Xeomin is the trade name for incobotulinumtoxinA, and is produced by the brand Merz Pharmaceuticals. While Botox is the trade name for onabotulinumtoxinA, which is produced by the brand Allergan. Both are considered Botulinum toxin type A and are FDA approved. Xeomin received FDA approval in 2010 while Botox was FDA approved on 2002. Both products achieve the desired affect of anti-aging, by temporarily relaxing the muscle movement and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Botox Vs Xeomin, what is the difference between the two?
One significant difference between Botox and Xeomin are the additives combined during production. Botox is combined with a protein used as a preservative. Xeomin is produced without any preservative proteins and is thus considered a more concentrated and pure form of Botulinum Toxin.
It takes Botox a little bit longer to take effect, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, because it has to break apart from the preservative protein. It takes around 7-14 days to see the final results of Botox.
The lack of preservative protein allows Xeomin to immediately interact with the muscle right upon entering the injection site. Most doctors say that it can take about 5 days to see the final results of Xeomin. However, a very small portion of doctors say that results can take up to 10 days post procedure.
One study presented data that indicates Botox may possibly show longer lasting results. However, most doctors have not seen a noticeable difference in longevity. Overall both Xeomin and Botox achieve similar results. Whether for treating moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet or wrinkles in general, if you are interested in Botox or Xeomin, Dr. Green can collaborate with you to determine which is the best choice for an effective treatment and what if any potential side effects may occur in each case.
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Dr. Michele Green is a board-certified dermatologist based in NYC. Contact us online today or call our office at 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Xeomin or Botox cosmetic treatments may be right for you.