At CAS MEDISPA in Bloomington, IN, we are excited to offer our clients a wide variety of cosmetic treatments, including injectables like Jeuveau (prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs) and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA). Both of these injectable muscle relaxants can treat cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles, but there are some noticeable differences. Today, we’re taking a closer look at these injectable medications to help you decide which is ideal for you.
What’s the Difference Between Dysport and Jeuveau?
The primary difference between Jeuveau and Dysport is that they feature different formulations of neurotoxins. It is worth noting that these injectables are also manufactured by different makers, and each injectable brings unique benefits to the table. Another notable difference between these two injectable prescription medications is the molecular mass of the neurotoxins.
Am I a Good Candidate for an Injectable Muscle Relaxant Treatment?
If you are a fairly healthy adult with overactive muscles that are negatively affecting your appearance, you will most likely be considered a good candidate for an injectable muscle relaxant treatment. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are some exceptions to this general rule. For example, you will be precluded from treatment if you are currently pregnant or nursing an infant.
Furthermore, you need to have realistic expectations about the results of your desired treatment to be considered a good fit. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your concerns and goals to ensure that one of these injectables will be effective for you. We will also advise you on what results you can realistically expect to help you determine if you can achieve satisfactory results from this type of anti-aging treatment.
What Preparation Steps Will I Need To Take Prior to Treatment?
Regardless of which injectable is the right fit for you, the most important preparation step to take is to attend an initial consultation with a qualified aesthetic expert. During your initial consultation, we will advise you on everything you need to do in advance of your treatment to ensure that it goes smoothly.
Another extremely important preparation step to take before treatment is to not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to your injection session. To qualify for treatment, your vitals need to be good, and tobacco and alcohol consumption can increase blood pressure significantly. You also need to protect your skin from irritation, like sunburn or infections, and stop taking blood-thinning drugs and supplements.
How Will I Need To Care for Myself After My Treatment?
Due to the non-surgical nature of injectables, there is no downtime required after treatment. However, you may need to make a few modifications to your usual routine to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly and your optimal results can develop. It is crucial that you do not rub your treated areas. If you do, the liquid medication may spread outside of the intended treatment areas, negatively affecting your results.
Furthermore, you need to avoid applying too much pressure to the treated areas. Therefore, you must sleep on your back for a night or two following your treatment session. It is also crucial that you avoid sweating and excessive heat exposure. For this reason, strenuous exercise and other physical activity, like working a physically demanding job, needs to be avoided. Also, you should avoid drinking alcohol.
Where Can Jevueau Be Administered?
In early 2019, the FDA approved Jeuveau for the treatment of moderate or severe glabellar lines. Therefore, you can feel confident that this injectable muscle relaxant can be administered in the muscles between your eyebrows safely and effectively. However, studies have also shown that this injectable is safe and effective when used to treat crow’s feet around the outer corners of the eyes.
Where Can Dysport Be Administered?
Dysport is a bit more versatile than Jeuveau. It is commonly used to treat glabellar lines and crow’s feet. However, there are clinical trials showing that this injectable can also be used to erase bunny lines, lip depressors, and forehead folds. Additionally, Dysport injections may be an ideal fit for you if you have highly visible neck bands or concerns about sagging eyebrows.
How Soon Can I Expect To See the Results of My Treatment?
Most people can enjoy their Dysport results approximately two to four days after their injections have been administered. Contrastingly, it may take anywhere from three to five days for the results of Jeuveau injections to become apparent. Some of the most significant factors affecting how quickly the final results of treatment become apparent include the severity of the cosmetic concerns being treated and the treatment locations.
What Can I Do To See My Desired Results As Quickly as Possible?
One of the best things you can do to see your injectable muscle relaxant results as quickly as possible is to exercise the treated muscles regularly. Generally, you should contract and relax the muscles targeted during treatment 200 times daily to help the medication spread throughout the targeted area and settle in faster.
For example, if you are having glabellar lines treated, you should contract your glabellar muscles by squinting or frowning, then relax them 40 times. Then, four more times throughout the day, you should perform another set of 40 repetitions. As another example, you should squint and relax your eyes if you are treating crow’s feet.
How Long Can I Expect the Results of My Treatment To Last?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect your Jeuveau results to last for approximately five to six months. On the other hand, you can generally expect that the results of Dysport injections will last for three to four months. It is important to understand, though, that there are several factors affecting the longevity of injectable muscle relaxants.
For instance, the more severe your cosmetic concerns are, the more likely it is that you will need to come in for more frequent touch-up treatments. The overall health of your skin also affects the longevity of your results. Moreover, you are more likely to enjoy longer-lasting results if you are targeting weaker muscles that are used less frequently. The more your muscles are used, the more likely it is that they will wrinkle, subsequently wrinkling your skin, due to overuse.
What Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Injectable Muscle Relaxant Results?
There are several steps you can take to ensure that you enjoy wrinkle-free skin for as long as possible. For example, you can maintain a healthy skincare routine to keep your skin in optimal condition. Keeping your skin moisturized and protected against sun damage daily will go a long way in keeping your skin looking young and healthy for as long as possible.
You can also come in regularly for microneedling sessions. Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is an FDA-approved aesthetic treatment that encourages your skin to produce extra collagen. This essential protein volumizes your skin significantly, so it takes longer for your skin to wrinkle as a result of underlying wrinkled muscles. You should also come in for touch-up treatments before your concerns become severe.
Can Other Injectables Help Me Extend the Longevity of My Results?
Yes, injectable dermal filler treatments can help you extend the longevity of your injectable muscle relaxant results. Like microneedling, injectable dermal fillers volumize your skin significantly due to inducing extra localized collagen production.
Typically, injectable dermal filler results last between six and 24 months depending on the area being treated. For example, your cheeks can be volumized for up to two years. Most other areas of the face can be volumized for 12 to 18 months, and you can generally expect your lips to be augmented for six to nine months.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dermal Filler Injections?
When we discuss your concerns and goals during your initial consultation, we will advise you on all of your options, including dermal fillers. Depending on the cause of your cosmetic concerns, you may need both neurotoxins and dermal fillers to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Find Out Today Which Injectables Are Right for You
While Jeuveau and Dysport are extremely similar, they differ in their ingredients. They are also produced by different manufacturers, and there are other slight differences between the injectable muscle relaxants. To find out if one of these injectables is right for you, call us today at 812-822-0988 to schedule an appointment with us at CAS MEDISPA in Bloomington, IN.