Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau are all neurotoxins that treat fine lines and wrinkles in the face. They are all manufactured by different companies meaning they have different formulations, but essentially they typically work the same. They each share similarities but are also unique. Botox is a household name that everyone knows and when you head in for your appointment this is usually the standard, but some of these other options may come up and we want to educate you on knowing a little more about your options.
Just about everyone has heard of Botox (manufactured by Allergan) because it was one of the first neurotoxins to hit the market. In 2002, Botox was the first neurotoxin to be FDA-approved to temporarily treat and improve the appearance of glabellar lines (lines between the eyebrows). Today, Botox is the only FDA-approved neurotoxin to treat forehead lines, glabellar lines and crow’s feet (lines around the eyes).
When Botox is injected directly into the muscle being treated, it works by partially blocking the impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles. By doing so, the underlying facial muscles relax, and the skin begins to smooth out. The other muscles in the face that are not treated will continue to function, allowing normal facial expression. Botox is temporary, it takes about 7-10 days to kick in and should be maintained every 3-6 months.
In 2009 Dysport (manufactured by Galderma) was FDA-approved to treat forehead and glabellar lines. One of the advantages Dysport has to offer is that the effects begin to show much sooner than Botox and Jeaveau. Results are usually noticeable after 2 to 3 days, as opposed to Botox and Jeaveau which are apparent 7-10 days after treatment. Visible results have been shown to last anywhere from 4-6 months. However, most patients feel that treatments are needed every 4 months to maintain desired results.
Dysport is very much like Botox in the sense that both use Botulinum to temporarily weaken muscle activity that cause wrinkles in the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes.
If you haven’t yet heard about Jeuveau (manufactured by Evolus), it is because it is one of the newest neurotoxins. Jeuveau was FDA-approved in February of 2019 for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines. As of right now, it is only FDA-approved to treat this one area and it is unknown when other areas will be approved.
Jeuveau contains the active ingredient botulinum toxin type A just like Botox, and also works by relaxing the muscles beneath the skin. Evolus uses their state-of-the-art manufacturing process with Hi-Pure technology for the production of Jeuveau, which none of its competitors is able to do.
Which One Lasts Longer?
Unfortunately, there is not one neurotoxin that is expected to last longer than another. All of the mentioned neurotoxins last an average of 3 to 5 months. However, for some individuals one may last slightly longer than the other. An individual would have to try all 3 to see which one worked better for them.
How much is Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau?
Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau are all pretty similar in cost in 2021. Botox is currently the most popular neurotoxin on the market today and has been for a number of years. Jeuveau has been rumored to be slightly less expensive than its biggest competitor, Botox. There are many cost variables with neurotoxins from provider, facility, and the region you live in. These companies also provider some rewards benefits. Botox uses a rewards program call Alle. Dysport uses a rewards program called Aspire.
If you are new to the neurotoxin world or have tried just one, it may be time to venture out and try a new neurotoxin. Talk more with your provider on each option as they can help you in making a decision, but likely all three are great options.