Gain a Better Understanding of Botox and Juvederm    

Aging, an increased exposure to sunlight and other factors can contribute to wrinkles, creases and frown lines on a person’s face. Fortunately, there are FDA-approved fillers that can be applied by a physician, which act as effective treatments that enhance the appearance of a woman or man’s face. Although Botox and Juvederm are two popular types of injectable fillers, there are a few significant differences between the two.

What is Botox?

Botox comes from a naturally occurring bacterium known as clostridium botulinum. Over time, clostridium botulinum eventually begins to produce botulinum toxin, which is a neurotoxin that targets the nervous system and disrupts the signaling processes that controls communication within it. Botulinum toxin can be injected into men and women in small doses. These injections ultimately prevent signals from the nerve cells before they can reach the muscles and prevent the muscle cells from contracting. Injecting botulinum toxin also reduces the number of abnormal muscle contractions, which means the muscles gain more movement and become less stiff.

Botox: What to Expect

Although Botox is well known for treating age-induced facial wrinkles and facial lines, its purpose goes far beyond that. Botox is also used by doctors, like oral facial surgeons, to treat a plethora of medical conditions. When a man or woman chooses to use Botox for aesthetic reasons, the Botox administering process is quick and seemingly painless. A Botox procedure only takes a few minutes from start to finish. There’s no need for anesthesia, so the doctor will clean the area, apply a numbing topical agent if need be and inject a small amount of Botox with a needle into the targeted muscles of the face—usually the frown line between the eyebrows. Botox can also be directly injected into the forehead, eyebrows, on the nose, around the eyes, on the lipstick lines, on the jawline, on the neck and into the chin. 

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm might be similar to Botox—but they are definitely not the same. Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler used to enhance soft tissue, create a smoother appearance and bring about a fuller face in the men and women who use it. There are three main types of Juvederm products that help decrease the telltale physical signs of aging in a person’s face. Each of the Juvederm products tailors to a specific area in a person’s face, utilizing various areas and depths when injected. Juvederm Voluma XC increases the size of the cheeks, Juvederm XC and Juvederm Vollure XC help decrease skin elasticity and fill in wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose, while Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC are used to enhance lips in a nonsurgical way.

The Juvederm Process and Target Areas

Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in Juvederm that adds volume to the tissue on the face when it is injected. Since our faces slowly stop producing hyaluronic acid and collagen, it is easy for the face to sag, bringing about wrinkles and creases in various spots. When it comes time to perform a Juvederm procedure, a doctor will use a pen to draw up the areas on the face that need to be treated, massaging each area so that it is distributed evenly. Unlike Botox, which only takes a matter of minutes, an entire Juvederm procedure can take up to one hour. Patients do not need to be put under anesthesia before receiving Juvederm. However, Juvederm contains lidocaine, a substance that reduces pain—so when Juvederm is injected via a needle, it is less likely to hurt. Similar to Botox, Juvederm can be injected into a number of areas on the face. Juvederm is usually targeted in the cheeks, around the nose and mouth and in the lips.

Schedule a Consultation for Botox or Juvederm    

Botox and Juvederm are both readily available to residents of the Lehigh Valley, specifically at St. Luke’s OMS—the center for oral surgery. Men and women who are interested in receiving Botox or Juvederm can schedule their first visit to the center by contacting the office at 610-756-0112.