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The Difference Between Juvederm and Botox

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Injectables are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the United States, with an increase of 39% in procedures performed in the past five years. Injections that treat facial lines and wrinkles are the preferred method of treatment, like Juvederm and Botox.

But what’s the difference between Juvederm and Botox? While these products treat the same issue, they work in different ways. Juvederm is a dermal filler, while Botox blocks nerve signals in the muscle that cause wrinkles. Patients looking to treat their facial lines should keep these differences in mind to better benefit from each procedure.

Juvederm vs Botox

Patients with no experience in cosmetic treatments may think that Juvederm and Botox are the same procedure, but there is actually a fair amount of difference between the two. Here is a quick table for comparison and contrast:

Active ingredient is hyaluronic acidActive ingredient is botulinum toxin
Works as dermal fillerWorks as a neurotransmitter blocker
Results are instant and last up to one to two yearsResults take several days and last for months
Average cost is around $600 for one injectionAverage cost is $10 to $30 dollars per unit depending on the region
Long treatment sessions, may need reapplication once a yearShort treatment sessions, may need several reapplications a year

Juvederm and Botox are effective at treating lines and wrinkles on the face, though there may be some slight variation depending on the exact area that needs to be treated. They can help improve your appearance better than makeup, and are both FDA-approved as preventive or active treatments to smoothen out lines and wrinkles.

Both cosmetic products are relatively painless, non-invasive and require little to no recovery time, which makes them preferable treatment options for people who don’t want to go through cosmetic surgery. In addition, maintenance and upkeep of these treatments are fairly minimal, with each treatment session lasting an average of thirty minutes to one hour.

Why Use Botox?

Botox is one of the leading cosmetic injectables used to treat facial lines and wrinkles, with a tried-and-tested history of efficacy. Here are the considerations you need to keep in mind when using it:

1. How it adds volume

Botox works by freezing the nerves that usually cause wrinkles to form in your face. It prevents muscles from flexing, which is the primary cause of wrinkles. This helps your skin appear smoother and any wrinkles less apparent after the injection.

2. Where it’s used

Botox can treat a wide variety of lines and wrinkles like glabellar lines, crow’s feet, and lines around the eyes, brows, and forehead. It excels at treating fine lines in the skin like bunny lines. It’s also used as a non-cosmetic injection for conditions like migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), muscle spasms, and eyelid twitching. 

3. Why use it to treat lines and wrinkles

The two advantages that Botox has over cosmetic dermal fillers are cost and minimal side effects.

Botox injections are charged via the number of injections required, or units. This makes it a more cost-effective option if you don’t need to treat a lot of wrinkles. While pricing may vary depending on where you get it, it’ll always be a more affordable option than Juvederm.

Because Botox has been around and developed for so long, the risks of developing any side effects are minimal. Most patients report minor bruising and swelling which go away after a day of rest. Most dermatologists are also familiar with administering Botox injections, which further decrease the risk of complications occurring during and after the procedure.

Why Use Juvederm?

Juvederm is one of the leading cosmetic dermal fillers, which are usually seen as long-term alternatives to treatments like Botox. Here are the considerations you need to keep in mind when using it:

1. How it adds volume

Juvederm is a gel that contains a generous amount of hyaluronic acid, which is inserted into the skin underneath your wrinkles. This “fills in” the grooves and lines in skin, giving it a smooth and supple appearance.

2. Where it’s used

Juvederm has several formulas that add volume to deep lines and wrinkles around the face like the lips, cheeks, around the nose, and lines around the mouth. It’s particularly effective at addressing lines like marionette lines and laugh lines. Unlike Botox, Juvederm has no applications outside of cosmetic treatments.

3. Why use it to treat lines and wrinkles

There are two major advantages to using Juvederm: efficacy and duration of the results.

Since its active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, it’s extremely effective at keeping water inside the skin. This helps it fare better against factors like ultraviolet radiation, smoke, and other environmental triggers that contribute to skin aging and wrinkle development.

Juvederm also lasts longer than Botox and requires minimal upkeep and follow-up sessions. On average, you can expect results to last around one to two years, though that may change depending on the area that received the treatment.

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Ultimately, the decision of using Juvederm or Botox will rely on your consultation with your dermatologist. Each injectable has its distinct advantages depending on how much and where it needs to be applied. You should also take into consideration factors like your capacity to commit to a treatment schedule and the potential cost of the overall treatment.

As a leading provider of skin treatment in New Jersey, Ethos Spa has extensive experience with administering injections like dermal fillers and Botox. Our staff is highly trained and well-equipped to provide you with amazing results with either treatment, along with providing premium customer service.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more about our services.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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