Botox has been around for a number years and is currently the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment on the market today. Botox is a neurotoxin, which temporarily weakens certain facial muscles to keep them from contracting to form lines and wrinkles in the face. Common areas Botox is used is in the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes (crow’s feet). But Botox is not the only neurotoxin on the market. Xeomin and Dysport are two additional options that are used in the same areas of the face. Many patients want to know…is there a difference between Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Botulinum Toxin Type A
The short answer is…yes. While technically, all three have the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, the structure of the molecules within each product is different. With Botox, the particles are larger and buffer the proteins to reduce the spread of the toxin, keeping the product in the area being treated. In contrast, Dysport has fewer proteins that buffer spread and the particles are smaller. Xeomin has no buffer proteins allowing the product to spread more and migrate into nearby areas. Those buffer proteins may also delay the metabolic process of breaking down the molecules, which would provide a longer last result.
Difference in Cost
While Xeomin and Dysport are typically less expensive per unit, many more units are required to achieve optimal strain reduction. Therefore, the cost is typically the same for most patients.
While Botox is generally preferred in most circumstances, Dysport typically begins to start working a few days faster than Botox. So patients who have an upcoming event within 3-4 days versus a full week may be better off choosing Dysport to enjoy their results sooner.
Ultimately, the most important aspect of achieving a successful outcome with any neurotoxin comes down to the skill and experience of the provider. It’s important to see an injector who treats patients often and understands the muscles and anatomy of the face very well. Do you research in choosing a reputable injector to ensure they have the proper training and credentials.