Facial wrinkles can make you look upset, exhausted, and older than you feel. Years ago, people with facial wrinkles could do nothing about these facial wrinkles. Now, there are many effective anti-aging treatments. At RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, we offer three injectable neuromodulators to erase wrinkles and youthen your appearance. Today, we’re looking specifically at the differences between Botox and Jeuveau to help you determine which will be ideal for you.
What Are the Differences Between Jeuveau and Botox?
Both Jeuveau and Botox are injectable neuromodulators designed to reduce wrinkles with botulinum toxin. Both treatment methods are quick, easy and painless. Nonetheless, there are numerous differences between these similar injectables.
Botox: A Tried-and-True Option
There’s a good chance you’re at least somewhat familiar with Botox. This injectable muscle relaxant is among the most commonly requested cosmetic treatments in the world. Notably, since 2002, there has been a 400% increase in the number of people seeking this particular injectable. Around the globe, people have been using this injectable to relax muscles and reduce wrinkles for decades.
Jeuveau: A Great New Option
You’re probably less aware of Jeuveau. The results of this treatment are similar to the results provided by Botox. Additionally, it is just as safe as Botox. It was tested in several clinical trials and approved by the FDA for efficacy and safety. If you have moderate-to-severe frown lines caused by overactive muscles, this injectable is an excellent choice for you.
These Injectables Have Unique Formulas
Even though both of these injectables work thanks to botulinum toxin, the formulas are unique. Thus, each product requires different doses to achieve the same results. We have years of experience helping people reduce wrinkles with injectables and can identify the appropriate dosage to address your needs regardless of which injectable you choose.
What Causes Facial Wrinkles?
Facial wrinkles are common and can be caused by many factors.
You make many facial expressions daily. Every time you squint when it is bright outside, the muscles around your eyes contract. When you smile, muscles are contracted around the eyes and mouth. When you frown, deep forehead folds grow deeper as the muscles in the area contract. The repetition of these normal facial expressions eventually leads to wrinkles that can’t be treated by dermal fillers.
Wrinkles that occur due to repetitive movements are known as dynamic wrinkles. They differ from static wrinkles in that they are not caused by volume loss. The most common dynamic wrinkles are crow’s feet around your eyes, forehead wrinkles above your eyebrows and deep frown (worry) lines between your eyebrows.
The Effect of the Aging Process
The aging process also increases your likelihood of developing wrinkles. In part, this is due to the loss of elasticity and firmness with age. Dynamic wrinkles may deepen and become more apparent. Additionally, these wrinkles may make expressing yourself hard. You may feel happy but look angry or disinterested. This is a particularly significant problem when frown lines develop between your eyebrows.
How Do These Treatments Work?
Both neuromodulators work in similar ways despite their unique formulas. The results of the treatments occur due to the relaxation of the muscles in the targeted area. Once the injectable is administered, the communication between your brain and the nerve endings in your muscles is impeded. This prevents muscle hyperactivity.
Wrinkle reduction is facilitated by the relaxation of the muscles in the targeted area. Shortly after your treatment, your skin will look smoother and more youthful.
What Wrinkles Can Be Treated By These Injectables?
Both of these neuromodulators can treat dynamic wrinkles triggered by repetitive muscle contractions effectively. However, they tend to have slightly different applications.
Botox is typically used to treat extremely deep frown lines that appear between the eyebrows. It is also commonly used to treat very deep crow’s feet.
Jeuveau, also known as prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs, is also used to treat extremely noticeable glabellar lines (forehead folds between the brows). It is fairly common for people to develop deep glabellar lines at an early age. There is no doubt this injectable will treat deep lines that make you look older or more tired than you feel.
The Safety of These Injectable Muscle Relaxants
Both of these injectable muscle relaxants have clinically proven safety profiles.
Botox is the most common wrinkle relaxer in the world. It has been studied for over 16 years and approved by regulatory agencies in 98 countries. Around the world, millions of people have been using this treatment to correct everything from cosmetic concerns to debilitating medical conditions and there are no instances of nasty side effects.
PrabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs hasn’t been used as long as Botox has, but it still has an incredible safety profile. Over 2,100 people received this injectable muscle relaxant during independent clinical studies. These clinical studies proved the injectable is both a safe and effective way to relax frown lines.
Can These Injectables Really Relax My Wrinkles Away?
People are told growing up, “if it sounds too good to be true, it is.” However, this isn’t always the case. Medicine has advanced incredibly over the years and both of these injectables are able to reduce wrinkles quickly and easily.
Botox is a very efficacious way to reduce dynamic wrinkles. It was approved by the FDA for the treatment of glabellar lines in 2002. Additionally, several clinical trials have proven people enjoy improvements in other wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and forehead lines, a month after their treatment session.
Independent clinical trials have also proven that prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs is a very effective way to treat frown lines. A month after treatment, Americans who participated in these scientific studies enjoyed significant improvements in their frown lines. Notably, a study conducted in Canada and Europe discovered it was possible to enjoy results a mere 48 hours after injections.
Additionally, it is possible to enjoy results for up to five months after treatment. This is significant because most injectable muscle relaxants provide results that last between two and four months.
How Do I Identify the Appropriate Injectable for Me?
You don’t have to decide which injectable muscle relaxant is right for you alone. The first step in youthening your face is to come in for an initial consultation for an evaluation of your concerns. At this time, we will help you determine the best injectable muscle relaxant to achieve your goals.
This Is a Personalized Process
We will discuss your aesthetic goals and treatment expectations thoroughly during your initial evaluation. We will also evaluate your face to identify the cause of your cosmetic concerns and discuss your medical history, including any health concerns you have currently.
At this point, we will be able to advise you on the best treatment or treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Additionally, we will advise you on the outcomes you can expect realistically following your course of treatments.
Preparing for Your Injections
Once we have determined the best injectables to achieve your goals, we will advise you on how to prepare for your first treatment session. You don’t have to do too much to prepare for your treatments because they are non-invasive.
However, there are a few simple rules you should follow for the best possible outcomes. For example, you should avoid taking blood thinners for a couple of days before your session. It is also advisable to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
What Will the Treatment Session Be Like?
Your treatment session will be quick and painless. There is no need for uneasy nerves in the days leading up to your first session. Regardless of the injectable you choose, the muscle relaxant is administered with a fine needle. We will cleanse your face before your session and use a sterile needle to administer the medication. Therefore, there is no risk of infection.
If you are worried about feeling the slight pressure of the medication being administered, we will apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. Once it has numbed your skin, the injections will be administered into strategic locations. Typically, the medication is injected into five points in the area targeted for treatment. For example, two injections may be made above your eyebrows and three injections may be made between your eyebrows to relax the glabellar muscles.
What Can I Expect During My Recovery Period?
There is no downtime following the injection of either muscle relaxant. You are free to go back to work or spend the rest of the day relaxing at home. That said, there are a few simple steps you should follow if you want the fastest, longest-lasting results.
Stay Out of the Sun
It is advisable to stay out of the sun for the first few days following your injections. The sun emits UV rays that are never good for your skin. With that being said, you should know UVC rays are particularly harmful during the first 72 hours following your muscle relaxant injections. We strongly recommend wearing an SPF 30+ sunscreen during the first few days following your treatment.
This will protect the health of your skin and ensure you see your final results as quickly as possible. Additionally, the final results of your treatments will last longer if you take steps to protect the health of your skin.
Do your best to be gentle to your skin during the first 48 hours following your treatment session. If you apply makeup, do so gently. You should also remove your makeup very gently. We recommend sleeping on your back for the first two nights following your treatment so there is not too much pressure applied to your face as the medication settles deep into your muscles and starts to work.
For the best possible results, you should avoid vigorous physical activities during the first 24 hours following your injections. If possible, avoid intense exercise and other strenuous activities for three days following your session. One of the best things you can do to ensure ideal results is to avoid excessive heat and sweating for three days post-treatment.
Book Your First Appointment Today
If you feel like you look older or more tired than you should, now is the perfect time for you to rejuvenate and refresh your face. Injectable muscle relaxants, including Jeuveau and Botox, can reduce wrinkles, youthening your face. To determine which anti-wrinkle treatment is right for you, contact us today at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule your initial consultation.