When it comes to “botox” your options go beyond, well, Botox®.
I’m going to sound like a broken record, but it needs to be said–I believe in providing my patients options. Along with the option to have or not have cosmetic injections, you have the choice of which cosmetic injector is the best fit for you, and which brand of neuromodulator brand you opt for.
You’ll often hear the term “botox” being used as a blanket word over all brands of neuromodulators, but they do differ (we will talk about that more below). Neuromodulators share the commonality of being natural purified proteins that temporarily diminish fine lines and wrinkles in selective areas. The most common treated areas are: forehead lines, frown lines between the brows, crows feet, mouth lines, and can even be used to give a distinct eyebrow lift.
While most cosmetic injectors tend to offer just one brand of neuromodulator, I have opted to provide both Dysport® and Nuceiva™ to my patients. I have experience with all neuromodulators but I have chosen to used Dysport® for my patients’ and my own cosmetic injections for the last few years due to its efficient and natural results. I recognize that not all individuals react the same way when it comes to neuromodulators so I decided to add another option to the mix. When I introduced Nuceiva™, my patients and I were equally thrilled with the results achieved.
What is Dysport®?
Dysport® was first approved by the FDA in 2009 and is manufactured by Medicis Pharmaceutical. Known for its natural results, Dysport® is less potent than Botox® due to its molecular weight. Dysport® also has a higher rate of diffusion, which makes it ideal for treating larger areas. While the price and timeline of Dysport® is comparable to Botox®, the results from Dysport® may become visible sooner (within 24 hours). If you’d like to learn more about how Dysport® Differs from Botox®, read my first-hand experience testing the two products at the same time (Botox® on one side of my face, and Dysport® on the other).
What is Nuceiva™?
Meet the new kid on the block in the world of neuromodulators: Nuceiva™, or Jeuveu as it is marketed as in the United States. Nuceiva™, a close alternative to its predecessor Botox®, was approved by Health Canada and the FDA in 2019. Quickly being dubbed, the Newtox on the market, injectors and patients alike took notice of this 900 kDa purified botulinum toxin formula.
While Nuceiva™ is created with the same molecular weight for precision, it allows more movement than Botox®, leading to more natural-looking results. The product is effective in treating a variety of facial areas including Crow’s Feet, the vertical lines between the eyes known as 11s’ and horizontal forehead lines. You can expect a similar price tag and treatment timeline (lasting between three and four months) with Nuceiva™ as you can with Botox®. Similarly, the full effect of your treatment will be visible anywhere between seven and 10 days, with some reporting results as quickly as 24-72 hours post-treatment.
Why is Nuceiva™ Different?
While the exact formula changes remain under lock and key, Nuceiva™ differs from Botox® in a very key way: Nuceiva™ was created and designed specifically and solely for cosmetic-related treatments. Botox®, on the other hand, continues to be prescribed for non-cosmetic treatments. With cosmetic injections in the forefront, the same formula structure that we’ve come to know and love as Botox®, has evolved into a more workable product designed specifically to yield natural-looking results. A lot has changed since Botox entered the market over 30 years ago, so the Newtox was a welcomed option for me as a cosmetic injector to offer my patients.
Which neuromodulator is best for me?
While I am versed in all four types of neuromodulators, Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin® and Nuceiva™, I offer my patients a choice between Dysport® and Nuceiva™. Depending on your concerns, your facial structure and muscle strengths, I am happy to help guide you towards the best neuromodulator option for you.
No matter which you opt for, Dysport® or Nuceiva™, I believe in striving for natural-looking results that can sustain a lifetime of confidence over extreme transformations. To see some of my work, check out my patient gallery or follow me on social media. For cosmetic injection appointment availability with me at any of my four locations (Chilliwack, Langley, Parksville or Nanaimo), click here.