While Botox and dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane work to achieve similar anti-aging goals, they rely on different chemicals to get the job done.
How Botox Works
The main ingredient of Botox is Botulinum toxin A, which is produced from the same bacterium that causes a food poisoning known as botulism. The toxin blocks the signal from nerves to muscles, which keeps muscles at the injection area from contracting. Xeomin works the same way as Botox, as they are the same chemical minus a complex protein casing.
The FDA has approved Botox to treat moderate to severe crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines, which are all caused by repeated facial expressions rather than sun damage or gravity. Xeomin is FDA-approved for moderate lines in between the eye brows.
How Dermal Fillers Work
The dermal fillers Juvederm and Restylane both rely on hyaluronic acid as their primary ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is our skin’s natural moisturizer, and when injected in concentrated doses, it adds moisture, softness, and volume to the injected area.
The FDA has approved Juvederm for lifting and contouring the cheeks, lip injections, and smoothing lines around the nose and mouth. Restylane is FDA approved for moderate to severe corrections of wrinkles and facial folds, as well as lip fillers.
How Long do Injectables Last?
How long your injectable treatment lasts depends on the specific injectable. Botox and Xeomin usually lasts 3 to 6 months.
For Juvederm, it depends on which area you are getting filled. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is a cheek filler and lasts for up to a year. JUVÉDERM® XC is a nose filler and mouth filler that lasts 6-12 months. JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is their lip filler and lasts between 12 and 18 months.
For Restylane, the average treatment lasts 6 to 9 months, while their lip filler treatment usually lasts 3 to 4 months.
Are Injectables Safe?
Any injectable that is approved by the FDA is safe, but only for the specific uses for which it was approved. That being said, injections should always be done by a trained medical professional.
One of the reasons BHRC is a top med spa for injectables in Houston is that we only offer FDA-approved injectables done by medical professionals who follow a strict protocol for each session.
What Are the Side Effects of Injectables?
Even though injectables dermal fillers are convenient and tested over decades of use, there are a number of risks that are accompanied that patients should be aware of. These risks include:
Formation of tiny bumps
Bluish skin discoloration (Tyndall effect)
Death of skin tissue
Because of these risks, the seasoned medical staff here at BHRC are professionally trained, certified, and only use injectables that are FDA approved and scientifically tested.
Injectables Before and After Pictures
Radiesse & Belotero Balance
*Individual results may vary.
LISTEN TO THE BIGGEST LOSER’S CELEBRITY FITNESS TRAINER JILLIAN MICHAELS’ INTERVIEW WITH BHRC CO-FOUNDER AND HORMONE REPLACEMENT EXPERT DAN HOLTZ: Read more