Juvederm vs Botox: Which Is Better?
In terms of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments, Juvederm and Botox are two of the most-popular options available. Both treatments have been shown to enhance the facial appearance, and neither requires a patient to go under the knife. Plus, Juvederm and Botox can be safe and effective, particularly when either treatment is performed by globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles.
Dr. Azizzadeh is a Harvard-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has performed many Juvederm and Botox treatments to date. He understands the challenges associated with deciding between Botox and Juvederm and strives to educate his patients about both treatment options. That way, a patient can weigh the pros and cons of Botox, Juvederm, and other non-surgical and surgical facial rejuvenation procedures and choose the right treatment option to accommodate their personal needs.
What Is the Difference Between Botox and Juvederm?
Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that consists of bacterium clostridium botulinum. It was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for therapeutic use in 1989 and was later approved for use as a temporary aesthetic treatment to correct moderate to severe frown lines. Additionally, the FDA made Botox its first cosmetic treatment approved to address crow’s feet and forehead lines.
Research has shown that Botox can be used to treat facial wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in the face. Studies have also indicated that Botox injections can deliver reliable results that last up to four months.
Botox research is ongoing, and to date, at least 528 peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals have published articles about the use of this injectable to treat various medical conditions. Meanwhile, Botox is currently approved for use in 98 countries, and it consistently ranks among the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States annually.
Like Botox, Juvederm is an injectable treatment that can revitalize the facial appearance. Juvederm works quickly to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles, frown lines, and other issues that can make people look older than their actual age. The injectable has received FDA approval, too.
What separates Juvederm from Botox: Juvederm consists of a family of dermal fillers. Juvederm has the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that can heal burns, wounds, and skin ulcers, among all types of dermal fillers. It also delivers results that can last six months or longer.
Is Juvederm Better Than Botox? 3 Factors to Consider
People who are considering Juvederm or Botox should evaluate several factors before they make their final decision. Key factors to consider relative to both non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments include:
Juvederm, Botox, or any cosmetic facial procedure should only be performed if it can be safely administered by an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Otherwise, patients are susceptible to a wide range of side effects.
Following Juvederm injections, patients may experience redness and discoloration of the skin, itching, tenderness, and pain. These symptoms are usually temporary and subside on their own within a few days of treatment.
The side effects of Botox are similar to those associated with Juvederm. Botox injections can cause temporary skin redness, tenderness, and swelling that lasts up to a week after treatment.
Dr. Azizzadeh only recommends a cosmetic procedure if he believes the treatment can be safely performed. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes Juvederm, Botox, or any other cosmetic procedure is too risky, he recommends alternative treatment options.
It generally won’t take long to undergo a Juvederm or Botox treatment. Also, patients will typically notice the initial results of a Juvederm or Botox procedure shortly after treatment.
A Juvederm procedure requires up to one hour to complete; the amount of time necessary to perform the procedure depends on the areas of the face being treated. The results of a Juvederm procedure become visible within about two to three weeks of treatment; at this time, a patient’s facial swelling has fully subsided.
Botox can be performed in minutes, with a typical procedure requiring 5 to 15 minutes to complete. The initial results of Botox often become visible within three to four days of treatment. Patients will see the full results of Botox within 10 to 14 days of their procedure.
Both Juvederm and Botox are convenient, but regardless of which non-surgical procedure a patient chooses, the treatment should always be performed by a highly trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. This helps patients minimize the risk of complications and increase their chances of achieving their intended treatment results.
The cost of Juvederm and Botox varies, due to the fact that every patient has unique treatment goals. Dr. Azizzadeh explains the costs associated with Juvederm and Botox before he performs either treatment. He can also provide details about the frequency of follow-up Juvederm and Botox injections and their potential costs.
The Bottom Line on Juvederm vs. Botox
When it comes to facial rejuvenation procedures, there is no such thing as a “can’t-miss” treatment. Instead, patients should evaluate Juvederm, Botox, and other cosmetic procedures. This allows patients to learn about different types of cosmetic procedures, how they are performed, and their associated benefits and risks.
It also helps to meet with Dr. Azizzadeh to discuss facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to examine a patient and offer a personalized facial rejuvenation treatment recommendation. He can respond to a patient’s concerns or questions regarding facial rejuvenation procedures as well. To learn more about Juvederm, Botox, or other cosmetic procedures or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.