Is Nuceiva™, Canada’s newest neuromodulator on the market, better than Botox®? 

Meet the new kid on the block in the world of neuromodulators: Nuceiva™, or Jeuveu as it is marketed 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.

So is it better than Botox®? As you may have seen on my TikTok and Instagram, I love putting the products I use to the test and had to find out for myself which brand I personally prefer. I say ‘personally’ because injectables tend to react slightly differently from person to person—someone may find they get their best results from Dysport®, someone else may swear by Botox®. Ultimately, my job as a Naturopathic Physician and cosmetic injection administrator is to provide you, my patients, all the information and options you need to make an informed, best decision for you. 

What is Nuceiva™?

Though it has been on the Canadian market for a few years now, being approved by Health Canada in 2019, Nuceiva™ is still somewhat unknown. Nuceiva™’s same formula is marketed as Jeuveau in the United States and was first released in South Korea in 2014. With the amazing results Newtox provides, its popularity is growing. 

While Nuceiva™ is created with the same molecular weight for precision as Botox®, it allows more movement, leading to more natural-looking results. This neuromodulator 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. In terms of price and results, you can expect Nuceiva™ to be extremely comparable to  Botox®. Units are approximately $10 each and results last between three and four months. 

How is Nuceiva™ Different from Botox® ?

As is the case for virtually all botox and filler formulas, the exact formula of Nuceiva™ is proprietary, remaining under lock and key. However, it is important to note that when Botox® was originally invented it was for medical uses. In 1989, the FDA approved Botox® for therapeutic use before being used for cosmetic purposes for the first time in 2002. Why does this matter? Nuceiva™ was specifically created and designed for cosmetic-related treatments, meaning its main benefit is its anti-wrinkle effect. This isn’t to say that Botox hasn’t evolved in the last 30 years to be able to provide similar results; however, Newtox is a fresh, welcomed addition. 

 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 rather than achieving extreme transformations. To see some of my work, click here.

Which is better: Botox® or Nuceiva™ ?

Though there have been some small scale studies (and I’ll include my personal experiment in this) to test which neuromodulator brand yields the best results, this question is for the most part, subjective. Just as you can choose to buy a Samsung or an LG TV and still watch all your favourite shows, you’ll still get the wrinkle-fading results from either Botox® or Nuceiva™. Since results for both of these formulas lasts between three and four months, there is no harm in trying and documenting both options before deciding which brand works best for you moving forward. 

If you’d like to learn about the other two neuromodulators on the market (Dysport® and Xeomin®), head on over to this blog post where I provide a full breakdown of each. Though I am versed in all four neuromodulators, I offer my patients the choice between Dysport® and Nuceiva™, which provide the best results in my opinion. To learn more about cosmetic injection treatments in Chilliwack, Langley, Parksville or Nanaimo, click here. 

Remember, more important than the neuromodulator brand you choose is the cosmetic injection administrator that you choose. Whether you opt to book a treatment at one of my four locations within the Vancouver Island area or you are across the country searching in your own area, I wrote this Guide For Finding The Right Cosmetic Injector specifically with you in mind.