In the world of aesthetic medicine, there seems to be a solution for nearly every problem we face. As far as nonsurgical treatments go, the new wave of beauty began with the development of Botox. Initially, Botox was used to reduce the appearance of frown lines. Then, doctors began using it in other areas, such as on the forehead to lift heavy eyebrows and on the lower face to treat downturned corners of the mouth. Today, we not only use Botox for many complaints but we also have other botulinum products to explore. Here, we discuss the differences between Botox and its popular competitor, Xeomin.
Botox and Xeomin both contain the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin A. They share the same goal, as well, to smooth dynamic lines and wrinkles that result from muscle movements. Beyond this is where we begin to see how the two cosmetic drugs differ.
Where Botox and Xeomin differ the most is in the additive found in Botox. Xeomin is called the naked toxin because purified botulinum toxin is the one and only ingredient found in this drug. The potential benefit of the lack of additives is that a patient may be less likely to develop antibodies against the toxin. When there are no antibodies produced to “fight” the active ingredient, treatment may be more successful even with long-term use.
It is important to note that the additives in Botox are not considered harmful. Millions of people are treated with this drug every year and very few adverse reactions have been reported.
Xeomin and Botox have been extensively studied for safety and efficacy. Each has been found to achieve results that diminish gradually over 3 to 6 months. After ongoing touch-ups, many patients notice that their results last longer. Typically, a couple of touch-ups a year allows patients to maintain the appearance they desire.
Which is Right for You?
The good news about both Botox and Xeomin is that they are temporary products that the body absorbs and flushes over time. If you are unsure which wrinkle-reducer may be right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee. Her familiarity with each product enables her to discuss their characteristics with confidence. In the event that you give Botox a try and aren’t completely satisfied, you may choose to have Xeomin injected at your next touch-up.