For many people, lines and wrinkles appear as the first visible signs of facial aging. In their earliest stages, facial wrinkles may be manageable with topical products and over-the-counter solutions alone, but there comes a time when the aging process will inevitably escape the control of a DIY approach.
Cosmetic injections, like Botox and Juvéderm, are among the most popular and effective solutions for smoothing out facial lines. Whether you’ve already reached this point — or you’re simply hoping to get a head start in your anti-aging journey — you may be a candidate for cosmetic injections.
With the extensive range of injectables available today, many people have questions about which product is right for them. Top Sacramento board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Donald Hause can help you understand which class of injectables will be most effective at combating your lines and wrinkles.
Defining Your Lines and Wrinkles
Facial lines and wrinkles are primarily categorized as being either static or dynamic. Static lines develop as the result of a natural decline in collagen and elastin supplies, volume loss, gravity, sun damage, and other factors associated with the aging process. Common examples of static lines, which are visible even while the facial expression is at rest, include:
- Marionette lines
- Nasolabial folds
- Tear troughs
Dynamic lines, on the other hand, develop gradually over time as the result of many years’ worth of repetitive muscle movements and expressive motions, such as smiling, frowning, and squinting. Examples of dynamic lines include:
- Forehead lines
- Brow wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Smoker’s lines (lip lines)
- Frown lines
The distinction between static and dynamic plays a critical role in determining which cosmetic injectable will be most effective in smoothing out unwanted lines and wrinkles.
Deciding Between Botox and Juvéderm
Many patients are surprised to learn that Botox and Juvéderm cannot be used interchangeably. Botox, which is an injectable neuromodulator, is designed to smooth out dynamic lines and wrinkles on the face and neck by temporarily paralyzing the underlying facial muscle. Juvéderm is considered a dermal filler and, unlike Botox, is used to restore lost facial volume and soften static lines and wrinkles.
During your initial consultation for cosmetic injections in Sacramento, CA, Dr. Hause will carefully assess the nature and degree of your facial lines and wrinkles to determine the best course of treatment for you. In many cases, a combination of Botox plus Juvéderm offers the most compelling opportunity to achieve youthful, natural-looking results by treating both static and dynamic lines simultaneously. Patients considering pairing Botox with Juvéderm should keep in mind that Botox typically needs to be reinjected every 3-4 months, while the results of Juvéderm can last for up to a year.
Choose the Right Injectable for Your Wrinkles in Sacramento, CA
Not all lines and wrinkles are created equal, but with the right combination of cosmetic injectables, you can achieve the smoother, softer, younger appearance you desire. To learn more about whether Botox, Juvéderm or a combination of injectables may be right for you, call Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery at (916) 646-6869 or complete our online contact form.