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Most people have heard of Botox. It is widely used as a facial aesthetic treatment and for certain medical conditions such as migraines. As neurotoxins have evolved, there are now several alternatives to Botox. Jeuveau and Dysport are like Botox, but each comes with their own unique qualities.

What is a Neurotoxin?

Botox, Jeuveau, and Dysport are all neurotoxins. These toxins interrupt neurotransmitters, the chemicals responsible for transporting messages between the nerves and the muscles. When neurotoxins are injected into the muscle, they relax, which smooths out creases and wrinkles in the facial tissues.


Dysport is another form of neurotoxin with a slightly different chemical makeup than Botox. It most commonly targets the frown lines in the forehead, eyes, and the vertical lines that form between the eyebrows.

Pros of Dysport

  • Treats the cause of wrinkles rather than masking them.
  • Highly effective on deeper lines and larger areas, such as the forehead.
  • Results appear more quickly following treatment with Dysport than with Botox, in as little as 2-3 days.
  • The effects can be softer, allowing for natural facial expressions.
  • Dysport can be combined with other facial treatments.

Cons of Dysport 

  • The effects of Dysport wear off more quickly, meaning you may need more frequent treatments than with Botox.
  • Dysport spreads over a wider portion of the face, making it less effective on smaller lines and wrinkles in other areas of the face, such as around the eyes and mouth.


Jeuveau is another form of neurotoxin with a slightly different chemical makeup, but is very similar to Botox. It works the same way as Dysport and Botox by interrupting the neurotransmitters in your muscles, causing them to relax. This smooths out the lines and wrinkles that typically form due to muscle memory.


  • The results of Jeuveau tend to last longer than other neurotoxins.
  • Jeuveau is effective at smoothing out frown lines in between the eyes.
  • It can be combined with other facial treatments.
  • Effects can be seen quicker than with Botox, for most people in between 3-5 days.


  • Jeuveau has the same risks and side effects of other neurotoxins.
  • Jeuveau is slightly more limited in the areas of the face that it can treat.

Which One is Right For Me?

If you’re comparing neurotoxins, you will find that there are a lot of similarities between these facial treatments. The main differences are the areas of the face and the types of wrinkles they are most effective at treating. When you discuss your facial goals with your provider it will help determine which neurotoxin is right for you, or if a different treatment entirely would be more effective, such as dermal fillers.

The Future of Facial Aesthetics

Neurotoxins have been used for many years and are still at the forefront of facial aesthetic treatments. Advancements in technology will gradually evolve the way we treat aging skin, resulting in even more effective treatments to reverse aging and restore youthful appearances.

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