administered as outpatient procedures, and they typically take less than 30 minutes to administer. While they both work to minimize the signs of aging in the face, they are two different treatments that are used for different types of procedures. As with any procedure, any questions specific to your care should be discussed with your doctor.
Botox is a derivative of Botulinum toxin, type A. It is a similar toxin to that which causes Botulism food poisoning, but is formulated for use in medical and cosmetic procedures. In plastic surgery, it is used to temporarily paralyze facial muscles, typically those of the forehead and brow areas, in order to inhibit muscles movements that can cause wrinkles. In addition to the face, Botox can be used to treat migraine headaches, overactive bladder, loss of bladder control, or excessive sweating. Typically, Botox is injected about every four months to keep wrinkles at bay, though sometimes the injections can be spaced out a bit longer.
Juvederm is what is known as a 'hyaluronic soft tissue filler'. As the name implies, soft tissue fillers replace lost fat and soft tissue that have been lost from beneath the skin. As we age, we lose fat volume in our faces, which leads to deep lines, wrinkled lips, and flatter cheeks. Juvederm injections help to refill the areas that have lost soft tissue volume. Typically, Juvederm injections last from 9-12 months, and are typically used to treat nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth), though they can be used to fill in many other types of deeper wrinkles.'
If you are considering Juvederm or botox and need an expert cosmetic surgeon to assist you in the process, then contact Dr. Gregory Roche today!