Dr. Jeffrey Liva offers many different cosmetic procedures to his patients, including both Botox® and Juvederm®. Dr. Liva serves residents throughout New Jersey, including those living in the Bergen County area. If you’re interested in learning more about Botox or fillers, make an appointment with Dr. Liva.
Both Botox and dermal fillers serve the same basic purpose when used for cosmetic procedures: They reverse the visible signs of aging. While they both fill out hollows, eliminate wrinkles, and plump up areas like the lips, each of these tasks performs in different ways. Botox injections work by paralyzing the muscles and allowing them to relax. Dermal fillers like Juvederm, on the other hand, work by stimulating collagen and elastin production that usually decreases as a person ages. Botox begins to show results much faster than dermal fillers, though the effects don’t last as long. While it takes several weeks for the effects of dermal fillers to be noticeable, they last for several months when compared to Botox.
Depending on the type of dermal filler, the treatment lasts from 6 months to 3 years. Juvederm normally lasts anywhere from 4-6 months, though repeated treatments help results last for longer periods each time. Once the collagen and elastin production begins to increase, repeated treatments help maintain the new level of production and ensure longer lasting results. Dr. Liva recommends enhanced versions of dermal fillers for longer lasting results. The length of time the treatment lasts also depends on the extent of damage to the skin. If the skin has an excessive amount of wrinkles and lines, it may take more than 1 treatment for the full effects of the treatment to be realized.
Both Botox and dermal fillers like Juvederm effectively correct the signs of aging. The key factors include the length of time the treatment lasts and how each product works to receive the desired results. With Botox, the results last for a much shorter period of time and don’t affect the actual structure of the face. Juvederm and other dermal fillers work by altering the composition of the tissues. Instead of paralyzing the muscles, dermal fillers rejuvenate the tissues and reintroduce collagen and elastin back into the tissues. Dr. Liva recommends either treatment after examining the patient’s specific needs and goals.