Meet Xeomin, the latest Botox competitor
You've probably heard of Botox, the revolutionary prescription medication that instantly banishes frown lines, forehead furrows, smoker's lines, and crow's feet. But are you familiar with Xeomin? Maybe not — but you absolutely should be!
Just like Botox, Xeomin treats dynamic facial wrinkles by temporarily attaching to nerve endings and blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that triggers facial muscle contractions. The result is that facial muscles relax, and dynamic wrinkles (also known as kinetic lines) are smoothed away. The positive aesthetic effects begin kicking in between one and seven days after treatment, and they last between three and four months.
What's more, Botox and Xeomin can also prevent new wrinkles from forming! This is especially true if you begin using Botox or Xeomin on wrinkles that haven't quite set in yet (static lines).
So is Xeomin the same as Botox?
Well, they are extremely similar and most patients note they give nearly identical results, but there are some differences:
- Botox contains complexing and accessory proteins used to preserve the botulinum toxin A. Xeomin, on the other hand, doesn't contain these extra proteins.
- Because Botox contains added proteins, some patients could theoretically become immune to Botox (become a "non-responder") over time. But since Xeomin is a pure product, resistance is far less likely.
- Xeomin's anti-aging effects kick in just a little faster. When Botox is injected into skin, the botulinum toxin A has to unravel from the added proteins before it can bond to facial muscles. But since Xeomin doesn't contain additives, it bonds to facial muscles right away.
- Botox requires refrigeration whereas Xeomin can be stored at room temperature. Because of this, Xeomin has a smaller likelihood of becoming unstable and ineffective.
- Botox tends to be more expensive. Because of how the products are manufactured, marketed, and shipped, Xeomin is usually cheaper than Botox.
Which One Should I Choose?
It all depends on your unique needs. Since the two products are exceedingly similar, many patients make their decision based on price. Botox is more well known and there is a premium price associated with that powerful branding, while the newer to market Xeomin is becoming very popular for its cost-saving advantages. You really can't go wrong with either! Simply consult with your medical provider about whether Xeomin is right for you.