When you start seeing the first signs of wrinkles in the mirror, it can feel very unfair. Our faces allow us to express ourselves countless times a day. Unfortunately, these expressions begin to etch themselves into our features surprisingly early. In fact, many people start noticing the early signs of dynamic wrinkles, or those formed by repetitive facial movement, in their late twenties and early thirties. Even though it’s common to start seeing wrinkles early in life, that doesn’t mean the experience is pleasant. Most of us would rather hold off aging as long as possible. That’s why cosmetic wrinkle treatments like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin have become so popular since first introduced on the cosmetic market.
With so many options available for treating dynamic wrinkles, it can be difficult to choose which product is right for you. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all popular products with similar properties. So which should you choose?
How Dynamic Wrinkle Treatments Work
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by repetitive muscle movements, which eventually start to leave creases in different areas of the face. Common areas for these wrinkles include the corners of the eyes, the forehead, and the area between the eyebrows. Wrinkle treatments are typically made from a form of botulinum toxin, which is where the brand Botox gets its name. This safe form of botulinum toxin works by limiting the movements of specific facial muscles causing the wrinkles. By releasing and relaxing these muscles, dynamic wrinkles are eased on a temporary basis. These injectable treatments usually last about 3-4 months on average and they can be safely used long term. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are all derived from botulinum toxin.
Which Formula is Best for You?
There is ongoing debate about which of the three botulinum toxin treatments are the best. However, the answer to this question varies from person to person. Let’s take a look at some of the differences and similarities between the formulas to help you decide which treatment is right for you.
The classic wrinkle treatment Botox has been helping to resolve dynamic wrinkles for decades. It has a proven track record of safety and reliable results. It is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments in the world. Botox offers a high standard of quality, and all other botulinum toxin treatments are often compared to this classic.
A newer product, Dysport, is very similar to Botox and Xeomin, but anecdotal evidence shows a few differences. First, many people claim that Dysport begins to work more quickly than Botox, showing results in just a few days as compared to up to a week for Botox treatments. Some plastic surgeons also believe that the Dysport formula spreads more than Botox, making it well-suited to the brow area.
The newest competitor on the market, Xeomin, is unique from Dysport and Botox because of its distinction as a “naked” toxin. This means that patients are less likely to develop an immunity to the product over time, which is a known issue with botulinum toxin treatments. Because it is made up of smaller molecules, like Dysport, is has been observed to start working quickly.
Trial and Error
If you’re still not sure which product is right for you, don’t worry! The differences between the products are very minimal, and it is difficult to definitively recommend one treatment over the other without some trial and error. Some people begin to develop an immunity to Botox and find more success switching to Dysport or Xeomin. Because the effects of all three injectables are temporary, you can always try a different formula once the first treatment has worn off. The effects of each product vary from person to person. Your doctor will make a recommendation, but the treatment plan may change as time goes on.
A Decision for You and Your Plastic Surgeon
In the end, only you and your plastic surgeon can make the decision about which treatment is right for you. All three options are excellent, high-quality, and safe products, and their effectiveness will vary from person to person. One of the most important aspects of your treatment is choosing the right plastic surgeon. Skill and technique play an immense role in the quality of your results, so it’s important to choose the right facial plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. While many medical professionals offer botulinum toxin treatments, only doctors with a deep understanding of facial aesthetics and anatomy will be able to produce the top-quality results patients expect.
Looking for an expert in Massachusetts? Dr. Stuart Bentkover is a respected facial plastic surgeon with decades of experience in providing injectable treatments. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover and get started on your treatment plan, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500), or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA today!