Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin?

So many people are asking the difference between them and which one is better than the other. I can understand how confusing this could be for a patient to determine which treatment is best for them.

Here we go…

All three are effective treatments that originate from the same source bacterium, clostridium botulinum. They are synthesized as botulinum toxin type A, the paralyzing agent or neurotoxin that is administered. Each has been consistently proven in clinical trials and then worldwide application. The result is almost always the same: each injectable temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscle areas on the face to relax and ease out the appearance of wrinkles.

They all are FDA approved and aesthetically designed to smooth and diminish wrinkles. The most common areas treated are crow’s feet, forehead, frown lines around the eye area and brow lifts. However, other areas becoming more popular with patients are the smoker’s lines around the lips, cleavage wrinkling, and even underarm sweating.

The major difference is that Xeomin does not contain protein while Botox and Dysport do. This causes the body to build up antibodies over time, causing the results to diminish after continuous usage. Merz’ Xeomin contains no accessory protein, making it a “pure” version of the botulinum toxin and reducing the risk of an allergic reaction or natural resistance. This solitary agent migrates further and faster to effectively work upon all facial areas upon injection. There is less risk of an allergic reaction or rejection due to the absence of protein additives.

In comparison, Botox and Dysport are considered ‘heavier’ because they contain added proteins. These proteins are for protection and are clustered around the botulinum to enable them to last a little longer. However, the clinical argument is that these protective proteins may also shield the active part of the neurotoxin thereby minimizing product effectiveness. Xeomin is the most similar to Botox when measuring units to units, whereas Dysport requires more units at a lower cost per unit. Both Botox and Xeomin require up to two weeks for full treatment and in most cases Dysport has a much quicker onset for those patients wanting faster results.

Hope, that alleviate some of the confusion.

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