Chances are, you have heard of Botox and its wrinkle-fighting abilities. But did you know that you have two other great options to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and create smoother-looking skin? Dysport and Xeomin may be newer, lesser known products, but they are incredibly safe and effective.
Here, Dr. Nirav Savalia, a premier cosmetic surgeon in Orange County, breaks down some of the commonalities and distinctions between the three products.
What These Injectables Have in Common
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are FDA-approved neuromodulators formulated with botulinum toxin. They share the same purpose: to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. The products are injected into specific facial muscles (usually around the eyebrows and forehead) to temporarily relax them. As the muscle relaxes, the overlying wrinkles gradually become less noticeable.
Dr. Savalia can also use Botox, Dysport and Xeomin to relax the muscles that pull down the corners of the mouth, creating a frowning appearance even when the face is at rest. Once these muscles relax, the corners of the mouth no longer droop downward, and the mouth looks more pleasant when the face is at rest. Dr. Savalia can also use these products to smooth out dimpling of the chin.
The three injectables all last about three to four months.
The Differences between Botox, Dysport and Xeomin
In spite of their similarities, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have special distinctions. They should not be used interchangeably.
Firstly, the products are injected at different strengths. An injector needs a different amount of units, depending on whether they use Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, to achieve similar results.
Also, they diffuse differently. Botox and Dysport have protective proteins in addition to the botulinum toxin, whereas Xeomin does not have any additives. This means that Xeomin tends to migrate further and faster because there is nothing to slow down the molecules. For that reason, some injectors feel that Xeomin results are not as precise.
Finally, there is a difference in the onset of action. Dysport usually works the quickest of the three, showing noticeable results about two days after treatment, whereas Botox and Xeomin require longer until the effects of the medicine are seen.
Some patients swear allegiance to one brand, claiming they can’t see results with the others. However, there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Discuss Your Options with Our Team
The best way to determine the product that is best for your wrinkles is to meet with a qualified injector or board-certified plastic surgeon who can explain the pros and cons of each. Together, you can decide whether Botox, Dysport or Xeomin is most likely to give you the results you want.
To book a consultation with Dr. Savalia, please call 949-759-0980 or email Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery today.