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Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport: What's the Difference?

All muscle relaxers based on botulinum toxin use this purified protein to relax the activity of specific muscles. It's common to hear all of these products referred to as Botox, but there are actually three different types: Xeomin, Dysport, and Botox. Although all of these products contain the same purified protein, there are some differences among them. Talk to a dermatologist to find out which option is best for you.

Formulation of the Products

Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are all manufactured a little bit differently. Xeomin stands out because of its lack of additives. The only ingredient in this injectable is purified botulinum toxin A. Additionally, Xeomin is produced so that the complexing proteins are taken out, producing a more pure form of botulinum toxin.

Response in the Body

Most people won't notice any particular response to these three products, beyond the improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. However, some people who have gotten in the habit of receiving Botox or Dysport injections might eventually develop botulinum toxin resistance. Because Xeomin lacks additives, and because it uses a purer form of botulinum toxin, Xeomin is often the product of choice for patients who have developed this resistance.

Onset of Cosmetic Improvements

Cosmetic injectables work quickly, but the results aren't immediate. Most patients will find that Dysport starts producing results more quickly than the other two—within one to two days. Botox usually takes two to three days to start working. Xeomin starts working in one to three days, however, the observable improvements tend to be more gradual.

Duration of the Results

Individual results vary, but generally, Botox lasts about three to six months. At this point, patients can return to the dermatologist's office for another treatment. Dysport and Xeomin both usually last for three to four months.

Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are just a few of the cosmetic dermatology products available at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery. Our providers offer a wide range of expert services, including dermal fillers, laser therapy, and topical applications. You can reach our office at (866) 400-3376.

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