Xeomin®, Botox® & Dysport®

So, What Is Xeomin®, Dysport® And Botox®?

Xeomin and Botox are both injectable neuromodulators, meaning they can temporarily alter the nerve impulses of targeted muscles, therefore reducing or eliminating contraction-induced wrinkles.
 Each brand has a slightly different formulation of the same substance, bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, or Botulinum Toxin A, but they all work the same way: they block the nerve impulses of the injected muscles to temporarily paralyze muscle movements that cause wrinkles. The most common targets are horizontal lines across the forehead and perpendicular frown lines between the brows (also called “The Elevens”), but many also rely on Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin for crow’s feet, nasal squint lines, lines around the neck, eyebrow lifting, and even profuse underarm sweating and migraines.

How Is Xeomin®, Dysport® And Botox® Done?

During the treatment, a very fine needle is injected into each specific muscle for a few seconds with only the minor discomfort of a tiny pinch. For ultra-sensitive types, topical anesthetic cream or ice can be applied beforehand if necessary.

What Are The Benefits Of Xeomin®, Dysport® And Botox®?

You should notice smoother, more wrinkle-free skin within 2 to 3 days post injection, but the full effects won’t appear for about 2 weeks. It may take as long as a month for results to peak on areas with stronger muscles, particularly in men.

At full throttle, your skin will feel smoothed and lifted, with a more youthful and awakened appearance. These results tend to last 4 to 6 months, at which point the muscle movement gradually returns and the wrinkles and lines start to reappear, but often less severe than before because the muscle is being trained to relax more.

Botox® & Xeomin®: Similarities

Xeomin and Botox do share some similarities. Both treatments are effective in eliminating expression lines and wrinkles that occur due to repetitive muscle contractions involved in everyday facial movements. Specifically, both treatments have been FDA approved for addressing forehead wrinkles that occur due to squinting or raising of the eyebrows.

Both types of neurotoxins address lines and wrinkles in the same manner: by relaxing targeted facial muscles. 

When Botox or Xeomin are injected into the muscle they temporarily block the nerve impulses that are needed for contraction. The resulting muscle relaxation and decrease in movement reduce the appearance of lines or wrinkles in the area.

The results of both Xeomin and Botox are temporary. This means that both treatments do require periodic maintenance (typically every 3-6 months) in order to maintain the results over time. Finally, Botox and Xeomin are dosed similarly (i.e. 20 units of Botox equals the strength of 20 units of Xeomin). This is not the case when compared to other types of neurotoxins (i.e., Dysport).

Botox® & Xeomin®: Differences

The main difference between Xeomin and Botox has to do with the formulation. Xeomin is a “naked” neurotoxin. That is, Xeomin contains only a single ingredient (botulinum toxin A), while the formulation of Botox includes various protective proteins clustered around the active molecule. The benefit of Xeomin’s pure-form means users have a lower chance of developing resistance (antibodies) that can limit its desired effects.

Another difference between Botox and Xeomin is the onset of results. While the results of both treatments last for about the same duration (3-6 months), Xeomin requires up to 4 days for results to fully form, while Botox typically only requires about 72 hours.

Which One Should I Choose?

It all depends on your unique needs. Since the two products are exceedingly similar, both have well-established safety records, both are administered the exact same way, and both last the same amount of time. Many patients make their decision between the two based on the price. Botox is more well known and there is a premium price associated with that powerful branding while Xeomin, as a newer player in the neuromodulator market, is becoming very popular because of its cost-saving advantages -- so you really can't go wrong with either! Simply consult with your doctor about whether Xeomin is right for you.

Individual results may vary