…How are they different from Botox? Botox is not a strange name to most patients who have been treated against the effects of aging. But now, Dysport and Xeomin are here, and these patients now have additional choices for a competitive price. We are going to examine the primary differences between these neuromodulators in the US.
Botox is a product of the Allergan brand, while Dysport and Xeomin are a product of Medicis and Merz respectively. These products alter the functioning of some muscles and this result in the reduction of those wrinkles caused by the contraction of the muscles. These three brands are valid forms of treatment but with a little difference in their formulation. They work to a achieve the same purpose, which is to weaken the facial muscles and cause wrinkles to fade out.
Botox enjoyed monopolistic market dominance for seven years. This ended when Dysport was introduced and approved by the FDA in 2009. While Xeomin was added later and got approved in 2011.
Botox: Also known as Onabotulinum Toxin A is the oldest on the market. Its active ingredients are made mostly of protective proteins with a weight of about 900KD. They provide protection, and they stick around the botulinum which ensures its longevity.
Dysport: Also known as Abobotulinum Toxin A has some similarities with Botox due to the added proteins. But it is slightly different because it has some carrier proteins than Botox and has lesser weight. And this can make the toxin to spread faster after the injection. Some studies revealed a faster onset of about 1-2 days. Dysport cost less per unit, but a single unit of Botox or Xeomin is equivalent to three units of Dysport.
Xeomin: Also known as Inco-botilinum Toxin A contains only Botulinum toxin. It is sometimes called the “naked Botox” because it has no carrier proteins just like Botox. This will result in fewer allergic reactions, and your body is less likely to develop an antibody resistance. Fortunately, Xeomin does not require refrigeration like Botox and Dysport which makes shipping and storage easier. Just like Botox, it has a 33-5 day onset, and it is less expensive. These three brands may last between 3-5 months. And as patients apply Botox, Dysport and Xeomin injections randomly, they will eventually notice the one that works best for them.
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