Botox, Dysport, Xeomin: What’s the difference?
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When looking for the best choice of injectable treatment to remove those wrinkles and bring out your hidden youthfulness, it seems like there are a dizzying array of choices. What are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, and how do they work?
All three of these injectable treatments are branded versions of the same substance: botulinum toxin. Botulinum is a protein created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria can cause harm if ingested in food or drink, but modern medical science has figured out how to use the toxin itself for effective cosmetic treatments. Small amounts of the toxin injected into the skin causes the skin cells to flatten and smooth, returning youthful vigor and beauty to skin exposed to a lifetime’s worth of sun and wind damage.
But What’s the Difference?
If Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are just the same underlying substance, just made by three different companies, then what is the difference? While the active ingredient in each of these injections is the same, they do have different therapeutic value. The reason is that each company’s formulation retains different amounts of protective proteins around the active molecule of botulinum. As a general rule, Dysport and Xeomin diffuse, or spread out, farther from the site of the injection than Botox does, but are more highly concentrated doses–the ratio of Botox to Dysport is about 2.5 units to 1, for instance. Botox has been in use far longer than the other two formulations: it was approved for use in the United States in 1989, while Dysport was approved by the FDA in 2009 and Xeomin was approved in 2010.
This article in Dermatology Times provides even more useful detailed information about the specific dosage differences.
Choosing a Treatment
It’s important not to get caught up in the minutia of the differences between these treatments; the Solomon Cosmetic Center is here to help you make this decision. By analyzing your particular case and weighing the advantages across each of these treatments, Dr. George Solomon MD will help you choose what’s right for you. The Solomon Cosmetic Center has experience with not just all three of these injectable treatments, but also several other exciting options to give you the treatment that will most benefit you. If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin treatments, and learning more about the specific advantages of one treatment over another given your particular cosmetic needs, please contact Dr. George Solomon MD at the Solomon Cosmetic Center and call or make an appointment.