Juvederm or Botox? Which is Better?

It is often assumed that Juvederm and Botox are virtually the same, but in reality they may treat similar issues, but they are quite different. As you age, your tissues experience a decline in volume, which can lead to saggy, droopy and/or wrinkly skin. Both cosmetic procedures treat skin conditions such as: wrinkles, crow’s feet, facial folds and frown lines, but many important factors distinguish them from each other. For instance, Juvederm reduces wrinkles and other skin irregularities and adds volume to your skin.

It is also long-lasting – results can last up to a year (depending on the number of treatments). Botox, on the other hand, treats a variety of skin conditions (i.e. wrinkles, crow’s feet, etc.) by paralyzing the facial muscles responsible for the conditions. Botox is also used for migraines, excessive perspiration (i.e. hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder and some neuromuscular conditions. Moreover, Botox effects typically last up to six months.

Both cosmetic procedures are beneficial for improving your skin and enhancing your appearance. Ultimately, the main difference between Juvederm and Botox is the type of injection solutions used during the treatment sessions. For instance, Juvederm is considered a dermal filler that uses a hyaluronic acid-based gel-like material to not only augment (i.e. fill in) skin depressions and scars and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but also improve your skin complexion.

The Juvederm solution adds volume to aging skin by temporarily replacing collagen and skin elasticity. Conversely, Botox uses a botulinum toxin, type A solution (i.e. neuromuscular inhibiting toxin) to block acetylcholine, a chemical that triggers muscular reactions. This blockage causes a reduction in wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, etc. More specifically, the Botox toxin temporary paralyzes the treatment site muscles, leaving your facial skin (i.e. forehead and eye area) smoother and healthier.

If you are wondering which it better – Juvederm or Botox, you have come to the right place. This blog will help you determine which cosmetic procedure is best for you.

Botox: Benefits & Risks

  • Botox is a highly effective way to reduce wrinkles, frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet, etc.
  • Botox is quick – It normally takes about 10 minutes to apply (i.e. inject) the filler.
  • Botox is cost-effective, as compared to other cosmetic procedures – The cost varies depending on the treatment location, but in most cases a Botox treatment costs between $10.00 and $15.00 per unit with most people needing between 15 and 60 units, per treatment session.
  • Botox will need to be reapplied every 4 to 6 months to maintain your youthful appearance. When your acetylcholine levels return to normal, your skin condition – wrinkles, fine lines, etc. will return.
  • Avoid Botox injections if you are allergic to ingredients in the solution or if you are pregnant or nursing.
  • Side-effects may include: droopy eyelids, breathing and/or swallowing difficulties, headaches/migraines and/or dry eyes and mouth.

Juvederm: Benefits & Risks

  • Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid to “fill in” dimples and scars and reduce wrinkles.
  • Results can last up to a year, which mean less “touch ups” and lower overall costs.
  • Juvederm typically costs between $300.00 and $500.00, per treatment.
  • Although Juvederm requires less “touch ups,” it still costs more than Botox.
  • It normally takes between 15 and 20 minutes to apply the filler.
  • Side-effects may include: bruising, swelling, redness and injection site tenderness.

Which Is Better?

So which is better – Juvederm or Botox? Well, if you are looking for a more natural appearance, you may want to opt for Juvederm. Juvederm not only reduces wrinkles, fines lines and other skin conditions, it can also be used to treat acne scars, add volume to the hollow spaces beneath your eyes and “plump” up your lips. Moreover, Juvederm also has the lower risk of allergic reactions and side-effects (i.e. skin irritations, swelling, pain and tenderness, redness and injection site bruising). In some cases, Botox can result in a “stiff” and/or artificial looking appearance. It works by paralyzing your facial muscles in an effort to reduce or erase wrinkles, fine lines, facial folds, laugh lines, crow’s feet and enhance your appearance.

Botox can cause longer-lasting and more serious side-effects and/or complications like droopy eyelids.  Ultimately, Juvederm is good if you want to augment (i.e. fill in or plump up) various areas of your skin, while Botox is good if you want to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet and other skin conditions. Although most physicians find Juvederm safer and more effective, both cosmetic procedures can improve your appearance and have you looking and feeling young and beautiful. Only you can decide which cosmetic procedure best fits you and what you are looking to achieve.

References:

Cosmetic Surgery. (2014). Juvederm. Retrieved from           http://www.cosmeticsurgery.com/research/cosmetic-surgery/Juvederm/

Derma Network. (2014). How long does a Juvederm treatment last? Retrieved from             http://www.dermanetwork.org/qa/how-long-does-juvederm-treatment-last

Face Forum. (2014). Botox. Retrieved from http://www.faceforum.com/botox/botox_effects.aspx

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