What is the difference between botox and Juvederm

If you would like to erase unwanted wrinkles, botox and Juvederm are two of the most popular solutions out there. They are both cosmetic injectables that can minimize wrinkles and rejuvenate your face, but they are not the same. So what is the difference between botox and juvederm.

Differences between botox and juvederm

What are they made of?

Botox is a form of botulinum toxin and is made by the bacterium clostridium botulinum, which is the bacterium that causes botulism. Juvederm facial fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body, and keeps the skin plump and hydrated.

What type of wrinkles do they treat

Botox and Juvederm work on different types of wrinkles. Botox is most effective for wrinkles caused by the contraction of facial muscles due to expressions such as laughing, smiling, and frowning. This includes frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet.

Juvederm is a great choice for lines that can be seen even when the muscles are not contracting, e.g. nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the nose and mouth. Juvederm can also be used to add volume to the cheeks and lips.

How they work

Botox is a neurotoxin, so it works by temporarily stopping muscle activity, and this prevents wrinkles from forming. However, when Juvederm is injected into the skin, the HA molecules attract and retain water, and the resulting volume fills in wrinkles and folds.

How long do they last

Botox lasts 3-6 months on average, whereas Juvederm can last anywhere from 6-18 months depending on the specific filler used.

Would you like to learn more about botox and Juvederm.

If you are in the New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, or New Jersey, NY areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Robert Vitolo MD for a consultation.

You can reach Dr. Vitolo at drvitolo.com, or by calling (718) 667-0890.