Which Skin Care Option is Right for You?

The Best Cosmetic Skin Care for You: Botox, Juvederm, or Chemical Peels

Cosmetic skin care has come a long way in fitting into more specific needs for different individuals. The main three we will discuss today are Juvederm, Botox, and chemical peels; each comes with its own type of treatment to get that smooth rejuvenated skin. To clarify, on a subjective note, one of these cosmetic skin treatments could potentially be the best for you, but perhaps not the best for a friend or family member. Keep in mind each has its own safety levels and individuals may have their own preferences in how their skin care is applied. Let’s take a look at all three of them in depth and see for yourself which is the best of the cosmetic skin treatments.

Botox: The Original Skin Care

Intentions and Results

Botox is the best known of the three treatments as it was the first brand-name and most tested product on the market. Suffice to say, it is the safest and has become a certified treatment in both the medical and cosmetic fields. The Botox procedure intends to soften fine lines caused by years of facial expressions and wrinkles over the course of 3 to 6 months after treatment for a more natural change.

How Does It Work?

Botox derives from Clostridium botulinum bacterium and is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes the underlying muscles and nerve activity in order to relax your skin and give it a more elastic, youthful appearance. The treatment fortunately has little to no downtime, though there may be some bruising and swelling initially after the treatment which can be easily concealed with makeup. Pain is minimal and the treatment takes roughly 10 to 15 minutes. There are no long-term side effects so patients can go about their daily activities.

Good Candidates for Botox

Many patients could be potentially good candidates if they are looking to rejuvenate facial wrinkles and fine lines, especially those with frown lines between the eyebrows or moderate to severe crow’s feet lines.

Juvederm: A New Contender

Intentions and Results

Juvederm is one of the latest derma-fillers that is both FDA approved and has been shown to be safe and effective to darker-skinned patients. Because it is Hyaluronic Acid based it gives the individual a subtler change in appearance for a natural fresh, wrinkle-free face. This long-lasting derma-filler is an injectable gel that takes effect immediately after treatment with little downtime and has a lasting power of up to 6 months or more. While Juvederm has been mostly successful on lips, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines, it can be injected anywhere on the face.

How Does It Work?

Hyaluronic Acid is a natural part of your body that diminishes as we age, making our skin drier and less likely to bounce back. As Juvederm is Hyaluronic Acid based, it can replace the lost (HA) on the face for a fresher look. A tiny needle is injected into the targeted areas, discomfort is minimal and the treatment takes roughly 30-45 minutes to perform. There may be slight bruising or swelling immediately after the treatment though it should not persist longer than two to three days.

Those Who are Good Candidates for Juvederm

Those looking to rejuvenate facial lines and wrinkles are potentially suitable candidates. Juvederm has also shown to have positive effects on others who want to add structure and volume to their face. People who live active lifestyles such as runners are more prone to losing volume and could also benefit from the Juvederm treatment.

Chemical Peels: An Alternate Solution

Intentions and Results

Chemical peels are a more general term for solutions that improve the appearance and feel of the face, neck, and hands. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery or ASDS states that different chemical peels have different treatment intentions. If someone is looking to rejuvenate their skin from wrinkles and fine lines, the medium or deep peel would be best suited to achieve that. Chemical peels can be used for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to aging skin, acne scars, crow’s feet, sun damaged skin, and wrinkles.

How Does It Work?

A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The treated skin is shown to be noticeably refreshed, smoother, and less wrinkled than the old skin. Although the chemicals may sting, be irritable or cause redness, they are not known for being painful. However, depending on the type of chemical the irritation may be greater. For wrinkles, a stronger chemical known as Trichloroacetic acid is applied on the skin. It may sting more than gentler acids, causing redness and swelling after treatment. Healing time also may vary depending on the type of chemical peel. Superficial peels require 1 to 7 days to heal, medium peels require 7 to 14 days, while deep peels require 14 to 21 days.

Good Candidates for Chemical Peels

People who want to exfoliate wrinkled or dry skin are potentially good candidates. Chemical peels work on a variety of conditions beyond fine lines that many people can benefit from. Generally, those with fairer skin have shown to be more susceptible candidates for chemical peels.

Review the Basics of Each Treatment

By now you’ve taken the time and evaluated each treatment in all their positive and negative attributes. Depending on the individual, one treatment may seem to shine brighter than the others or maybe all three could still be in contention with one another in your mind. Whichever one you may be leaning towards or if you’re still on the fence about all three, it may be time to make a consultation with a cosmetic practitioner and get both a professional and in-depth opinion. Take your time in choosing and consider your specific needs, the targeted areas you are most drawn to, and if the treatment is safe for you. If you want to consult with a professional, contact us.










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