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This product is the latest FDA approved injectable toxin which helps improve facial problems such as frown lines and wrinkles. This product is a direct competitor with Botox and has become commonly used to treat bunny lines, crow’s feet, lip lines, neckbands, and chin wrinkles among other conditions.
Since its introduction into the USA market, it has changed the face of the aesthetic market by delivering superior and almost unmatched performances when used in treatment.
The product is marketed as New botox but its official name is Jeuveau and just like Dysport, Xeomin, and Botox, it is a neuromodulator. When it is injected into the body, it relaxes the nerves that allow muscles to flex. When injected in higher doses, it paralyzes those nerves although not permanently as the effects were off over time.
It prevents new lines from forming because relaxing the muscles prevent the repeated movements which cause the lines.
Jeuveau contains a purified form of BTX-A (botulinum toxin A) which has a molecular weight similar to Botox and shares the same side effects and risks. Studies have shown that the protein components present in the active molecular core in Jeuveau are important to get superb results. Other less concentrated forms of BTX-A lack these proteins and are therefore less potent.
Although it is a relatively new product, Jeuveau has received a lot of praise from patients who have tried out the product and many attest to its wonders. We will attempt a comprehensive look at this product at key points which you should know including some of the most frequently asked questions. Jeuveau is the most popular treatment requested at our Belleview Medical Aesthetic Center due to its amazing results.
Jeuveau claims to be better than Botox and other competitors on the market but how do you know the product is right for you? If you want smooth, young skin and a beautiful look, Jeuveau can give you this but how do you know if you are a good fit? In this section, we have highly probable candidates for Jeuveau treatment. You are a good candidate if you:
- Have developed expression lines and wrinkles on your forehead and other parts of your face.
- Show signs of vertical lines between your brows, sometimes also known as elevens.
- Have begun to get crow’s feet around your eyes.
- Have lines radiating from your lips or surrounding areas.
- Have developed Horizontal neck bands.
The method of preparation and method of assay used determine the potency of the Jeuveau. It does not use the same preparation methods for other Botulinum toxin-based products hence using processes meant for other products will not be as effective. The units of Jeuveau activity cannot be correctly converted into any units for other botulinum toxins based products. This singular reason makes it extremely important that the measurement is taken seriously to get results.
If you are opting for retreatment or need to have retreatment done when the initial effects start to fade, it will need to be at least three months after your last procedure. You need to consider the added up dose when treating adults with Jeuveau. Ensure that proper documentation has been carried out before you engage in any procedure. Ensure you consult your doctor appropriately before using any products. If you have used any botulinum toxin-based product prior, ensure you consult a practitioner to ensure that you are in the clear to undergo treatment.
There are some side effects associated with using Jeuveau. There is no product without side effects and these side effects are not necessarily going to affect every user but some. It is therefore imperative that all users familiarize themselves with these effects just in case they occur. Here are some side effects associated with using Jeuveau:
The spread of Toxin effect
The symptoms of this effect are consistent with the effects of botulinum toxin itself so it might be hard to differentiate. Symptoms include general muscle weakness, blurry vision, difficulty breathing, asthenia, dysphagia, diplopia, dysphonia, and ptosis. These symptoms have been reported a few hours to weeks after treatment has been administered or injected into the skin. These symptoms might also manifest in areas of the body that did not receive any injections. Data has shown that this manifestation in areas not injected is common with other botulinum toxin products.
Patients might also experience difficulties in breathing which might range from serious to mild attacks. Difficulties swallowing have also been recorded in some patients who have used the product. This spread of toxin effect has also been noticed in patients who were administered lower than maximum level doses of Jeuveau. In some unregulated uses such as for treatment of muscle spasticity in children (which is not approved by the FDA), similar symptoms have been reported. This side effect should be watched out for and reported if the symptoms last more than a few hours.
There is a chance for immunogenicity to occur as observed in other therapeutic proteins. Antibody formation detection in the body is influenced by the specificity and sensitivity of the assay. In addition, observing the occurrence of antibody positivity in an assay may be affected by multiple factors which include sample handling, the timing of sample collection, underlying disease, concomitant medications, and assay methodology. All these factors affect the comparison of antibodies to Jeuveau when compared with other products which then makes the resulting information misleading.
When patients use botulinum toxins for treatment, it may result in the creation of antibodies which may reduce the potency of the product during subsequent usage. It does this by making the biological activity of the toxin inactive thereby neutralizing it and preventing any results. A proper administration of the drug might be required to prevent this from happening and if you suspect you are showing signs of this side effect, ensure you consult your practitioner for appropriate diagnosis and solutions.
There is no treatment or drug without its obvious pros and cons. Jeuveau is not an exception to this rule as it has its pros and cons which we advise you to go through before you book an appointment for the procedure. Here are the pros and cons associated with using Jeuveau:
The product can temporarily soften forehead wrinkles, lines, and crow’s feet. These conditions are caused by repetitive muscle movements such as frowning, smiling and laughing.
Jeuveau prevents facial muscles from making certain movements and this can help prevent new wrinkles.
The pain getting from the procedure is minimal. You might feel a mild, short-lived sting from the injections that will fade in no time.
There is no downtime but you will experience a little redness where the injection was inserted into your skin. You will begin to see results within two days. This makes the procedure well sought after due to its quick action time. All skin types can safely use the product.
As seen in other injectable toxins, the results will begin to fade over a period and you will, therefore, need to follow up treatments. These follow up procedures will need to be carried out a few times a year to keep the results. Jeuveau has been rumored to last longer than other products on the market which are not as potent.
This product is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of certain medical conditions which include facial spasms, migraines, and hyperhidrosis and it is not covered by health insurance. Users who apply this product for those purposes do so at their own risk and will bear the cost of it.
It is quite new and not yet common in use. This makes it a bit difficult to acquire for use at a cosmetic clinic.
Must a professional administer Jeuveau?
It is of utmost importance that a trained and certified professional/practitioner handles the administering of the botulinum toxin. This professional should be familiar with facial anatomy and should have experience handling the botulinum toxin. The practitioner should also have a working knowledge of medical conditions which might prevent you from taking this procedure and advanced/modern techniques to use. Avoid using non certified professionals as a wrong administration of the injection or an overdose can lead to serious complications.
What is the difference between Botox and Jeuveau?
Botox and Jeuveau are very similar as they both use botulinum type A. Depending on the type of procedure to be undergone some patients prefer one over the other due to the perceived superiority of one of the products in that area. For example, patients who want to treat fine lines and wrinkles favor Jeuveau. These similarities also mean that both products share similarities in pros, cons, and side effects.
How much does a session cost?
The number of units used determines the amount you will have to pay per session. Your practitioner will evaluate the areas to be treated and determine the amount to be used. The more areas to be treated, the more money you will need. Some treatment centers offer a free consultation to determine how many units will be needed.
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