What is Jeuveau, also called Newtox?
Jeuveau is a botulinum toxin type A injection used in the treatment of wrinkles. It’s also sometimes called the new Botox or “Newtox” for short because it’s a new version of the same active ingredient used in original Botox Cosmetic injections.
Does Jeuveau have FDA approval?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Jeuveau for the treatment of wrinkles in February 2019. It’s a new type of botulinum toxin A injection. Since its emergence on the market, other types of botulinum toxin A products have been developed, including Jeuveau. Since Jeuveau has been on the market for a shorter time, it’s currently only FDA approved for the treatment of glabellar lines.
A doctor may decide to use Jeuveau to treat other locations on the face and body, but this would be considered off-label use in that it hasn’t yet been studied and hasn’t been FDA approved. While both injections have the same active ingredient, the precise formulas vary slightly. Deciding between Botox and Jeuveau may depend on trial and error. Some people respond better to one over the other.
However, Jeuveau may be a better option if you’re new to botulinum toxin injections and are looking for a cheaper option to start. It’s also the best option if you’re looking to treat glabellar lines. Botox is used for these same wrinkles, along with other types of facial lines.
What areas of the body can be treated with Jeuveau?
Jeuveau is perhaps best known for its ability to treat frown lines (glabellar lines). Two separate trials reported by the FDA found that 67 percent and 71 percent of people saw significant improvements after receiving these injections. This is compared to a 1 percent improvement reported in the placebo groups. If you’re looking to treat other types of wrinkles around the mouth or eyes, you may consider talking to a dermatologist about other options that may be more effective. These may include the original Botox or other types of injectables made with hyaluronic acid.
How does Jeuveau work?
During your consultation, your provider will outline a plan they will implement during your treatment session. The procedure for Jeuveau usually consists of the following:
- Your provider will wipe off any makeup or other cosmetics covering the area of treatment.
- Next, they will inject Jeuveau into five sites around your frown lines, using several small injections.
- The process takes up to 15 minutes. Once the injections are completed, you’re free to leave with no downtime required.
- As the botulinum toxin takes hold, your underlying muscles will relax and create a smoother appearance in your frown lines. You may start noticing slight results right away, with full results developing in about a week.
Preparing for Jeuveau
Before receiving Jeuveau injections for frown lines, you will need to have a consultation with a medical provider. They will determine how many injections you need, as well as which specific areas of your face to treat. At your consultation, you can discuss the benefits and risks of your treatment. This is also a good opportunity to obtain the full estimated costs and to set up a payment plan if needed. While Jeuveau doesn’t require any downtime, you may decide to take the day off from work so you don’t feel rushed at your appointment.
How long does Jeuveau last?
According to studies, Jeuveau lasts several months and boasts high patient satisfaction even at 5 months. Most patients will have anywhere from 3 to 6 months of clinical longevity. The effects of botulinum toxin injections will naturally wear off after several weeks to months. You will need to schedule a new round of injections to maintain your results, but you should wait at least 3 months between each treatment.
Jeuveau side effects and risks
While Jeuveau may be considered a safe wrinkle treatment, it’s not completely risk-free. It’s important to go over all of the potential side effects and serious risks with your provider ahead of time.
Common side effects that generally occur at the injection site may include:
Jeuveau may also cause droopy eyelids or upper respiratory infections in some.
Sometimes these injections may spread to other parts of the body, resulting in botulism. This can cause rare, but serious risks such as:
Botulism is a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you suspect any side effects following your Jeuveau injections:
- allergic reactions
- breathing difficulties (which may lead to death)
- trouble with swallowing
- facial drooping
- voice changes
- heart attack
Symptoms may not appear for several days after treatment, so it’s important to be on the lookout long after your session. Tell your provider about any underlying medical issues you have as well as medications, herbs, and supplements you take. Jeuveau may not be appropriate for people with cardiovascular disease. The injections may also interact with muscle relaxers.
What to expect after getting Jeuveau treatment
Unlike cosmetic surgery, there’s no downtime needed for wrinkle injections. You may go back to work and resume other activities as normal. However, be sure to avoid rubbing the site of your injections so that the active ingredients don’t spread and cause side effects.
How much does Jeuveau cost?
As of 2019, the average cost of botulinum toxin injections was $408, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Jeuveau injections are said to be slightly cheaper than original Botox injections. Your exact cost will depend on how many injections are needed, as well as your provider and where you live. Medical insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic injections. To help offset the costs, you can talk to your provider about discounts and payment plans. You may also be able to find occasional manufacturer coupons.
How to find a provider
Whether you choose Jeuveau or other types of injection, it’s important to select the right professional to administer it. It’s a good idea to see a board-certified dermatologic surgeon.. You can find out some of this information and more by scheduling a consultation. At that time, they may also tell you some of the differences between the two injections and show you portfolios containing pictures of results from other patients. If you need help finding a dermatologic surgeon, consider searching location-based databases from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as a starting point. SEE: How Long Does Swelling Last After Juvederm