Botox is a product made from a toxin (made by botulinum bacteria) that relaxes muscles. When purified and modified, it is safe for cosmetic use. Botox weakens the muscles that pull on the skin to create dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, and brow furrows. This causes the wrinkles to disappear naturally after a few days. Each botox treatment lasts 3 to 5 months and over time, may need to be repeated less.
Restylane and Juvederm are safe and natural cosmetic dermal fillers that restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (they run from the nose to the mouth).
Restylane is made of non-animal based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin, which is appropriate for deeper lines and areas that cannot be treated with Botox.
How are Restylane and Juvederm different from Botox cosmetic? Restylane is a natural, cosmetic filler. In contrast, Botox is a drug that blocks nerve transmission and relaxes the underlying muscles. Some patients are candidates for both. Such as treating the smoker’s lines on the upper lip area.