As people age, their skin begins to lose the fat and elasticity that once provided a youthful appearance. With the help of the right plastic surgeon, cosmetic surgeries have made it possible to slow down the signs of aging and restore a more youthful look. Somerset Plastic Surgery offers Botox and Juvéderm filler treatments to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on the face and keep your skin looking young. Here are five differences between Botox and Juvéderm:

1. Product Composition

Botox and Juvéderm are made from different substances and work in different ways. Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that adds volume to the skin. Hyaluronic acid, HA, is a common ingredient in many cosmetic and skincare products. Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. Botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is the basis for Botox. This toxin causes a temporary relaxation of the muscles by blocking the nerve impulses that trigger muscle contractions. After the toxin is injected into the skin, Botox can begin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging and repetitive facial expressions. This includes crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles.

2. Treatment Areas

A plastic surgeon or certified injector typically uses Botox to treat wrinkles and fine lines on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes. Juvéderm can be used to add volume to the lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and other areas of the face that have lost volume due to aging or weight loss.

At Somerset Plastic Surgery, our surgeons have over 40 years of combined experience performing procedures that promote a youthful appearance. You can trust our team of doctors to provide recommendations on what solution works best for your needs.

3. Duration of Effects

Botox injections usually last a few months before the effects wear off and additional treatments are needed. Juvéderm injections can last up to a year or longer, depending on the specific product used and the treatment area. 

Both procedures are thought to be effective, although Juvéderm takes effect more quickly and can last longer. It can take a few days before the effects of Botox become noticeable. Regardless of your chosen treatment type, follow-up sessions are necessary to maintain your results.

4. Side Effects

Botox and Juvéderm are considered safe when administered by a qualified plastic surgeon. As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of side effects. The most common side effects of Botox include redness, swelling at the injection site, mild headaches, and bruising. These side effects tend to be mild, and patients can expect them to disappear with time. 

The most common side effects of Juvéderm include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site, as well as mild pain or itching. Like the Botox side effects, these adverse effects should disappear over time. If patients have sensitive skin or are getting injections for the first time, redness and swelling are more likely to occur.

While the body’s natural healing processes play a significant role in resolving filler injection side effects, there are some things patients can do to minimize the adverse effects. Applying ice or a cold compress to the affected area can help reduce swelling and bruising. Avoiding strenuous physical activity and excessive sun exposure can help reduce irritation and boost healing. Follow any aftercare instructions your doctor provides you with to help facilitate the recovery process.

5. Cost

The cost of Botox and Juvéderm injections can vary depending on several factors. They include what surgeon you see, the specific product used, and the amount of product needed for your desired results. Juvéderm has a slightly higher average cost per injection, around $600. Botox is less expensive per unit, but depending on the treated region, you may require up to 20 units. Typically, Botox injections cost around $550. Juvéderm injections are a bit more expensive than Botox, but the results may last longer. This makes Juvéderm a more cost-effective option in the long run.

Find the Right Plastic Surgeon for You

Somerset Plastic Surgery offers high-quality services and treatments from board-certified surgeons to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. Our services include Botox, filler injections, breast augmentations, tummy tucks, facelifts, and liposuction. Somerset’s board-certified plastic surgeons are highly skilled and experienced and use the latest techniques and technology to achieve optimal results. Our clinic offers personalized consultations and treatment plans to make sure each patient’s unique needs and goals are met.

We provide our patients with a comfortable and supportive environment throughout their journey, from the initial consultation to post-operative care. Choose Somerset Plastic Surgery for safe, effective, and high-quality plastic surgery procedures. Contact us today or request an appointment to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.