29 Sep Botox, Dysport, Xeomin: What’s the difference?
A neuromodulator is a tiny protein that blocks communication between nerve and muscle cells. Botulinum toxin type A is the neuromodulator used in Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, and works by relaxing muscles through a mild weakening effect. As most wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes are caused by contraction of the muscles of facial expression used for both smiling and frowning, these injectables are a safe, easy way to reverse the hand of time.
Choosing whether Botox, Dysport or Xeomin is best for you can be a daunting task, so here’s a quick breakdown:
While these three brands have the same active ingredient, the difference lies in their molecular makeup. While Dysport and Botox are both combined with a complexing protein, Xeomin is “naked” and is considered to be the purest injectable.
As the molecues of Xeomin, Botox and Dysport are all different, the dosage is not interchangeable. This means that 20 unites of Xeomin is not the same as 20 units of Botox. It’s important that you see an expert dertmatologist who understands these details and is able to choose the dose that is best for your needs.
Ability to diffuse:
Because of the molecular differences, the technique and speed of injection differs with each of these, and can be used to achieve better results in thicker vs thinner muscles, and larger vs smaller treatment areas.
While Botox has been used in the US for treatment of facial lines and wrinkles since the 90’s, it was offically approved by the FDA in 2002, followed by Dysport in 2009 and then Xeomin in 2011. Although Botox has the longest track record, studies have shown that Xeomin and Dysport are equally safe and effective.
At Eternal Dermatology, we are experts in the use of injectable neuromodulators like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin in all skin types and for all indications. Our years of experience and understanding of these products on a molecular level ensure that we can help you to choose the product that is best suited for your needs.