The three main toxins you’ll most likely encounter when looking to get rid of facial wrinkles are Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin® . All three of them work the same way by temporarily blocking the nerves of facial muscles that create wrinkles.
Botox® (Allergan), Dysport® (Galderma) and Xeomin® (Merz) all have the same active ingredient – botulinum toxin – but each brand has a slightly different formulation. Generally, most practitioners use all three to treat fine lines and wrinkles on the brow, forehead crow’s feet, bunny lines, frown lines and nasal squint lines.
Botox® was the first neuromodulator on the market and has the best name-recognition. This isn’t necessarily an important quality when looking to get rid of wrinkles, but since Botox® has been around the longest, it has also been studied the most too. And if you go to a small practice, Botox® may be your only option for a wrinkle treatment.
For one, the results of Dysport® appear in about half the time as Botox® and Xeomin®. But also, Dysport® has a smaller molecule size so it moves quicker and spreads out over a larger area. In some parts of the face, such as the forehead or crow’s feet where most people want a broad, even distribution, Dysport® can be the better option.
The main benefit of Xeomin® is that it is “naked” meaning that it contains just one ingredient. There are no additives or preservatives which is usually the component of toxins that people react adversely to. So, if you haven’t tolerated Botox® or Dysport® well in the past, Xeomin® may be your go-to neuromodulator.
If you only take one thing away from this article, it should be this – the person injecting your neuromodulator is far more important than which brand you choose. Always see a board-certified provider and make sure to ask lots of questions.
For more information on nuromodulators such as Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin®, give us a call at one of our two Bay Area offices – (650) 327-3232 or email us.