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BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™

What is BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™?


BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™ are all neuromodulators. They are substances, when injected into specific muscles, that can temporarily paralyze them for approximately three months, preventing them from forming wrinkles. These facial injections can target the muscles that create wrinkles—most commonly the horizontal lines on your forehead, around the corners of your eyes (“crow’s feet”), and between your eyebrows. In addition to the most common areas listed above, these neuromodulators can be used to address vertical lip lines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), masseter muscles for “facial slimming,” “bunny lines” on the nose, and/or platysmal “neck” bands, just to name a few.

Our Jacksonville plastic surgeons and physician assistants have significant experience with the injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™. We will perform an individualized facial assessment and develop a personal treatment plan to optimize your desired aesthetic results.

Is BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™ Safe?

Every year, patients in the United States collectively receive over 7 million neuromodulator injections. Despite their popularity and track record of success, many would-be patients may still be hesitant to use BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and Jeuveau™ because of concerns about safety.

Like every medical treatment, neuromodulator injections do come with their share of risks for potential complications, but the vast majority of these complications are minor. The risk of serious side effects is very small.

Who is a Good Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™?

One of the ways our providers ensure patients do not encounter any serious complications is by obtaining a thorough medical history and an examination prior to treatment. While many individuals are eligible for this procedure, certain medical conditions may prevent you from being an ideal candidate, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • An allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product
  • Facial trauma or recent facial surgery
  • Muscle or nerve conditions such as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Infection
  • Motor neuropathy
  • Pregnancy or current breastfeeding

Our plastic surgeons and physician assistants provide treatments in accordance with the highest safety standards and the best medical practices. They will not treat you with these products unless they believe you are an ideal candidate.

What Does BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™ Treatment Involve?

If it is determined that you are a good candidate for neuromodulator injections, a customized treatment plan will be developed during the initial consultation. Our providers will identify the precise areas of the face to perform the injections in a way designed to create results that meet your goals without producing a “frozen” appearance. The injections are given with a very fine needle and topical numbing cream can be applied prior to injection to minimize any discomfort, if desired. Depending on the extent of treatment, the procedure takes an average of about 15-30 minutes to complete.

Is There a Recovery Period After BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™?

You can return to your normal activities the same day of the injection. While some minor swelling or bruising around the injection sites is common, these effects typically resolve quickly. We advise that you do not participate in strenuous physical activity on the day of the injection, or massage areas of injections.

What Are Some Possible Side Effects and Complications?

In general, side effects and possible complications are limited to:

  • Pain and/or redness at the injection site
  • Bruising or swelling
  • Infection
  • Paralysis of the nearby muscles
  • Headache or neck pain
  • Eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids and eyebrows, swelling of your eyelids, and dry eyes

Our providers will utilize strong precautions to minimize the risk of complications. While there will likely be some level of initial bruising or swelling in the targeted areas, these effects should dissipate soon after the treatment.

How Much Does BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™ Cost?

The cost of BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™ will vary based on the treatment areas desired and your physical exam/assessment. For example, in between the brows may range from 12-25 units, around the eyes (“crow’s feet”) typically utilize 20-30 units total, and forehead rejuvenation averages about 8-25 units. Our practice prices this treatment on a per unit basis, which ranges from $12-$14 per unit. The total price varies from patient to patient since this procedure is fully customized to each individual’s unique needs and goals. The specific concerns being addressed, the number of units required to meet expectations and obtain optimal results, and other factors will be taken into account for the overall cost estimate. Once your treatment plan is formulated during the initial consultation, a member of our team will determine the estimated final cost and go over it with you. In addition to accepting a wide range of convenient payment methods, Florida Plastic Surgery Group works with reputable financing agencies that offer qualified applicants the ability to pay for their treatment in installments.

Are There Alternatives to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®,and/or Jeuveau™?

There are several alternatives to BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® and/or Jeuveau™ for individuals who are interested in other types of cosmetic enhancement, or for those who have goals that may be better served by other options. In addition to neuromodulators, our practice offers a comprehensive array of injectable dermal fillers in the Restylane® line of products. Restylane® fillers can be very effective for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as for adding volume to facial features such as the lips and cheeks. This option is also known for its ability to achieve long-lasting results. In fact, many patients have experienced the effects of Restylane® for up to a year or longer. In some cases, microneedling or microneedling with PRP can be effective alternatives to neuromodulator injections. These treatments are designed to help the skin repair and rejuvenate itself from within, ultimately improving tone and texture while minimizing signs of wrinkles. For some patients, a surgical browlift or facelift may be more ideal than neuromodulator injections to optimize your overall results and personal goals. Facial surgery can reduce signs of aging with results that help reset the clock on facial aging.

During your initial consultation with our plastic surgeon or physician assistant, they will talk with you about your needs and expectations and help you determine which treatment option can best meet your goals.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX® Cosmetic

How old do you have to be to get BOTOX® injections?

Patients aged 18 and above are eligible to be treated with BOTOX® injections. While it is more commonly performed for individuals who are in their 30s or older, some patients who are in their mid-20s consider this treatment once they begin to see expression lines developing along certain facial areas. Candidacy for BOTOX® Cosmetic is primarily determined by the patient’s specific concerns, their current medical status, and whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is an ideal treatment option to successfully address their needs and goals.

How many units of BOTOX® Cosmetic will I need?

BOTOX® injections are measured in units, and the number of units for each treatment will ultimately depend on how much of the solution will be necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals. For patients who desire reduction of frown lines and creases along the forehead, approximately 8 to 20 units of BOTOX® Cosmetic is often sufficient. For individuals who would like to diminish signs of crow’s feet, about 10 to 15 units typically provide the desired results. The areas being treated and the severity of the concerns are usually the primary indicators of how many units will be necessary. Regardless of the number of units required to achieve optimal results, BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments are outpatient procedures that are often completed in less than 30 minutes.

Is there a way to make BOTOX® Cosmetic last longer?

The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic typically last about three months; however, some patients may experience results for longer periods. Individuals can help slow down the formation of fine lines and wrinkles by minimizing sun exposure, applying sunscreen regularly, taking good care of their skin, drinking plenty of water, and refraining from smoking.

How often should I get BOTOX® injections?

Once the effects of the initial BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment begin to fade, many patients can keep the results going with occasional follow-up treatments. While each patient is different in terms of their unique aging process and the length of time that BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts, follow-up injections at intervals of four to six months is generally the average range between treatments. We can provide more details on treatment regimens once you are evaluated in the consultation.

How long after BOTOX® injections until I can lie down?

It is typically recommended that patients wait to lie down for a minimum of four to six hours following BOTOX® injections. This is to minimize the risk that the neurotoxin solution will spread from the specific areas that were targeted for treatment. The chance that this will happen is small; however, just to be on the safe side, we advise patients to keep the head in an elevated position for several hours after the treatment. Also, refraining from lying down for a while can minimize the possibility of placing pressure on the injection sites right after the procedure.

BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport®, and/or Jeuveau™ are popular injectable options to treat the wrinkles on your forehead, around the corners of your eyes, and between your eyebrows. Please contact Florida Plastic Surgery Group today for more information, or to schedule your initial consultation.