by Botox Edu
Botox and Xeomin are both type-A Botulinum toxins. It is really difficult to state that one is simply better than the other when the truth is that both Botox and Xeomin only have the same active type-A botulinum toxin molecule. They are “packaged” quite differently (mainly because the way they are chemically prepared are different), but still they are the same thing. The only difference is that Botox is prepared with an accompanying protein, and Xeomin is bare. All of the Botox’s protein detaches within one minute of injecting in the skin, so virtually the effect is just the same as with Xeomin.
Xeomin has been tested and proven effective in clinical tests and is recognized in the US and Europe to effectively diminish glabellar wrinkles (wrinkles in-between the eyebrows).
One important thing to note is that when using Botox or Xeomin, no one can really establish one hundred percent accurately what the generalized “conversion” aspects between the type-A neurotoxins, Botox and Xeomin, (or Dysport) are. For instance, it is only in approximation that “one unit of Xeomin produces equal activity to one unit of Botox”, or that it takes “two or three units of Dysport to produce the same effect as one unit of Botox.” While these guidelines may be helpful in determining the doses for patients, they should only be considered as that, guidelines. In some instances a patient will need a little more dosage than others to attain the expected results. This part here can really only be realized through the injecting doctor’s experience, as well as the patients’ experience or reaction with a particular toxin.
For people who have previously tried Xeomin but found it to be ineffective, or “not as effective as Botox,” it is more likely that the explanation lies with that individual person’s dose/response rather than Xeomin’s overall effectivity. Some people could have stronger muscles or thicker tissues, or they may have other incomprehensible underlying reasons which is why they need more toxins to achieve certain clinical results.
It could be expected that for a person treated with his/her “ideal dose” of Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport, its effects would be more or less the same with regards to the treatment’s efficiency as well as its duration of taking effect.
Over time we have become more acquainted with the use of Botox, so at this stage it seems that it is easier to conclude that Botox is more effective because it is more predictable – a fact that has been shown by several studies in the literature of “face lifts”. Still, the message behind all of these is that if you wish to try Xeomin, it helps to be aware that it may require one treatment or two, or it may take a touch up or two, to determine your ideal dose. Once your ideal dose has been determined, you should be able get reliable results from Xeomin just like you would from using any other type of neurotoxin.
As in all types of industry, there is also marketing involved in the issue of Botox vs. Xeomin. Xeomin’s popularity claims include no.1: it doesn’t require refrigeration, and no.2: it produces lesser risks of allergies. On the other hand with Botox, there are also zero reported cases of allergies after testing over 20,000 patients in various randomized studies. (Yes, there may be some reports of allergic effects in other series, but these are extremely rare cases.) It can be concluded that Xeomin doesn’t really offer any advantage over Botox in this regard and from this point on, there is absolutely zero proof that Botox or Xeomin is better than the other. Mostly, both’s claims to popularity are merely marketing strategies based on “theory.”
Botox is a much popular brand nowadays that people ask for facial augmentation by the name of Botox, but many people too are uncomfortable about trying a new product that has only been around for a few years compared tp one that has been on the market for over 15 years.
Additionally, there is also evidence that Xeomin’s effects may not last as long as Botox, but again this is still a controversial issue. Hopefully, in the near future there will be more studies to verify or disprove this but for now, there is no valid reason to believe that one lasts longer than the other… Only time will tell what the absolute truth is.
Finally, the benefits of Xeomin include that it is regarded as a more purified version of the active component of type-A Botulinum toxin. Basically, Botulinum toxin contains proteins and an active component (the element in the drug that produces the key effect). Xeomin eliminates these proteins and thus the idea that Xeomin results to lesser allergy risks point to the notion that the allergy risks involved is closely associated with the removed proteins. On the other hand, there is also another version to this story. Some people suppose that the said proteins are important for making the Botulinum drug work more effectively, which may be the reason why Botox seems to last longer. Botox retains some of its “excess” proteins that may have a part in improving its results.
So what do you think? Is Botox much better or Xeomin?