What are Botox and Xeomin?
Botox and Xeomin are both neuromodulators, which means they are injected into the muscle to temporarily prevent muscle movement. They are both formulated from the Clostridium Botulinum Bacteria, so they are essentially the same medication but are branded differently.
Both, Botox and Xeomin are FDA approved for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles develop as a result of the continuous movement of facial muscles when making common expressions such as frowning, smiling or squinting.
These cosmetic injectables inhibit the nerve cells from releasing signals to the muscles, which leads to reduced muscle movement.
When either Botox or Xeomin take effect, the skin eventually softens and this makes the dynamic wrinkles less visible. Both are done as in-office procedures, and only take a few minutes to complete. They can also be used by people with varying skin types and skin tones. Most patients notice an improvement in wrinkles within 3-5 days of treatment. On average the results last for 3-6 months.
Botox is certainly the more popular of the two cosmetic injectables, as it is the leading treatment for upper facial wrinkles in the Western world. It first gained FDA approval in 2002. Xeomin is the newer option, having gained FDA approval in 2011.
So, Botox or Xeomin?
If you need to treat facial wrinkles in the upper half of the face, i.e. frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines, Botox or Xeomin are both good choices. They can be used in the same fashion and produce similar results. They also have very good safety profiles, with few reported side-effects.
The main differences between them relate to how they are manufactured. Xeomin is a more purified form of the toxin, as it does not contain the preservative protein that is present in botox. The preservative protein is thought to make Botox last longer.
Some doctors believe that since Xeomin is a purer formulation, it is naturally more effective. However, this has not been expressly verified by any of the comparison studies that have been carried out to date.
Perhaps due in part to the formulation, patients that have had both Botox and Xeomin injectable treatment say that Botox gives the brow a heavier feel when injected. They also say that Botox restricts muscle movement a bit more than Xeomin does. So if you are looking to achieve more dramatic facial rejuvenation results, Botox may be the better option for you.
Each Person is Different
Patients should remember that there is no one solution for everyone, and some people may get better results with one product and not with the other. For example, some patients seem to be ‘resistant’ to botox for some reason, so they don’t get good results with it. However, they should get excellent results with Xeomin. It all depends on the specific situation of each patient. If you want to know which product would be right for you, it is best to schedule a consultation with a trained, experienced medical injector for an evaluation.
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