What is the difference between Juvederm and Botox?

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When your new to injections and fillers navigating the options can become a little confusing, especially when deciding what treatment will be best suited for your personal agenda. This article should provide you with some basic information so you can have a better understanding of both Botox and Juvederm. 

What is Botox?

Botox is a trademarked version of the substance, botulinum toxin, which is simply a neuromuscular blocker. So what does this mean? It means that it actually paralyzes the muscle into which it is injected so that it maintains its shape. This is why it is most commonly used for things such as wrinkles in the upper face and forehead. It is also best used in the glabella region (wrinkle between your brows) and for "crows feet" near the eyes. Most people don't know that botox also has a variety of other applications in the medicinal field. For example in 1981, it was used to treat people who had crossed eyes.  

Other less known functions for Botox include helping excessive sweating, unpleasant underarm odor by paralyzing sweat glands, migraines, and even some symptoms of Parkinson's disease. 

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is what we call a "soft tissue filler." Which means it is a great solution for dealing with the natural volume loss in the face from the process of aging.  It is typical to lose facial fat over the years as we continue aging this can become more apparent and can result in a less desirable appearance for most individuals. The nasolabial fold for example, (parenthesis around the mouth) tends to sink and our mouth begins to move downward, cheeks flatten, and lip wrinkles emerge. This is why we use a filler made of a substance similar to what is naturally present in the body instead of a neuromuscular blocker. Injecting it into the common problem areas such as the lines around the lips, chin and cheeks. 

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