With all the new products available on the market these days, choosing your anti-aging treatment can be a challenge, particularly when comparing products with similar properties. Botox, the classic wrinkle treatment, remains by far the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, but it is not the only botulinum toxin treatment available for looking younger. A fairly new botulinum toxin on the market, Xeomin, has been sparking interest in patients as well. But what is the difference between the two products?
Botulinum Toxin Treatments
Both Botox and Xeomin are botulinum toxins, meaning they are made from these toxins in a safe, purified form. Botulinum toxin treatments work by partially immobilizing facial muscles and limiting the movement of these muscles to ease wrinkles. The muscles targeted are responsible for “dynamic” wrinkles, those caused by repetitive motion.
Features of Botox vs. Xeomin
While Botox and Xeomin are made from the same compounds, they are not the exact same formula. Xeomin is a “naked toxin”, missing certain extra proteins found in Botox. These proteins do not help the product to work, but help protect against acids in the body. However, Xeomin provides great results without the protein. The molecule size of the two products is also different, which some believe help them to spread at different rates.
Which is Better?
Multiple products would not have to exist if they did not offer benefit for various customers. Xeomin, as a “naked” toxin, has a lower chance for the body developing immunity, making it a good choice for people who have become immune to Botox, a common issue. In some people, Xeomin has been shown to work faster than Botox. On the other hand, some patients think that Botox lasts longer than Xeomin. The only way to see which product is best for you is to try them. Both products have been shown to be very safe.
Still Not Sure?
If you are still unsure about which product is the best fit for you, then it is time to seek help from a plastic surgeon who offers both products and has enough experience to guide you to the best treatment for you. Administering these injections requires its own form of artistry and skill, which necessitates an experienced and knowledgeable provider. If you are looking for an expert, board certified surgeon offering both Botox and Xeomin, as well as a wide range of fillers, then come visit Dr. Stuart Bentkover at Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover has many years of experience in giving patients beautiful results with injectable treatments. Call today to schedule your consultation.