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Botox vs. Fillers

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Written by Avery Samuels, Reviewed by Dr. Justin Harper, MD

At Juvly, we offer a number of so-called “injectables,” which include Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, and more. However, Botox is a completely separate treatment, designed to address different issues than Restylane and Juvederm, which are two examples of fillers.

It’s easy to remember which is which: Botox is made from bacteria, and it’s designed to temporarily freeze muscles in order to relax the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, dermal fillers contain a variety of ingredients and are designed to add fullness, usually to areas where collagen has been lost due to aging – the cheeks, lips, and hands, for example.

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What does Botox do?

Botox is perhaps the most widely known and popular aesthetic service in the United States. It’s derived from bacteria and can be fatal in large doses, but is harmless (and FDA approved, of course!) in such small quantities. It is classified as a neurotoxin, and works by blocking nerve signals where it is injected, paralyzing the muscles.

 

Am I a good candidate for Botox?

Botox is great for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, particularly those around the mouth and on the forehead, but that is not its only function – this product’s ability to freeze muscles by constricting them and making them smaller means that it is also great for services like jaw slimming and reducing underarm sweat.

So, if you are looking to temporarily relax your wrinkles, slim your face, or reduce those pit stains, you’re an ideal candidate for a Botox treatment.

 

How long does Botox last?

The effects of Botox usually last for 3-4 months, depending on the speed of your metabolism.

 

What does dermal filler do?

Dermal fillers, including Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvederm and more, are used to either plump areas such as the lips and buttocks, or to fill in areas where collagen has been lost over the years, particularly in the cheeks, lips, hands, or undereyes. Depending on the product, different substances are used to achieve this, including hyaluronic acid and polylactic acid.

 

Am I a good candidate for filler?

If you are looking to restore volume lost due to aging, or if you’re unhappy with the appearance of a feature that seems saggy or thin, you’d be a great candidate for filler.

 

How long does filler last?

Depending on the product and the speed of your metabolism, filler can last between 6 months and 2 years.

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