The Truth About Dysport, Botox, Xeomin & Jeuveau
4 Neuromodulators: Fact vs. Fiction
Difference Between Dysport, Botox, Xeomin & Jeuveau?
These four products are all botulinum toxin injections used to treat and prevent wrinkles. Botox Cosmetic is the brand name of the specific type A botulinum toxin called OnabotulinumtoxinA, Dysport is the brand name of the specific type A botulinum toxin called AbobotulinumtoxinA, Xeomin is the brand name of the specific type A botulinum toxin called IncobotulinumtoxinA, and Jeuveau is the brand name of the specific type A botulinum toxin called PrabotulinumtoxinA. They are safe, yet they all run the risk of numbness, droopy eyelids, headache and bruising. Botox and Dysport are the most popular neurotoxins offered by cosmetic clinics with no “down time”. Some studies suggest that Dysport works quicker, lasts longer, and hurts less than Botox; it is important to remember that these type of trials are often sponsored by the manufacturer of the product. One may hear that the three other Neurotoxins other than Botox are “knock-offs” – this is untrue and is used as a marketing strategy. When looking for a product to help remove wrinkles, it is less important what product you’re using, and more important to research who is injecting!
The average cost of both Dysport and Botox per treatment is around $400 every few months. The average cost of Xeomin is between $300-$400 every three months, same as Jeuveau. Some clinics offer per unit and our clinic offers per treatment area. Remember that if you get a bargain treatment of 20 units it will last approximately 2 months before you need a top-up. It ends up not being cost effective to continuously go in for small top-ups consistently. Properly distributed neuromodulator in all the treatment areas should last 4-6 months. Smooth thread treatments start at $350 per treatment area and last approximately the same duration of time.
Is it possible to become immune to Botox?
It is possible for your body to develop a resistance to Botox, or the compounding proteins (as they all contain human albumin). In this case, your doctor may suggest trying alternative neuromodulators like Dysport, Xeomin, or Jeuveau. Another option are smooth threads as shown in this Pure Wow article.
Time of Results:
When using Botox, there is an onset period of 4-7 days when you notice the difference this product makes, and with Dysport, it takes 2-5 days to make a difference. Xeomin takes approximately 5 days, and Jeuveau about 2-3 days to show results.
How long do these four products last?
All treatments last anywhere from 3-6 months, and here at Dr. Anna’s office we have a four-week guarantee (free top ups) to make sure all our patients are happy and wrinkle-free!
How long have these products been on the market and Health Canada/FDA approved?
Botox: Since April 2002
Dysport: Since April 2009
Xeomin: Since July 2011
Jeuveau: Since February 2019
Are these neurotoxins safe in pregnancy or when breastfeeding?
Short answer is NO…they are not recommended during pregnancy or nursing. However, there has been research to suggest that they do not cross the placenta and do no harm to the developing fetus if injected. Can Fam Physician. 2013 Nov; 59(11): 1183-1184.