Juvéderm® is an injectable substance used in cosmetic procedures to help reduce wrinkling, particularly around the smile lines or to create greater fullness in areas like the lips. It is similar to other injectable products, but testing has shown it to be slightly more effective in accomplishing a smooth look, especially around the mouth, and these studies make it one of the more popular choices. As with products like Restylane®, Juvéderm® — which is made mostly from a substance called hyaluronic acid — is a temporary fix to wrinkling. Injections usually have to be repeated every year or so to maintain a less wrinkled appearance.

Botox® is a protein derived from botulism toxin that is injected underneath skin in order to minimize or smooth out lines and wrinkles on the face. When low doses are used, it actually paralyzes or relaxes facial muscles, giving the recipient a clean, smooth facial appearance. Botox® is produced by Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

Of course, there are risks. It’s rare, but one can have an allergic reaction to Botox®. Also, because it numbs the muscles, it can cause the appearance of surprise or make it look like the recipient has a permanent frown. Since the treatment is temporary, these inconveniences don’t last long. Those taking antibiotics are at risk for an adverse reaction, however. It is important that you let Dr. Morse or the staff know if you are taking an antibiotic or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Botox® is a more attractive option to plastic surgery for many people. It’s quick, it’s less expensive, and except for the prick of a syringe, it’s painless. Anyone considering cosmetic surgery may want to consider Botox® first.