Most people have heard of the benefits of Botox for treating wrinkles, but few have heard of Xeomin – the most recent Botox competitor to hit the market. Xeomin (otherwise known as incobotulinumtoxinA) is a drug that blocks nerve activity in the muscles that causes a temporary reduction in muscle activity and thereby diminishes wrinkles.
But, what are the benefits of Xeomin over Dysport or Botox? Xeomin is actually very similar to Botox and Dysport in many respects. It is a botulinum toxin type A and is used in the similar dosage amounts as the better known brands. What makes it slightly different is that it is more pure than Botox and Dysport in that it doesn’t contain any additional additives. What this means is that it is less likely to cause any adverse effects such as allergic reactions. Another major benefit is that the human body is less likely to become resistant to this pure-form injectable because there are fewer ingredients in the solution. Some patients have developed antibodies to Botox and Dysport which leads to their bodies rejecting the treatments. Xeomin has been used in Europe cosmetically for years to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The U.S. is actually the 20th country to approve Xeomin for use.
Injectable products such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport take only a quick office visit and most patients return to work that same day. Both Botox and Xeomin take about 7-14 days before the full effects are realized, and the results will last on average for three to six months before another treatment is required. Dysport, on the other hand, shows a slightly quicker onset time with the same three to six months of wrinkle reduction.
Another variance with Dysport is that the dosing is slightly different from either Botox or Xeomin. So while the costs of Dysport are advertised being 1/3rd less per unit than Botox, the average patient needs more injections of the drug to see the desired outcome. So, often the cost ends up being in the same ballpark as Botox. Currently, Xeomin is the lowest priced option on the market today.
Dysport may also diffuse (or spread) a wider distance from the injection sites which is considered a problem when treating crows’ feet or wrinkles around the eyes or mouth which are near highly sensitive muscles that you do not want to paralyze. All three drugs carry similar risks which you should discuss with your provider, but the most common side-effects are relatively minor. The most frequent complaints are bruising or bleeding at the injection site or allergic reactions. Again, patients using Xeomin may have a lesser chance of developing allergies because the drug is so pure.
NOTE: The specific risks and the suitability of any medical procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. The information on this web site is not a substitute for a consultation. Call us at (281) 251-2400 or contact us online to schedule your personal consultation with one of our providers.
Xeomin® Before and After Pictures