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Jeuveau vs. Botox: What’s the Difference and Which One Is Right for You?

Jeuveau is one of the newest FDA-approved aesthetic injections that works like Botox. Here’s a breakdown of Jeuveau vs. Botox and how to know which one is right for you.

Since the early 2000s, Botox has been known as the ultimate aesthetic treatment. It’s one of the safest and is the most widely studied with thousands of studies showing its safety and efficacy.

For aesthetic purposes, Botox is applied to the outer corners of the eyes, between the eyebrows, and a few other points to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But it also treats conditions like chronic migraines. 

It works by injecting botulinumtoxinA into specific areas that interrupt the nerve from sending messages to the muscle and the muscle then relaxes and the skin smooths out. The result is fewer lines and wrinkles appearing around the injection site on the face.

There’s now another injection that uses the effective botulinumtoxinA—it’s called Jeuveau.

Jeuveau is the latest FDA-approved aesthetic injection using botulinumtoxinA. As of right now, it’s been approved for glabellar lines which are the lines between your eyebrows. But further approval is coming down the line.

Jeuveau vs. Botox: What’s the difference?

The differences between Jeuveau and Botox are slight as they both use the same active ingredient. The difference is in the ratios and form of botulinumtoxinA used in the formula.

Botox is manufactured by Allegran, a company in Ireland that uses onabotulinumtoxinA. Jeuveau on the other hand is manufactured by Evolus in South Korea. The Jeuveau formula uses prabotulinumtoxinA. Both formulas produce effective results. But some people respond best to Jeuveau while others respond better to Botox.

Are there other types in addition to Botox and Jeuveau?

While Botox is the most well-known neurotoxin injection, there are other options out there.

Dysport

Dysport is the most prominent alternative to Botox to date. It produces results in less time than Botox and requires less product because of how small the molecules are. The results are comparable, but injections from Dysport can spread out farther from the injection site than Botox, which makes Botox the ideal option for more precise results.

Xeomin

Xeomin is another alternative to Botox. It’s unique in that it contains just the purified botulinum toxin. The reasoning behind the pure injection is that some researchers believe that it helps prevent resistance to the toxin over time. Some have noted that as people continue to get Botox for many years, they develop a tolerance for it and require greater quantities to get the same results. But as far as initial outcomes go, the results between Xeomin and Botox are comparable. 

Uses for Jeuveau vs. Botox

Botox (as well as Dysport and Xeomin) is approved for both aesthetic and medical purposes. The only option you cannot use for medical purposes is Jeauveau. They may choose to get that approval eventually. It’s also possible they may choose to maintain only aesthetic approval keep the cost low. Jeuveau’s lower cost makes it a more viable option for those who want Botox but cannot afford the option.

How to get lasting results with Jeuveau and Botox

The nature of Jeuveau and Botox injections is to be temporary. When you initially start the injections, doctors typically recommend that you get them more often. But eventually, you can spread out treatments for up to six months.

While the injections can’t last forever, there are a few things you can do to make your results last longer:

  • Follow the after-care instructions your doctor prescribes. This will likely include avoiding sun exposure, not vigorously scrubbing or exfoliating your fact, and not getting any other treatments for at least three days after the injection.
  • Prepare for treatment by avoiding alcohol so you experience less bruising around the injection site.
  • Create a treatment plan so you can prevent wrinkles from developing between injections

Are there any safety concerns?

Since botulinumtoxinA is in fact a toxin, it’s normal to wonder if it’s getting Botox, Jeuveau, and other similar injections is safe. But the studies have shown for decades now that when applied correctly and in the formula provided in Botox, it is considered the safest procedure available. 

It’s also important to always go to a professional for any aesthetic injections. There’s a recent trend on TikTok of influencers injecting filler into their own lips with DIY kits. Whether it’s filler or Botox, Jeuveau, or any other treatment, never do a DIY alternative. There are more health risks when you do.

Always consult with a professional and get the work done by someone who is certified to do aesthetic procedures. Not only will you get better results, but you drastically reduce any risk of adverse effects to the injections.

Want to try Jeuveau or Botox?

While both Jeauveau and Botox have much in common and are safe, some people may get better results with one option over another.

For this reason, it’s important to talk with a doctor about all of your health history, concerns, and the aesthetic outcomes you want to see. Your doctor will help you decide which option is best. Plus they create the ideal treatment regime so you get the best results possible.

To learn more about the differences between Jeuveau vs. Botox, book an appointment at your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss Center today.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Skin Wrinkle-free and Vibrant

With healthy and youthful skin we feel more confident and beautiful in our day-to-day lives. Follow these tips to keep your skin wrinkle-free for longer as you age.

It’s inevitable that our skin changes as we age. We produce less collagen and our skin loses its elasticity. It also becomes drier which causes wrinkles to develop faster.

But fortunately, there are ways of slowing down the aging process in our skin.

Below are lifestyle and treatment options to keep your skin vibrant and wrinkle-free without invasive surgery. 

Start making these part of your routine early to prevent and slow down the aging process of your skin.

1. Stay hydrated

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. 

One of the most important things you can do to keep your skin looking youthful for longer is to drink enough water every day.

While we regularly hear how important water is for overall health, it unsurprisingly helps your skin stay vibrant too.

Your skin is an organ just like those inside your body. And to function properly it needs water every day.

So by getting enough water, you ensure that your skin works as a protective barrier and maintains its full and dewy appearance.

2. Use a moisturizer

A moisturizer is a cream that helps nourish your face and provide extra moisture. 

One of the most important reasons to use a moisturizer is because it helps keep your skin hydrated and prevents irritation.

There are a lot of factors in our environment that can irritate our skin like dry air and pollutants. 

A moisturizer helps keep a protective barrier for your skin so it doesn’t get irritated as easily. This helps with the aging process because dry and irritated skin ages faster.

3. Exfoliate

As we age, our body also stops being as efficient at removing dead skin cells. This can cause buildup and lead to a dull skin tone.

By exfoliating regularly, you speed up your skin’s process of replenishing cells and promote softer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles. 

There are two main types of DIY exfoliation.

One is using a physical exfoliator. That’s when you use a granular scrub that removes dead skin buildup and buffs your skin.

Another is a chemical exfoliator. The chemical exfoliators are a liquid mixture that you dab onto your face to exfoliate your skin. These concoctions are a mix of enzymes and acid-based chemicals that gently but effectively remove dead skin and replenish health cells.

There’s another option for exfoliation and that’s getting a mechanical exfoliation treatment done. Those types of treatments involve laser treatments and microdermabrasion.

4. Avoid sun exposure

Too much sun exposure damages and dehydrates your skin.

The best thing to do is apply sunscreen or an SPF moisturizer to your face every day. This is true even when it’s overcast. Sunscreen has been shown in studies to slow down the signs of aging skin because of how much sun exposure impacts aging.

5. Use a retinoid

Retinoids are one of the most popular and effective options for treating and preventing wrinkles.

These are anti-aging treatments made from Vitamin A derivatives. Vitamin A has the power to neutralize free radicals that lower your production of collagen—a chemical important for keeping your face hydrated and wrinkle-free. So when you apply these to your skin, you are able to slow down signs of aging and promote healthy, youthful skin.

There are many options out there and the best one for you depends largely on your skin type, age, and environmental factors. So it’s important to ask an expert about what kind of retinoid is right for your skin before choosing one.

6. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

With all the creams and products on the market to reverse aging, it’s easy to overlook an important lifestyle factor that keeps your skin wrinkle-free in the first place…

Your diet.

Studies have shown that women who eat diets higher in fruits and other vitamin-rich foods have fewer wrinkles than those who eat more red meat and highly processed snacks.

Just like using the right moisturizer and exfoliator becomes part of your daily routine, it’s important to include fruits and veggies in your daily routine as well. You can have a handful of strawberries in as a snack in the morning. Or add a small side salad to your lunch every day. These small additions can go a long way to help promote glowing and youthful skin.

7. Don’t smoke

Smoking cigarettes leads to premature aging and the development of crows feet faster than in those who don’t smoke.

It also leads to other skin damage like sagging skin, dull tone, and acne. One study in twins found that when comparing twins who smoked versus those who didn’t, the twin who smoked has more wrinkles than their sibling.

By not smoking, you can promote healthy circulation and healing in your skin so it can heal. You’ll also produce more collagen and elastin in your skin as well—both of which can bring back a vibrant and healthy glow.

8. Cut back on alcohol

Did you know Jennifer Lopez doesn’t drink alcohol at all? The reason is she says it’s bad for her skin.

And the thing is, she’s right.

Alcohol dehydrates your skin. This is why the morning after you’ve had a few too many drinks your face looks dryer and older than it otherwise would. And consuming alcohol regularly can impact how your skin retains moisture and lead to dull and sagging skin.

So if you want to keep your skin wrinkle-free as you age, then cutting back on alcohol is one of the best options. This doesn’t mean you must cut out all alcohol to have healthy skin. But keeping alcohol to a minimum for special occasions or a few drinks a month will be better for your skin than drinking daily.

9. Exercise

Since wrinkles are caused in part by aging cells, is there anything you can do to slow their aging process?

It turns out that exercise actually makes you age slower. This has to do with the way exercise impacts your cells and cell division, which happens as cells age. Exercise slows the rate your cells age and divide, and ultimately helps you age slower. The impact is visible in your skin as many who emphasize a healthy mix of strength training, HIIT, and cardio look and feel younger, even as they age.

A note of advice to prevent any skin irritation or build up from sweat: Always wash your face immediately after your workout. It’s also best to wear zero makeup for your workouts so your pores don’t get clogged and lead to acne and other irritation—which makes skin look older in the long run.

10 Make time for facials

There’s a reason celebrities get regular facials and skin treatments. It’s because they work. 

One of the most popular ones is the PRP facial. What it does is help your skin stay young by using healing and growth factors in your own plasma to boost collagen production.

When you get the PRP facial, a small amount of your own blood is taken and put into a centrifuge. In the centrifuge, your blood and plasma are separated and the plasma gets extracted for your procedure (what’s extracted is the platelet rich plasma, which is where PRP gets its name).

Your doctor then does a microneedling procedure on your face using the platelet rich plasma. Just a few of these procedures leads to noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. It also evens skin tone and improves elasticity and boosts collagen after just one treatment.

Book a PRP facial with us to help keep your skin wrinkle-free and vibrant

We offer PRP facials to help you reverse and prevent signs of aging in your skin.

Our PRP facial is one of our most popular treatments that’s produced noticeable results for our patients.

To learn more about the procedure and to book a consult, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location.

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Banishing Those Wrinkles with Botox ®

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we believe that looking your best is a big part of what makes you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you’re able to face the world with more poise and confidence. That is why we offer non-surgical injections, like Botox® Cosmetic, in addition to our weight loss programs. Botox ® is probably not a new name for you, but do you know exactly what it is and what it can do for you and your skin? If not, keep reading. And even if you think you do, keep reading.

Let’s Start with Wrinkles

To understand how Botox ® works, it’s important that you understand how wrinkles form in the first place. It’s really a combination of factors – damage from free radicals, decreasing amounts of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin springy and supple, changes in cellular structure, and making the same expression over and over again. When you frown or smile or you’re deep in thought, certain muscles contract and certain areas of your skin crease and fold in response. Over time, these creases and folds start to stick around and you’re left with fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox® can’t address the external factors that cause lines and wrinkles, it can target the muscle activity that contributes to them.

How Botox® Works

Botox® works by reducing the activity of the underlying muscles that cause your skin to crease and fold. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscle. When nerve signaling is reduced, the muscles relax and soften. This translates to fewer lines and wrinkles and a younger-looking appearance. You’ll generally begin to see the results within one to two days following the procedure, but the most noticeable difference in your appearance tends to come after 30 days. Because Botox is non-surgical, treatments are quick – each treatment lasts approximately 10 to 20 minutes and requires no recovery time. That is why this type of procedure is often nicknamed “a lunchtime procedure”. You can get in and out in the amount of time it would take you to go down the street for a salad. The results of Botox typically last up to four months.

What Else Should I Know?

Botox is most effective for crow’s feet and frown lines. Since every individual is unique and every face is different, your treatment will vary based on you as an individual. Your physician will discuss your treatment plan with you before administering any injections; and make sure you’re comfortable with the recommendations and all your questions are answered. A typical treatment may include 5 injections into your forehead muscles and 3 into each of the muscles that surround your eye.

Ask Away!

Our number one goal is to make you feel confident and comfortable. If you want to learn more about Botox in general or want to know what we can do for you specifically, please give us a call or stop into one of our clinics. You don’t have to make an appointment; just come on in and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.