Hyaluronic acid fillers are among the most popular cosmetic treatments thanks to their incredible potential to add volume and decrease wrinkles and fine lines. With simple and noninvasive procedures, people get a youthful appearance and healthy skin. However, not all hyaluronic acid fillers on the market are the same. 

This post compares two popular brands: Belotero and Juvéderm. Read on to learn more about their similarities, and differences, and which one is a better option.


Belotero vs. Juvéderm 

Hyaluronic acid filler Belotero was created back in 2005 in Switzerland by Merz Anteis and two years later, in 2007, it launched in the United Kingdom where it is distributed by Merz Pharma. In November 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Belotero for the treatment of moderate-to-severe facial folds. 

On the other hand, Juvéderm hyaluronic acid filler was first approved in June 2006 for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.

While Belotero and Juvéderm are hyaluronic acid fillers that treat wrinkles or enhance the volume of lips and cheeks, they have several important differences. 


Density

Belotero hyaluronic acid fillers have a lower density than Juvéderm. Lower density makes fillers such as Belotero Revive more suitable for finer lines and wrinkles. For that reason, Belotero is injected into superficial layers of the skin. 

On the flip side, Juvéderm is injected into deeper layers of the skin than Belotero filler. Juvéderm filler such as Volift is, thereby, more suitable for more severe wrinkles and folds. 

Results 

Results are visible immediately after the doctor injects Belotero filler. They typically last for 6 to 18 months. The duration of effects depends on the specific product used. For example, the effects of Belotero Balance tend to last up to 6 months whereas Belotero Soft and Belotero Intense last up to 12 months. Belotero Volume results last up to 18 months.

Effects of Juvéderm fillers are also visible right after the treatment, but they tend to last longer. The results tend to last around 12 to 24 months. The exact duration of results depends on the type of product used. For instance, the results of injecting Juvéderm Ultra 4 last up to 12 months, while effects of Juvéderm Ultra 3 are visible for 9 to 12 months. Results with Juvéderm Voluma last up to 24 months.

Safety

Both types of fillers are generally safe and well-tolerated. Belotero fillers may cause temporary adverse reactions such as redness, swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the injection sites. Side effects tend to go away on their own within a couple of days. 

Juvéderm fillers are also considered safe and well-tolerated, especially formulations with lidocaine. Side effects usually develop in the injection site and may include redness and bruising, pain and swelling, tenderness, discoloration, and lumps. These reactions are more persistent and tend to go away in 2 to 4 weeks.

Keep in mind that the duration of side effects of Belotero and Juvéderm fillers depends on the specific product used.

Cost

In terms of price, Belotero and Juvéderm fillers are quite similar. For instance, the price of Belotero Volume 2 x 1 ml is around €170, while the cost of Juvéderm Voluma 2 x 1 ml is about €220.


Pros and cons

Both types of hyaluronic acid fillers have a lot in common and a few significant differences. Each brand has its own pros and cons. Take a look below.

Belotero pros and cons

Pros of using Belotero fillers:

  • Effective at treating fine lines and wrinkles
  • Successfully enhancing cheekbones and augmenting lips
  • Gives natural-looking results
  • Seamlessly smoothes thin-skinned areas

 

Cons of using Belotero fillers:

  • Results are shorter in duration compared to some Juvéderm fillers
  • Not ideal for deep wrinkles or areas that require more shaping and sculpting

Juvéderm pros and cons

Advantages of using Juvéderm fillers include:

  • Excellent for deeper wrinkles and folds 
  • Suitable for areas that require more sculpting
  • Results last up to 24 months, depending on the product
  • Smooth and subtle results, especially in the lip area

Disadvantages of Juvéderm fillers are:

  • Side effects may last up to a few weeks
  • Not suitable for people with scarring in the treatment area 

Bottom line: Belotero or Juvéderm

Belotero and Juvéderm are well-known brands of hyaluronic acid fillers and it would be impossible to pinpoint one as the clear winner. Each brand has its advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right filler depends on the specific needs of each person. Belotero may be more suitable for fine lines and wrinkles because it is injected in higher layers of the skin. Juvéderm is injected deeper and more suitable for deeper wrinkles or areas that need more shaping. 

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