Ask Christina: What’s the difference between Botox™, Dysport™ and Xeomin™?

June 19th, 2018 2:28pm


You might be thinking that all injectable wrinkle reducers are the same, that they just have different brand names. Or maybe you didn’t realize that there were options other than Botox. While Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have a common purpose (that is, to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles by disabling certain nerve endings), there are some subtle differences with their formulations – mainly, in the amount of proteins they contain and how long it takes to see results.


The most well-known wrinkle relaxer (it’s been around since the early 90s), Botox contains the highest amount of proteins. It usually takes about a week to see the effects of Botox, and results typically last 3-4 months. Botox also has uses outside of cosmetic procedures as it’s also used to help prevent migraines and excessive underarm sweating.


Dysport is a more affordable option to Botox in that it typically costs less per unit – however, you will need more units to get the results you want. It also starts to work faster than Botox (about 3-4 days as opposed to a week) and its thinner formulation means it spreads across a larger area more easily, making you look more natural. Dysport is thought to be the best option for the crow’s feet area around the eye.


Xeomin typically takes less than a week to see the full effects. It contains no additives (making it less likely for your body to create antibodies against it) and has a longer shelf life than Botox and Dysport since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Typically, results can be seen about a week after injection. Results usually last around 3 months.

If you’re not sure which treatment is best for you, consult with an aesthetician who’s fully licensed and trained to do injectable cosmetics.

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