What's the difference between Botox and Juvederm?

I see so many ads about fillers, full of women saying how much their lives have changed because of them, that I don’t even know which injectable is which anymore. All products seem to be about the same, getting equal results at similar prices. Is there anything unique about one or the other? Or do they serve different parts of the face? I’m very much confused right now so I'm really counting on you for some help.


F, 50, Massachusetts

I can understand how overwhelming it may seem to choose just the right procedure when there are so many new products provided by Juvederm® and other outstanding companies. Today, society has access to the very best cosmetic surgeries, treatments and fillers. Nonsurgical treatments fill soft, subtle lines and deep folds. 

Botox® is still a nonsurgical asset for areas that can't be treated with fillers. For example, the lines between the eyebrows can be treated with filler, but you won't get the results that Botox achieves. Botox relaxes the muscles under the skin, between the eyebrows or other areas, and this causes the skin to smooth and the wrinkles and creases to vanish. Botox® results last three to four months and are beneficial for the treatment of moderate to severe crow's feet and glabellar lines between the eyes. 

Your cosmetic doctor can recommend the best filler or nonsurgical treatment at a consultation. First, your doctor will examine your skin, learn your objectives and will then recommend the correct treatment. Juvederm® treatments last for up to 12-months and have little to no side effects. Juvederm® is a rejuvenation treatment that is used to treat a broad range of skin types. It is a gentle product line with options to address different areas on your face. They can fill soft, light lines and deep crevices. 

Both Botox® and Juvederm® treatments can be completed during a lunch break and require no downtime. Slight bruising may be experienced with a filler or Botox® treatment and can be concealed with makeup. I hope this information helps to clear your prior confusion, and I wish you the best of luck and excellent results! 

With all of the news we hear about celebrities and their use of various injectable, it's easy to get confused. All it takes is for an injection to get inserted into the wrong area and a catastrophe could ensue. Let me help you break it down. Botox, also known as Botulism toxin, is a neurotoxin that can actually be dangerous when injected intravenously or inhaled. However, when used in small quantities, Botox injections are an efficient way to reduce wrinkles and lines around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. Results can last for three to five months.

In comparison, Juvederm is an injectable facial filler that is comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that is usually found in the skin and tendons of animals. It is generally used to smooth lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Two treatment of one vial generally produce results for six to nine months (https://www.juvederm.com/). Restalyne is another injectable filler that is similar in composition of Juvederm. It is also made of hyaluronic acid but has a thicker consistency than Juvederm, It is notorious for causing more swelling and bruising than Juvederm, as well.

Radiesse is another commonly-used facial filler. Touting longer lasting results at 12 months, Radiesse uses deep derma injections to improve facial folds between the mouth and nose (http://www.skintherap.com/different-types-of-facial-fillers/). This filler typically requires the administration of one or more local anesthetics prior to treatment. However, many clients find that the prolonged results of this type of filler are preferred.

The FDA (Food and Drug Adminstration) has also approved several other temporary (absorbable) soft tissue fillers. These facial fillers include collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, and poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) (http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/CosmeticDevices/WrinkleFillers/default.htm). These temporary fillers can produce results that last from a range of three months to two years. However, they are also less commonly known to the general public.

Botox is a toxin and paralyzes your facial muscles to prevent wrinkling and smooth out your skin. Juvederm is a filler, which adds volume to your face. They are two completely different products, but can work together to make you look young again! Both Juvederm and Botox are made by the same pharmaceutical company, Allergan. Individuals in their late 20s and early 30s typically only need Botox, but as you get into your late 30s and beyond, filler usually becomes necessary to restore your youthful looks. 

There are quite a few differences between Botox and Juvederm. The biggest one is that Juvederm is a filler that creates volume in the face. Botox is actually used to stop movement of the muscles, especially in the forehead. You would use these injections to achieve different results.