Xeomin vs Botox vs Dysport: What’s the difference?
One of the most common questions I get daily about neurotoxins is: What is the difference between Botox, Dysport and Xeomin?” Then after explaining the differences I usually get, ‘Which neurotoxin is better?’ There’s no good answer to that because it really depends on the person and what outcome they are looking for.
Botox, Dysport® and Xeomin® are part of the family of neurotoxins called Botulinum Toxin type A. Botox was the first to receive FDA approval in 1989, for the treatment of misaligned eyes, facial spasms and uncontrollable blinking. It wasn’t until 2002 when Botox Cosmetic® was approved as a cosmetic treatment for improving facial frown lines and wrinkles. Dysport followed in 2009, and Xeomin in November 2011.
Botox (onabotulinum toxin A) and Dysport (abobotulinum toxin A) are great methods for temporarily reducing wrinkles. It is favored by women and men as a preventative treatment and also by those who don’t want to take time for cosmetic surgery.
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin can reduce frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles due to facial animation. It may not remove all static wrinkles (or lines that are present when the face is at rest) but generally softens them.
All three products are very similar, however in certain situations, one may get a different reaction using one or the other. Dysport has a little bit more diffusion and may work well for correcting small crow’s feet due to its ability to distribute evenly under the skin. Botox can be used perfectly when needing to make a small correction of a rogue wrinkle. Despite minimal differences, generally, these products can be used almost interchangeably.
The results of all treatments last up to 4-6 months on average. Even though the results are almost the same, consider the primary aspects of each injectable:
- Xeomin (Inco-botulinum Toxin A) is a purified neuromodulator that includes only botulinum and doesn’t contain the carrier proteins present in Botox. The absence of the protein carries results in less allergic reactions and resistance via antibody formation. Since this reducer lacks the additives, Xeomin does not require to be refrigerated, therefore making it simpler to store or ship. The treatment takes 3-5 day onset and is the slightly less expensive choice.
- Botox (Onabotulinum Toxin A) is the most popular and oldest neuromodulator on the market. The wrinkle reducer includes a full stack of protective proteins. The proteins are clustered around the botulinum that helps it last longer. Like Xeomin, Botox usually has an onset of 3-5 days.
- Dysport (Abobotulinum Toxin A) is very similar to Botox as the reducer also contains the added proteins. Albeit, the wrinkle injectors comprise a smaller amount of the carrier proteins and weighs less. As a result, this allows for more spreading of the toxin after the procedure. The Dysport onset can be achieved in 1-2 days. The treatment is usually less expensive, yet it requires 3 units to be injected in comparison to 1 unit of Xeomin or Botox.
To conclude, Xeomin, Botox and Dysport are efficient treatments with a slightly different formulation of the same substance. So, the main differences to consider are:
- Xeomin – occasionally cheaper treatment and does not require refrigeration.
- Botox – tried and true, unlikely to ever be overtaken in the injectable neurotoxin market.
- Dysport – works faster, better for the larger areas.
If you would like to be treated with neurotoxin for wrinkle call us for a free consultation.