Treating wrinkles is difficult, especially when they pop up out of nowhere. You may be familiar with the brand names Juvéderm and Botox, especially if you’ve been researching things like, “How to get rid of my wrinkles?” Both Juvéderm and Botox are non-invasive injectables.
Both of these treatments have similar goals, but as they contain different active ingredients, they are definitely not the same treatment. There are cost differences, timeline differences, and differences in results, too. There are even some risks to consider. Learning the differences between Juvéderm vs Botox is essential before you choose a treatment for your wrinkles, and there are several of these differences to consider:
A non-invasive procedure, Juvéderm doesn’t require any surgery. Each solution has a gel that is made from hyaluronic acid that is designed to fill in the wrinkles on your face from underneath the skin. Let’s take a closer look at the formulas that you can get for the wrinkles in your skin:
- Ultra XC: For lips, mouth and parentheses lines.
- Volbella XC: For lip lines and adding that much-needed volume to thinning lips.
- Vollure XC: For the parentheses lines that outline the nose and mouth.
- Voluma XC: For adding volume to the cheeks.
Every one of the XC gels has a lidocaine (a numbing agent) addition to ease any pain and discomfort.
Each Juvéderm procedure can take as little as fifteen minutes to as much as an hour to complete. This always depends on the number of injections that you get. There is some discomfort with the injections, but most people tolerate the treatment well.
Results With Juvéderm
You could see the results right away with Juvéderm, but individual cases can vary. The Juvéderm manufacturer claims that the injection can last up to two years at a time, and the long-term results can differ between formulas. There have been studies that observe a high rate of satisfaction among those who have previously used Juvéderm, with over 60% satisfaction among those who use the formula.
Who Can Have It?
Juvéderm is for adults and not intended to be a resolution for underlying medical conditions. It’s not suitable for those allergic to lidocaine or hyaluronic acid. It tends to cost more than Botox and has longer lasting effects.
Botox is also a wrinkle treatment that is non-invasive. It’s made from different ingredients compared to Juvéderm, as it’s a type of neurotoxin that freezes the muscles in your face. Your skin then appears smoother, and wrinkles become much less noticeable at the injection site. It’s used to treat the following:
- Glabellar lines – the lines between the eyebrows
- Crow’s feet – found around the eyes
- Forehead wrinkles
- Blepharospasm – eyelid twitching
- Strabismus – known as crossed eyes
- Muscle spasticity
Botox injections take minutes to complete. If you have more of an area of skin that requires treatment, you will need more injections. Multiple injections indicate a longer appointment time.
Unlike Juvéderm, Botox results become apparent within 3-7 days. The effects can last up to 4 months as opposed to the up to 2 years that Juvéderm promises.
Who Can Have It?
It’s designed for adults, but if you have had previous reactions to the treatment or to botulinum toxins, then you shouldn’t qualify for Botox.
The choice between Juvéderm and Botox really depends on the results that you are looking for, the number of sessions that you want to book and your individual risk for side effects.
If you’re still having a hard time considering what procedure will be best for you, please contact us at 910.338.5900!