The advancements in anti-aging medicine have led to the development of more cosmetic injectables that can effectively treat and correct the signs of aging. Where there used to be just Botox there are now several different families of fillers and neurotoxins that can freeze every wrinkle and fill every line. At South Lake OBGYN located in Clermont, FL, we are proud to offer both Botox and Jeuveau, two neuromodulators injectables that temporarily erase fine lines and wrinkles.
What Is the Difference Between Botox and Jeuveau?
Both of these cosmetic injectables are neuromodulators, but they are not the same. They both accomplish the same goal, but they do so in different areas of the face. Botox is able to treat many different areas of the face, as well as the body. Botox is also used by medical professionals to help temporarily relieve muscular disorders, and provide pain relief for medical conditions. Jeuveau is only FDA-approved to treat and correct frown lines that develop on the face.
All About Jeuveau
What Is It?
Jeuveau is an FDA-approved, prescription medication in injectable form that works similar to Botox. It is an injectable neurotoxin that will temporarily erase moderate to severe wrinkles that appear in the form of frown lines between the eyebrows as a result of dynamic, expressive movements. It is administered into the face through an ultra-thin needle.
What Does It Do?
This neuromodulator is very specific. Unlike other neurotoxins of its kind that can treat several different areas of the face, it is designed to treat and correct glabellar lines, which in laymen’s terms are called frown lines. When injected into the face, it temporarily disables the muscles that make expressive movements, specifically frowning. These expressive movements are also called dynamic movements, and they lead to dynamic wrinkles.
As the aging process occurs, the body begins to decrease its production of collagen and elastin. The result is skin that isn’t as flexible as it once was, so lines and wrinkles begin to form from those expressive movements and they don’t go away when the movement stops. These lines continue to worsen with the aging process and become more and more difficult to treat with creams and serums alone. This neuromodulator erases the frown lines that form due to aging.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Unlike dermal fillers, the results from neuromodulators take a little more time to show up since they need time to affect the muscles. However, most people begin to notice changes in their frown lines within two to three days after their treatment, and results continue to improve in the days following.
How Long Do Results Last?
In order to avoid disappointment, it is important that you have realistic expectations regarding your treatment. Results vary from person to person, but typically you can enjoy your freedom from frown lines for up to four months. The total length of time that your results will last completely depends on how quickly your body metabolizes the ingredients. Once this happens, you can schedule a follow-up appointment for additional injections to maintain results.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have moderate to severe frown lines that have formed between your eyebrows that make you feel unattractive or older than you are, you may be a candidate for this cosmetic injectable. During your initial consultation, our experts will review your health history, discuss any prescription or over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins that you may be taking, analyze your problem area, and determine if this treatment is right for you.
All About Botox
What Is It?
Botox is the OG in the world of cosmetic injectables and has become a household term. Almost everyone knows what Botox is, whether they’ve had it or not. It is the injectable neurotoxin that has been around the longest and therefore is the most popular, temporary solution for lines and wrinkles in multiple areas of the face. It temporarily disables the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles so that the surrounding skin can rest, and as a result, wrinkles disappear.
What Areas Does It Treat?
One of the primary differences between Botox and Jeuveau has to do with their target areas of treatment. Botox can treat many different areas of the face that have wrinkles due to repetitive muscular movements, as well as the body, as a way to temporarily treat and provide pain relief.
When used for cosmetic purposes, Botox is most commonly injected as a means to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can be injected in the forehead muscles to erase fine to severe lines and wrinkles, the outer corners of the eyes where smile lines form, also known as crow’s feet, and in the area between the eyebrows as a means of erasing frown lines, also known as “the elevens.”
While Botox is only FDA-approved to treat three specific areas of the face, it is often used in other areas of the face by knowledgeable and trained providers. If there is another area of your face that you want to treat, you can ask any questions you may have during your initial consultation and we will develop the best plan of action that is the most suitable for your needs and aesthetic goals.
Botox has come a long way in recent years and is now being used for therapeutic purposes in the medical world. Many have found relief from ailments and conditions that they may have had to previously suffer through. When injected into very specific areas by a medical professional, Botox can treat:
- Chronic migraines
- Adult spasticity (muscular stiffness in the arms and legs)
- Pediatric spasticity (muscular stiffness in the arms of legs in children age two through seventeen)
- Overactive bladder disorder and overactive bladder that results from a neurological disorder
- Issues with eye muscle alignment (also known as strabismus)
- Eyelid spasms (also known as blepharospasm)
- Cervical dystonia (a condition where an abnormal neck position exists)
- Hyperhidrosis (a condition that involves excessive sweating and extremely overactive sweat glands)
If any of these conditions apply to you or you would like more information about how you can find relief from your medical conditions, contact your primary care physician to learn more and see if you are a candidate for such treatment. If you don’t have a primary care physician, we will do our best to answer any questions you have regarding these treatments and point you in the right direction.
How Long Do Results Last?
Once injected with Botox, you will be able to enjoy your wrinkle-free results for approximately four months. Your results may last longer or shorter than four months depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the injectable. Once your results begin to wear off, all you need to do is come back in for a follow-up treatment and you will have your wrinkle-free skin back once again.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
After your treatment, you may begin to notice results within two to 3 three days. However, you will notice full results by the end of the week of your first appointment, and they will continue to improve as the ingredients fully affect the muscle and keep it from contracting. Once your skin is able to rest and does not have to be forced into dynamic movements, your wrinkles will disappear.
Can I Make My Results Last Longer?
Take a Zinc Supplement
Recent studies have had positive findings regarding the relationship between Botox and zinc supplements. The studies have shown that there seems to be a positive correlation between those who have a higher level of zinc in their bodies and long-lasting Botox results. Since these findings are all positive, but not conclusive, it wouldn’t hurt to take a zinc supplement in the hopes that it will extend your results.
Consider Your Exercise Routine
There is a direct relationship between extreme exercise and Botox results. Athletes and those who perform extreme exercise each day experience shorter results and the quicker metabolism of Botox. If you can’t change your exercise routine, know that you will have to schedule your follow-up treatments accordingly so as to not interfere with your results.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have crow’s feet, frown lines, or forehead lines that are making you feel older than you are, you may be a candidate for Botox injections. Botox is a temporary solution for fine lines and wrinkles and in order to maintain results, you must be consistent with your follow-up treatments, or else your wrinkles will return. If you are not sure whether Botox is right for you, we can help determine that during an initial consultation.
Which Neuromodulator Is Right for Me?
If you have multiple areas of the face that you want to treat, such as frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet, Botox may be the best solution for you. If you only want to treat crow’s feet, or you only want to treat forehead lines, Botox can provide a solution. If you just have frown lines you may be a candidate for either Botox or Jeuveau.
There’s no reason to let lines and wrinkles define you or drain you of your confidence. You can age gracefully without looking your age and the skincare experts and injectors on our team can help you look and feel your best. Contact us today at South Lake OBGYN in Clermont, FL, and schedule your initial consultation to determine which of these two neuromodulators are right for you.