Botox and Dysport are injectable medicines that work to temporarily paralyze and weaken muscles. The FDA approved area of the face for cosmetic use is the glabella, which is the area between the eyebrows.

Juvederm and Restylane are dermal fillers. They are both the same generic chemical, hyaluronic aced. The FDA approved area is for the nasolabial fold areas, which are the folds next to your lips and in your cheek area. Some people refer to them as the “parentheses” lines. Juvederm is injected into these folds to make them less visible.

So, although both Botox and Juvederm are injected into the face, they do very different things. Botox will make your wrinkles look better or disappear, because the muscles forming them will not work as well. Juvederm works to fill in fold or deeper wrinkles, generally around the cheek and chin areas. Both medications are generally injected in an office setting, and do not require significant anesthesia for safe injection.

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