While Botox is undoubtedly one of the best non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the reduction of lines and wrinkles, it isn’t the only game in town. Dysport and Xeomin are other effective wrinkle reducers. Read on to learn more about the different treatments and how they work.
Botox is a neuromodulator that temporarily paralyzes muscles so that they don’t contract and form a wrinkle in the skin above. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles and form when you make facial expressions such as smiling, laughing, frowning or squinting.
Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe forehead lines, 11 lines between the eyebrows and crow’s feet around the eyes. It’s also used to treat a number of medical conditions outside of cosmetic concerns, including excessive sweating, overactive bladder, neck spasms, crossed eyes, chronic back and jaw pain and migraine headaches.
Dysport works similarly to Botox and can also treat forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. It’s effective on skin bands on the neck as well. Dysport may be less expensive than Botox, but it may not last as long. Results also appear a few days quicker than Botox. Patients may find that they will need more Dysport to achieve the same results as Botox and that the material spreads out further within the treatment area.
Xeomin is similar to Botox and Dysport but specifically targets intramuscular conditions such as blepharospasm, which is the abnormal involuntary closing of the eye. Injecting Xeomin into the affected muscle will reduce muscle activity and spasms. Patients notice results after about a week for up to 12 weeks.
Results and Downtime
There is no downtime necessary when using Botox, Dysport or Xeomin, which is one of the big reasons why these injectables are popular treatments for cosmetic concerns as well as medical needs. Results last up to three or four months, depending on the treatment area and concern treated.