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Botox and Other Wrinkle Fighters, Explained

[fa icon="calendar"] July 8, 2019 / by Dr.J

Long standing champion wrinkle-eraser Botox has new competition.  Here’s a guide to help you decide which one to choose.

What Do These Things Do Anyway?

Botox and its competitors are injections that are performed in the office.  The procedure is virtually painless, requires no anesthesia and takes only a few minutes.  Complications are exceedingly rare.

The injections weaken the muscles that are responsible for facial wrinkles.  The most popular places to inject are the forehead wrinkles, the lines in between the eyebrows and those at the corners of the eyes, called the ‘crow’s feet’.  Other indications include raising the eyebrows, improving the appearance of the lower eyelids and up-turning the corners of the mouth.

These injections are by far the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed by Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons nationwide, having been performed 1.8 million times in 2018 alone!


Botox - The Trusted Veteran

Botox has been used for cosmetic reasons for 17 years.  It is the most popular wrinkle treatment out there.  For years, it was the only one of its kind, but recently Botox has welcomed two new players into the sandbox.


Dysport - The Dark Horse

Dysport is no Johnny-come-lately.  It was FDA approved for cosmetic use 10 years ago.  Although less popular than Botox, some patients respond to it better and request it.


Jeuveau - The Rookie

Jeuveau has been in use for years in South Korea, the Cosmetic Surgery capital of the world.  It's only new to the U.S. Market.  Studies show that Jeuveau is at least as good as Botox, but time will tell.  Jeuveau is powered by a savvy social media campaign aimed at younger patients, thus its nickname, 'Newtox'.


How Do the Different Products Compare?

The results of studies comparing Botox and Dysport vary, but most injectors agree that Dysport typically starts to work faster than Botox (24hrs. v. 2-3 days) and  may last longer (4 mos v. 3 mos).

The only head-to-head study comparing Jeuveau and Botox showed that Jeuveau is 'not inferior' to Botox.


Financially Speaking

Firstly, we price our injectables by the unit rather than by the area.  This is the fairest way to do it because the number of units required to adequately treat any given area can vary widely from patient to patient.  Male patients typically require significantly more units than female patients.

Secondly, Botox and Jeuveau units are interchangeable but not so with Dysport.  Patients typically require 2.5 times the number of units of Dysport to get the equivalent effect of Botox.

Thirdly, keep in mind that each injectable has its own loyalty program and our practice often runs monthly specials.

The 'list' price of Botox in our practice is $15/unit.

The price of Dysport, once corrected for the equivalent effect as Botox, is the same.  (Meaning $6/ Dysport Unit).

Long term pricing for Jeuveau is still undetermined because it's so new.


Ready to Try a Botox Fighter?

We are currently running a special offering Dysport for the equivalent of $10/unit and Jeuveau for an incredible $7/unit.

Click the link below to sign up!

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Topics: dysport v botox, Botox Alternatives, jeuveau v botox


Written by Dr.J

Dr.Jeffrey Horowitz is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon committed to his patients' health and beauty.