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Botox vs. Juvéderm: which treatment to choose

We all worry about our physical appearance. Everyone wants to look younger, fitter, thinner, more seductive, etc. Feeling good in our own skin does more than simply boost our self-esteem; it has been shown that physical appearance plays an important role in our personal and professional lives.

Two of the most popular non-invasive treatments to help enhance our appearance are Botox and Juvéderm. But you might be wondering about the difference between them. Here’s a little rejuvenation guide, specially designed to help you make the right choice.

Botox: relaxing the muscles

Approved by Health Canada, Botox has been used for more than 20 years to treat a variety of medical conditions, in addition to its use as an anti-wrinkle treatment. It works by relaxing the motor nerves. By reducing the ability of the muscles to move and contract, it smooths the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The skin becomes smoother and more supple, but not rigid, for a result that looks completely natural.

The length of the treatment, itself, is only 30 minutes, and you can resume your normal activities as soon as you leave the clinic.

Areas treated

Generally used in the upper part of the face around the forehead and eyes, Botox is very effective at reducing the following:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Laugh lines
  • Marionette lines (“folds of bitterness”)
  • Lip wrinkles
  • Wattles (“turkey neck”)

Contrary to popular belief, Botox isn’t injected into the lips, which are treated, instead, using fillers like hyaluronic acid.

Juvéderm: plumping up the skin naturally

Juvéderm is a type of dermal filler that helps restore volume to the skin. It’s commonly used to plump up the lips.

Containing hyaluronic acid (a substance that occurs naturally in the body), Juvéderm is also very effective at diminishing wrinkles, allowing the skin to retain its firm, youthful appearance. The effects of the treatment can last for 10 to 12 months.

Botox or Juvéderm?

Here are a few guidelines to help you decide which treatment is best for you.

Botox is recommended if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of expression lines, which are the wrinkles that show up as a result of the movements of your face.

On the other hand, you’ll probably want to opt for Juvéderm if your goal is to plump up certain parts of your face to offset the loss of volume that occurs naturally over time. Wrinkles between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), cheeks that are too flat and lips that are too thin can all benefit from Juvéderm treatments.

How much do they cost?

The prices, which vary from case to case, are determined after the physician providing the treatment performs a thorough evaluation. To give you a general idea, it might cost around $350 to have your frown lines treated.

But beware of providers who quote fixed prices. These prices are usually determined based on an average, so you could end up paying more than you need to for your particular situation.

High-quality treatments for a radiant appearance!

For more information on rejuvenating treatments, contact the experienced professionals at Clinique Jean Gilbert in Montreal.

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