Are Dysport and Xeomin Good Alternatives to Botox?
When it comes to non-surgical facial anti-aging. Botox is considered the best solution. It’s such a popular treatment that many people don’t know that there are alternatives out there. The question is, how do they compare?
First There was Botox
Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002. Since then, it has gone on to become the favourite wrinkle-removing treatment for millions of women and men across the world. Its popularity has grown because it is a simple procedure, only takes a few minutes to perform, is virtually pain free and produces visible results in 4-7 days.
Botox is a prescription drug made from a toxin that is produced by the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. It works by relaxing the muscles that are responsible for creating deep lines in the upper half of the face. It is particularly effective for forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines. (Since muscle movement is reduced with Botox, expression wrinkles in the overlying skin are minimized.)
Then Came the Botox Alternatives
Dysport was approved by the FDA in 2009, and Xeomin in 2011. They can both be used to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles.
Dysport and Xeomin may be good alternatives to Botox for patients that don’t respond well to Botox, or who have become resistant after several years of use.
Like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are neurotoxins that are derived from botulinum toxin, so they work in a similar manner and mimic the results of Botox. However, they differ in formulation, and the time frame when patients will see results.
Dysport V.S. Botox
Dysport is made using the same active ingredient as Botox, but the molecules are slightly smaller. It typically takes about 3 units of Dysport to equal one unit of Botox. Dysport is injected more deeply, and diffuses over a wider area. This can prove to be beneficial, depending on the area being treated. Dysport has a somewhat quicker onset of 2-5 days, compared to 4-7 days with Botox.
Xeomin V.S. Botox
Xeomin is also a form of botulinum toxin type A, but it’s not quite the same as Botox and Dysport. Xeomin is made up of pure molecules and does not contain the coating protein found it Botox and Dysport. This can be advantageous because with fewer associated proteins, there is less chance of the patient having an allergic reaction to the drug.
Xeomin may require up to 2 weeks to take effect, which is longer than the others, but can be just as effective as last just as long as Botox.
Which is Right for You?
While there are some slight differences between Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, when deciding between the various options, it often comes down to preference. Patients considering facial rejuvenation using these wrinkle-reducing products should consult with an experienced injector, preferably, a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
All these wrinkle-reducing agents can produce side-effects such as swelling, pain, bruising at the injection site, and tenderness. There are also serious risks involved including muscle weakness, and breathing problems.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all safe and effective solutions, but they must be administered by a trained and experienced injector. When injected correctly using the right dosage, patients should still be able to retain movement in their forehead and face. A ‘frozen look’ after Botox is often the work of an inexperienced injector.
If you are in the Dublin, OH area, contact Dorner Plastic Surgery for more information on these anti-aging injectables.