Thinking about what neurotoxins can do for you? Neurotoxins are one of the most often requested cosmetic services. Over 3.6 million men and women received neurotoxin injections in 2021 alone. It’s no surprise why they’re so popular: they have the ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed look.
While Botox® may be the most well-known brand, it’s not the only one. Four notable neurotoxin brands — Dysport®, Jeuveau®, Xeomin®, and Botox — have all gained recognition for their effectiveness in smoothing out facial features. But with these options available, how do you determine the right choice for you?
Neurotoxins, also known as neuromodulators, are injectable treatments that target specific facial muscles responsible for causing wrinkles and lines. They work by temporarily relaxing these muscles, leading to a smoother, more youthful appearance. While all four neurotoxins — Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin, and Botox — share a common goal, they have distinct characteristics that set them apart.
Dysport, an injectable used in 69 countries for the past 25 years, contains a slightly different formulation of botulinum toxin compared with other brands, which may lead to faster onset and diffusion.
Dysport is known for spreading more evenly over a broader area because Dysport uses a different protein than Botox — the botulinum toxin A molecule must attach to some kind of protein. This makes Dysport suitable for larger treatment areas like your forehead. Some users report that Dysport may provide a softer, more relaxed appearance.
A word of caution: Dysport may contain milk proteins, so if you have a cow milk allergy, steer clear of this neurotoxin.
Jeuveau has earned the nickname “New Botox” and “Newtox” because it’s so similar to Botox. It’s also derived from the same botulinum toxin type A, but it’s specifically designed to target moderate to severe glabellar lines. Glabellar lines refer to the frown lines between your eyebrows. Many people call them their “11’s” because they form two vertical creases.
Jeuveau earned approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat these lines in 2019.
Xeomin stands out as a “naked” neurotoxin because it’s free from additional proteins that can trigger potential allergic reactions. This limited formulation may be advantageous for anyone who has a dairy protein allergy. Xeomin is versatile and can address various facial concerns, including crow’s feet and forehead lines.
As the pioneer of neurotoxin treatments, Botox remains the most recognized and widely used neurotoxin brand. Although originally used in the 1970s to treat a medical condition, Botox has quickly solidified its status as a gold standard in the cosmetic industry due to its safety and effectiveness track record.
Botox is suitable for treating multiple areas, including forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines.
Selecting the most suitable neurotoxin depends on factors such as your treatment goals, personal preferences, and medical history. To make an informed decision, consider the following:
Determine which specific areas of your face you’d like to target, as each neurotoxin may excel in different regions. For example, you might consider Jeauveau if your focus is glabellar lines.
Communicate your aesthetic objectives with the team here at DMA Health & Wellness to ensure your goals align with the capabilities of your chosen neurotoxin. You might even find that dermal fillers, rather than neurotoxins, may better address your specific wrinkles. (Dermal fillers address static wrinkles, while neurotoxins address dynamic wrinkles.)
A “naked” neurotoxin like Xeomin might be worth considering if you have a history of allergies or reactions. Let us know if you have allergies or if you’ve ever had reactions to injectables before.
If you've had positive experiences with a particular neurotoxin in the past, it may be wise to stick with what has worked for you.
As a certified registered aesthetic nurse, Debbie Awolowo, RN, ARNP, CRNA, MSN, knows the importance of selecting the best neurotoxin for you. Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin, and Botox are all valuable tools in the quest for a smoother, more youthful appearance, and a thorough 1:1 consultation ensures that your treatment plan matches your aesthetic goals.
With our expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, you can trust us to guide you toward the best neurotoxin option and deliver exceptional results. Schedule your consultation today using our online form or call us at 281-715-9565.