Is There a Difference Between Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
Botulinum toxin-based injectables are sold under a number of brand names, the most commonly-known products in the United States being Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin..
Botulinum toxin type A, or Botox as it is widely known, was the first botulinum toxin treatment to be approved by the FDA. It became commercially available in 1989. In fact, even the name “Botox” has become a household word
Botulinum toxin is generally charger per area injected or per unit. Our practice charges a flat rate per unit so that the treatment can be customized to each individual and so our patients only pay for what they need. and nothing more.
Another botulinum toxin type A injectable that is available is Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA), which gained FDA approval in April 2009. Although its approval for use in the United States came years after Botox, Dysport has been widely available in the U.K. since 1991.
Another botulinum toxins type A injectable available at present is Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA). Like Dysport, this product has been available overseas for some time now, hitting the European market in 2005. Introduced into the U.S. in 2010, Xeomin achieved FDA approval in 2011. Known as a “naked injectable,” Xeomin differs in that it doesn’t contain any additives, unlike its older competitors.
The most significant difference between Xeomin and other injectables like Botox and Dysport is that Xeomin contains only one ingredient: botulinum toxin type A. This sets it apart in a number of ways:
Because Xeomin doesn’t contain any additives, your body is much less likely to become resistant to it, unlike Botox or Dysport.
Xeomin is the only botulinum toxin that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, making it much easier for doctors to keep on hand.
With no bonding proteins, the chances of an allergic reaction are greatly reduced.
For these important medical reasons, I personally prefer to use Xeomin on myself (Dr. Kasper injects it for me!) and for my patients. I also use Dysport on occasion in areas such as the Crow’s feet if the patient needs a wider area of diffusion for the optimal effect.
We are always happy and excited to see patients in the office for a customized consultation so that we can review the best products and treatments to suit your skin and give you the most natural and lasting effect possible!