Within the last decade, there has been a rapid increase in the number of women and men getting cosmetic procedures. In hopes of defying time and looking younger for longer, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have become the preferred minimally invasive anti-aging injectables. However, are they the same or is there a difference between Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are cosmetic injectables that treat dynamic facial wrinkles. Most people are familiar with Botox, but Dysport and Xeomin are not as well known.
Botox is an injectable treatment that is used for smoothing out facial lines and wrinkles. It is derived from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin A. It works by blocking the normal signals that the nerves send to the muscles, which would normally cause them to contract. If the muscles don’t contract the skin above them will get an opportunity to relax, thus, the lines and wrinkles will eventually soften.
The effects of Botox last an average of 3 months, so regular treatments are needed to maintain results. Dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by the continuous movement of the muscles, respond best to Botox. This includes crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines.
Dysport and Xeomin
Dysport and Xeomin are both competitors of Botox and are also derived from botulinum toxin A. Therefore, they work in a similar manner to Botox because they relax the muscles responsible for facial expressions such as frowning and squinting that eventually lead to the formation of wrinkles.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all injected into the facial muscles using a very fine needle. There is generally no downtime, so patients can resume normal activities after treatment.
Is There a Difference Between Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Although Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all derived from botulinum toxin A, they are not all formulated the same. Xeomin is a pure form of the drug, which means it does not have any additives. The body is less likely to develop a resistance to it, and the patient is less likely to have an allergic reaction.
On the other hand, both Botox and Dysport contain protein additives. There have been a few cases in which patients have developed a resistance to them. As a result, Xeomin is often recommended for patients that no longer respond to Botox or Dysport.
Since there are no additives in Xeomin, it does not have to be refrigerated before use. However, both Botox and Dysport must be refrigerated before being reconstituted. All the products have to be diluted before being injected, and this is usually done with saline.
Dysport diffuses more than Botox, which makes it beneficial in treating some areas of the face. Some physicians suggest adjusting the dosage of Dysport when injecting it into certain areas, to ensure that it does not migrate and cause complications.
Botox works better in areas that only need a small correction. When Botox is injected in the right way, it only affects the specific spot. It does not spread to the surrounding area, making it the best option for smaller areas.
All the products begin to take effect within a few days. Dysport starts to work within 2-3 days, but Botox takes somewhat longer, typically about 4-5 days. The onset with Xeomin takes the longest, about 5-6 days.
What Else Should I Consider?
If you are considering injectable treatment for dynamic wrinkles, it is important to select an experienced injector, preferably a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. These fillers must be injected in the proper dosage in order to get the best results, so the injector you choose must be familiar with all the alternatives. They should also be able to recommend the injectable that is most appropriate for you.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin in Beverly Hills and Pasadena, CA
If you are in Beverly Hills or Pasadena, CA, call Privet Aesthetics for more information on these injectables.