At some point in our lives, most people will be confronted by the fact that they have frown lines, crow’s feet, or bands around the neck. For those of us who desire to minimize the appearance of these signs of aging, topical cosmetic products may only prove so effective. Instead, people have begun to turn to injectables as a more effective means of reducing the signs of mature skin. One of the newest options in the last decade, Jeuveau is an injectable offered by the Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, Alabama.
What Is Jeuveau?
Like its counterparts Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, Jeuveau is an FDA-approved botulinum toxin treatment that works when it is injected into the skin. The botulinum toxin A is created naturally by a type of bacteria called clostridium botulinum. Just as other injectables do, this treatment provides some of the benefits of a surgical facelift but without the discomfort or downtime.
Originally designed to treat frown lines between the eyebrows, this product, a purified protein, can also be used off-label to treat many other lines and wrinkles that have emerged on the face. Because no surgery is involved, Jeuveau is a noninvasive product.
Evolution of a Product
Although fairly new to this country, Jeuveau has been regularly used in South Korea and other Asian countries since 2014, and it is commonly referred to as Nabota there. In February 2019, the Food and Drug Administration approved this treatment for use in the United States. Manufactured here by the Evolus company, the name is a take on the French word “nouveau,” which means new or modern.
Social media sites often refer to this treatment as “Newtox,” since it is similar in some ways to Botox. This product is safe on all skin types and is recommended for both men and women over the age of 18.
How Does It Work?
Once administered into the muscle, Jeuveau essentially blocks communication between the nerve and the corresponding muscle. In so doing, the nerve is relaxed. This prevents the muscle from making repeated movements, thereby softening lines and helping to prevent the formation of new lines and wrinkles.
Typically, results from this jeuveau treatment last about four months, although some patients report the ability to see improvement for up to five or six months. Because it is a temporary treatment, patients will require follow-up appointments in order to maintain their look.
What Areas Can I Treat?
Developed initially to target glabellar lines, or wrinkles on the forehead between your eyes, this product has now emerged as a competitor to other injectables. Since it was approved for cosmetic use, this product is frequently used off-label to treat many facial areas in need of an anti-aging rescue. Thus, lines that have developed as a result of smoking, laughing, frowning can all be softened, smoothed, and improved upon. Since it is a temporary treatment, you will need two to three treatments per year to maintain your desired results.
What to Expect During Treatment
Since the administration of this product is rather quick, you can expect the length of your appointment to be rather short. Most treatment sessions last about 10-30 minutes. Due to the quick nature of the treatment, Jeuveau is sometimes referred to as the “lunchtime facelift.” No anesthesia is necessary, although a few patients prefer to use a numbing agent or ice.
We will begin by sanitizing the area and having you scrunch up your face so that the treatment area is obviously apparent. Using a fine-gauge needle, we inject the medication into the muscle that is being treated. Usually, treatment consists of three to five injections in one visit. Essentially, that is all that is involved.
What to Expect After Treatment
Although there is no downtime from this treatment, it is often recommended that you refrain from vigorous exercise, alcohol consumption, and exposure to high heat for 24 hours. These recommendations are designed to prevent the flushing of your face. In addition, it is recommended that you avoid lying down directly on the treated area for four hours as well as applying heat or massage to the treated area.
Results From Treatment
Thanks to this noninvasive but highly effective treatment, within two to three days, patients frequently report an improvement in the lines and creases on their faces. Some even notice that their skin feels tighter and smoother within just one day.
After seven to ten days, however, real results will become more apparent. At this point, the treated area will be softer and smoother, with the appearance of wrinkles greatly lessened. Again, most patients report that the results last for about four months.
Duration of Results
There are several factors affecting how long the treatment will last. How much muscle mass the patient has is one determining factor. Basically, the greater muscle mass you have, the greater the ability of the muscle to metabolize the product quickly.
In addition, the amount of product administered also affects the length of the treatment, with higher amounts of product injected resulting in a longer-lasting treatment. Finally, the location of the injection is also important, which is why it is essential to rely on an experienced team of doctors like ours to deliver the best possible outcome.
Benefits From Treatment
Clearly, the most important benefits derived from the use of this treatment are cosmetic. Because this product effectively softens lines and improves the look of wrinkles, patients are rewarded with a more youthful appearance. Some patients report that their wrinkles seemed relaxed and less noticeable in as few as 24 hours after treatment, and nearly all patients will begin to see results in two to three days.
Another benefit to this treatment is that as it works over time to restrict your muscles from making certain movements, new wrinkles can also be prevented. Requiring no surgery, this treatment is noninvasive, resulting in no downtime and minimal discomfort.
Patients are able to resume daily activities soon after the injections. Finally, results can be observed shortly after treatment and last for several months. Due to its being approved by the FDA for cosmetic purposes, the cost of this product may be somewhat less than that of similar botulinum toxin treatments.
Is It Right for Me?
When you meet with our dermatologists, we will examine your skin and discuss possible treatment options with you. This product is safe for all skin types, however, so if you’re seeking an injectable instead of a surgical option to treat the appearance of wrinkles, this may be the solution for you.
Because of the minimal downtime and discomfort coupled with superior results that appear in short order, this product offers a high rate of return for many people. In fact, some patients who have had past treatments with Botox have switched to this new product due to its numerous benefits.
A More Youthful You
Of course, the first step on your way to a more youthful appearance is to make an appointment for an initial consultation. Once we have examined your skin and discussed your concerns, we will be better able to prescribe the appropriate course of treatment designed especially for your needs. If we decide that the best way to target lines and wrinkles is with an injectable, Jeuveau may be one of your best treatment options. Providing a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles by relaxing the nerve that communicates with the muscle, this product works quickly and effectively.
Before long, patients soon notice that the look of crow’s feet, frown lines, or smoker’s lines, is lessened, with positive results appearing within two to three days, and an even better appearance emerging in about a week. Remember, too, that with minimal discomfort and no downtime, you can achieve discernable results with Jeuveau without negative side effects. If then, like many Americans today, you are searching for a noninvasive method to improve your look, contact Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, Alabama and you will be on your way to a more youthful you.