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By Comprehensive Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, PLC
September 16, 2014
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Almost every other commercial on the television these days features a beautiful woman smiling and raving about how some cosmetic filler makes her feel young and radiant again. We all know these products work, but because each filler has an almost identical sales pitch, it’s hard to discern how these products vary—or rather, how one might have a specific benefit over another.before and after wrinkle treatment
 
We have a lot of Winter Park residents ask us what the difference is between Juvederm and Botox. So we’d like to look past the advertisements and share with you just a few of the ways in which these products are different in order to help you make an informed decision about your cosmetic procedures.
 

Juvederm

 
This filler is mainly used for lines around the mouth—specifically the lines that lead from the base of the nose to the outer corners of the lips. Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid, which is a protein that naturally occurs in the body. Because hyaluronic acids are actually part of the cell wall, Juvederm won’t cause any bad reactions. It’s thin and smooth in consistency as well, meaning that there’s typically very little bruising or swelling after injection. An enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acids also easily corrects Juvederm, so in the unlikely event that a mistake is made, you won’t have to live with it for any length of time. One con of Juvederm, however, is that it doesn’t usually last much past eight months post injection. At $500 per vial (and two vials per injection), Juvederm can be a bit expensive, but in the end, a worthwhile alternative.
 

Botox

 
Botox, a diluted form of botulism toxin, has been used for various purposes in medicine for over thirty-five years, and also happens to be great for softening lines around the eyes and on the forehead. It is probably the most effective injectable and is a safe procedure to undergo. In just a few minutes, Botox can eliminate the presence of crow’s feet and reduce wrinkles so that they’re nearly invisible. There have been very few cases of minor bruising post-injection.
 
The biggest con of Botox injections is likely the cost of their upkeep. Their price rates varies among doctors, but depending upon the number of injection sites, you can expect to spend anywhere from $250–$600 every three to four months. Botox is certainly a commitment, so be sure to discuss this option with your dermatologist before you make any final decisions about your cosmetic procedures.
 
If Botox or Juvederm seems like something you might be interested in, call our Winter Park office at (407) 339-7546 today!

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