Xeomin vs Botox Review
Xeomin vs Botox. These are the two most popular dermal fillers in the UK today. Both injectable products are used for the same purpose, but there are a few key differences between them that make one injectable more appropriate for certain individuals.
What Sets Them Apart As An Injectable?
Botox and Xeomin injections are botulinum toxin type A. Botox is an ONA botulinum toxin type A, and Xeomin, also known Bocouture, is an INCO botulinum type A toxin.
Both of these botulinum toxin injections are known as muscle relaxants, as they temporarily intoxicate your nerves. This does not allow for the proper conduction of the nerves to your muscles, further restricting the contraction of the muscles that cause wrinkles on your face. Both drugs are injectables used for reducing fine lines and skin wrinkles and work similarly, as they contain the same active ingredients.
Botox is manufactured by Allergan Inc. (USA), and Xeomin is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals (Germany). Although they are similar, they should never be used interchangeably, and you should always refer to a professional before using one over the other.
What is Botox?
Botox (botulinum toxin) is generally used for cosmetic purposes, though there are some clinical uses for it as well. It contains onabotulinum and is injected every three to four months into the skin. Though technically, it is a legal injectable toxin, it does has some benefits to the areas where it is injected.
What is Xeomin?
Xeomin is typically injected to reduce fine lines and glabellar lines. It is injected every three to four months for consistent results.
Difference Between Botox and Xeomin
The main difference between these drugs is that Botox skin injections contains additives and proteins that can cause allergies in your body. On the other hand, Xeomin is absent of such proteins and additives, which makes it a purer form of toxin and prevents antibody resistance in your body. This actually increases the chances of getting the effects you’re looking for. While Xeomin can be stored at room temperature or in a refrigerator, Botox restylane needs to be refrigerated before use. Botox should not be used at room temperature.
Uses of Botox and Xeomin
While Botox is mostly used for cosmetic purposes, the injectable is used for treating:
- frown lines
- fine lines
- lazy eye
- upper limb spasticity
- crows feet
- forehead lines
Xeomin injections is used for cosmetic and medical treatments.
- migraine (injected into the muscles of your neck and head)
- overactive bladder
- muscle stiffness
- excessive drooling/salivation.
Your dose and frequency of the injection are determined by your response to the botulinum therapy.
Once you arrive at your practitioner’s office, your face is prepared by putting an ice pack to numb the area where the toxins need to be injected. It usually takes about 10 minutes to get the entire procedure done. If your skin is sensitive, you may experience redness or bruising post injections. In the United Kingdom, these drugs can be given legally by anyone as long as you have a prescription for them, but it is advised that you visit a licensed practitioner for the best skin results.
Both Xeomin and Botox are effective and convenient procedures compared to plastic surgeries. Each of these drugs start working as soon as they are injected into your muscles, but it may take around seven days up to a fortnight for visible effects. These effects can last for three to four months, although you might experience longer-lasting effects with Xeomin compared to Botox.
The effects of these drugs are much faster and more effective for woman when compared to men. For males, effects are much more gradual and slower.
If you find that the effects of the toxins do not show up after seven to 14 days, it is best to consult your provider to evaluate the results.
Like any other drug, Botulinum toxin injectable has side effects on your body. The most common side effects of Botox and Xeomin are:
- redness at the site of injections
- swelling or pain.
Apart from these, the side effects xeomin may also include
- dry eyes
- dry mouth
- breathing problems
Statistically, Xeomin drugs have higher percentage of side effects on your body than Botox.
It is best to seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe side effects. Additionally, it is advised to avoid such treatments during pregnancies or while lactating since there is always a risk of transferring these drugs to the baby via the placenta or breastmilk. If you are suffering from skin conditions, it is best to avoid this treatment if you are allergic to albumin, a protein, as it may trigger an adverse reaction.
Acne scarring is a form of skin damage. It affects people with acne vulgaris, a condition that causes the skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to blocked hair follicles, comedones and pustules. The resulting inflammation of the dermis and epidermis, known as acne lesions, often leads to complications such as permanent scarring. Acne scars can occur on any part of the body but are most common on the face, neck and shoulders.
Acne scars are caused by inflammation, infection, injury and some types of surgery. They can be cosmetically disfiguring and psychologically distressing.
Botox is Also Commonly Used to Treat Acne Scars
Acne scars may be treated for cosmetic purposes by any number of methods including chemical peels, Coolsculpting and laser resurfacing,
Botulinum toxin, or Botox®, can be used to treat a broad range of medical conditions including acne, migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms.
The acne scar treatment process involves injecting small amounts of Botox® into the skin above an acne scar. The toxin blocks signals from your nerves to your muscles and prevents them from contracting. This causes the area surrounding the injected site to relax, reducing wrinkles and improving acne scars over time.
Cost of Botox VS Xeomin
The cost of Botox or Xeomin depends on the area you are living in. Typically, the average cost for Botox treatment is around £100 – £ 350 and the cost of getting a Xeomin treatment is around £175 – £300, making it comparatively cheaper than Botox. Since the NHS does not cover the costs incurred by these treatments for cosmetic purposes, the price will vary depending on where you visit for your treatment.
Xeomin vs Botox, Which One Should You Choose?
Botox and Xeomin are similar in nature with the only thing setting them apart is the absence of proteins in Xeomin. If you are looking to treat frown lines or crow’s feet, Botox works in the most effective way, but if you are looking to treat the fine lines and the glabellar lines, or if you want medical attention for an issue like migraine or muscle spasm, Xeomin works best to treat both cosmetic and medical conditions.
I hope the information provided here serves as a launching pad for further exploration into these methods so you can make an informed decision about which method is best for your cosmetic goals. You can book a consultation with me in person at my Botox clinic Birmingham to discuss further.