- Botox, Juveau, Dysport and Xeomin are all neuromodulators or wrinkle-relaxing injections of botulinum toxin.
- Botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes or relaxes the facial muscles to smooth out dynamic wrinkles and give your face a more youthful appearance.
- Neuromodulator injections are used to treat dynamic wrinkles like frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes.
What is the difference between Botox vs. Juveau vs. Dysport vs. Xeomin?
Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Juveau are all what we call neuromodulators. These neuromodulators function by weakening the muscles that we inject them into. By weakening those muscles temporarily, they improve the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Juveau work in the exact same way.
What type of wrinkles can neuromodulators improve?
Dynamic wrinkles are the rhytids or wrinkles that are caused by muscles contracting under the skin of your face. For example, I can’t wrinkle my forehead right now because I have Juveau injected in my forehead. If I didn’t have Juveau injected in my forehead, I would be able to fire my frontalis muscle, which is the muscle underneath my forehead skin. When that muscle contracts, it creates horizontal wrinkles or forehead furrows on the overlying skin. By injecting a neuromodulator into that muscle, the muscle becomes unable to contract, and therefore, those wrinkles cannot form.
Neuromodulators like Botox, Juveau, Dysport, and Xeomin work well for crow’s feet around your eyes, forehead furrows, frown lines, and wrinkles in the glabellar region (the part of the forehead between the eyebrows).
Now, you also have what we call static facial wrinkles, which are caused by loss of collagen or sun damage to your skin. In other words, they’re wrinkles that are not caused by muscle contraction. Static wrinkles need to be treated with a resurfacing laser to actually tighten up the skin and kind of sand down the wrinkles. That is a different problem with a different solution.
How do neuromodulators like Botox, Juveau, Dysport, and Xeomin work?
Neuromodulators disrupt the chain of muscle contraction where the nerves meet the muscles. We call it the neuromuscular junction, where the motor nerves reach the muscles. The botulinum toxin at that location prevents the nerve signal from causing the muscle to contract.
That, in summary, is what the neuromodulators do – Botox, Juveau, Dysport, Xeomin – they’re all neuromodulators that function like the botulinum toxin. They block the communication between the nerve and the muscle at that neuromuscular junction, temporarily weakening or paralyzing those muscles to improve dynamic facial wrinkles.
How soon will I see improvement in my wrinkles? Are the results from neuromodulators permanent?
The effect of the neuromodulator takes about 3-7 days to become apparent. It takes up to one week after the injection for the muscle to become weakened. If you haven’t had neuromodulator before or it’s been a long time since your last treatment, it can take an additional few weeks for the wrinkles to go away after the muscle has been weakened.
The result from neuromodulator injections lasts about 3 months and then it wears off and you have to have it re-done.
One advantage to having regular Botox, Juveau, Dysport, or Xeomin injections is that the wrinkles don’t have time to re-form or get as deep as when the muscles are contracting.
If I don’t keep up with my neuromodulator injections and I go months without a treatment, the wrinkles on my glabella and my forehead and my crow’s feet start to get a little bit deeper. Then when I do have a treatment, it takes about 5-7 days for the muscles to get weakened, and then it can take weeks after that before the wrinkles actually start to go away.
How can I schedule an appointment for Botox, Juveau, Dysport or Xeomin?
If you’d like to make an appointment for a neuromodulator injection with Botox, Juveau, Dysport, or Xeomin, you can do so on our website. We have a scheduling link to book those treatments in our office.
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