The signs of aging are bound to take hold of our faces at some point. But a preventative and proactive approach with injectable neuromodulators can help lessen the effects of aging. Whether you start using neuromodulators at the first sign of expression-related wrinkles or don’t incorporate them into your anti-aging routine until much later in life, solutions like Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport, and Xeomin can make a world of difference.
Although Botox and Jeuveau work towards the same goal of smoothing movement-related lines and wrinkles, they are entirely different and work in different ways. At Charette Cosmetics, we choose not to carry Jeuveau but offer all the other popular neuromodulators. Our Nurse Injector will help determine the best product based on your skin type, concerns, needs, and facial anatomy.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator made from botulinum toxin. Botox helps weaken the communication between the nerve endings and the muscle to stop expression-related wrinkles and lines when injected into the skin. Botox, which Allergan makes, is the most popular of the neuromodulators and the first to receive FDA approval. It also uses onabotulinumtoxinA as the specific type of botulinum toxin.
What is Jeuveau?
Like Botox, Jeuveau is also an injectable neuromodulator, and it is also made from botulinum toxin. It works to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that become etched into the skin from repeated facial expressions. Jeuveau is the newest one to join the category of neuromodulators—it received FDA approval in 2019. Jeuveau is made by Evolus and uses prabotulismtoxinA as the specific botulinum toxin type.
How Botox and Jeuveau Treat Wrinkles
The way both neuromodulators work is relatively the same. By injecting a toxin into a specific facial muscle area, they block the nerves that tell the muscle to contract. This communication works temporarily to prevent further muscle contraction. When the muscles are limited in movement, existing lines and wrinkles smooth out, and new ones are limited in formation.
What are Their Uses?
Both Botox and Jeuveau are FDA approved for treating wrinkles in select areas of the face. Each one holds different indications. For example, Botox is approved for use between the eyebrows, across the forehead, and on the crow’s feet. Jeuveau is only FDA-approved for between the eyebrows. That doesn’t mean that both products aren’t used for other purposes, which they are, but those uses are considered off-label.
However, patients who have used Botox and Jeuveau seem to think they both work well in smoothing out wrinkles. Often, it’s a personal choice as to which neuromodulator works best. Most patients see improvement in their skin within a few days of treatment with either neuromodulator. And the duration of results is about the same with both, lasting about three to four months.
Potential Side Effects
Botox and Jeuveau have the potential for risks and side effects, which are rare. However, they’re also the same across the board, and in clinical trials, reports included headaches, eyelid and brow drooping, pain, bruising, and swelling at the injection site.
The price of Botox and Jeuveau is similar, and one may cost only a few dollars more than the other. Of course, geographical location and the expertise of your injector also influence the price they set. What your friend pays at one provider may not be the same as what another charges.
Do They Work Together?
It’s better to choose one brand of neuromodulator and stick with it during an injection session. There’s no known reason to mix and match Botox and Jeuveau, which may pose dangerous side effects. However, if you want to try a different neuromodulator at an appointment later, that isn’t a problem.