Treatment Differences with Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin
With all of the new cosmetic products and treatments now available it is hard to know the similarities and differences between them all. A category of treatments is called neuromodulators, which are injected to address certain wrinkles on the face. These are purified proteins that relax muscles that cause wrinkles. The three products that are currently cleared by the FDA for cosmetic use are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. The most common areas that are treated are the horizontal lines on the forehead seen when raising the eyebrows, the vertical lines between the brows seen when frowning, and crows feet around the eyes seen when smiling or squinting. Improvement is seen in three to seven days after treatment and last for three to four months. Botox (Allergan, makers of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, and Latisse) has been used the longest and studied the best and is therefore the post popular product. Dysport (Medicis, makers of Dysport and Restylane) is newer and has little more spread, which can be good or bad depending on the area treated. Xeomin (Merz, makers of Xeomin, Radiesse, and Belotero) is the newest one and is a cleaner protein with a decreased risk for allergic reactions. Being the newest Xeomin currently has the most competitive price point. The other difference is that the unit dosing is not necessarily equivalent between the three products. One unit of Botox is approximately the equivalent of one unit of Xeomin. However, one unit of Botox or Xeomin is the equivalent of 2.5 to 3 units of Dysport. All three of the products work, but some people prefer one over the other. It is like comparing Coke and Pepsi. Most people will try two or three of them and see which works best for them. For a free consultation with Dr. Alex, please contact A E Skin (818-835-1833 [email protected]).