BOTOX®, Dysport® & XEOMIN®: What Are the Differences?

Woman receiving BOTOX injection in Vancouver

While BOTOX used to be our Vancouver-area clinics’ go-to injectable wrinkle reducer, it’s not the only product on the market today. Alternatives, including Dysport and XEOMIN, have expanded your neuromodulator options, offering slightly different formulations and results. As more products become available, you may be curious about how they vary and which one may be right for you.

In this blog post, we’ll compare the products currently offered at our clinics to help you better understand what each one can do for you and your skin.

What is BOTOX?

Let’s start with the most widely known formulation. BOTOX is an injectable neuromodulator made of botulinum toxin A. When expertly injected into selected muscles, it relaxes them to prevent repeated contractions that may lead to wrinkles over time. Forehead lines, glabellar lines, and crow’s feet are treated effectively with BOTOX. Learn more about why it’s so popular in this previous blog post.

It typically takes our highly skilled doctors—Dr. Shehla Ebrahim and Dr. Cindy Huang—between 15 and 30 minutes to deliver the product through a short series of injections. Results start to develop after 4 to 5 days and can last between 3 and 5 months.

How is Dysport different from BOTOX?

Dysport and BOTOX are very similar at first glance. They achieve essentially the same results and involve the same treatment experience of just a few quick injections.

However, Dysport’s formulation and manufacturing process vary slightly from BOTOX’s, leading to a couple of differences. The main variation is that Dysport diffuses a bit more than BOTOX once it’s injected, so it may not be as precise. It also takes effect 1 to 2 days sooner.

How is XEOMIN different from BOTOX?

XEOMIN is also very similar to BOTOX and Dysport in function. However, XEOMIN is a “naked injectable,” meaning it doesn’t contain any additional proteins or additives. Because of this, your body may be less likely to become resistant to it than other neuromodulators. Additionally, XEOMIN takes effect a day or 2 later than BOTOX and 2 to 4 days later than Dysport.

Which product should I choose?

The differences between these products are minor, so it’s important to have a conversation with your provider about which one may be most beneficial for you. At your consultation, Dr. Ebrahim, Dr. Maloney, or Dr. Huang will be happy to explain the specific characteristics of each product to you and then provide you with a personalized recommendation.

Once you select a product, you don’t have to stick with the same one forever. You can switch between products at your regular appointments until you find the right fit for your look and lifestyle.

If you would like to learn more about BOTOX and neuromodulators at our North and West Vancouver clinics, please contact us online or call (604) 980-3993 (Afterglow) or (604) 925-3376 (Ambleside).

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