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Botox vs. Juvederm: Which Is Right For You?

From top Juvederm and Botox uses to common side effects, here’s everything you need to know to make the right choice.

Are you considering face injections to reverse the signs of aging but are confused between Botox and Juvederm? The popularity of face injections is increasing day by day. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than nine million such procedures were performed in 2015. While Botox remains the number one favorite, Juvederm is catching up quickly. Botox and Juvederm are two of the most popular face injections. Both of them are given through injections, and the procedure is minimally-invasive. While both Botox and Juvederm are FDA-approved face injections used to treat signs of aging, they operate on different principles. If you are considering any of the two treatments, it is crucial to know their differences and what they can do to your face.

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable treatment that relaxes muscles and can be used to soften wrinkles and fine lines. Botox uses a purified form of the botulinum toxin that is obtained from bacteria. Reducing the appearance of wrinkles is one of the top Botox uses. It is used to treat the dynamic wrinkles on the face. It can be injected directly into the tiny muscles of facial expression to relax the muscle tension on the skin, where they create lines. As a result, your skin appears smoother and the wrinkles become less noticeable near the injection site.

What are the top Botox uses?

Botox uses purified protein to reduce the appearance of signs of aging. It treats wrinkles caused by muscle movement. These are known as dynamic wrinkles or “expression lines”. Cosmetically, Botox can be used to reduce wrinkles and lines in the following areas:

  • The area between the eyebrows, to treat frown lines
  • Around the eyes, to tree crow’s feet lines
  • Can also be used to relax muscles that pull down on the face, for example, in the neck muscles, to give a lifting effect
  • The forehead, to correct forehead lines

Botox can also be used to treat various medical issues. Here are some of the top Botox uses:

Are the results of Botox permanent?

Botox is not a permanent treatment. Since Botox uses a purified form of botulinum toxin, after four to six months, it is metabolized by your body at the site of injection and eliminated.  Therefore, the results last only for three to four months. So once you do get Botox, you will be required to get the treatment at regular intervals to maintain results.

What are the side effects of Botox?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons considers Botox as a safe procedure. However, it may cause some side effects for some patients, including:

  • Bruising and pain at the injection site
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Redness
  • Temporary facial weakness or drooping

However, since Botox wears off over time, most of these side effects are temporary.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is one of the most popular face injections used to treat various signs of aging. It is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. The hyaluronic acid present in these face injections stimulates the production of the connective tissue that plumps the skin. Just like Botox, dermal fillers are also used to treat wrinkles. Juvederm is injected beneath the surface of the skin to add fullness and volume.

What are the uses of Juvederm?

Since Juvederm is a dermal filler, it treats static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are usually caused by the loss of collagen and elasticity in the skin. Juvederm is a great option to treat deep lines that are present even when facial muscles are not contracting. Different formulas of Juvederm are used to treat different areas and concerns:

  • Juvederm Ultra XC, for lips and mouth area, including “parentheses” lines
  • Juvederm Volbella XC, for lip lines and adding volume to lips
  • Juvederm Vollure XC, for “parentheses” lines, outlining your nose and mouth
  • Juvederm Voluma XC, for adding volume to the cheeks
  • Juvederm XC, for “parentheses” lines, as well as other wrinkles around the nose and mouth

All “XC” formulations contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic,  to ease pain and discomfort.

Does Juvederm have any side effects?

Some of the common side effects of Juvederm include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Minor pain
  • Itching

These side effects usually subside within two to four weeks.

Are the results of Juvederm permanent?

Since Botox uses purified protein which is metabolized much faster, the results of Botox aren’t as long-lasting. While individual results can vary, usually the effects of Juvederm face injections last for one to two years.

Which one is right for you: Botox or Juvederm?

Are you wondering which one of these face injections is right for you? It depends on your skin concerns. Your dermatologist will examine your face and devise a treatment plan based on the type of wrinkles and lines. If you have dynamic wrinkles or only superficial lines, your dermatologist would recommend you to get Botox. On the other hand, if you have static wrinkles and deep lines, Juvederm face injections would be a good option for you.

Botox vs. Juvederm at Biolite

At Biolite, we offer a wide range of anti-wrinkle face injections, including Botox and Juvederm. We administer only FDA-approved injectables to provide the best results and ensure the safety of our clients. Our board-certified dermatologists evaluate your skin and help you find the best treatment based on your needs and skin.To learn more about Juvederm and Botox uses, you can speak to us on  +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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