Botox® vs. Juvéderm®: What’s the Difference?

Dr. Lee Colony  In: Botox, Juvederm

Botox® and Juvéderm® are likely names you’ve come across if you’ve been looking into your options with injectable treatments. That’s because they’re two of the most popular options for non-surgical anti-aging treatments. If you’re new to injectables, however, it can seem overwhelming trying to determine what makes each option different. Your first step is meeting with your board certified plastic surgeon, but in the meantime here’s what to know about these two options and how you can benefit.

Neuromodulators vs. Dermal Fillers

Botox and Juvéderm are actually two different types of injectables. Botox is called a neuromodulator, which means it actively blocks muscle contractions that cause wrinkles over time. On the other hand, Juvéderm is a dermal filler, meaning it uses a crystal-clear gel to create new volume under the skin. While both options can be effective for anti-aging, they simply go about it in different ways.

Treatment Areas

Botox and Juvéderm are generally used for different areas of the face. In general, Botox is best for the upper face while Juvéderm can restore volume in the mid-face.


Botox is FDA-approved for treatment of aging signs in the upper face like crow’s feet, forehead lines, and glabellar lines (or the 11s between the brows). These are areas that experience a lot of movement over time, meaning Botox can both prevent wrinkle development and relax tension that causes furrows or lines.


Juvéderm actually has many different fillers underneath its umbrella that can be used on specific areas, but generally Juvéderm injectables can be used to fill in lines and folds like the parentheses lines (or smile lines), as well as augment areas like the lips or cheeks. These are areas that tend to lose volume as we age, giving a sunken or sagging appearance.

How Long Do Both Procedures Take?

Both treatment options can be performed at our East Lansing office. It can take only about 15 minutes to inject the product in the treatment area, and you can return home afterward. This makes it a quick and easy option with lasting results.

Comparing Results

The biggest difference between these two options comes down to results. Here’s what to expect.

Botox Results

It can take about two to three days for your results to settle in, with your full results emerging within a week or two. Botox lasts for about three to four months, after which you can return for re-treatment.

Juvéderm Results

Dermal filler results generally last for much longer than Botox. In fact, Juvéderm can last for a year or more, depending on the treatment area. That’s because areas like the mouth can metabolize the product faster due to more movement than areas like the cheeks.

Comparing Costs

Botox is usually priced in units, or the amount of product required for your results. The average Botox treatment costs about $300-$400, but this can vary widely based on your treatment goals. On the other hand, Juvéderm and other dermal fillers are usually priced per syringe, which can cost about $700-$800. If you need more than one syringe for your goals, your price can be higher. During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, you’ll be given a full estimate of your costs.

Schedule a Consultation

There can be a lot to learn about which injectable option is best for you and your cosmetic goals. To meet with Dr. Colony and our non-surgical team, we invite you to contact Michigan Plastic Surgery™ by calling or filling out our online form.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Michigan Plastic Surgery

Meet Dr. Lee H. Colony, M.D., F.A.C.S., a renowned Board Certified plastic surgeon known for his expertise in aesthetic plastic surgery. As a respected national speaker and educator, his dedication to patient safety and involvement in esteemed medical societies highlight his exceptional skills.