Botox or Juvederm?

Nearly everyone has heard of Botox thanks to movies and television, but how does it work and it is right for you? And how is it different from Juvederm? Both Botox and Juvederm are popular and safe nonsurgical ways of reducing wrinkles and improving the signs of aging, but they work a bit differently and are used in slightly different ways depending on the results you're looking for! 

Botox is a prescription-only, injectable wrinkle treatment that contains minute amounts of a highly purified form of botulinum toxin A. When Dr. Spurlock administers Botox, it smooths out your current wrinkles and prevents new wrinkles from forming. Botox relaxes the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.  It is a quick in-office procedure with little to no downtime. 

Botox works, after injection, by blocking nerve transmissions in the nearby muscle areas, effectively paralyzing the muscle and therefore softening fine lines and wrinkles, as the injected muscle can no longer contract. It also acts propolactically to stop new wrinkles from forming, since the muscles that pull the skin and cause wrinkles are unable to contract. 

Juvederm, is a prescription-only, injectable dermal filler (in gel form) with a base of hyaluronic acid used to restore facial contours and improve signs of aging. There are several types of Juvederm for different areas of the face, so be sure to talk with your physician about your cosmetic goals and expectations to figure out which product will work best for the area(s)  you wish to have treated. 

Juvederm works by adding volume to the facial tissue through the active ingedient, hyaluronic acid, which the body produces naturally to stimulates the production of collagen. As we age, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen begins to break down, showing signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and less-full cheeks and lips. 

How can you tell the difference between Botox and Juvederm? Think of it this way: Botox is perfect for treating the wrinkles that appear when the muscles are moving (think crow's feet or forehead lines) and Juvederm is used to treat wrinkles that appear when the muscles are at rest, like laugh lines or marionette lines around the mouth. Our trained staff will  help you decide which treatment option is the best for you based on your cosmetic goals and the desired outcome! 

Both treatments are administered in the office by Dr. Spurlock with very small needles, so discomfort is minimal. Both treatments work fast and results are noticiable within a few days after your sessions. The results are not permanent, but Botox can last anywhere from 3 months to a year and, depending on the concentration of hyaluronic acid, Juvederm can last for a year or more. The best part is both Botox and Juvederm are FDA-approved safe, nonsurgical treatments for improving the signs of aging! 

Schedule your free consultation with us today and find out which options will work best for you! 


Katie Rymon Katie is the office manager for Allure Medical Spa and Laser Center and the Continence Management Institute. She has two small children and in her free time enjoys running, reading, and baking.

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