Juvederm vs. Botox: Everything You Need to Know

Of the 15.7 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that took place in 2017, botulinum toxin (such as Botox) and soft tissue filler (such as Juvederm) injections were  the two most popular ones. Both deliver similar results such as reducing wrinkles and lines, but they work in different ways and have their own pros and cons.

If you've been thinking about having either procedure done yourself and are wondering which one is best for you, here's everything you need to know about Juvederm and Botox.

How Each Procedure Works

Both Juvederm and Botox are substances that are injected into the skin to help soften lines and signs of aging, but they are not quite the same. The material that each is made from work in different ways to soften lines and wrinkles.

What is Juvederm?

The one basic difference between the two is that Juvederm is a dermal filler which means it physically fills in areas under the skin to help plump it up. The filler itself is made of sterile hyaluronic acid which helps add volume to facial areas. Our bodies naturally contain hyaluronic acid but its levels drop off as we age. This along with a dip in collagen production can lead to saggy skin and wrinkles. An injection of Juvederm filler can help rejuvenate the skin and restore a youthful appearance.

What is Botox?

Botox, on the other hand, works by temporarily paralyzing muscles to help relax them-thus decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. It contains a sterilized form of botulinum toxin A which is has been approved for this type of procedure.

Both treatments are minimally invasive which means no anesthesia or hospitalization is needed. They can be performed rather quickly and painlessly in a dermatologist's office. There is also no downtime following either treatment.

What Does Each Procedure Treat?

Both treatments can be used to ease the signs of aging, although Botox can be applied to some conditions that are not cosmetic.

Juvederm is manufactured in several slightly different formulas that target certain areas of the face. Some of the signs of aging Juvederm can address include:

  • Smile lines around the mouth and nose
  • Lip wrinkles and lines
  • Lines on the forehead and in between the eyes
  • Cheeks that could use some volume for a more youthful appearance

Botox can be used to treat all of the above but can also used by cosmetic surgeons to ease the following medical conditions as well:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Facial twitching such as twitches on the eyelids
  • Crossed eyes

Botox can even be used an an effective treatment for migraines.

Which procedure is best for you depends upon what you want treated, and what your cosmetic surgeon recommends.

How Long Does Each Treatment Take?

Since there's no recovery time and the procedures themselves only require injections, both can be done in a matter of minutes. Each Botox injection only takes a few minutes. A Juvederm session can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending upon how many areas are being treated.

Neither procedure can be considered painful beyond the discomfort of any kind of injection. Many formulas of Juvederm contain lidocaine to help numb the area during an injection.

Longevity of Results

Here is where Juvederm and Botox drastically differ; with Juvederm, you can expect to see results immediately that can last up to a year or two. This depends entirely upon the individual and the exact formula that was used.

Juvederm patients are overall very satisfied with the treatment. One study found that 71% of patients who received Juvederm to treat their hollowed under eye area were satisfied with their results.

Botox's effects have a shorter life span. A Botox treatment will last an average of three months and may require repeat visits and treatments to upkeep results.

Who is a Candidate for Juvederm and Botox?

Pretty much anyone in overall good health without allergies to lidocaine or hyaluronic acid (if using Juvederm) or any previous reactions to botulinum toxin (if using Botox) can receive the procedures.

You can receive Juvederm if you're 21 years old or older. Botox can be used on anyone between age 18 and 65. Some people with certain skin disorders may not qualify for either treatment. If you're pregnant, you should also wait until after your baby is born to have either procedure done. Your doctor can determine if Juvederm or Botox is safe for you.

Cost of Each Treatment

Juvederm and Botox vary in price because of how long each lasts and how patients are charged for treatments. Juvederm tends to cost much more, generally between $400 and $600 per session. The upside, however, is that it tends to last longer than Botox.

Botox patients are charged for each injection, not treatment session. The cost is generally low, ranging from $15 to $22 each. You may require several injections, and the disadvantage is they don't last as long as dermal fillers.

Your health insurance plan will not cover either procedure, as both are considered exclusively cosmetic. You may, however, be able to find discounts or other deals on Groupon for clinics near you that offer Juvederm or Botox.

Side Effects of Juvederm and Botox Injections

The side effects of either procedure are rare. Usually any that arise are simply irritations at the injection site. These may include redness, bruising, tenderness, and itching. Most side effects are minor and go away on their own.

Botox clients may experience the above as well as muscle weakness, a crooked smile, rash, or difficulty swallowing. If you experience any of these following a Botox treatment that doesn't disappear in a few days, contact your doctor.

Juvederm or Botox: Which Is Right For You?

As you can see, there are many advantages and disadvantages to Juvederm and Botox. Which one is suitable for you depends upon your budget, how long you want results to last, and your age.

If you're still unsure about either procedure, we can help answer any additional questions you have. Contact us to set up a free consultation at our Chattanooga Med Spa to discuss Juvederm, Botox, and other procedures we provide to help you look and feel your best.