BOTOX COSMETIC® and JUVÉDERM® Dermal or Soft Tissue Filler

I am seeing changes in my appearance that don’t reflect how I feel. Are Botox®, JUVÉDERM® or both the right choice for me?

You feel great but are starting to look different than how you feel. Perhaps more tired, not as firm in places. We are living longer and enjoy healthy, active lifestyles, so is it a surprise that we want to look the way we feel?

The media offers endless ideas to help us maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. There is so much information that it is easy to become confused especially when considering a medical aesthetic approach possibly with BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal filler.

BOTOX COSMETIC® has been approved in Canada for over 20 years and is one of the most
researched cosmetic procedures, with a track record for reliability and safety. JUVÉDERM® hyaluronic acid dermal filler is widely used, with 100 million syringes manufactured worldwide. It is the brand Dr. Sweeney chooses because she can achieve predictable and natural looking results with safe short and long term effects over the 18 years she has used this versatile hyaluronic acid product line


Let’s take a closer look at the benefits and to answer the most commonly asked questions.


What is BOTOX COSMETIC® and how does it work?

BOTOX COSMETIC® is a purified protein that is injected into muscles with tiny needles to temporarily block the nerves that contract muscles. A dynamic wrinkle is one that appears when you move specific parts of your face – for example, when you frown, smile, or squint. Over time these repeated movements create lines and wrinkles where the muscles fold the skin. Most common areas are the lines between the eyebrows (number 11’s or glabella lines), wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), and lines around the mouth.

BOTOX ® can lift! By strategically injecting BOTOX ® into specific regions of the face and 
neck the treatment can “lift” the corners of the eyes, eyebrows, mouth or jaw line (the Nefertiti Lift). BOTOX ® changes the impression we project converting a sad, tired, stressed or unapproachable appearance to one that is more relaxed, rested and friendlier.

How long does it take BOTOX COSMETIC® to work? How long does it last?

Benefits start 3-4 days after treatment and may take up to 14 days for full effect. Relaxation of the treated muscles lasts 3-6 months. For best long-term results re-treatment is typically recommended every 3-4 months.

What age should I start using BOTOX COSMETIC®?

BOTOX ® treatment has its highest success when started before lines or sagging become advanced. Patients typically start in their 20-40’s when it is possible to also benefit from the preventative value of regular treatments.  At Live Young patients between age 20 and 90 have been happy clients.


It is essential to have BOTOX® injected by a physician who is experienced in the procedure.  Both the aesthetics (ensuring a natural look), and safety are paramount in guaranteeing a successful treatment result. With 20 years of use in millions of patients the product safety is established. BOTOX THERAPEUTIC ®, which is identical to BOTOX COSMETIC®, is approved for treatment in children as young as 2 years.

JUVÉDERM® Dermal Fillers

What is JUVÉDERM®?

JUVÉDERM® soft tissue or dermal filler is a safe, engineered product that consists of
hyaluronic acid, a sugar-like molecule that is found naturally in skin and other tissues. It is
a gel which is injected to smooth wrinkles, lift sagging skin and restore facial volume and
youthful contours. Common treatment areas are the forehead, under eye hollows, cheeks,

chin, lips and jaw line.

Dermal filler can also be used to reduce the appearance of some scars, to reshape the nose,
to repair ear lobes and for plumping up aging boney hands.
At Live Young Medical, Dr. Sweeney uses JUVÉDERM® Ultra and Ultra Plus, VOLBELLA®,
VOLIFT®, VOLUMA®, and VOLUX®. Typically VOLBELLA® is used in the lips to hydrate
and plump, VOLIFT® to fill in grooves such as the nasolabial folds, VOLUMA® in the cheeks
and temples to lift and soften, and VOLUX™ to contour the jaw line and chin. When used in
multiple areas the result is not just correction and improvement in facial proportions but a
natural look and feel.

How is the treatment done? Does it hurt?

JUVÉDERM® is delivered in a comfortable setting by injection. The procedure takes about
60 minutes. Live Young patients rate the discomfort as 4 out of 10. JUVÉDERM® contains a
 small amount of pain-reducing lidocaine, which will help minimize any pain or discomfort

you feel during treatment. A numbing cream is also applied before treatment.

How long will it take to see the results of a JUVÉDERM® treatment?

You will see results right away and typically look even better a month later as the gel implant
softens and integrates with surrounding tissues. Results last from 12-24 months depending on

the type of JUVÉDERM® used and its placement.

Will I look overdone?

In the right hands results are natural both at rest and on animation. Dr Sweeney has been treating patients with Botox® and dermal filler since 2003. With years of experience you can trust that she will provide a treatment that suits your needs and ensure you look the best version of you.

Are BOTOX COSMETIC® and JUVÉDERM® Better Together?

No one treatment is superior, each are used in different areas and have different effects as
we described above. BOTOX® is used most often in the upper 1/3 of the face and
JUVÉDERM® in the lower 2/3rds. Rather than relying on any one product or technique
results are better with a combination of BOTOX COSMETIC® to smooth frown lines and
crow’s feet and JUVÉDERM® to restore youthful contours, refresh lips and fill in lines and
hollowing. The combination is called The SOFT LIFT®. When used together the benefit is
greater than “the sum of its parts” because results are more global and subtle as no one
procedure is over used and because the face can be treated as a whole for an integrated and

natural result.

View this blog to see the natural looking result of a combination procedure with BOTOX


We hope this post answers some of your questions about BOTOX COSMETIC® and dermal
fillers. You will find more information along with “before and after” images on our website


If you’re ready to refresh your youthful, vibrant image put yourself in the hands of Dr.

Maureen Sweeney and the Live Young team of professionals.

You deserve the best. 
Call us at 250-654-0383 to book your consultation or, book an appointment through our

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Experienced Care, Individualized Approach, Satisfied Patients.

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