It’s no secret that more and more of us are treating our unwanted wrinkles and preserving our youth. There are several options when it comes to treating said wrinkles and/or changing the movements of the muscles in your face. The most common cosmetic Botulinum toxins are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. As a nurse injector, my patients are always asking about the difference between them and which is going to give the best result. Today I’m diving into Botox vs Xeomin and their differences.
Botox has been FDA approved more than 20 years, but specifically for frown lines and wrinkles since 2002. It is made by the same company as the Juvederm family of products, Allergan. It does have protective shell around the molecule to protect it as it is injected.
Xeomin has been FDA approved in the US since 2010, but has been used in Europe since 2008. It is a ‘naked injectable,’ meaning that is does not have any additives like Botox and Dysport. So you have less of a chance of developing antibodies, immunity, to the product and also allows it to start working a little faster. This means the product is more natural and gives a natural, softer result. Otherwise, you can virtually use them interchangeably.
What’s the difference?
Both Botox and Xeomin work the exact same way, the only differences that Botox has inactive proteins added to it and Xeomin does not. Basically, you could say Xeomin is a purified form of the toxin that doesn’t cause your body to elicit an immune response to break it down. It doesn’t require the extra additives to block the nerve signals to the muscles. I mean, who wants the extra, unnecessary additives…I SURE DON’T!
Here’s the deal. If you are finding your Botox or Dysport isn’t working very well, you may have built up some immunity to it because of those additives. So switching to Xeomin is going to be your best alternative. You may also prefer Xeomin if you don’t like the tightened, frozen effects of Botox.
With Xeomin you will find that you don’t loose your expressions as much as you do with Botox. Having personal experience with both as an injector, and having both injected, I find that I’m still able to convey expressions more with Xeomin than Botox.
What’s my personal opinion?
In reality I like them both, you can read about my very first injection experience here. Since having experience with all three, I would put Dysport at the bottom of my list because the longevity is just not there. But with Botox and Xeomin I find they both last on average 3-4 months. There are some outliers who find it lasts a little less or more. However, as a nurse I don’t see the point of building immunity to something I don’t need to. Plus, I am impatient and want it to start settling in as fast as possible. Xeomin will start to settle in about 3-4 days, where as Botox takes about a week…but both take 14 days for full results.
Have you had experience with any of these products? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them, especially if you’ve tried multiple to see which you like best. I’d also like to know if this post changes your mind or thoughts on which product you’ll try at your next appointment.
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